Both cloud computing and virtualization are having a major influence on the global information technology (IT) industry. The solutions are popular among companies seeking ways to replace outdated infrastructures in favor of more agile IT environments without spending a majority of their budgets.
A recent IDC report suggested that the cloud and virtualization are also impacting global thin client and terminal client shipments. Overall shipments during the first quarter of 2013 totaled 1.2 million units, down 8.4 percent from the same period in 2012. Thin clients accounted for 96 percent of this figure. Despite this hiccup, the research firm expects shipments to reach 5.6 million for the year and surpass 9 billion shipments by 2017.
“With increasing adoption of cloud and virtualization, growth is expected in all form factors, including mobile and with liquid crystal display (LCD), although standalone will still dominate,” said Jennifer Song, research analyst at IDC. “The United States will continue to capture the majority of the market and is expected to grow, but the strongest growth will be in China. These two major markets will lead the shift towards virtualization in the commercial segment.”
Telecoms embracing cloud computing and virtualization
The adoption of cloud computing and virtualization is taking place throughout many types of businesses, including telecommunications firms. A survey conducted by Senza Fili on behalf of Radisys found that 60 percent of telecoms expect to launch cloud solutions in the next year and, within four years, 100 percent of respondents anticipate doing so.
Although the potential benefits of cloud computing are immense, more than three-quarters of telecoms reported they still believe the solution is a young technology, which may ultimately delay their adoption of the cloud moving forward.
Manish Singh, CTO of Radisys, said the survey shows that telecoms are carefully approaching the use of cloud computing and virtualization. This is because not all network functions are ideal for workload and virtualization consolidation.
The IT industry will continue to undergo significant changes as new and innovative solutions enter the fold, causing some options to be placed to one side in the long run. Looking forward, it appears that cloud computing and virtual environments will remain viable options for companies that want greater flexibility that simply is not available with legacy equipment.