Virtual Desktops Enable Substantial Capital Savings

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-02-03 Print this article Print

Virtual Desktops Enable Substantial Capital Savings

Industry estimates say that managing a typical end-user enterprise desktop computer can now cost more than $5,000 a year per employee. In contrast, the cost for licensing virtual desktops running in a central data center can begin as low as $75 per concurrent user per year.

In the current recessionary climate, it is easy to see that this can make a major difference on a company's bottom line.

Virtual desktop and thin clients are also attractive for their green IT benefits. These use far less electrical draw-in some cases nearly half as much-as a typical desktop machine, since they don't utilize their own hard drive.

Latency between mouse movement and action on the screen-which often can be several seconds in length-has long been the biggest user issue for server-based workstations. However, all the vendors mentioned above continue to improve their systems regularly to make them act more like regular client-based PCs.

The VMware View Open Client is part of VMware's vClient Initiative to deliver universal clients-desktops that "follow users to any endpoint while providing a personalized experience that is secure, cost-effective and easy for IT to manage," the company said.

The VMware View Open Client is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License Version 2.1 (LGPL v 2.1). To download it free of charge, go here.

Editor's note: This story was updated to fix the link to the VMware View Open Client software.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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