I’ve been an outspoken critic of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). What VDI does is package up a enterprise IT desktop (along with all its attendant applications) and enable that to be delivered, over the internet, to any device, anywhere.

My criticism of VDI has mainly been around the fact that desktop applications are fundamentally disconnected, monolithic things — while delivering them via VDI does tick the “well, at least we’re now mobile” box, it does little else. Where the future of enterprise IT lies in contextual applications, point solutions, mobile moments and other “bite-size” chunks of applications, all VDI does is support the existing (and, in my mind, broken) paradigm where it is.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.