Desktop virtualization is poised for growth
- When all is said and done, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can be up to 20% more expensive to deploy than PCs.
- Up to 25% of VDI capital costs is storage.
- Nonetheless, Gartner is forecasting 173% growth in VDI per year through 2014.
The point, as the name of the session implies: you’re going to need a lot more storage.
Killing workloads to make IT more secure
Preparing for disasters
- 42% of Gartner clients have experienced a supply chain disaster, after which their stock prices went down by an average of 19%.
- Almost half of all companies (45%) surveyed by Gartner said they had experienced a supply chain disruption in the past year. Supply failure was the most common culprit, at 41%, followed by product quality failures and natural disasters, each at 29%.
- At more than $72 billion, Hurricane Katrina was the most expensive natural disaster ever, as measured by insurance claims
Among her points from all this is that companies have to (and increasingly are) plan for disasters that result in long-term outages and perhaps complete destruction of data centers and other facilities.
Turning to the lighter side
- To help illustrate what virtualization is all about, Hirschfeld used chicken nuggets as an analogy. Chicken nuggets, he said, are “an abstraction of the look and taste of chicken that masks the physical nature and boundaries of the resources.”
- If cats were paid residuals for all their videos on YouTube they would control 90% of the wealth in the world.
- His definition of social media: using technology to totally avoid live human interaction by posting messages online to mostly imaginary friends.
- Voice to text apps are great, Hirschfeld said – it’s almost like making a phone call.