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VDI may be hot but do the math before you take the plunge!

“Every vendor in the virtual machine space is claiming the cost savings by going virtual. This has been proven to a large degree on the server but less so on the PC. When servers are virtualized, they literally and physically go away because they run on another server. Cost savings are immediate,” said Jason Smith, vice president of business development for ScriptStart. ” When a desktop is virtualized, most of the time, there is still hardware and software infrastructure needed to run the VM. In reality, this just adds another software layer to mange for most organizations that are looking to implement VDI or XenDesktop on top of existing infrastructure. Therefore, cost-savings and ROI for desktop VMs require a different look.”

Can I get you some desktop management software for that desktop management solution?

ScriptStart is a Dunwoody, Georgia-based ISV whose Profile Unity solution gives customers a central, portable profile to use at any Windows desktops, whether virtual, thin or physical. One executive said as customers end up with a mix of traditional desktops with virtual desktops, management becomes a key issue. He recommends that IT managers develop best practices for deploying virtual desktops.
“The reality is that the adoption is slower than the market perception is. Many of our customers cite that they are still running traditional Windows desktops and Citrix Presentation Server (XenApp as it is now called) and only a few are starting to experiment with VDI, and still fewer have shown interest in XenDesktop,” said Smith.


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