Virtualization

Comparing the TCO of Physical PCs, VDI, and Cloud-hosted Desktops as a Service (DaaS)

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Executive Summary

Physical desktop computer infrastructures no longer make sense for the corporate world. Not only are they expensive, insecure and maintenance-heavy, they also cannot effectively support the changing business IT landscape. The ground¬swell of Windows 7 migration plans, expanding virtual workforce, growing popularity of mobile devices, and tighter IT budgets all point to the need to reevaluate desktop strategies. While virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) seems like a promising alternative, in reality it is too costly and complex for most companies to implement. Why move the complexities and costs of managing physical desktops to another complex and expensive infrastructure? By moving virtual desktops to the cloud, instead of an internally deployed and managed data center, companies can realize all the promised benefits of virtual desktops—centralized management, improved data security and simplified deployment— without the exorbitant capital costs and management issues.

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