VDI ROLL­OUT COSTS

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Cus­tomers

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

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