I attended my first BriForum this week and it was quite interesting. If you are not familiar with this conference, it is a vendor neutral event focused on application virtualization, desktop virtualization, VDI, etc. It was held in Chicago at the McCormick convention center and I'm guessing had around 500 attendees and at least 30 vendors showcasing their wares.
There were 3 days of sessions presented by experts from various companies. Most of the sessions were focused on best practices rather than a specific vendor. There were also sponsored sessions where vendors could pitch their products. Overall, I think it was a very good event.
The most popular topics were VDI (good, bad, and the ugly) and BYOD. The opinions expressed in these areas vary greatly and I enjoyed hearing different perspectives. Some say that VDI is just a dream with big promises that do not justify the cost. Others claim that VDI has huge benefits and is the future.
One of the more interesting sessions I attended was essentially a debate about whether or not VDI is more secure than physical desktops. The presenters believe that VDI is actually less secure as compared to traditional desktops and made a pretty persuasive case. However, many people still tout increased data security as one of the selling points of VDI.
So what do you think? Does VDI provide increased security in comparison to traditional desktop management?