The Cost Savings of Cloud Desktops vs. Traditional Desktops

Government regulations, cost and quality pressures have driven healthcare organizations to consider the possibilities of cloud desktops. According to global technology research and advisory firm Gartner, “Pressure to improve the patient experience compels healthcare delivery organization (HDO) CIOs to consider flexible and efficient healthcare application delivery approaches and to ensure access to patient medical records from any location and device within the boundaries of compliance standards.” However, many CIOs are cautious about implementing a cloud desktop strategy without knowing how it can impact their bottom lines. Read on to learn about the cost savings of cloud desktops over traditional desktops. According to research conducted by the Weill Cornell Medical College, Information Technologies and Services (ITS):

  • The cost of cloud desktops over the course of one year is 42% less expensive than managing traditional desktops the traditional way.
  • The cost of cloud desktops over three years is 36% less expensive than managing traditional desktops.

The chart below illustrates the cost savings that departments can realize by switching to cloud desktop solutions using thin clients. Thin clients and other slimmed-down devices rely on a network connection to a central server for full processing and don’t do much processing on the hardware itself. Based on a three-year replacement cycle, organizations can save approximately $930.00 per workstation when switching to cloud desktops.

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(Courtesy of Weill Cornell Medical College ITS)

In addition to the cost savings, cloud desktops also include the following:

  • Secure, remote access to applications from multiple applications
  • Ability to provide a secure environment to meet employers’ bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies
  • Services based on a fixed monthly fee
  • Flexible, scalable architecture
  • Redundant, secure infrastructure
  • Ease of maintenance
  • Reduced energy consumption

Interested in learning how cloud desktops can reduce your costs and improve organizational efficiencies? Check out our on-demand webinar, Leveraging Cloud Desktops for Business Advantage. Our cloud solution experts stand ready to help you make the switch from traditional desktops to cloud desktops.

2 Comments

  1. Interesting analysis.
    What is the “tag Fee” intended to represent?
    What additional infrastructure hardware/software is required to operate the thin client network? What are those costs?
    What is the cost of transitioning to a thin client network related to training and administration for the support teams as well as users?
    I’m not certain that only examining the end point device costs fully explains the benefits if any exist. Thanks.

    • Hello Wayne –

      Thank you for your feedback! Mike McCracken, our director of professional services, has provided the following answers to your questions. Please let us know if we may provide you with any additional info.

      Q: What additional infrastructure hardware/software is required to operate the thin client network? What are those costs?
      A: Today’s Cloud Desktop solutions are meant to run on a standard network and can even over modern cell phone networks and shared wireless networks (Think coffee shops, airports, hotels, etc.) so there really is no additional network infrastructure required to support a cloud desktop solution. The only additional network infrastructure that you ***may*** need is a VPN connection between your backend applications and your Cloud Desktop provider for situations where you want the cloud desktops to access backend systems that are hosted somewhere besides the Cloud Desktop providers environment.

      Q: What is the cost of transitioning to a thin client network related to training and administration for the support teams as well as users?
      A: There should be very little end-user training required to transition to a Cloud Desktop environment. From the end user’s prospective, they just need a brief email, PowerPoint or meeting to show them how to access the Cloud Desktop environment. Once in the Cloud Desktop environment, everything should work exactly as it did with a traditional desktop. As for administrator training, as long as you go with a fully managed Cloud Desktop solution, there will be very little training required. Typically we spend 1-3 hours with the customer support team showing them how to use our portal and how to do some basic trouble-shooting of the environment. To give you an idea as to how easy this can be, we recently onboarded an 800-desktop customer into our environment using exactly the approach I described above. We provisioned the new desktops over the weekend based on a “Gold” image that we jointly created with the customer and Monday morning the users just logged into the new environment using the instructions we provided in an email.

      Q: I’m not certain that only examining the end point device costs fully explains the benefits if any exist
      A: You are absolutely correct that endpoint cost is not the only benefit of Cloud Desktops. The business drivers for moving to a Cloud Desktop environment are as varied as the customers/industry-verticals that look at Cloud Desktop. Typically, we find that organizations moved to a Cloud Desktop environment for one or more of the following reasons: cost; support; availability; remote access; and BYOD support.

      Q: What is the tag fee intended to represent?
      Editor’s note – the term “tag fee”, as referenced by Weill Cornell Medical College ITS, could refer to help desk support costs.

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