4 Major Reasons Why VDI Doesn’t Appeal To Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

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ras and scale computing hc3When people talk about the benefits of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI, it’s usually in the context of large enterprises. Seldom will you find case studies or testimonials featuring SMEs and VDI. But why is that? It appears that VDI simply doesn’t appeal as much to the SME market as it does with enterprises. Here are 4 reasons why.

1.Prohibitive upfront cost

The biggest obstacle to VDI adoption for SMEs is the initial upfront cost. The underlying infrastructure, especially storage, which usually comes in the form of storage area networks (SANs), can be cost-prohibitive. Add that to the combined cost of physical servers, hypervisors, networking, licensing, and virtual desktop publishing solutions, and a VDI investment becomes too expensive for most SMEs.

2.Number of users too few

Despite VDI’s huge capital requirement, it eventually gives a good ROI once those virtual desktops get deployed to hundreds or thousands of end users, which normally happens in large enterprises. Unfortunately, the number of users in SMEs don’t reach that high. According to this study, most VDI sizes in SME environments are usually only between 1 – 200 users. A lot of SMEs might even have only 10 – 15 users. Those numbers are certainly not enough to justify the capital requirement of traditional VDI solutions like VMWare and Citrix.

3.Lack of in-house expertise

Another big reason for the lack of interest in VDI among SMEs is that, not only are traditional VDI solutions too expensive, they’re also very difficult to install, configure, deploy, and maintain. Their level of complexity can only be addressed if you employ an IT team already highly skilled in those solutions. Otherwise, you would have to send your own team for training or hire people who already have the required skill. Either option can, again, be quite expensive.

4 Total Cost of Ownership just too high

Once SMEs start calculating the upfront cost and other associated costs, including professional fees (or the cost of hiring new talent) to handle a potential VDI investment, they realize the TCO for VDI is just too high. Licensing costs alone could run up to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars for an average-sized SME.

How Parallels RAS and Scale Computing is changing this narrative

Parallels RAS is a robust VDI delivery solution designed primarily for SMEs. Its affordable licensing packages, highly intuitive GUI, and ridiculously simple installation, configuration, and deployment processes sets it apart from other VDI solutions.

Scale Computing HC3, on the other hand, is a software-defined hyperconverged solution that Parallels RAS is designed to be deployed onto. HC3 brings together server, storage and virtualization into a single appliance that allows VDI adopters to start (and invest) small and then scale out as needed.

Together, Parallels RAS and Scale Computing HC3 bring down the TCO of VDI and make it affordable and practical for SMEs.

Should you wish to try this combination out, you may do so by grabbing a free trial of Parallels RAS now.


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