Explore the Benefits of Desktop Virtualisation
How Can My Organisation Benefit From Desktop Virtualisation?
With many variations of virtualisation for the desktop now in use, you might find yourself asking…. Which one is right for our organisation? Are there cost savings to be made or are the costs simply moved from one column to another?
Most workforces in Ireland have endured significant change in recent times and continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Employee roles and profiles are constantly changing in response to business demands. Requirements such as high availability, unassailable security, legal, and environmental compliance are now almost assumed as default. These days IT must go further than this. IT must become an enabler of true business agility, ultimately leading to increased profitability.
The simple fact is that the traditional mechanisms of delivering desktop services is no longer meeting the needs of even the most archaic customer requirements. We have seen dairy farmers to low level manufacturing operators adopt and benefit from this technology; never mind the office based clients you would normally think of in the large banks of this world. Some form of desktop or application virtualisation is becoming almost a requirement to deliver the services required to modern customer and end user demands.
Desktop virtualisation delivers benefits such as:
- reduced capital costs (project rollout capital costs, hardware and infrastructure capital costs of licensing the estate)
- the potential to achieve a solution lifecycle of seven to ten years on the client end
- improved communications and productivity by offering staff the flexibility to work from anywhere
- quick deployment of applications also ensures less down time and reduced costs of delivering an IT service to users
But will it cost more/less/or the same as a traditional rollout?
Of course, when it comes to implementing desktop virtualisation, I could give you a 'how long is a piece of string' answer because it opens up so many possibilities. Perhaps its more insightful to indicate that having worked on desktop virtualisation projects that involved as few as 10 users and as many as 100,000+, I have never encountered a scenario where a virtual desktop deployment would work out more expensive than traditional rollout project. If you find one, there is a particular reason or unusual requirement being catered for, or else someone is taking advantage. I would be disappointed on a project, if I could not build a business case that demonstrated a 25% saving over a traditional refresh but would expect closer to 50%. I welcome any challenge on this and will assist any potential customer on assessing why they are not getting this from their current provider.