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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. Read Now
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).
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. Read Now
2Cost-saving tips and tools
Check out these tips to save (at least) a little bit of money on delivering virtual desktops and applications.
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. Read Now
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