Addresses Only a Small Market

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Addresses Only a Small Market

VDI technology generally assumes users will work on a high-speed LAN that has relatively static desktop images with a limited number of applications and are using thin-client devices. Analysts report that 410 million PCs were shipped in 2010 as opposed to 6 million thin clients.

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Doesnt Use Power of a PC

Conventional VDI does not take advantage of the native performance of a personal computer. Business users usually prefer the access to multiple applications, speed and power provided by full-featured PCs.

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Some Systems Still Dogged by Latency

Issues with low bandwidth or high latency networks still cause issues, although this is becoming less common.

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Not the Best for Multimedia

Applications requiring multimedia (video, voice, Flash) and high performance and 3D applications are a challenge—especially over a wide-area network.

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Upfront Cost Is Non-Trivial

VDI is capital expenditure (CAPEX)-intensive: 20 to 40 users per server plus expensive storage and additional networking equipment.

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Its Resource-Intensive in the Racks

VDI comes with significant data center power and cooling costs.

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Not Simple to Install and Maintain

It is often complex to deploy, configure and manage VDI infrastructure and protocol.

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There Are Trade-offs if You Want to Personalize

Personalization either requires expensive third-party software or sacrificing storage and image management efficiencies.

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Bandwidth Hog?

Virtual desktops consume a significant amount of network bandwidth.

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Single Point of Failure

Due to its single connection to the data center, there is only one point of failure for employee productivity if the network fails due to a natural- or human-created disaster.

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