Virtual desktop systems are expensive, and Emory University’s Virtual desktop is the latest example.
The $499, or $599, model is one of the most expensive virtual desktop systems ever, according to a study by the Computer & Telecommunications Association (CTA).
Emory students use the $499 model as their primary virtual desktop to access the school’s website, and students can also access the $599 model.
In a recent blog post, the CTA cited Emory as a market leader in the $500-$599 category.
“Our survey results indicated that Emory Virtual Desktop accounted for nearly 50 percent of the market, with over 75 percent of students using it as their virtual desktop,” the CTA said in its blog post.
“While our findings are based on a single survey, our study demonstrates that the Emory virtual desktops are more expensive than comparable offerings from other companies.”
Virtual desktop costs can be high, too.
According to an October 2017 survey of more than 2,000 students by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Virtual desktops were the most costly desktop products at $1,569.
That’s more than three times as much as the cost of a typical PC or Mac.
“I can’t really go into details of the specifics of the study, other than to say the survey was done with students in the College of Business and Economics,” the CSIS spokesperson said in a statement to Tech Insider.
“Emory University does not endorse any of these products and does not provide support for any of them.”
Another study from the same group found that students spent an average of $4,500 on virtual desktop devices in 2019.
“There are a lot of factors that make a virtual desktop cost expensive,” said CTO and senior product manager John Schulman in a recent interview with VentureBeat.
“The main thing is the number of people that are using it.
There are many more people using it now than there were 10 years ago.
The cost of the hardware is also increasing, and it’s not like there’s a lot more demand than there was a few years ago.”
The CTA study doesn’t specify how many students use virtual desktop models, but it did state that it found that “the number of students that use virtual deskers at Emory is growing.”
The average cost of an Emory desktop is $1.09 per hour, which is $600 per year.
For comparison, the average cost for a Windows PC is $499 per year, according the University of California at Berkeley’s website.
The CTC study also noted that virtual deskets are more prevalent in schools that have large numbers of students.
“Students who have access to a virtual desk are more likely to have more flexible work hours and a more flexible learning environment, which increases productivity and improves productivity in the classroom,” the study said.
“However, we also found that virtual desktop use is increasing across the board, especially among students with higher academic demands and who are working in different areas.”
The study did not specifically address the use of virtual deskboards by Emory graduates.
“We believe virtual desk access is an important factor to consider when considering virtual desk purchases for both faculty and students,” Schulmen said.