Gartner Research

Attacking the High Costs of Desktop Virtualization

Published: 23 July 2013

ID: G00250192

Analyst(s): Gunnar Berger


Interest in SHVD (VDI) has increased due to greater user mobility and efficiency needs; however, cost still remains a top barrier to adoption. This document offers an overview of the high costs of SHVD deployments and looks to emerging technologies that work to reduce the cost of these deployments.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Define the Business Objectives
    • Create Groups of Users That Are Based on Application Needs
    • Review the Costs That Are Associated With an SHVD Project
    • Don't Deploy an SHVD
  • Step 1: Define the Business Priorities
  • Step 2: Choose an Endpoint Client
    • Repurposed Workstations
    • Zero Clients
    • Windows Thin Clients
    • SoC Clients
    • Linux Thin Clients
  • Step 3: Deploy a Cost-Effective Storage Solution
    • Overview of Storage Platforms
    • Direct-Attached Storage
    • Software-Based Storage Solutions
    • Hybrid Storage Arrays
    • I/O Acceleration Software
    • Selecting a Storage Platform
  • Step 4: Select the Server Hardware

Risks and Pitfalls

Recommended Reading

Revision History

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