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EMEA virtual client computing market to top $1bn in 2018

IDC predicts compound annual growth rate of 7.5% through 2018

EMEA virtual client computing market to top $1bn in 2018
IDC said that the virtual desktop infrastructure category would drive the most growth

The EMEA virtual client computing (VCC) market will reach $1.181bn by 2018, up from $804.9m in 2013, according to the latest forecast from IDC.

The market will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5% through 2018, IDC said in a recent study. The study assessed the different approaches to desktop virtualisation, as well as market drivers and inhibitors. It found that growth is expected to mainly be driven by the centralised virtual desktop (CVD) category, also referred to as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

Other areas, such as application and user state virtualisation and virtual user sessions, will only see moderate growth, IDC said.

"Following the advances in data centre infrastructure virtualisation, it is more than logical to bring their efficiency and flexibility to desktops and applications by introducing a VCC solution," said Andreas Olah, research analyst with IDC's EMEA Data Centre Infrastructure group.

"Cloud service providers are also expected to take a greater chunk of the VDI market with their hosted DaaS and WaaS solutions, which bring the benefits of client and desktop virtualisation to small enterprises in the same way cloud computing has changed the way IT infrastructure resources are consumed."

IDC said that, while major European markets and the Middle East are expected to catch up rapidly with more mature markets over the next five years, adoption in central and eastern Europe is expected to remain low.

"Despite a few larger VDI projects, the emerging markets of central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa are still lagging behind Western Europe," said Mohamed Hefny, senior research analyst at IDC CEMA's Systems and Infrastructure Solutions group.

"There are more urgent infrastructure challenges - for example, hospital funds would be directed to critically needed medical equipment and analytics capabilities, rather than virtualised infrastructure."

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