While it's clear that virtualization adoption is growing, a number of obstacles are still inhibiting the technology from becoming widespread. According to a recent ITBusinessEdge report, not all businesses are sold on the advertised benefits of virtualization.
"The IT industry continues its dalliance with desktop virtualization, with dreams of streamlined infrastructure and highly flexible operating environments that will kick worker productivity to new levels," wrote infrastructure blogger Author Cole for the news provider. "However, a number of nagging doubts remain, fueled by high levels of frustration among organizations that have actually tried to implement the technology."
Theoretically, Cole asserted, virtualization offers numerous benefits, such as cost reduction, improved efficiency and data protection. However, leveraging the technology to achieve these advantages must be more difficult that originally thought.
According to Cole, many businesses have run into trouble when having to use virtualization to access multiple applications. This has caused frustration among businesses and has subsequently stunted its adoption in some areas.
A study from Matrix42 supported Cole's claims – both that virtualization is, in fact, expanding but also that it has been met by some challenges. In a survey, Matrix42 found that 59 percent of companies plan to deploy desktop virtualization within the next six months.
However, at the same time, physical desktops do not show signs of fading away, as only 4 percent of respondents indicated they expect to become completely virtual.
The study also found that many businesses are having trouble managing and securing the multitude of devices supported by virtualization. In particular, the rise of Bring Your Own Device initiatives has led to security challenges.
"[T]here won’t be a clear-cut switch for most organizations," said Herbert Uhl, Matrix42 CEO, in a press release. "For the IT manager, the new challenge will be managing a mix of physical and virtual desktops – for the long run."