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Seven questions to determine VDI ROI
There are many important questions to ask before moving to VDI. You need to establish what types of users you'll support, which applications and OSes you'll use, whether you'll need remote and/or mobile access, and more. Start adding up your VDI costs and calculating return on investment from VDI with these seven questions. Read Now
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can decrease hardware costs, increase end-user productivity and mobility, and provide more flexibility for applications and operating systems. But to decide whether implementing VDI is worth the price tag, you need to determine the potential ROI.
Numerous factors go into calculating VDI return on investment (ROI), including the cost of virtualizing workloads, purchasing or repurposing hardware, adding storage or network resources, and training IT employees and end users. Implementing virtual desktops isn't necessarily a money-saving opportunity, but figuring out the possible ROI -- and when you might achieve it -- will help you plan your deployment.
This guide to calculating ROI from VDI provides resources on VDI costs, ways to deploy virtual desktops in the most cost-effective way for your organization and the important factors that go into ROI calculation.
1Components of VDI ROI: Virtualization, storage
Storage and virtualization costs complicate your ROI from VDI. But if you suss out the costs that aren't immediately visible and plan for them, you can paint a more accurate picture of the dollars and cents VDI can save you.
Control VDI storage costs with configuration planning
To strike a balance between VDI costs and storage performance, you have to plan ahead. Virtual desktops come with different I/O and read/write requirements, so you have to decide whether your storage area network will perform as you expect it to. To determine whether desktop virtualization will be worth the cost of storage, figure out your performance needs, how many IOPS you'll need and whether your VDI costs will be similar to physical desktop costs. Read Now
2How to lower VDI costs and increase ROI
If you do the cost analysis and determine that VDI is too expensive for your shop, you're not out of luck. There are ways you can decrease the cost of VDI to improve ROI.
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. Read Now