Conclusion: Virtual Desktops was one of the hottest infrastructure topics of 2008. However, tight IT budgets due to the economic downturn, and mounting evidence that Virtual Desktops are more expensive that well managed full desktops, will dampen enthusiasm for this technology in 2009.

Based on recent discussions with a cross-section of large and small organisations we confirm our long held view that Virtual Desktops are not a general purpose replacement for a Full Desktop and that reports of mass rolls-outs of Virtual Desktops are pure vendor hype! As predicted, we did find some organisations using Virtual Desktops in a limited fashion for a specific niche.

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