ROI for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: 300 is the Magic Number

I have no idea where they got this number but an interesting read nonetheless. It’s semi-Ringcube sponsored.

Technologies builds workspace virtualization technology that enables personalization for VDI. Essentially, this means enterprises can deploy VDI in the lowest cost model, which is through using pools, and still retain full personalization. Therefore, they keep the cost of VDI down, provide full personalization for users and ultimately keep the user experience high. I recently had the chance to speak with Kiran Kamity, RingCube’s co-founder and vice president of product management, and discuss the concept surrounding ROI for VDI -- and 300 is the magic number.

In 2010, it appeared that enterprises were still indecisive about implementing VDI projects into enterprises, and multiple discussions were had about whether they should stay with physical PCs at the next refresh or transition to a VDI for certain employees. It looks like organizations decided the latter because according to a 2010 TechTarget Survey, entitled “Virtualization Decisions 2010 Purchasing Intentions Survey,” 59 percent of respondents said they planned to expand their VDI deployments, up from 55 percent in 2009. And in 2011, even more enterprises are embracing VDI.

However, there is a point that every organization must reach at which VDI begins showing real ROI, and Gartner (News - Alert) says the magic number is around the 300-user mark.

Kamity said, “There are lots of things that are required to set up a VDI environment, including the purchase of hardware, server storage, networking equipment, initial licenses, and time and money it takes to effectively train employees. These expenses are only going to be justified once you deploy VDI above a certain number of users. If after all that investment, if you only deploy VDI to around 50 users then you are really not leveraging the true cost cutting ability that VDI can offer in the longer term.”

“The place where RingCube can come in is, when you look at a typical organization, most only deploy a full VDI model to basic task workers, which only comprises 10-20 percent of an enterprise. But on the other end of spectrum, think of a bell curve—the left side of bell curve is basic task workers and the extreme right hand side of the bell curve is mobile employees, and for them VDI may or may not be the right thing to do.


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