InsightaaS: Fountainhead is a blog by Ken Oestreich, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Desktops & Apps at Citrix. In this post - published by Oestreich on Wired Innovation Insights, and then linked from his personal blog site - he talks about the trend towards hosted client environments.
For years, the "virtual PC" has been the dream of users and corporations alike. After all, why do millions of us lug around a laptop with our Windows desktop stuck to it? Why do we risk theft, loss or damage to valuable data when our entire workspace -- and data — could instead live in the cloud and be accessed from anywhere by any of our devices?
Up until recently, this idea has literally been pie-in-the-sky. But now it's taking hold. In fact the 451 Research Group estimates that by 2015, the market for all "virtual desktops" will be as much as $5.6 billion. And IDC estimates that the portion of these desktops solely sourced from "the cloud" could be over $600 million by 2016, growing at over 84% annually. Now that’s real...
Read the entire post: http://insights.wired.com/profiles/blogs/your-next-computer-in-the-cloud#axzz2aR4v7M2v