I recently attended the national Architecture, Engineering and Construction / Information Technology (AEC/IT) Leaders Roundtable meeting in beautiful Huntington Beach, CA. The Roundtable is an excellent place for IT Leaders within AEC firms to hear what others are doing, vet new technologies and share best practices. Typically, vendors are not allowed during the entire meeting, but I was grandfathered in because of my involvement with the group from my previous job.
The meeting started with folks describing current IT projects and many were the same across companies. Some of the more popular were:
There was also a lot of discussion on virtual desktops (VDI) with the general consensus being that although the management part of VDI seems to be there, the virtual machine could not handle the graphical requirements of the CAD-based software running on it. So, close but not quite there yet. In fact, of all the companies saying they are testing out VDI, none can confirm running VDI in the production environment.
Regarding BYOD, it is certainly an intriguing notion Having employees simply buy and bring in whatever systems they want then running company-owned applications on those devices via VDI. But, two concerns surfaced; first (As stated above) high-performance / graphically intense VDI is not quite there yet and, second, most are worried about having to support an ever-changing landscape of devices.
So, where does Riverbed fit in with all this? Glad you asked!
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