Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Review of the Economic Impact


imageWindows MultiPoint Server 2011 is the latest version of the clever technology that allows you to share one computer between multiple students – saving money on hardware, power and IT management costs. It’s an ideal solution where you have banks of fixed computers, and it’s coming up to replacement time – or where you need additional computers to supplement access for a 1:1 scheme. The kind of places it’s popping up are in computer labs and resource centres/libraries. The beauty of it is that you can still provide plenty of access for your users – each gets their own keyboard, mouse and screen – but you typically only have one computer driving six screens.

Now Forrester Consulting have done a Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Review, looking at the Total Economic Impact of it. What they’ve done is to look at the long-term costs of running two alternative scenarios – individual computers and MultiPoint Server 2011 systems. And their comparisons look at the software, hardware, energy and management costs.

As they are IT consultants, they use a lot of technical terminology and acronyms to describe the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Risk-Adjusted ROI, and the ‘can’t-live-without-it’ Nett Present Value (NPV). So if you love numbers, formulae and analysis, then you’ll love this report.

Here’s my simple summary of their conclusions:

  • A school using Windows MultiPoint Server will spend 66% less than an alternative one using standalone computers
  • The three-year ‘cost per seat’ drops from $1,145 to $391 (which brings it down to about $130 a year)
  • Over the three years of use, you’ll save 67% on energy, 66% on hardware, 99% on maintenance – and you’ll spend 64% more on software.

Learn MoreRead the full Forrester Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Review of Economic Impact here

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