VDI Calculator v5 is Now Available with Major New Features

I am happy to announce the General Availability of the new VDI Calculator v5. This new version is the single biggest release since I started delivering the calculator. I have completely re-architected the way the calculator works, allowing multiple types of desktops to be configured in a single calculation for a single solution.
All existing features have been retained and will work in the exact same way you are used to, but you now have the ability to select different  options for different types of desktops or desktop pools.
As an example, you may choose Desktop Type 1 to be a ‘student’ desktop using Linked Clones with 10 different pools; conversely you may choose Desktop Type 2 to be a ‘professor’ desktop using Full Clones with 5 individual pools. This new calculator gives you much more granular control over your calculations eliminating repetitive tasks when sizing larger environments.
To enable multi-desktop pool calculations just select ‘-‘ and ‘+’ in the top bar menu.

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Another additional feature is what I call ‘Ask for Help‘. During the application session when you select the Update option a new screen will show up asking if you would like to be contacted by VDI solutions vendors that can help reduce costs, improve performance or improve manageability of your VDI solution. If you are interested in being contacted just fill the blank fields and the tool will be sharing the information with few vendors.

  • Please note that you configuration details is not shared or captured at any point in time.
  • This is not a compulsory action and you may select ‘No’ and the application won’t bother you anymore during that session.


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For the next release I am planning full support to Chinese (Simplified), additional support for converged infrastructure and a Simple/Complex Mode.


To access the new VDI calculator click here.


Important Notes

  • Java  will request authorization to execute. This will fixed for the General Availability release.
  • There is a known issue when loading a saved calculation with more than 1 desktop type. In this case you must first open the amount of Desktop Tabs you want to load from the saved file. You do that clicking on (+) and (-).


This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.

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