Recently there were announcements of new options to provide virtualized desktops. This new bare metal approach should allow for greater control as well as higher performance. Now that Microsoft has clarified its approach to licensing virtualized desktops, it should be an option for more.
These new possibilities may add complexity to the process of deciding the environment in workplace services though, but the benefits of desktop virtualization in terms of lower total costs should make up for the touch choice. IDC finds:
"From a hardware infrastructure perspective, maximizing the potential and TCO of a virtual desktop deployment oftentimes involves the use of a thin-client device. Translating this into projections across a 5-year window, IDC expects the thin-client market in APEJ to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 30% as a result, versus 8% in the traditional commercial desktop market."
With more companies thinking about having their employees "bring your own computer to work" (BYOC), the virtualized desktop will help balance security and flexibility as well as lowering costs.
Workplace change takes place at many levels. As an organizations moves to a hybrid desktop, the needs of the users need to be assessed and that is more complex than most teams think. It should focus on getting value from the computing environment and minimizing costs. It is not something where a blanket decision can usually be made, especially now that more workers are mobile.