VDI Solutions: 3 Ways to lower IT Costs with VDI 2.0

Author: Rana Kanaan

Publish on: Jan 7, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Top 3 Ways VDI 2.0 Lowers IT Costs

Today’s competitive business environment drives decision-makers to continually cut costs. Unfortunately, many technology infrastructure solutions that should supposedly help CIOs save money—such as CMT, MDM, and VDI solutions—only end up costing them more in the long run. Big promises deflate into disappointing returns as rollout gets drawn out for months and maintenance issues end up draining budgets over time. Sadly, one of the worst offenders of this group is the first generation of VDI.

Synonymous with high CapEx and OpEx for servers, storage, and software, VDI 1.0 may have solved some major IT issues, but it introduced significant budget problems. However, thanks to new innovations, such as the cloud and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), VDI 2.0 overcomes the cost issues that scared many investors and analysts away. These are the three most important ways VDI 2.0 lowers IT costs.

Speed up and simplify VDI. VDI solutions and ways VDI lowers IT costs1. Rollout Speeds Up Dramatically.

What’s the biggest driver of a digital project’s cost? More than technology and people, it’s the total amount of time it takes to complete a project from start to finish. Due to the complex system integration required by legacy on-premises architecture, in the past implementation of these projects often took months, and sometimes even years, to deploy. Upgrades and new applications also required months for integration. With VDI 1.0, deployment took at least 9 months. But what if VDI rollout took only 1 week instead of 9 months? Or what if adding new applications for employees took 5 minutes instead of 2 weeks?

Regardless of the size of your business, next generation of VDI Solution makes project deployment as fast as 60 minutes. It accomplishes this feat by optimizing the cloud and HCI (Hyper-converged infrastructure), which results in a 10 times simpler solution.

2. IT Can Focus on High Value Workflows.

Today’s IT specialists are expected to wear many hats. Their responsibilities can include everything from configuring and troubleshooting devices to maintaining critical servers and even developing in-house applications. When VDI 1.0 was first rolled out, it only added another layer of duties to IT departments’ already-hectic schedules. You see, in order to work around data center architecture not optimized for desktop workloads, VDI 1.0 solutions became operationally complex. As a result, OpEx grew as every problem required as many as 5 different teams being involved to do root cause analysis.

Thanks to the cloud and HCI, this new VDI Solution is 10 times simpler. As a result, storage, networking, compute, and virtualization layers are consolidated into a single appliance with predictable scalability. While VDI 2.0 handles all non-proprietary workloads, you and your team have plenty of extra time to focus on high value workflows. IT admins simply use a cloud-based control plane for portal, load balancing, brokering, monitoring, configuring end points, and provisioning VDI VMs. This results in a CapEx of zero. And OpEx is significantly reduced to a fraction of a FTE: Only one admin is required for every 10,000 desktops (compared to 1 admin per 1,000 for VDI 1.0).

3. Existing Infrastructure Can Be Reduced and Reused.

VDI 1.0’s complex architecture amplifies the issues of a complex data center. As a result, every issue becomes a multi-organization problem. Complexity usually results in more downtime and requires IT to constantly maintain watch. Maintaining uptime requires additional layers of complexity and ever-new infrastructure to be built. Not only is the additional infrastructure expensive, so is the labor. This entire process drags IT teams into a quagmire of additional work when they could be focusing on high value tasks. Instead of increasing complexity and cost with VDI 1.0, companies can now lower IT costs with VDI.

The combination of HCI and cloud management gives a 90% smaller footprint and a CapEx that’s lowered by up to 60%. You’re no longer focusing on troubleshooting and managing an ever-growing infrastructure. What’s more, scaling up VDI users is easy and predictable. Adding more users just requires installing an additional HCI box. The operational components are in the cloud, which scales instantly and infinitely.

By simplifying underlying architecture and using a cloud-based plane, VDI 2.0 strips away the complex architecture that previously drove IT costs sky-high. In the next article, we’ll look at how this innovation also encourages an increase in productivity by providing anytime/anywhere access.

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