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The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market size is expected to reach US$ 16.66 billion by 2030, from US$ 6.42 billion in 2023, at a CAGR of 14.6% during the forecast period.

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) refers to the technology used to create a virtual desktop that runs on a centralized server in a data center rather than a local client device. VDI provides a virtualization layer that allows desktop operating systems to run in virtual machines on servers in the data center. This centralizes management, enhances security, and improves resource allocation. The key advantages of VDI include simplified desktop management, increased security, lower costs, and improved productivity.

The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market is segmented by component, organization size, VDI type, delivery model, end-user, and region. By component, the market is segmented into software, hardware, and services. The software segment accounts for the largest market share due to the high demand for VDI software and platforms from enterprises.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market Regional Insights:

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market during the forecast period, accounting for over 40.5% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to the early adoption of VDI solutions and the presence of major VDI vendors in the region.
  • The Europe market is expected to be the second-largest market for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market, accounting for over 33.2% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in Europe is attributed to the rising digital workplace transformation and virtualization trends in countries like UK, Germany, and France.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market, with a CAGR of over 15.3% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Asia Pacific is attributed to the increasing IT infrastructure developments and enterprise mobility requirements in emerging economies like China, India, and Australia.

Figure 1. Global Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market Share (%), by Region, 2023


Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market Drivers:

  • Increasing Adoption of BYOD: The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is gaining significant traction across enterprises globally. Employees are demanding flexibility to work from any location and any device. VDI solutions enable employees to access desktops and applications remotely through devices of their choice. The BYOD trend will be a key driver fueling the adoption of VDI solutions. BYOD enables improved productivity and mobility. According to a survey, organizations adopting BYOD reported increased employee productivity by around 22%. The growing implementation of BYOD policies in companies will boost the VDI market.
  • Need to Improve Data Security: With rising cybersecurity threats, data breaches, and strict data compliance mandates, enterprises are looking to adopt solutions to enhance data security. VDI solutions store data centrally on enterprise servers rather than endpoint devices. This eliminates data loss risks and enables centralized management of sensitive information. VDI solutions provide tighter access controls, remote device locking, multi-factor authentication (MFA), and better auditing. According to reports, 52% of companies cite security as the major reason for adopting VDI. The need for improved data security will spur VDI adoption.
  • Cost Reduction and Operational Efficiency: VDI solutions reduce hardware costs as the processing power and storage needed is provided by the centralized server. IT teams can quickly scale capacity or optimize hardware costs based on changing requirements. VDI also reduces installation, configuration, and support costs by simplifying IT management. According to estimates, VDI solutions can lower endpoint energy costs by around 70%. With tight IT budgets, organizations are implementing VDI solutions to drive cost optimization and operational efficiencies.
  • Supporting Remote Work Requirements: The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the remote working trend globally. Organizations are adopting solutions to enable remote collaboration, communication, and desktop virtualization. VDI solutions provide flexibility to the workforce to work from home without compromising productivity or data security. An estimated 68% of organizations increased their investments in digital workplace tools during the pandemic. As hybrid work models become mainstream, delivering secure and reliable virtualized workspaces will become critical for businesses, contributing to VDI market growth.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market Opportunities:

  • Adoption of Cloud-Based VDI Solutions: Cloud-based VDI solutions are enabling anytime, anywhere access to virtualized workspaces while eliminating hardware dependencies. Plus, cloud-based VDI offers quicker deployment, built-in disaster recovery, and consumption-based billing. Per estimates, the cloud VDI market will grow at over 18% CAGR through 2026. Key vendors such as VMware, Citrix, and Amazon Web Services are offering DaaS solutions. The shift towards cloud-hosted VDI will provide significant growth opportunities.
  • Demand from Emerging Verticals: VDI adoption in sectors such as education, healthcare, government, and retail is increasing rapidly. These verticals handle sensitive private data of customers and require capabilities to securely enable remote work. For instance, various states in the US are implementing VDI technology for telehealth services and distance learning during the pandemic. Rising implementation across emerging verticals will open new market avenues.
  • Integration of AI and Analytics: VDI vendors are integrating AI, ML, data analytics capabilities to enhance user experience, improve resource utilization, and provide predictive insights. For instance, in July 2021, VMware introduced AI-powered smart workspace technology in Workspace ONE platform to optimize virtual app performance. Adoption of AI-enabled proactive management, user behavior analysis, and self-healing capabilities will enable smarter, efficient VDI deployments, expanding market size.
  • Partnerships with Managed Service Providers: Leading VDI vendors are entering partnerships with managed service providers (MSPs) to increase market penetration among SMEs. MSPs offer fully-managed VDI solutions at a lower TCO to help businesses overcome expertise and budget constraints. Parallels recently partnered with managed cloud provider Cogeco Peer1 to deliver hosted VDI services in Canada leveraging Microsoft Azure. Similar partnerships will help providers target untapped markets and fuel growth.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 6.42 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2022 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 14.6% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 16.66 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel,  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Component: Software, Hardware, Services
  • By Organization Size: Large Enterprises, Small & Medium Enterprises
  • By VDI Type: Persistent VDI, Non-Persistent VDI, Remote Desktop Services
  • By Delivery Model: On-Premise VDI, Cloud-Based VDI, Hybrid VDI
  • By End User: IT & Telecom, BFSI, Education, Healthcare, Government, Others
Companies covered:

VMware, Citrix Systems, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Huawei, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Parallels International, Dynabook Americas, Dell Technologies, IGEL Technology, Amazon Web Services, Nutanix, 10ZiG Technology, Splashtop, Nerdio, HiveIO, SherWeb, Login VSI

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing adoption of BYOD
  • Need to improve data security
  • Cost reduction and operational efficiency
  • Supporting remote work requirements
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Infrastructure complexities
  • Resistance to change
  • Licensing costs

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market Trends:

  • Hyperconverged Infrastructure: Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is gaining rapid traction in VDI deployments due to benefits like simplified management, enhanced scalability, and reduced costs. Vendors such as Cisco, Dell, and HPE offer VDI-optimized HCI for containerized app and desktop delivery. According to research, over 60% of IT leaders prefer HCI platforms for virtual desktop and app delivery. HCI-based approach is displacing traditional three-tier architecture for VDI.
  • Adoption of Hybrid VDI Solutions: Hybrid VDI enables businesses to run virtual desktop workloads across on-premise and cloud environments. This allows optimizing TCO, enhancing DR capabilities, addressing data residency needs, and migrating legacy apps to the cloud gradually. Per MarketsandMarketsTM, the hybrid VDI segment will grow at over 15% CAGR through 2025. Organizations with security or regulatory concerns are adopting hybrid models to realize VDI benefits while retaining control, propelling segment growth.
  • Integration with Edge Computing: VDI adoption is increasing in remote offices and branch locations to deliver consistent workspaces while reducing latency. Key providers such as VMware and Nutanix are integrating VDI with edge computing to allow processing user requests at edge locations rather than data centers. According to Nutanix, implementing VDI at the edge can lower latency by as much as 75%. Emergence of edge computing will enable expansion of VDI capabilities to remote sites and IoT.
  • SaaS-based Delivery Models: Leading VDI vendors are offering solutions based on a SaaS delivery model, enabling businesses to consume desktops virtually via monthly/annual subscriptions. Citrix DaaS, VMware Horizon Cloud, and other SaaS VDI solutions simplify deployments while delivering flexible pricing. The SaaS models provide vendors opportunities to attract new customers, driving market revenues.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market Restraints:

  • Infrastructure Complexities: VDI deployments involve several complex components like hypervisors, networking, storage, virtualization software, and web-enabled access devices. Integrating and maintaining all these components require skilled IT expertise and dedicated resources. Complexity concerns can hinder mainstream VDI adoption.
  • Resistance to Change: Migrating from traditional physical desktops to virtualized workspaces requires significant changes in workflows, policies, and culture. Many organizations, especially in emerging regions, display inertia or resistance to adopt new technologies. Such reluctance can restrict market expansion.
  • Licensing Costs: While VDI reduces hardware costs, it leads to increased software licensing costs for virtualization OS and apps. Per-user or per-device licensing models can significantly inflate costs for businesses with a large workforce. High licensing costs continue to impede market growth.

Recent Developments:

New product launches:

  • In October 2022, VMware launched vSphere 8, its latest virtualization platform, to optimize application development, deployment, and security for modern workloads.
  • In September 2022, Microsoft announced Windows 365 Switch, a new virtual desktop solution to provide a unified hybrid working experience across devices.
  • In June 2022, Citrix launched DaaS solution, Citrix Managed Desktops, a scalable cloud-hosted offering built on Microsoft Azure. It simplifies management and delivery of virtual apps and desktops.

Acquisition and partnerships:

  • In October 2022, Nerdio acquired Hubworks to strengthen its Azure-based VDI solution and expand in the European market.
  • In September 2022, NetApp acquired FlexPod, its joint venture with Cisco, to further strengthen its hyperconverged infrastructure offerings.
  • In August 2022, Teradici entered a new partnership with LG to deliver secure remote access to high-performance workstations from anywhere.

Figure 2. Global Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market Share (%), By VDI Type, 2023


Top companies in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market:

  • VMware
  • Citrix Systems
  • Microsoft
  • Cisco Systems
  • Oracle
  • Red Hat
  • Huawei
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Parallels International
  • Dynabook Americas
  • Dell Technologies
  • IGEL Technology
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Nutanix
  • 10ZiG Technology
  • Splashtop
  • Nerdio
  • HiveIO
  • SherWeb
  • Login VSI

Definition: The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) market refers to the solutions, hardware, software, and services that enable enterprises to create virtualized desktop environments hosted on on-premise or cloud servers. VDI technology provides organizations a scalable and flexible digital workspace solution to empower today's mobile and remote workforce while saving costs and improving data security. The global VDI market is gaining huge traction among businesses of all sizes looking to modernize IT infrastructure and support emerging hybrid work models.

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Frequently Asked Questions

High deployment costs, lack of skilled personnel, resistance to adoption, complex infrastructure, latency issues, licensing costs, and security risks are some of the major factors hampering the growth of the VDI market.

The rising remote work trend, need for better security and centralized management, demand from healthcare, government and education verticals, adoption of cloud services, rapid digital transformation of businesses, and BYOD trend are the key factors driving the growth of the VDI market.

The software segment leads the VDI market due to high demand for VDI platforms and solutions from enterprises across verticals.

VMware, Citrix Systems, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Huawei, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Parallels International, Dynabook Americas, Dell Technologies, IGEL Technology, Amazon Web Services, Nutanix, 10ZiG Technology, Splashtop, Nerdio, HiveIO, SherWeb, and Login VSI are some of the major companies in the global VDI market.

North America is expected to continue leading the global VDI market during the forecast period.

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