Before you embark on a desktop virtualization strategy there are some important questions and factors to consider. What are the top priorities for your department and the business as a whole? Do you want to control costs? Are you planning to support BYOD? Do you want to enable reliable remote working?
If cost is a consideration, virtual desktops can help to drastically reduce Opex versus even well managed physical PC devices, by reducing ongoing desktop support and maintenance costs. In a VDI implementation, the desktop only exists as software in the datacenter or corporate cloud and, as such, is far easier to refresh and maintain. There are no issues of remote connectivity or geography to overcome. Hardware costs or Capex can also be reduced through the redeployment of existing legacy systems, since resource requirements for virtual desktops at the endpoint are minimal.
At VMware, working together with IDC, we’ve shown that the Total Cost of Ownership for a virtual desktop (for example, the sum of the three year costs associated with purchasing and running a desktop, both Capex and Opex together) can be up to 40% less than for a traditional physical PC environment.
A BYOD strategy is more advanced than just plain VDI, offering broader benefits. It enables you to support staff on their own devices – in the office and when they’re mobile. BYOD also provides additional hardware and support savings, since staff are using devices that they’ve paid for themselves and are more self-sufficient in terms of support (they’re more familiar with their personal devices and more motivated to troubleshoot and maintain them). For example, law firm Foley & Lardner LLP cut its mobile device costs by 22% after it began offering virtual desktops to its staff using VMware Horizon View.
These are just a few of the benefits of desktop virtualization. If you want to learn more about how a VDI deployment can help you and your users, download our whitepaper, Three Compelling Reasons to Consider Desktop Virtualization.
Which solution makes the most sense for your organisation? Which issues do you need to solve? What do your business units and users need from you?
To help you navigate these issues, we have created a Desktop Virtualization Decision Tree. All you need to do is answer five short questions to determine exactly which solution is right for you.