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Reducing costs is one of the main objectives and motivation for desktop virtualization.

Cost reduction may apply to:

  • Administration
  • First and second level support
  • Application deployment and update
  • Security
  • Other

Workstation Lifecycle Management is the main source for total cost of ownership and return on investment (TCO / ROI). 

The following list shows main solutions that can be implemented:

  • Keep existing workstation
Pros
Change nothingJust add a specific plug in to connect remote virtual environment.

 

 

Cons
Administration remain as beforeUpdates remains as before

Local applications are still presents with licenses

This solution is not green: power, noise

 

  • Repurpose the workstation to thin client
Pros
Avoids cost of buying new PC or thin clientSimple method to lock down a PC

Reduce desktop visits by support staff

Access Windows desktop in a VM from the current desktop

Allow rapid testing and deployment

Flexible implementation

Simplifying desktop administration

Cons
Need a specific product licenseDeployment of the solution

This solution is not green: power, noise

 

 

  • Replace workstation with thin clients
Pros
Easy administrationNo extra license

Life is more than seven years

Small size, high performance

Multimedia in hardware

7W – full operation

Cons
Need to buy thin clients
  • Mobile thin client
Pros
To be used by mobile usersEasy administration

Compact size, multimedia rich client for virtual desktop environments

Low power consumption (~15W)

Integrated display

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n

Webcam support

Integrated Keyboards

Cons
Need to buy mobile thin clientsNeed wireless or 3G connection

The price is about 800$

 

  • Handheld thin client
Pros
New technology as smartphone and tabletsTablets allow connection to virtual applications.

Can be used by mobile users

Easy administration

Integrated display

Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and 3G connection

Webcam support

 

Cons
The priceMain usage is only mail for smartphones

Limited application support

 

Inevitably, there will be objections to whichever solution you decide to implement. Careful planning and a good presentation of the “pros” and “cons” will go a long way towards quieting those solutions doubters. Always be sure to consider any user objections before deploying desktop virtualization and thin client technology.

The main objections are as follows:

  • Users’ habits
  • Loss of performance
  • Keeping the same interface
  • Fear of being dispossessed of their workstation
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