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The Year of VDI | 2019 is The Year of VDI!

2019 Year of VDI Survey Results


You have spoken. 2019 is the Year of VDI!

Over 78% of all people that filled out the survey voted YES.



A blazing number of 2,321,025 virtual desktops have been deployed by the people who filled in the survey.

The following graph shows which technology was used by the VDI community:

69%VMware Horizon
53%Citrix XenDesktop/Virtual Desktops
14%Microsoft Azure
8%Amazon Workspaces

(Dell vWorkspace, Workspot, 2X Parallels)



The number of DaaS and Cloud providers have grown in the past year. The following Pie Chart shows the ratio between On-Premises and Cloud desktops:


  • On-Premises

  • In the Public Cloud

  • In both



Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) and Remote Desktops Session Hosts (RDSH) kind-of fill in a similar use case: the urge for Application/Desktop Remoting. The following chart shows how many people from the survey have deployed VDI and RDSH:




Years back, VDI was primarily used for specific use cases and verticals (like engineering and media). Nowadays, we see that it’s becoming more mainstream. The next chart shows the different verticals in which VDI has been deployed by the VDI community:


(Technology, Automotive and Logistics)


Applications are probably the main reason for organizations to move towards VDI. The following numbers present what type of applications have been deployed:


98%Office Apps

Office and Task Worker Apps

48%Development Suites

Java Developer Tools or Visual Studio Apps

46%CAD/CAM Apps

Designer Tools

41%Modern Web Apps

Modern Web-based Apps like Concur and Salesforce

26%Video Apps

Video Viewers or Editing Tools

19%WebGL Apps

WebGL-based apps

6%Other Apps

Apps like EMRs, Medical Software and Administration Apps

There could be different reasons why an organization would invest in a VDI. The following charts show the 6 most chosen reasons:




Securing the workplace




Simplifying management


Reducing costs




Increasing the uptime of the workplace


Work from any location



Data Gravity

Moving desktops to the cloud, where the data lives





There are multiple ways to deploy a desktop. The most cost-efficient and management-friendly way is through non-persistent clones. The following infographic show the persistent vs non-persistent ratio (where red is non-persistent and black is persistent:





Since the release of Windows 10, an increase of the number of GPUs has been seen. The following charts display some information about the use of GPUs:


Are you using GPUs in your VDI?


  • No (40%)

  • Yes (60%)

Are those GPUs for mainstream Windows task users?


  • No (72%)

  • Yes (28%)


Most organizations have been focussing on the migration to Windows 10 for quite some time. The following pie chart shows the percentage of virtual desktops running on Windows 10:

  • Migrated to Windows 10

  • Still on other versions

Part of almost every Windows-based VDI deployment, is the Microsoft Office Suite. The following chart shows the versions that are deployed:

Office 2019


Office 2016


Office 2013


Office 2010


The VDI community is a knowledgable one. That knowledge is built through years of experience. The following donut shows how long the community has been working with VDI:

  • 0 to 2 years

  • 3 to 5 years

  • 6 to 9 years

  • 10+ years


The 2018 results are based on the input from 146 different people who filled out the survey who we would like to thank for their time to help create this community initiative.


Would you like to know more about The Year of VDI initiative or would you like to contribute? Are you missing information or do you have other great ideas? Feel free to reach out here.


Copyright: Johan van Amersfoort, https://vHojan.nl