Gartner Research

Cost Optimization Is Still Not a Reason to Implement VDI or DaaS

Published: 11 May 2018

ID: G00343266

Analyst(s): Michael Silver , Federica Troni


Gartner's updated TCO model still shows that IT leaders responsible for endpoints are challenged to save money on hardware, software and labor when deploying VDI, compared to traditional desktop PCs. Server-based computing can save up to 6%, and DaaS currently carries a significant premium.

Table Of Contents


  • Pooled vs. Persistent VDI and Direct Costs
  • VDI and Direct vs. Indirect (End-User) Costs
  • Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
  • SBC Can Be an Attractive Alternative to VDI
  • CYOD With Modern Management and Desktop Virtualization Costs Marginally More
  • BYOD With Desktop Virtualization Could Cost More but Has Large Payoffs
  • TCO Is a Misnomer

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