Forrester has recently released an in depth cost study of a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure ( VDI ) implementation for a 2,500 seat implementation. Aside from the cost analysis the report also looks further at the alternative costs ( soft and hard ). Forrester summarizes the economics with a methodology and metric they call Total Economic Impact ( TEI ).

I think this study does a good job documenting how VDI can make economic sense now in addition to the technology being ready for mainstream adoption. It also highlights a number of areas that may otherwise be overlooked or improperly valued when planning the business case for VDI.

Some of the key findings of the Forrester study included:

ROI for the organization is 170% with a breakeven point of five months after deployment.

Benefits – The main quantified benefits for the organization were:

Cost avoidance of a PC refresh

Server hardware cost avoidance

Software licensing savings

Improved IT staff efficiency

Time savings on application upgrades and improved desktop provisioning

The total risk-adjusted present value (PV) of these benefits is approximately $2.79 million.

The study, commissioned by Citrix was based on the XenDesktop implementation at Campbell Union School District and is intended to provide guidance and reference points for Enterprises and Organizations considering VDI and other Desktop Virtualization solutions.

Download the Forrester study here.

Other XenDesktop customer case studies are available here.