VDI ROLLOUT COSTS
are often perturbed by the upfront costs associated with VDI rollouts. Here are some of the considerations, and pointers on how channels can sell better. Most CIOs are irked with Microsoft’s licensing requirement of having to buy separate licenses for clients and servers. There are few work-arounds, say partners, except if the customer is willing to switch to MELAP. Typically, this would mean an extra licensing cost of $100 (`6,200) a year. There is the need for a strong persistent network since users can access their desktop either from a server room or a data center. This could mean extra investments in the network backbone. If virtual desktops are being accessed across a WAN, additional bandwidth requirements are often necessary. However, costs can be saved by using WAN optimization and application acceleration. Server and storage revamp is an unavoidable investment. However, by switching to the latest processors, most customers have been able to power more virtual desktops per server. Using SSD drives that offer more IOPS, typical storage costs can be lowered. Finally, there is the cost of licensing for VDI which ranges from $125 to $300 depending on the vendor and requirement. Despite these additional burdens, customers save almost $400 switching to a thin client rather than a PC, or $650 by avoiding a hardware purchase altogether. In India yearly desktop support costs range from $100 to $300 depending on the user, and this typically reduces by 70-80 percent with VDI. Switching to thin clients ends up saving electricity by $100 per desktop per year.
(Source: Citrix, VMware & Propalms Network)
Most CIOs are irked with Microsoft’s licensing requirement of having to buy separate licenses for clients and servers. There are a few work-arounds