Omni Cool Tool: Desktop Total Cost of Ownership Calculator


By: tpoapst

March 13, 2007 2:41 pm





Desktop TCO Calculator

Omni has published a Desktop Total Cost of Ownership Calculator that compares the costs of Multiplied SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktops with stand-alone Windows desktops.

Test Scenarios with Your Own Numbers

While SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 costs roughly a tenth of the cost of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office, what are the total costs of deploying, say, a new computer lab with 30 desktops? What impact does the Multiplied Linux Desktop Migration Strategy have on the total hardware, maintenance, electricity and infrastructure costs (i.e., network wiring, Internet switch hardware, patch cables, electrical wiring) involved in deploying a new computer lab?

That’s where this Desktop TCO Calculator fits. Check out the default scenario for a 30-station computer lab or click the “Customize Costs” tab to modify the number of desktops you plan to deploy and change the cost variables to reflect your environment. The objective is to see how much money you can save by deploying the Linux Desktop Multiplier for SLED 10 in your environment. In this case, approximately $45,000, or a 65% cost savings.

Multiplied Linux Desktop Strategy

Modern PCs spend most of the day idle. Organizations are using the Multiplied Linux Desktop Strategy to leverage this unused computing power and to connect up to 10 full-client or thin-client stations to a SINGLE, shared SLED 10 or openSUSE 10.1 computer.

The strategy is ideal for Linux computer labs, Linux thin clients, K12 Linux classrooms, Linux
Internet caf?s
and Linux POS terminals.

Compelling Value

The Multiplied Linux Desktop Strategy helps organizations deploy high-performance, full-client SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktops and enhance SLED 10’s compelling value proposition by providing:

  • Significant hardware savings (up to 80%)
  • Significant software savings (up to 80%)
  • Decreased maintenance costs (up to 80%)
  • Decreased “evergreen” costs (up to 80%)
  • Decreased electrical consumption (up to 70%)
  • Decreased recycling costs (up to 70%)
  • Increased simplicity, management and control


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Disclaimer: As with everything else in the SUSE Blog, this content is definitely not supported by SUSE (so don't even think of calling Support if you try something and it blows up).  It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.