Season 1, Episode 2 - The Missing link?
In the previous article, we looked at the factors that led to the emergence of the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) concept. In this instalment, we'll review how businesses can save money on BYOC workstations and the best way of implementing this within a company.
Usually, companies assume the initial purchase of a workstation and the maintenance costs for 3 years. Maintenance costs often total approximately 3 times the purchase price. To maximise savings, companies need to focus principally on reducing these maintenance costs. There are several solutions to achieve this:
- Workstation virtualization solutions (Citrix XenDesktop, Vmware View, Microsoft VDI)
- Application virtualization solutions (VMware ThinApp, Microsoft App-V)
These reduce maintenance costs associated with:
- Operating systems (security and antivirus updates)
- System and software support
These solutions do not lead - at least not directly - to a reduction in costs associated with hardware ownership (see part 1). To do so, they would need to be combined with the Terminal Light solution. But this solution cannot be applied to all users, especially those who use a desktop PC with specific hardware and software needs (CD burner, powerful graphics card, applications, etc.), and users who use laptops for mobility reasons.
In order to implement the tools they need to do their job, but also that no data will be copied onto their workstations. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), desktop virtualization and presentation solutions (Terminal Server) make it possible to provide applications in a completely self-contained environment.
Remember, it's essential to guarantee user and external workstation identification, while making sure the workstation has all of the prerequisites for this. For example, an access control solution with high-level identification is an absolute requirement.Of course, specific tools (intranet, CD-ROM, USB flash drive, etc.) need to be made available to facilitate users' access to this new environment.
As a conclusion
The BYOC implementation rules described abone enable companies to save money on ownership of user workstations and offer users the possibility to have a personal PC partly or completely financed by the company. This is in essence a win-win situation for employers and employers alike