Goals and Objectives

Business/Educational Benefits

These benefits include:

  • Improved Data Security: Reduced risk of information loss due to islands of data/information stored on local desktop hard drives or from theft as all data is stored centrally on the SAN.
  • Fast-track Standardization of the numerous Windows desktop platforms. There is an opportunity to reduce the proliferation of desk-side hardware standards and windows images, bringing this to a manageable number across the faculties that chose to adopt VDI.
  • Standardization of Desktop support processes. This product offers the opportunity to use a single support / service request process for VDI users.
  • Longer Desktop hardware lifecycle. The thin-clients have no moving parts and therefore, have a potential lifespan beyond the current desktop refresh lifecycle.
  • Reduction in creation of CO2 emissions. Thin clients use 70-80% LESS energy than the current desktop PC and 50% LESS energy than a laptop. Even with the increase in power consumption in the server room, there is a net energy REDUCTION of 65-70% PER USER.
  • Aligns with Campus-wide license arrangements.
  • Aligns with other Transformation Initiatives: IT Service Management (ITSM) program.
  • UBC Showcase for the user leading-edge virtualization technology.



Virtual Desktop
(Windows-based OS)

Traditional Desktop
Reduction in Number of Desktop Images
  • 1 image per similar user scenarios

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INDEPENDENT of desktop hardware model
  • 1 image per similar user scenarios


1 image per desktop hardware model
Simpler Application Deployment

Virtual application installed ONCE on the server


accessible by ANY Virtual Desktop

Application installed on MANY images


Individually installed on MANY desktops

Longer Refresh Cycle for Desktops based on Thin-Clients

= $$ Savings
>> 3 years on a zero thin-client (typically 5-10 years) 3 – 5 years
Improved Data Security Data stored in the Data Center and regularly backed-up Data stored on C:\ or the Users Desktop can be lost if no backup or stolen
Simplified  Desktop Support Effort

Server-side (one-time for all)

  • Deploy patches
  • Deploy Applications
  • Separated Virtual Machines to eliminate application incompatibilities
No Thin-client maintenance

Desk-side (many-times)

  • Deploy Patching
  • Deploy Applications
  • Incompatible application trouble-shooting
PC health checks
Remote Access to your Desktop from Anywhere Use VM View client Use Remote Desktop software
Energy Efficient

10-20w per Thin-Client plus
5-10w portion of a server plus storage


131 to 263 Kwh/year

100w per Desktop


876 Kwh/year
Desktop Application Performance

Dependent on the Server CPU/RAM = relative consistency between all users on that server

Dependent on the network link quality and bandwidth between User location and UBC
Dependent on CPU/RAM installed at the Desktop = many variations