Solved

Virtualization vs Deskptops with file server(s)

Posted on 2012-03-15
4
381 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Its all about the bottom line, simple put is it cost effective to consider virtual server and thin clients over desktops with a total of about 100 systems, not all of which require more then a word processor and access to a particular client.

I can replace a desktop with Office pro for about $900 on the low end and $1200 on the hi end.

the VM server is 4-7 grand and the clients are being sold at $250....each, no mention of application, installation or management,
0
Comment
Question by:Eric_Where_am_I
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 69

Accepted Solution

by:
Callandor earned 500 total points
ID: 37726296
Your breakeven point is 7 PCs for the low end costs and 8 PCs at the high end.

4000 + 7 * 250 = 5750 versus 7 * 900 = 6300
7000 + 8 * 250 = 9000 versus 8 * 1200 = 9600

Since you've got 100 PCs, that's

4000 + 100 * 250 = 29000 versus 90000
7000 + 100 * 250 = 32000 versus 120000

So you have $61,000 to $88,000 to play with for application software, installation and management.  With a centralized server, your maintenance will be a lot easier.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Eric_Where_am_I
ID: 37726338
I apprciate the the answer, but are the numbers being thrown around accurate?  4-7k for a server I am pretty sure does not include the cost of Office Licenses, Server Clients.   And these little $250 pc's, as I browse through my preferred vendor, im seeing that the avg. price is over $300...and for the one I thought looked the best $500.

I have to laugh to...NOT AT YOU!...but the idea that the board would give me the dollars is a joke.  

I am giving you the points, I do apprciate the sounding board.
0
 
LVL 69

Expert Comment

by:Callandor
ID: 37726666
I was just using the numbers provided, since I don't know your procurement process or costs.  You are right, if the board doesn't know the true costs, they are heading down a dark road with no lights on.
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 37727325
Software licenses are the same regardless  OS licenses are potentially different.  You need 100 copies of office for 100 systems.  Whether they are desktops, VDI, or terminal service users.  

Then understand a thin client for VDI or terminal services (remote desktop services) might cost $250, but:
*probably has no moving parts which means reliability and in turn PRODUCTIVITY goes up and support costs go down
*doesn't need antivirus or signficant management (I believe callandor pointed this out).
*uses much less power so electic costs go down (in my experience, a full PC costs $15-20 per month (on Long Island/NYC).  A thin client box may only cost $5 per month.

You really need to break out Excel and put in columns for costs on everything - power - lost productivity - extra help implementing - software - labor - hardware... everything.  And some of your cost estimates may be guesses if you don't have metrics to know how much a service call to a desktop PC is and how much a service call to a thin client might be.

It's quite possible the initial cost would be quite high, but the savings from electricity alone, over 3 years, might easily make up for it.
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Choosing SSD drives for SQL Server 32 157
Booster, Repeater, or Wireless Access Point 9 50
OpenVMS Training 1 37
How to safely test out TFTP server software 12 58
Computer running slow? Taking forever to open a folder, documents, or any programs that you didn't have an issue with before? Here are a few steps to help speed it up. The programs mentioned below ALL have free versions, you can buy them if you w…
Before I go to far, let's explain HA (High Availability) and why you should consider it.  High availability is the mechanism used to provide redundancy to any service at the same site and appears as a single service to the users of that service.  As…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Email security requires an ever evolving service that stays up to date with counter-evolving threats. The Email Laundry perform Research and Development to ensure their email security service evolves faster than cyber criminals. We apply our Threat…

786 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question