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Several factors can make calculating an enterprise solution’s cost of ownership a challenging task. In addition to initial capital investments in hardware, software, and facilities, today’s IT managers and CIOs must consider a range of end-to-end costs. These additional expenses include IT administration, device management and maintenance, and lost productivity due to downtime. And while the initial outlay for cloud client-computing solutions may seem costly, our analysis shows that in many cases the end-to-end costs of deploying virtual desktops actually make standard, physical PC refresh cycles more expensive over time.
Cloud client architectures provide savings that are not always considered in a traditional purchase order-focused comparisons. For example, replacing a typical 200-watt PC with a 7-watt Wyse thin client can save $69.53 in energy costs per seat, annually. Additionally, virtualization solutions from our cloud client-computing team allow your mobile workforce to be more flexible and productive as they access their workloads and virtual desktops from nearly any device.
Finally, cloud client architectures that include thin client or zero client endpoints greatly enhance security, an important step in an era of unparalleled data mobility. Cloud clients can be configured to limit or block the use of USB storage devices and can support the latest identity management policies through multi-factor authentication. And because data resides in your datacenter and not on the endpoint, your IT team can make more-efficient backups and change access rights without ever having to modify the endpoint.
Our analysis of a 2,500 user cloud client-computing deployment using Wyse endpoints and Citrix’s XenDesktop broker yielded some interesting results. The total hardware cost of migrating to a virtual desktop infrastructure solution was in many cases, lower than that of a traditional hardware refresh cycle. Indeed, overall hardware and software costs for virtual desktops can be as much as 15-28 percent lower than traditional physical desktops over time.
This whitepaper discusses desktop virtualization options available today and presents cost-benefit and total cost of ownership (TCO) analyses to help guide IT professionals who are considering desktop virtualization architectures. While focusing primarily on hardware and software costs, we have also provided a high-level overview of IT operations and end user costs. And to illustrate the compelling nature of this solution, we have provided two use cases of actual customers who were able to achieve their performance and budget goals using a Dell cloud client-computing solution coupled with Wyse endpoints.
While the initial impulse of IT departments evaluating desktop virtualization may be to balk at the often higher initial cost of the investment in hardware and software, we suggest taking a broader, more comprehensive perspective. Because the value of desktop virtualization is typically realized over time, weighing only the capital expense or “invoice cost” of the initial investment vs. a typical PC refresh can create an incomplete comparison.
Fortunately, our desktop virtualization solutions including Wyse devices can help your organization save money every day they are in use, while taking advantage of the enhanced data security, IT management, and user flexibility benefits that desktop virtualization solutions provide.
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