"You can set up a full-on VDI workstation with minimal specs and have it perform at the capabilities of a monster machine".
Yes, if you are the only one using the VDI host. Since that model destroys VDI's cost justification, it just doesn't stand up.
Create a VDI in something other than an elementary school classroom. Have people do work on it: Using Microsoft Office, surfing the web, leveraging development tools, using Line of Business applications. Invest in those monster servers and storage that are required. Then buy two for redundancy. Then you'll discover how your cost-benefit is heavy on the costs and short on the benefit... you'd just spent $4x to get .5 performance.
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