CNET covers the new IBM Virtual Linux Desktop, which can help organizations save up to $800 per user per year and unleash them from the shackles of certain Microsoft tools (Vista, Office suite, Sharepoint, etc.).
This new solution brings open standards-based email, word processing, spreadsheets, unified communication, social networking and other software to laptops, browsers, and mobile devices from a virtual desktop login sitting on a Linux-based server configuration.
Compared to Microsoft-based desktops, this virtual desktop solution includes components from IBM, Virtual Bridges and Canonical, and can drive key savings for Microsoft-heavy shops.
By way of example, using Virtual Linux Desktop, organizations can realize the following cost savings (compared to Microsoft-based desktops):
- Licensing: Cost avoidance of $500 to $800 per user on software license for Microsoft Office, Windows and all related products
- Hardware: Cost avoidance of around $258 per user since there is no need to upgrade hardware to support Windows Vista and Office 2007
- Power Consumption: Cost avoidance of $40 to $145 per user from reduced power to run the configuration and $20 to $73 per user from reduced air conditioning requirements from lower powered desktop devices annually
- IT Services: 90 percent savings of deskside PC support; 75 percent of security/user administration; 50 percent of help desk services such as password resets; and 50 percent for software installations
IBM's Jeff Smith was interviewed for the ZDNet Linux and Open Source blog and he explained the opportunity for Virtual Linux Desktop this way (and, admittedly, using a nice Texas big truck analogy):
“The Ford 150 used to be the best selling car in Texas but in two months sales went through the floor and it’s no longer the best selling vehicle in Texas,” he noted. “An event [gas price hike this summer] caused them to question their assumptions and they looked at their choices. It’s starting to happen [in IT] and gives new opportunities for Linux and the Mac.”
Read the full press release on Virtual Linux Desktop here.