The innovations in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) have helped better its perception compared to a few years ago when it clearly had an image problem.

Most of this was due to the poor experience people had. You could clearly tell the difference between it and your standard desktop. But we are now seeing a new level of understanding about how to manage virtual environments that is translating into better experiences for the end user.

We better understand the storage issues and the other problems that can affect application performance.

So why is VDI in particular still not getting adoption in the enterprise world?

5 reasons are cited in a post by David Marshall of InfoWeek:

  • VDI requires the desktop, storage, network, virtualization and data center guys to work together.
  • The nature of desktops has changed, but many IT organizations are at a standstill, unsure how to respond.
  • Some people believe VDI is too costly, complex, and ineffective.
  • Companies are still looking to squeeze efficiencies out of their current investments.
  • VDI has been slow to promote successes.

It's the confusion in the general market that has to be affecting adoption rates. Tablets are just hitting the market. Smartphones are gaining mass adoption. The choices are enough by themselves to cause a general lack of initiative. If the desktop market is already vexing, then there is not much else that can be done. That seems like the primary issue to resolve before considering a VDI solution.