Guide to low-cost desktop virtualization

Last updated:June 2015

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Editor's note

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.

1Find 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).

2Cost-saving tips and tools

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