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IT must make the case for VDI ROI

LAS VEGAS -- IT has to overcome several obstacles to ensure a well-oiled VDI deployment. One of the most common hurdles is to justify a company's investment in virtualized computing.

VDI shops deal with issues such as getting legacy applications to work, updating from old product versions or, lately, migrating to the Windows 10 operating system. But before any of that comes into play, IT has to calculate the VDI ROI and whether it's worth the capital an organization sinks into it, said Jed Ayres, CEO at IGEL North America in Cincinnati.

Most companies aren't willing to write a blank check, so IT has to find ways to balance the budget, added Keith Qualter of IT consulting firm XenTegra, based in Huntersville, N.C.

"One of the big issues that people have is justifying that first entry into desktop and app virtualization," he said. "Often, the endpoint device is the area that we target to find some free capital."

Attendees at Citrix Synergy 2016 talked about common desktop and app virtualization issues in the enterprise, including VDI ROI, sizing an implementation, getting 16-bit applications to function well and monitoring virtual desktops and applications in real time.

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Proving VDI ROI is one thing, but the other key to broad VDI deployment is verifying that the performance of business critical applications on VDI is at least as good, or better than, the performance of those apps running on physical infrastructure. A good way to prove that is a side by side comparison of the end user experience, using monitoring tools such as Citrix Ready partner Aternity.