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June 2014, Volume 3, Issue 6

VDI costs less, works better in 2014

Contrary to what vendors would have you believe (and what many users have already found), VDI is not cheaper than traditional desktop computing. Of course, those selling VDI counter with complex cost models and TCO spreadsheets and the like, which they claim prove that VDI is cheaper. My study of cost models (see the "How to Lie With Cost Models" chapter of my book, The VDI Delusion) shows that whoever is conducting the analysis can make the numbers show whatever they want. I don't have the column inches to go into the details, but I can sum them up like this: In most cases, yes, companies can save money when they move to VDI. But the reason they save money is because they deliver an inferior computing experience with VDI. Thus the savings come from cutting the quality -- for example, giving each user one-eighth of a processor core versus two full cores on traditional desktops, not providing GPUs, etc. It's tricky. Companies make this cut at the same time they implement VDI, so at first glance it seems like the savings come from...

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