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2nd Generation VMware ROI/TCO Calculator

Posted by Gerben on 29/11/2007

Today I was notified via email that a new version of the VMware ROI/TCO Calculator is available:

The new version of VMware ROI/TCO Calculator now analyzes potential savings from VMware Lab Manager (VLM) and VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in addition to VMware Infrastructure (VI). This new calculator was developed jointly by VMware, Inc. and ex-Gartner ROI/TCO experts from Alinean, Inc. to provide a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Return on Investment (ROI) analysis for implementing VMware virtualization products and solutions. Try it today at .  

What does the calculator do?

The calculator is developed based on an expanded ROI/TCO methodology, the experience of thousands of VMware customers and industry research data to quantify TCO savings, investments, and business benefits of implementing VMware virtualization solutions.   The methodology first quantifies the current “Before VMware (As Is)” cost of ownership for server infrastructure, development/test lab and desktop infrastructure management.  Against the current environment, the methodology creates an “After VMware (To Be)” simulation, quantifying the cost savings, productivity improvements, risk reduction and business benefits of VMware Infrastructure (VI), VMware Lab Manager and VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and tallies any incremental investments to setup and deploy the proposed VMware solutions.

What is new in this version?

In addition to additional solution areas, the updated calculator includes the ability to:

– Export the analysis to excel

– Customize your virtualization schedule with a "savings realization factor".  

– Calculate carbon emission reduction

What about previous versions of the calculator?

This updated tool will replace the current VMware Infrastructure TCO Calculator and VMware Lab Manager Business Value Analysis Calculator, which will be available until June 30, 2008. The previous VMware Infrastructure TCO Calculator is now located at, and the VMware Lab Manager Business Value Analysis Calculator can still be found at Please note that analyses previously saved in either calculator can only be accessed at these links until June 30, 2008.

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