Microsoft Office 2013 needs 20% more capacity to maintain VDI performance

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New Project VRC research tests relative impact of Office 2013 against Office versions 2007 and 2010

Madrid - Amsterdam, June 26, 2013 – Today, at TechEd Europe 2013 in Madrid Spain, Project Virtual Reality Check (Project VRC) announced the release of a new white paper about the relative impact of Microsoft Office on the performance of VDI based user environments.

Microsoft Office is the most used application suite in the corporate environment. The goal of this new white paper was to investigate and document the VDI performance impact of Microsoft Office 2013 in comparison to the previous two versions of Microsoft Office, 2007 and 2010.

The comparison of Office 2007 with Office 2010, showed only a 1% performance difference in favour of Office 2007. The comparison of Office 2007 and Office 2013 showed a significant performance decrease of over 20%. This leads to the conclusion that to maintain the same performance levels with the newest version of Microsoft Office, about 20% more infrastructure capacity may be needed.

Office 2013 also consistently uses more CPU and over 272% more memory than Office 2007. In comparison, Office 2010 only uses 26% more memory. Optimizations such as turning animations and hardware graphics acceleration off did not influence the performance in any way.

Another key finding published in the white paper is that running x64 versions of Windows and Office will have substantial impact on Storage IOPS and memory footprint in comparison to x86 versions.

Jeroen van de Kamp, CTO of Login Consultants: “Many organizations are considering upgrading to Office 2013. To help them to make the correct decisions in the upgrade process, we wanted to provide independent insight in the VDI performance impact of this new Microsoft Office version.”

Ruben Spruijt, CTO of PQR: “The goal of project VRC is to provide objective test data that will benefit the VDI and Server-Based Computing industry and end-user organisations. We recognise that every production environment is different. We therefore highly recommend to test the performance impact of Office 2013 in your own environment, before deployment.”

Project ‘Virtual Reality Check’ (Project VRC) was started in 2009 by SBC and VDI specialists PQR and Login Consultants and focuses on independent research in the desktop virtualization market. Several white papers were published about the performance of different hypervisors, application virtualization solutions, Windows Operating Systems and antivirus solutions.

All Project VRC tests are performed with Login VSI. This vendor independent tool simulates realistic user workloads to objectively test the performance and scalability of VDI and Server Based Computing environments. The full test methodology used is described in the white paper.

This and all other Project VRC white papers can be downloaded for free at To keep up-to-date with the latest developments you can follow Project VRC on Twitter @ProjectVRC.

About PQR

PQR is the specialist for professional IT infrastructures with focus on safe and manageable availability of data, applications and workstations with optimal user experience. PQR provides its customers with innovative IT solutions that ensure optimal application availability and manageability, without complex processes. Simplicity in IT, that's what PQR stands for.

PQR focuses on four main themes:

  • Data & System Availability
  • Application & Desktop Delivery
  • Secure Access & Secure Networking
  • Advanced IT Infrastructure & Management

PQR was founded in 1990, is located in De Meern, The Netherlands, and has over 100 employees. In the fiscal year 2011/2012, PQR achieved a turnover of € 94.9 million and a net profit after tax of € 4.6 million.

About Login Consultants

Login Consultants is an independent international IT service provider specialized in End User Computing. We help our clients in finding the optimal balance between IT control and end user flexibility. Our goal is an innovative and unique solution, which simplifies future change. Our success with our customers is built on the quality of integration combined with a smart migration approach and the manageability of the solution after deployment.

Login Consultants has an experienced team with over 150 specialists in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Our consultants have accreditations from Microsoft, Citrix and VMware, and are regularly invited to speak at national and international events. They are involved as experts in online and printed IT publications and actively participate in relevant technical blogs.

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