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Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) market spending is likely to triple in a few years, according to a recent technology survey. A new research study of small and midsize businesses in America shows that spending on this form of virtualization called VDI could grow from current US $132 million to $430 million in just three years and midsize companies represent the biggest opportunity.

Virtual desktop infrastructure is a cloud technology, which allows companies to store their operating systems and applications in data centers instead of desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. The research conducted by Techaisle predicts VDI implementation among midsize businesses to grow rapidly to 12 percent by 2015 and the number of VDI seats to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 45 percent to 2.7 million.

While the numbers may be impressive, generally there is still great lack of awareness in the market, so many small and midsize businesses don't have the expertise up front to give the technology serious thought. This stems from the fact that VDI was once a technology reserved for enterprise. It was costly and needed expert IT staff to support it, and that has historically kept small and midsize businesses from even considering it. New hardware and technology has changed that and small and midsize businesses are catching on. As the immense benefits of VDI are publicized, more small and midsize businesses will implement the technology, and that could encourage even more growth in the VDI market than what Techaisle has estimated.

VDI implementation offers results that small and midsize businesses are looking for, including cost reduction secure data and secure infrastructure as well as BYOD convenience. With VDI, information is accessible to applications remotely on any device. Security issues are also minimized because information is stored at a central server rather than on an easily stolen laptop or mobile device. With VDI, it's also much easier to repair and deploy applications. Another benefit that is great for small and midsize businesses is that VDI enables the use of older legacy hardware that can still be used as terminals for the virtual machines. This means that upgrades would no longer be necessary.

The reality is that small and midsize businesses are becoming much more reliant on virtualization. When it comes to VDI, small and midsize businesses may still look at cost and time for training as factors to hold them back but the trends show that the investment is worth it and in the end money will be saved on hardware and energy efficiency.

This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

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