Today's article is along the same lines as something I wrote last year about how the hidden "SLA bump" can kill your VDI project. The idea came from twitter. Someone asked me about home VDI solutions. He said he was looking for a small VDI solution for 2-3 thin clients, but that at that scale it's cheaper to buy 2-3 PCs. So told him to screw VDI and to just buy the 2-3 PCs. But then he said he wanted the better management of VDI. Ok, so then he should buy the VDI. What's the problem? Sure, the VDI is more expensive, but that's because IT HAS MORE FEATURES.
It occurred to me that this is one of the hang-ups that people have with VDI in general today. Everyone talks about how they want to use VDI to make desktops more reliable and to add new features such as the ability to work from anywhere. But then when it comes to pricing, they say, "Wait.. this VDI thing is going to be more expensive?" Um, yeah dude.. you're adding more features. Why wouldn't it be more expensive?
If you want to build a VDI solution that's cheaper than a traditional PC, we can do that. (It's called NComputing.) But don't expect any fancy-pants new features. We can give you the same features today for less money than you paid to buy your current solution three years ago. No problem. But more features are going to cost more money.