$5,000 dollar TCO reduction with a Chromebook?

I wrote this a month ago and remembered I hadn’t posted it. It’s no work of art but it should demonstrate how far people will go trying to use TCO as a hook….

So I’m writing this from a ChromeOS vm. First things first we’re going to have to make a few assumptions to verify this 5k figure. So we’ll go head to head on hardware to start with. Chromebook Samsung ​​is $249 when googled. To compare I’m going to grab a dell latitude 5000 with an Intel vPro chip for $729. So we’ve got more expense but far more bang for our buck, oh and an Ethernet port with the all important vPro AMT features.

Now we need some software, again using list prices we’ll go for SA desktop and office for our PC device and we’ll use VDA for our BYOD access on the chromebook. so SA per year is $50 and VDA is $100.

​Next we need a copy of Office ​at $95 dollars per year.

So the total pc hardware & software cost is ​$874.

If we want to throw in Intune management

Next Chromebook, we need to add $120 dollars for Chrome management and $331.2 for DaaS costs (using known vendor pricing without large volume discount). This equals $895.2

​There is something missing though, the Windows device is unmanaged in the figures above. At $6 for intune access per user per month that gives us an extra ​72 dollars per year. So this put’s the PC at $946​. We do however have a problem where we are comparing apples and pears, but however you skin it, I’m really not seeing where $5,000 dollars comes from. If we start talking support costs, indirect benefits etc. I still can’t see where this comes from. Couple this with the fact that there is no offline functionality on the Chromebook and no out of band management…. I’d need something very compelling to make me believe the effect on TCO is any different to VDI/DaaS.