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Prowess Consulting: Processor Choice Matters for VDI Economics

Evaluation by Prowess Consulting shows that the foundation that powers servers — their processors — can have an outsized impact on VDI deployment cost. The evaluation showed that building VDI systems around AMD EPYC® processors can reduce three-year server TCO by as much as 68 percent, and it can decrease the cost per user per month by as much as 59 percent. In addition, the servers powered by AMD EPYC processors were 44 to 53 percent more efficient in terms of power consumption and cooling.

Beyond the cost factors, AMD EPYC processors provide reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features, in addition to security capabilities, which can increase server uptime and help protect data on virtual desktops. Independent of the processors powering them, the Lenovo® servers examined in this study also have additional performance, reliability, and customer-satisfaction features that can qualitatively improve VDI deployments for IT organizations and that can help reduce the complexity of the server infrastructure that undergirds such deployments.