Client virtualization is well received in Germany

Client virtualization has pros and cons. Whether it pays to accept the high implementation costs, is a matter of consideration. The market researchers from IDC have taken a close look at which factors play a role and the current state of client virtualization in this country.

In January of this year, IDC’s market researchers interviewed 250 German companies with more than 100 employees around the client virtualization topic for the study “Virtualized Desktop and Client Computing (VCC) in Germany 2013”. From the answers of the 149 IT and 101 department heads, IDC wants to gain insights into the impact of the IT aspects of mobility, bring your own device (BYOD) and IT security on client virtualization.

The term client virtualization

To define: By client virtualization IDC refers to “all technologies that are used for end user virtualization, ie desktop virtualization, application virtualization, virtual user session and user virtualization”.

Virtual jobs

Overall, virtual jobs were used by 27 percent of companies. At 20 percent, they are being implemented and another 27 percent are being planned. The most common delivery model is desktop virtualization (58 percent). Also popular is the application virtualization (55 percent), in which the user applications are provided detached from the underlying operating system.


The IT decision-makers should also rate their drivers of VCC use on a scale of one to five (1 = very important to 5 = unimportant) in the survey. The improvement in IT security (2.0) and simplified disaster recovery (2.1) were the most important motives. For IDC, according to their own information, was not surprising, “because with the help of client virtualization, the IT department can centrally control security measures.” At the same time, this approach leads to lower costs for operation and management, which was rated with an importance of 2.2. You can also save on classic end devices, desktops and notebooks. Here it is classified as important that the acquisition costs (value 2,2) reduce,Performance needed.

EU votes for free movement of non-personal data

The European Union is in favor of reading the circulation of non-personal data between Member States. After goods, services, people and capital, the free exchange of data will thus become the fifth freedom within the European Union. A decision that should foster innovation related to Big Data and AI.

The openness of non-personal data could stimulate innovation related to technologies such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things in many areas such as science and medicine. Likewise, the free flow of such data between the Member States of the European Union could simplify the exchange of judicial or tax data , which is very useful for the judiciary and the authorities.

This is why the European Parliament has just approved a draft regulation  introducing the free movement of non-personal data or anonymous personal data. Like goods, services, people and capital, data can therefore be freely exchanged between EU member states.

EU: free movement of data will be fifth freedom

For example, according to Swedish center-right MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, rapporteur of the legislative draft in Parliament, the free flow of data will be established as”the fifth freedom in the European Union”  .