The Real Cost of Virtual Desktops
Conclusion: Riding on the coat tails of Server Virtualisation1, Virtual Desktops have become one of the hottest infrastructure topics of 2008. Vendors promote Virtual Desktops as a desktop replacement that eliminates the common concerns of a traditional full desktop, i.e., high cost, complex management, slow provisioning, security, inflexible etc.
Unfortunately discussions about Virtual Desktops are often clouded by misinformation and unrealistic expectations that obscures the issues and stifles investigation. Too often the stated benefits are not closely examined because the answers seem self-evident. Desktop managers who fail to carefully examine each of the stated benefits may find themselves swept away by the hype and end up with an even more expensive and complex desktop environment.