Microsoft recently conducted a TCO study comparing the costs of VDI to traditional desktops. heir analysis was that with Windows XP SP3, VDI was 9% more expensive overall, and with Windows 7 VDI was 11% more expensive. Brian Madden's analysis of the report shows that one of the main cost increases for VDI is Microsoft licensing. That's interesting. The Microsoft study showed that "VDI reduces hardware costs by 32% but increases software costs by 64% canceling any savings."
Brian states, "This study certainly reflects many of the harsh realities of VDI today, including that while it sounds great in theory, for most people VDI is complex, expensive, and delivers a worse user experience than traditional desktops."