2017 Predictions: Security, Windows 10, Mobility Drives Thin Client Adoption

predictionsWith 2017 upon us, it’s time to reflect on some of the key trends in 2016 and how they will impact IT in the year to come. In the spirit of the New Year, I’d like to offer the following 2017 predictions as organizations respond to key trends from this past year:

2016 Trend: Heightened Emphasis on Security. Ransomware and cyber threats were consistently top of mind throughout 2016 with nearly 50% of organizations suffering a ransomware attack in the past 12 months.[1] Why are organizations so vulnerable? Their endpoints. And research is showing that the risk is far from over. According to the FBI, Ransomware attackers collected more than $209 million from victims during the first three months of 2016 alone. It’s clear that the attackers won’t walk away from an endeavor that is so distressingly lucrative.

2017 Prediction: VDI will Enable Anywhere Secure Access. With endpoints being the potential weak link in the security chain, organizations will be embarking on VDI projects like never before. Companies that provide solutions to secure and manage workplace endpoints will focus their offerings to support new operational and data security technology. The network stack of device operating systems, for example, will simply not connect to access controllers that do not support the TLS 1.2 protocol and Internet browsers will not connect to websites using outdated SHA-1 signed security certificates. Even more, new technologies will be introduced to actively manage all endpoints that work in, through and around public clouds, when they are not “on the corporate network.” To that end, thin clients will become increasingly popular because they can ensure granular IT control through secure remote management that can protect endpoints from the risk of a cyberattack.

2016 Trend: Windows 10. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update release in August, reminded many IT organizations that another Windows migration project would soon be upon them. For most, the thought of the complexity and expense of a tedious desktop migration is paralyzing. Yet, with new security protections and user demand, migration to Windows 10 is also inevitable. Further, because Windows 10 demands more resources, organizations are uneasy about compounding their Windows 10 migration with the added cost of a desktop hardware refresh.

2017 Prediction: Software-Defined Thin Client Adoption will Increase with Windows 10 Rollouts. Organizations looking to deliver Windows 10 will increasingly consider virtual desktop technology from providers including Citrix, VMware, Microsoft and others. This will enable them to simplify their Windows 10 migration projects while also enabling organizations to use existing end user hardware and repurpose older PCs through the use of a software-defined thin client approach.

2016 Trend: Workforce Mobility. Every year the digital workforce becomes increasingly mobile with increasing expectations for 24 x 7 data and application access. Users want to work on their desktop from any location, at any time, with a predictable, reliable experience.

2017 Prediction: Multi-Purpose Terminal Devices will be on the Rise. As users persist in their demands for workforce mobility, IT will respond. The most secure and reliable solution is the multi-purpose terminal device, or thin client. Because this technology requires effective mobile device management, a wave of new thin client management features will emerge to support device awareness for increased management, security and control. The result will be an increasingly secure, reliable method to support the mobile worker.

[1] Osterman Research, “Understanding the Depth of the Global Ransomware Problem,” August 2016


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