In a previous post, we talked about the three classes of solutions for enterprise app delivery:
- Managed rich-client
- Un-managed rich client
Today, let's talk about the various solutions in each one of these classes:
1. Managed Rich Client
There are different device management solutions for different kinds of devices. We have PCLM (PC Lifecycle Management) Solutions like Systems Center and Altiris to manage PCs. For Blackberry we have BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server). For Macs, there is a solution available from JAMF. And then for mobile devices like iOS and Android, we have MDM (Mobile Device Management) solutions from Air-watch, Mobile Iron, and Intune. We expect that these solutions will converge in the future, and you will be able to purchase a single solution that allows you to manage any device.
2. Thin Client
Five years ago, when most of the devices in the enterprise were corporate owned PCs and Blackberries, most devices could be managed. Un-managed devices were a niche use case. Thin client architecture was useful in these scenarios because the end point diversity could be hidden. A solution like XenApp helped IT deliver "problem" apps to different kinds of end points. A VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) solution helped IT deliver an entire desktop to different kinds of end points. The challenge with thin client architectures is that they don't really take advantage Moore's law on the end points and consequently will always be behind on end user experience.
3. Un-managed Rich Client
Today 80% or more of the devices are personally owned - home PCs or Mac, phones, and tablets. If IT cannot manage these devices, then how do they deliver apps to them? The only solution in the past was to use VDI. But because of the thin client architecture, VDI has significant limitations to the quality of end user experience. There is a need for cross-platform rich client solution that can work on un-managed devices. Previous solutions like Type-2 hypervisors like Parallels, Moka5, and Fusion are not cross-platform. We believe that a new solution called workspace is necessary to solve this problem. A rich client would incorporate a VPN, SSO, 2FA, Secure Browser, Document Viewers, Video Players, etc.