Yesterday I was reading about a new View deployment in this article about the North Carolina Hospital and it reminded me that one of the recurring questions about the Virtual Desktop Market is when it is going to tip.
At Vmware have been on record saying that the virtual desktop market is still in its early days. Everybody is looking at it, many customers are trying the technology to find the right use cases and the customers who found the sweet spot for it have been doing the first bigger deployments.
Althought these deployments are absolutely out there as the article above points out, it is hard for prospects and customers to find sizable public references in this space.
Here is a story that examplifies the above. At VMworld in September we announced the deployment of 3000 seats at the Bank of Mitzubishi Tokyo. Since then they have already upgraded to View 4.5 and they are aggresively rolling out more users on it. I was talking about this deployment at VMworld Europe and a person from the back of the room raises his hand and says to me “that is a small one”… and I m thinking ouch… where is he going with this, then he continues “we have 9000 seats deployed on your product today!!!” at which I responded “who are you, do you want to be a reference?”
With that said, we are proud of having an impressive list of customers who deployed thousands of seats of virtual desktops with VMware View and are publicly talking about it. I am talking about deployments here, not just sales.
Here is a selected list
- Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi
- Canadian Federal Government
- Ontario Montclair School District
- Frontier Communications
- Norton Healthcare
- Brown Shoe
- Standard Bank
- University of Toledo
- Seattle University
- Johns Hopkins Hospital
To help customers move quickly throught their desktop virtualization journey, we are in the process of documenting the best practices that customers use to sucesfully transition from pilot projects to production. I am looking forward to share them with you on this blog in the coming weeks.
Also, in the next few days I will share some research we have carried out over the last few months that shows where customers are deploying virtual desktops and why.