White Paper

Desktop Virtualization: A Cost And Performance Comparison

Source: Quest Software

By Quest Software

This white paper presents the result of research comparing the cost and performance of desktop virtualization using the four most well known desktop virtualization products and their preferred hypervisors:

  • Quest vWorkspace 7.5 with Hyper-V Server R2 SP1
  • Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 with XenServer 5.6 SP2
  • VMware View 5.0 with ESXi 5.1
  • Citrix VDI-in-a-Box 5 with Hyper-V R2 SP1


The cap-ex cost of a desktop virtualization deployment can be perceived as prohibitive. Important factors in this cost are the expenses of storage and management software. Quest vWorkspace 7.5 was specifically designed to lower these costs, enabling customers to adopt desktop virtualization at the lowest cost possible while still fulfilling the requirements of both SMB and enterprise customers.