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On Campus: Optimized VDI Environment Delivers Performance, Productivity, Savings with Blades


A Forrester Total Economic Impact study shows HPE blade infrastructure as the backbone of a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environment, delivering IT support productivity gains of 40% compared to a traditional desktop environment and a 32% ROI.

HPE BladeSystem-based VDI delivers significant savings for a large US multi-college district

Blog_Forrester_Enterprise.jpgWhen a multi-college district with more than 60,000 students needed to free up classroom space to accommodate more students, the district looked to a VDI environment to reduce the number of dedicated computer labs. It also wanted to provide students with better services while consolidating and simplifying infrastructure to reduce operational costs. Knowing it had to get this virtual desktop infrastructure right, the district chose HPE blade infrastructure for the deployment.  

As part of its recent Total Economic Impact study, Forrester Consulting interviewed the senior director of IT infrastructure to understand the benefits, costs and risks associated with this investment. The project was initially a 700-user VDI solution. Due to its success, the solution was further rolled out to approximately 4300 servers during the three-year term of the study. The ultimate target is now 7000 users across different campuses by mid-2019, using HPE BladeSystem and HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 servers.

Following the deployment, the institution was able to save an estimated $3.3 million in hardware costs over three years by deploying zero clients in its computer labs as compared to more expensive traditional desktops. IT productivity gains were experienced by simplified desktop support, fewer images to support, reduced downtime and increased availability. 

With a VDI strategy, the district:

  • Saved on software licensing costs
  • Realized benefits of $4 million over three years versus costs of $3.1 million
  • Achieved a net present value (NPV) of $970,000.00
  • Harnessed an ROI of 32%

What implications does a blades-based VDI approach have for your business? 

Improving customer experience and consolidating and simplifying infrastructure works everywhere. A virtual desktop environment means your internal and external customers can access their applications anywhere, anytime and from any device. And virtualizing your server infrastructure is a first step to consolidating your data centers, putting you on the path to composable infrastructure.

To learn more about the details of the deployment and all its benefits, read more in the full commissioned study, The Total Economic Impact™ Of a VDI Environment Based On HPE Blade Infrastructure.

Check out this infographic for financial summary and achievements of a VDI environment based on HPE BladeSystem.

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