Last year’s EVO:RAIL specification from VMware marked the commoditization of hyperconverged infrastructure appliances (HCIAs). In the months that followed, seven new HCIAs were launched, all sharing a common hardware and software specification, with only minor differentiation to distinguish one product from the next. However, while EVO:RAIL has marked the commoditization of hyperconverged infrastructure platforms for general-purpose server workloads, it has not done the same for VDI. In creating EVO:RAIL, VMware has overlooked the growing importance of support for GPU virtualization in VDI. This has left the market open for innovative appliance vendors to build new high-performance VDI appliances, for which the hardware matters just as much as the software.
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2010, 2011, 2012, were all labeled “The Year of VDI”. 2010 and 2011 failed to live up to the hype, what about 2012 , was 2012 “The Year of VDI”?
Without question the answer must be “yes”.