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HPs virtualisation to go covers the bases

Steve Hodgkinson | Sept. 5, 2008
HP could work harder on selling the business value of desktop virtualisation as an enabler of tomorrows workplace.

HPs move is therefore sensible and will appeal to those who already have a strong relationship with the company, and who will now be able to turn to their HP Account Manager and say Make it so!

Desktop virtualisation is the way to engage the business

The challenge from the perspective of articulating business value is that virtualisation remains a very under the hood subject. It is taken for granted that the CIO will do more with less and at the same time support growth and new business strategies.

HP could do more with its client virtualisation portfolio announcements to achieve Livermores goal of making virtualisation relevant in business terms. The latest evolution of desktop virtualisation offerings are a timely addition to the mix for businesses pondering how to modernise their organisations workplaces.

The freedom to work from any location or device; flexibility to access and install applications and plug-ins to meet business needs; creating a workplace that enables Web 2.0 enthusiasms without compromising reliability, security and compliance these are things that business people would like to see sorted out.

The desktop/webtop is the workplace for most professionals. Improving its fitness for business purpose is strategic, and is increasingly being recognised as a driver of innovation and staff morale. Give me a more flexible desktop! But make it secure and compliant, and do it at half the cost. That would be business value.

Steve Hodgkinson is a research director in government at Ovum 


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