Equip thin client reduces spending on computer hardware. But the overall return on investment of a workstation service remains unclear.
Many companies no longer use traditional PCs and prefer to offer their employees called lightweight terminals, on which, once connected, they have all the typical office environment. Strengthening the security of information systems, improved application availability, simplified management of terminals … technical benefits associated with this concept of virtualization in the cloud at the workplace are numerous. The rationalization of technology and use of terminals to lightweight performance, and therefore less expensive, also induce financial gain. “Depending on the volumes, the cost of equipment can be divided by two or three, says Alex Dos Santos, Presales Engineer at Citrix France. However, it is complicated to calculate the return on investment related to operations, as use cases are manifold. “
Indeed, two families of workstations service providers share the market. On one side there are the providers such as Amazon or Microsoft, which offer virtual machines matching a basic set of applications (pdf file reader, Office pack …), invoiced per user per month. These operators offer high availability and high security at affordable costs. However, in this model, the company has to maintain her own virtual images as well as its terminals.
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On the other, there are the outsourcing providers operating some, or all, of the workstation service, from terminals to applications. In this scheme, transfer all of its applications from a single vendor may be more expensive. It may also raise security issues. Also keep in-house applications, all in the cloud by virtualizing the virtual desktops, impact performance and the reduced blow even the interest in virtualization. “But beyond cost reduction, companies seek above all to anticipate and control their spending budget related to employee workstation,” concludes Alex Dos Santos.