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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market Segmentation by Type (Persistent VDI, Non-Persistent VDI); by Component (Hardware [Client-Side, Server-Side], Platform, Services [Consulting, Support & Maintenance]); by Deployment Mode (On-premises, Cloud-based [Desktop-as-a-Service, Workspace-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service]); by End User (IT & Telecom, BFSI, Media & Entertainment, Retail, Education, Government, Healthcare and Others) – Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2031

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  • November 2021: To provide a 10x improvement in user experience by eliminating challenges associated with legacy Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions, Venn launched its breakthrough LocalZone technology, a solution that can address the modern security and compliance challenges of remote and hybrid work environments with increased reliance on modern SaaS applications.

  • November 2021: Albemarle Corporation in Western Australia implimented virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) by renting laptops in order to deliver induction training to 230 new employees. Instead of assigning several employees to each laptop, the solution, provided by the company’s corporate division, maintained the company’s strict authentication security requirements by hosting VDI server to deliver standard operating environment (SOE) for training purposes.

Global Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market Highlights Over 2022 – 2031

The global virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) market is estimated to be worth approximately USD 47 Billion by the end of 2031 by growing at a CAGR of nearly 15% over the forecast period, i.e., 2022 – 2031. The growth of the market can be attributed to increasing government investments in various regions into digitization and IT infrastructure, increasing implementation of BYOD (bring-your-own-device) policy, and growing demand for VDI technology led by rising IoT adoption. As of 2021, there were about 10 billion active IoT devices worldwide, which is estimated to surpass 25 billion by 2030. Furthermore, IT consumption trends are changing efficiently. Adoption of cloud computing solutions are increasing immensely as businesses and organisations are transforming through automation and virtualization. These factors are creating potential growth opportunities for the virtual desktop infrastructure market.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market

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Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is technology that provides and manages desktop virtualization by hosting it on a centralised server for remote access. A VDI uses a virtual machine monitor (VMM) or hypervisor that segments servers into virtual machines which, in turn, hosts virtual desktops, giving remote access to users from any device or location. The desktop computing, and all processing takes place on the host server, instead of the endpoint device, hence lowering the endpoint hardware requirements. With a VDI solution, organisations gain a number of benefits, such as a more seamless and collaborative way of working, which helps with keeping the workforce productive while employees work from home on various devices. A survey stated that over 95% of employees do not want to return to office environment and prefer at least partial remote working, while over 60% prefer fully remote working.

From a security standpoint, virtual desktops are similar to their physical counterparts – vulnerable to the all types of same attacks. Besides, excess network traffic on each virtual representative and their central server pose various security threat, and without endpoint protections, the damage can be severe if the hackers move from virtual session into the server. These factors are likely to restrain the growth of the market. However, reduced hardware costs and centralized administration along with flexible workload processing abilities are driving businesses to deploy desktop virtualisation solutions, creating new opportunities for the growth of the market.

The market is segmented by type into persistent VDI and non-persistent VDI, out of which, the persistent VDI segment is anticipated to hold the largest share over the forecast period owing to features such as higher degree of personalisation and desktop customisation as compared to non-persistent VDI. Moreover, persistent VDI has a separate logical drive storage and is integrated with the underlying virtual machine, storing the actual user data on the desktop.

Based on deployment mode, the global VDI market is segmented into on-premises and cloud-based, out of which, cloud-based VDI is projected to hold the largest share by growing at a high rate over the forecast period. The growth of the segment is attributed to growing cloud computing applications, such as database storage, and server accessibility. It provides businesses with several benefits including increased business efficiency, productivity, cost reduction, along with the flexibility of connecting business from anywhere through what is essentially a virtual office. It has been estimated that, at present, over 80% of all enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy and over 65% of enterprise infrastructure is cloud-based. These factors are driving the growth of the segment further.

On the basis of end-user, the market is segmented into IT & Telecom, BFSI, media & entertainment, retail, education, government, healthcare, manufacturing, and others, among which the BFSI segment accounts for the largest market share and is estimated to register the highest growth over the forecast period owing to increasing adoption of desktop virtualisation services in the sector in order to provide an advanced workplace management.

Major Macro-Economic Indicators Impacting the Market Growth

Global Research and Development Expenditure (% of GDP), 2015-2018

The never-ending growth in internet accessibility around the world along with numerous technological advancements comprising 5G, blockchain, cloud services, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) among others have significantly boosted the economic growth in the last two decades. As of April 2021, there were more than 4.5 billion users that were actively using the internet globally. Moreover, the growth in ICT sector has significantly contributed towards GDP growth, labor productivity, and R&D spending among other transformations of economies in different nations of the globe. Furthermore, the production of goods and services in the ICT sector is also contributing to the economic growth and development. As per the statistics in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s database, the ICT good exports (% of total good exports) globally grew from 10.816 in 2015 to 11.536 in 2019. In 2019, these exports in Hong Kong SAR, China amounted to 56.65%, 25.23% in East Asia & Pacific, 26.50% in China, 25.77% in Korea, Rep., 8.74% in the United States, and 35.01% in Vietnam. These are some of the important factors that are boosting the growth of the market.

Global Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Market Regional Synopsis

Geographically, the global virtual desktop infrastructure market is segmented into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region, out of which, North America holds the largest share, and is projected to continue being the leading region by showing steady growth owing to the early adoption of new technologies by organizations in the region, and the rise in use of AI and IoT, and presence of significant market players. Other factors include the growth of cloud technology and increasing VDI applications in consumer electronics and gaming & entertainment industries across the region. The market in the U.S. dominates over the region owing to presence of key market players and improved centralization of IT functions.

Europe is projected to hold the second largest share of the global market owing to factors such as rapid adoption of cloud technology over growing preference of people to work remotely, and implementation of BYOD policies. In the second quarter of 2021, it was estimated that around 12% of the Europeans regularly worked from home, a rise from 5% from before the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, demand for VDI is increasing for training and educational purposes, which is further fostering the growth of the market in the region.

Asia-Pacific is projected to record the highest growth during the forecast period owing to factors such as growing trend of digitisation, increasing investments in technological developments, rapid adoption of cloud services, and rising adoption of VDI for simulation and training purposes, especially in significant economies like Japan, India, and China.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) MarketShare

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The global virtual desktop infrastructure market is further classified on the basis of region as follows:

  • North America (U.S. & Canada) Market size, Y-O-Y growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook

  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook

  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, NORDIC(Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark), Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe), Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe) Market size, Y-O-Y growth Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook

  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook

  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman), North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa) Market size, Y-O-Y growth Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook

Market Segmentation

Our in-depth analysis of the global virtual desktop infrastructure market includes the following segments:

By Type

  • Persistent VDI
  • Non-Persistent VDI

By Component

  • Hardware (Client-Side, Server-Side)
  • Platform
  • Services (Consulting, Support & Maintenance, Implementation)

By Deployment Mode

  • On-premises
  • Cloud-based (Desktop-as-a-Service, Workspace-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service)

By End User

  • IT & Telecom
  • BFSI
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Education
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Others

Growth Drivers

  • Increasing investments in digitization and IT infrastructure, and implementation of BYOD (bring-your-own-device) policy
  • Increasing adoption of cloud computing solutions


  • Vulnerability similar to their physical counterparts
  • Various security threats posed by excess network traffic on each virtual representative

Top Featured Companies Dominating the Market

  • VMware, Inc.
    • Company Overview
    • Business Strategy
    • Key Product Offerings
    • Financial Performance
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Risk Analysis
    • Recent Development
    • Regional Presence
    • SWOT Analysis 
  • Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Nutanix
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Microsoft
  • Venn
  • Google Cloud
  • Amazon Web Services, Inc.
  • IBM
  • SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC
  • Parallels International GmbH
  • Red Hat, Inc.
  • Oracle


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