Save Money, People and the Planet with Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktop #WVD is really a gift to mankind! You can really do great things for our planet by implementing this fantastic service. I have done a small simple calculation with some of my thoughts.

Lets say you have a standard employee package:

EquipmentPriceWeight
Samsung Galaxy1 000,00 €0,20kg
HP Elitebook1 500,00 €2,00kg
Keyboard50,00 €0,10kg
Mouse50,00 €0,10kg
Docking station100,00 €0,10kg
Monitor500,00 €7,00kg (not counted)
Total3 200,00 €2,50kg

WVD is included in your Microsoft 365 E3 licensing. It is easy and fast to setup and will give you a fast, secure and remote modern workplace. Then you need is a device to connect to the WVD. Why not use your Phone? Lightweight, connected and easy to use. So lets totally skip the laptop!

EquipmentPriceWeight
Samsung Galaxy1 000,00 €0,20kg
HP Elitebook1 500,00 €2,00kg
Keyboard50,00 €0,10kg
Mouse50,00 €0,10kg
Docking station100,00 €0,10kg
Monitor500,00 €7,00kg (Not Counted)
Total1 700,00 €0,50kg

Money
You will save almoust half of the cost of the employee package. Lets say you have 1000 employees, thats 1500€ x 1000 = 1 500 000€
Yes there will be some additional cost for the workload of the WVD, but that is almost free compared to the laptops.

People
I have recently undergone a lumbar spine surgery, six screws in my spine. One of the reasons for this is that i have been carrying around on a laptop for so many years. With WVD, your employees only needs to carry a phone and maybe a docking station. Going from 2.5kg to 0.5kg will save your employees back. The monitor is left on the desk so that weight is not included. As a bonus, the employees will also get a mobile, fast and secure workplace.

Planet
The last, but most important part. You will also help save the Planet. If you skip the laptop for your employees, their environmental footprint will be alot smaller. HP report that an Elitebook 840 G6 has a carbon footprint of ~375kg CO2. 1000 employees will save 375 000kg CO2
Yes, there will be some carbon footprint for the Azure datacenter. But shared computing is much more environment friendly than individual laptops.

So lets start saving Money, People and the Planet by implementing Windows Virtual Desktop!

Mr T-bone

Torbjörn Tbone Granheden is a Solution Architect for Modern Workplace at Coligo AB. Certified in most microsoft technologies and over 20 years as Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)

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