Essential Guide

Guide to low-cost desktop virtualization

How not to break the bank


One reason virtual desktop infrastructure hasn't taken the desktop world by storm is that the infrastructure requirements make large-scale VDI projects more expensive to deploy than traditional PCs.

Desktop virtualization vendors are working to lower the cost of server-hosted virtual desktops, but there are ways to virtualize desktops today without incurring astronomical infrastructure and licensing costs.

This guide covers desktop virtualization technologies that provide flexibility and security at a much lower price tag. Learn about ways to cut costs when using server-hosted VDI products such as Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View.

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Desktop as a service

Hosting desktops in the cloud isn't quite VDI, but it's one way to deliver virtual desktops and applications to users. It boasts predictable monthly costs and scalability, but the cloud isn't a great fit for every organization.


Should you put virtual desktops in the cloud?

The problem with virtual desktops is the delivery -- it's expensive and complicated. For some IT shops, virtual desktops in the cloud might make more sense. Continue Reading


Cloud-based virtual desktops can cut costs, complexity

Companies can simplify desktop management with virtual desktops, but IT pros often shy away from this technology because of the cost and complexity. There are ways, however, to virtualize desktops without the infrastructure requirements -- if you trust the cloud. Continue Reading


The pros and cons of hosted apps and desktops

Hosted applications can reduce enterprise IT support costs and management burdens, but consider these downsides when moving to cloud apps. Continue Reading

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Find hidden VDI money

VDI has a reputation for being expensive -- and it is -- but understanding what you get for the money and why it's so pricey can help you find cost saving strategies and increase your return on investment (ROI).


With VDI, you get what you pay for

In the vast majority of cases, VDI is more expensive to buy and to operate than traditional PCs, but the benefits may be well worth the price. Continue Reading


How to boost VDI ROI

Getting solid VDI ROI can be tough unless you're aware of the hidden VDI cost savings you can get from remote access, server discounts and storage consolidation. Continue Reading


Why is VDI expensive?

Servers, storage and licensing costs can make a VDI implementation pricey, but only in terms of capital expenditure. Over the long haul, VDI usually costs significantly less than traditional PCs. Continue Reading


Low-cost alternatives to Citrix and VMware

Big-name VDI vendors certainly have their place in the desktop virtualization market, but don't forget about the smaller guys. They can often offer just what you need for less money. Small virtual desktop vendors tend to offer products that focus on more specific needs. Continue Reading

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Cost-saving tips and tools

Check out these tips to save (at least) a little bit of money on delivering virtual desktops and applications.


Mastering the dark art of Windows virtual desktop licensing

Companies of all sizes can virtualize Windows desktops without breaking the bank by using products with low infrastructure requirements. But how do you lower Windows virtual desktops licensing costs? These strategies help keep licensing costs down. Continue Reading


Solving the VDI storage problem

Storage hungry virtual desktops drive up infrastructure costs, so a number of vendors have come up with money-saving ways to satiate the demand. The fact is there is more than one way to attack the storage problem. Continue Reading


How to analyze the cost of a virtual desktop deployment

The initial cost of implementing virtual desktops is about equal to implementing physical desktops (assuming you reuse existing hardware). But analyzing VDI costs for the long term is much more difficult. Ongoing costs include power usage, results of employee productivity, support and maintenance expenses. To calculate VDI ROI, it's sometimes better to use a simple, flexible model rather than a complex budgeting plan. Continue Reading


Making VDI cost-effective for SMBs

Smaller organizations can ease the financial burden of deploying VDI by using VDI optimization software to reduce IOPS requirements, virtualizing applications as well as desktops and using a shared or clustered file system. Increasing ROI from VDI and reducing VDI costs for SMBs just requires a little creativity. Continue Reading