VDI offers many advantages over server-based computing: greater user control over desktops; easier security, backup, and data restoration; and the ability for users to access their sessions offline. VDI can also be a much more cost-effective approach.
Our scale testing with the Login VSI 3.7 medium workload for a VMware Horizon View virtual desktop solution and for a Citrix XenApp 6.5 FP1 Hosted Shared Desktop farm revealed that both delivered a rich Microsoft Windows 7 desktop experience. However, Horizon View 5.2 could support 174 concurrent users while Citrix XenApp 6.5 FP1 with comparable lossless settings could support only 146 concurrent users.
Not only did Horizon View 5.2 support 174 concurrent users in our testing, it did so at a cost per user of $483. In contrast, the 146 users Citrix XenApp 6.5 FP1 supported had a cost per user of $950. VMware Horizon View 5.2 delivered 19.2 percent greater density and a 49.2 percent lower cost per user, making it an excellent choice for a company that wants to deliver a high quality experience that includes around-the-clock telephone support for users.