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- This product was instrumental in allowing a limited staff provides a work-from-home solution during the shutdown phase of the pandemic to faculty and staff. It allowed the college to remain open even though the college was physically closed.
- When it doesn't load right VM Crashes.
- The financial area usually doesn't see the ROI until the next 2 or 3 years, due to the additional cost of hardware and software required for VDI solution.
- The cost of licensing in the subscription model is not cheap, if your organization doesn't need all the features, you can consider and check other options.
- Microsoft licensing is an important point to consider in VDI solutions.
- The implementation on-premise is still a little complex due to the components required for the Horizon solution and it represents a considerable cost, a solution on the cloud could solve this issue.
- We needed to expand our datacenter footprint to support the hardware requirements
- We decreased deployment of new software and patches significantly
- We reduced help desk tickets.
- Is easier to troubleshoot individual issues in comparison to other similar products.
- The simple installation allows it to be installed on most computers allowing it to be installed on an employees personal computer so the company does not have to provide computers for remote users.
- Has excellent security because all the data is backed up not on the remote device but on the company computer system so there is no concern about unauthorized people accessing company information in the even a remote computer is lost or stolen. The security systems can auto kick the computer from the desktop after a certain time so remote computers are not left connected to the main system when not in use.
- Positive ROI on application delivery
- Positive ROI on replacing traditional VPNs for remote access
- We switched from a Citrix-based solution. The price was lower and the quality way better, especially when our team worked from home.
- Fewer desktops needed.
- Easier to control access.
- It has had a positive impact on our remote offices by decreasing the cost of equipment we are having to use to put in our remote offices.
- We have seen a slow increase in our ROI, from hardware cost, setup time, implementation cost, and speed.
- We plan to increase our VDI footprint with a goal of eventually replacing all of our devices and trying to use only thin clients.
- We don't have to pay a bunch of helpdesk people to troubleshoot workstations.
- We don't have to buy full workstations for the users.
- We can maintain this a lot easier when issues arise with machines.
- Nothing really comes to mind, here, other than the previously stated mobility benefits. It is not cheaper or more expensive than traditional desktops, and we really didn't put this system in place to replace the core desktop experience anyway.
- It allows us to maintain a small and agile IT team.
- Reduces overhead in staffing and need to dispatch technicians.
- It provides almost real-time updates and maintains consistency on the virtualized platform.
- Less time involved managing endpoint devices: Using thin clients, users are able to receive a "one size fits all" device. This makes mass configuration/roll out of new devices easy.
- Allowed for implementation of BYOD: If desired, users can utilize their own laptops for corporate access, thus lowering the number of devices the company is required to purchase.
- Positive: You can stop buying desktops and laptops. Zero clients are perfectly adequate for access to virtual desktops. Lower cost, easier to maintain, less software involved and no second level of antivirus required.
- Positive: BYOD is way easier to implement. It's much easier to draw a line in the sand and separate the employee's "device" from the company's "desktop".
- Negative: An order of magnitude harder to maintain over a traditional desktop infrastructure. Yes, in the end-run the work can all be done on the backside instead of standing at a desk somewhere but the level of knowledge required is harder. Experience is not cheap and inexperience is very expensive.
- Good ROI if you can afford the initial implementation costs and training that is necessary to setup and manage. It may take 3 or more years to realize the financial ROI.
- Desktops that do not meet minimum application requirements, can still be utilized as they are just used to access the server session though a lightweight client application, which extends replacement life.
- Doing software and O/S upgrades/patching is a major time saver for linked clones. You update the Gold Image for the linked clones and recompose.
- ROI is good, but from calculations it takes time, you won't see benefits in a first year or two
- It will allow us to provide access to software on personal machines where it was not possible before
- It is hard hunting applications that are allowed to be virtualized
- This makes it easy for us to access costly software from off-campus.
- Although I'm not sure about the administrative or implementation side of this software, there are no negatives for those of us who use software such as SPSS and want to be able to use it on our own machines, and off-site.
- Keeping support costs lower has allowed us to spend more in greater need areas.
- Less time in troubleshooting individual hardware/software issues makes us more efficient.
- Network infrastructure needs to have adequate bandwidth and be well configured to minimize VDI issues that can arise.
- Allows for remote access to files and applications
- Able to use this in a pinch if someone has a failed machine.
- Need to have a decent Internet connection otherwise, the connection to the VMS can be laggy.
- It has given our company ease of access when needing to connect to multiple servers at the same time remotely.
- Has allowed users to use BYOD devices without sacrificing security into our network resources.
- Has simplified PC and OS life cycle upgrade processes greatly.
- Has provided the business a way to more accurately track assets, applications, and capacity.
- Since we have total control to do remote wipes on employee's own devices with HMM, it allows us to bring in BYOD policies which saves big bucks on company mobile purchases.
- If you're not a large enough company, the implementation and maintenance cost might not be justified
- The lackluster support can sometimes cause big issues go unfixed for significant duration which can potentially cause a problem
- Expensive upfront - VMWare Horizon isn't cheap to implement for an organization our size. We spent a great deal of money up front to build out our environment.
- Cheap expansion - While expensive up-front, expanding to accomodate new users is fairly inexpensive. You just expand the infrastructure as needed and let your environment grow. We've grown in size quite a bit in the last 2 years, and it has been a fairly painless process. Where we'd be spending $1600 for a new laptop for a user, we just spend $300 on a zero client and call it a day.
- Increased security - We don't have to worry about users losing a machine and losing data because all of their data is backed up in our VDI and Storage Infrastructure. This is much more difficult to accomplish with traditional physical PCs.
- Accessibility - Being able to access your VDI anywhere in the world without carrying it with you definitely brings an incredible value. It's hard to put a dollar figure on the benefit of being able to do this.
- Saved money on PC purchases.
- Save a lot of man hours by not having to image new PCs. We just create one Template VM and clone the others from that.
- Bit of a learning curve to get the deployment right for the environment.
- Ability to make sure VMs always turn back on once they are shutdown. This speeds up load times for users.
- Less management for our PCs. If one gets a virus or something corrupts we just refresh it and within 5 minutes the user is back to work.
- Initially, it seemed like a net gain. However, as software application bloat continues to occur (think Office 2010 versus 2016), the hardware footprint for each machine continues to grow. At some point, this may no longer be the right solution if we no longer have the hardware capacity (i.e., memory) to support the software running in the virtual desktop images.