With the launch of fully fledged stable release of Windows 7, the scope of desktop virtualization has increased by a massive extent.

Desktop virtualization, and server virtualization are the buzzword today, but folks are still hesitant in getting started with virtual desktops, and need to understand their benefits to the fullest extent. When you centralize the desktop, you not just gain agility, but also added control over it, just like apps. This can especially be really helpful when you wish to hire a new employee or a small wing, and operate from remote place.

As opposed to delivering and managing a PC, which costs somewhere between $1,500-$4,500 per annum, desktop virtualization can help you in reducing costs up to 40% and maintain a desktop for as low as $700-$2,000 per annum.

However, one of the biggest concerns in adoption of this technology is the upfront cost, which is significantly higher. At the same time, there aren’t any clearly defined ROI metrics for desktop virtualization unlike server virtualization.

Well, it is as simple as that – if you’re up for the Windows 7 upgrade, you should probably consider it this way. VDIwill payback big time when you need to upgrade OS or an app next time around, because if you’ve got say 1000PC, and you try to refresh them, it is going to cost you heck a lot. On the other hand, you can spend a lower amount of money on desktop virtualization; you’ll have to refresh/manage the copy in the data center, rather than all the PCs. So, how is this multi-fold increase in cost-saving? Simply wonderful, isn’t it?

What’s more, you can even opt to pay as per the number of devices used, or you may even buy licenses on per-user basis. Hence, there will be multiple users per device in one model, while the other licensing model will involve usage of multiple devices by one user – this will be a great option for businesses that have employees who need access from various devices such as an office desktop, smartphone device like Blackberry or iPhone, a personal laptop, and another desktop located at a different place.

However, those who don’t really operate from remote places, may not find this to be a very hand option, and may be content with per device license, rather than per-user calculations. In any case, you can make good use of the new offerings from the house of Microsoft.

Furthermore, another exciting news is that unlike earlier times when one had to pay additional fee for move the OS into data centre, everything is now totally free for the existing Microsoft customers under the new subscription.

With the release of Xendesktop version 4, XenDesktop and XenApp have been blended together into one single product, and customers also have the flexibility to choose from various virtualization deployment methods such as virtual machined based VDI model server based, blade, or the most relevant one, specific to OS streaming, or 3D graphics needs. So, what do you really call all this; virtualization redefined, isn’t it?