Tips for Keeping VDI Cost to a Minimum


Virtual Desktop Infrastructure VDI is the process of running a desktop operating system on a centralized server in a data center. offers users personalized desktops which they can access on demand anywhere, anytime and on any device. The centralized management UX in VDI boosts efficiency and productivity and reduces overall business costs.

Companies are showing a growing interest in best low-cost VDI options because of the benefits they offer. The fact is: VDI is thriving in today’s IT world and will continue to do so in the future. Let’s look at a press release by MarketsandMarkets. It estimates VDI’s worth to rise from USD 7.83b in 2017 to USD 13.45b by 2022.

In light of the above, why are some companies yet to move to VDI? One might say that the total cost of owning and maintaining a VDI setup is too high. This could be the case only if you do not carry out prior research prior to implementation. Also, setup, licensing costs and storage needs back then meant that companies invested more than what was necessary.

However, because of IT recent progress, there are many low-cost VDI solutions which you can consider. Let’s look at the possibilities.

Consider Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI)

HCI integrates storage, compute, networking and virtualization hardware and software resources into a single system. With HCI, data does not travel between hardware components and this boosts VDI performance. This is because HCI devices streamline VDI planning, meet full-size virtualization disk requirements and manage hardware complications. You only need to find one HCI device that does everything to simplify VDI management. It is this very feature that makes it a low cost option.

How does this work? Companies planning large-scale VDI will face scalability issues with traditional infrastructure. For example, provisioning enough storage to manage varying user needs is time-consuming, difficult and costly in a legacy system setting.

With HCI, companies can attach one or more infrastructure nodes as per their scaling needs. This prevents interruptions and reduces the risk of system downtime. You would be pleased to know that this has been backed by research. According to Data Center Knowledge, you can decrease operating costs by 50% because of HCI. This is because the platform integrates virtual and storage compute management into one console.

So, HDI lessens VDI load on the data center by cutting administration and support costs through server, network and storage consolidation. This saves money and keeps overall costs low.

Look Up Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

Consider a setup where each computer locally manages your desktops. The result is a dispersed network across all onsite PCs and this sort of arrangement is costly and inconvenient. Many companies use VDI to build a virtual network of desktops and manage infrastructure in a centralized system. The challenge here is that even with VDI, a thorough IT setup needs to be built from scratch. This is where DaaS comes in.

DaaS is cloud computing technology that outsources VDI to be managed by a third party. It does not need high initial investment and is a useful resource to boost desktop capacity. Compared to legacy systems, DaaS provides VDI efficiencies with economies of scale. This is because there are no set-up costs and physical infrastructure involved. It consolidates an entire IT structure on its own, hence saving money on maintenance.

Apart from using DaaS for contracting out actual VDI, companies can also assign management tasks to a cloud provider. All they need to do is simply pay ongoing service fees. This helps keep VDI expenses in check.

Go For Low-Cost Thin Client Solutions

With so many VDI choices available, it is tough to select one that best meets unique business and performance needs. To begin with, Dell offers Thin Clients that boost security, ease IT processes and improve overall UX. You can choose from their range of Wyse thin and zero clients available between $329 to $760. These clients deliver simplicity, flexibility and high performance across VMware, Dell, Citrix and Microsoft-based platforms. Users can also opt for Wyse’s All-in-One thin clients with prices starting at $549. Moreover, their mobile thin clients can be bought for $760 or more.

Another option is HP thin clients which cost around $245-$612. For example, they offer  mobile thin clients at a starting price of $449. Also, those looking for highly configurable options that can manage graphics-intensive applications may consider HP’s zero clients. These clients are available between $249-$309.

The question is: are these the most affordable thin clients you can find in the market?

Perhaps not. Do some research and you will come across even better low-cost VDI solutions. One option is the C3Pi Raspberry Pi 3 Thin Client which ClearCube offers at a price of only $119.95. It includes features like:

. VMware Blast Extreme display protocol for greater VDI connectivity and manageability.

. Imprivata OneSign integration.

. High-performance multimedia and graphics.

Also, this low-cost VDI thin client is not only easy to set up and manage. It optimizes power consumption and integrates state-of-the-art security features into VDI. Furthermore, C3Pi Raspberry Pi meets heavy-duty configurations in VMware Horizon and other VDI settings. You can always contact one of our experts to know more.

Software Licensing Costs

One of the main VDI expenses is software licensing. There are different costs for server-side and end-user licenses. For example, Windows Virtual Desktop Access License (VDA) is $100 per year for each device. Prices may vary based on user location and agreement with Microsoft.

Another example is the Citrix XenDesktop VDI Edition at a unit price of $102 per user for its perpetual license. You can also go for its on-premises subscription license as a concurrent user at a unit price of $98. Also, VMware has a range of Horizon clients that offer flexible and high-performance UX. The basic support level VMware Horizon Standard concurrent user license is available for $3025 annually. You can also buy the production support level type for $3125.

Moving on, look into VMware Horizon Advanced and Enterprise software solutions. A named user can buy its yearly basic support level license for $3025. On the other hand, a concurrent user can get the same for $4840. In the same way, named users can buy the Enterprise software annual basic support level license for $4235 each. Once again, the same will cost $6958 per concurrent user.

At ClearCube, you can avail 40% off on our Teradici All Access Software till Jan 31, 2018. Feel free to get in touch with us for a quote.

Closing Remarks

All in all, create a use case so that you can choose the most affordable business VDI solution. This is where ClearCube can help as it offers virtualization software for every possible VDI setup. You can always visit us for real-time help on any questions or concerns you may have.

Please note this disclaimer. ClearCube does not accept responsibility for accuracy and completeness of the above prices and product availability. Both may be subject to change anytime. To the best of our knowledge, all information is accurate as of January 25, 2018.

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