The rise and uptake of the virtual desktop has enabled organisations to realise a number of benefits including improved user experience, better customer service and up to a 40% reduction in desktop support costs. Not to mention the ability for organisations to move from a CAPEX operating model to a more OPEX utility based platform.
Given the increases in services and solutions to date very little information has been made available about the sustainability and environmental benefit of a virtual desktop solution. With the rise in energy costs and environmental compliance the total environmental benefits of a virtual desktop solution have been to date undervalued.
Fujitsu has published a white paper that discusses the closely linked subjects of energy use and carbon emissions around the desktop environment. It looks at the potential decreased energy costs of deploying a virtual desktop solution based on Fujitsu Virtual Client Services (VCS), but also delves deeper into other tangible and intangible benefits such as more efficient maintenance, longer refresh cycles of desktop hardware, decreased heat load in buildings, ability to sweat assets longer and the potential reduced embodied carbon and emissions throughout the lifecycle of a virtual desktop.
Fujitsu’s recent global ICT Sustainability Survey* which included interviews with 1,200 CIO’s and IT Leaders across 8 countries showed that 51% are either in the planning or pilot phase of desktop virtualisation and just 12% considering themselves at best practice. The remaining 27% currently do not have plans for virtual desktops.
By factoring in the reduced energy costs and also other tangible environmental benefits this paper aims to provide you with practical advice on how to further support the business case for virtual desktop solutions.
The environmental benefits of a virtual desktop solution can be significant and the technology provides the CIO an opportunity to assist in making a significant contribution to the organization’s sustainability and energy efficiency goals. Careful consideration must be made in the back end infrastructure and the hosting environment of the servers otherwise you risk merely pushing the issue from the desktop to the data centre. Also a key recommendation is to carry out energy testing of any new virtual desktop equipment to ensure you are getting the right product and can factor in the correct energy savings into your business case.