4 Hot VDI & Cloud Topics IT Executives Are Talking About Now

by Brad Peterson on Jul 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Workspot has had a busy summer attending a slew of major industry events, including HPE Discover, Nutanix .NEXT, Microsoft Inspire and Cisco Live. Everywhere we go, we spend hours talking to IT leaders from SMBs and global Fortune 2000 organizations. Topics range from what matters most to their teams to their most challenging IT issues.

These conversations are great. Not only do we learn something new from each one, but we also get to see that there are some recurring themes that pop up again and again. And frankly, it’s very satisfying to know that Workspot has solutions for them. Here are the hottest topics that I’ve heard from IT executives so far this summer, and how Workspot can help.

Hot VDI and Cloud Topics

1. Our IT team is working on reducing our datacenter footprint by moving to the cloud.

We must have heard this from almost half of the customers and partners we talked to at our recent events. Importantly, while everyone is excited about all the benefits offered by the cloud, most aren’t ready to switch to a 100% cloud model. Most customers have multiple use cases. They want to deploy HQ users locally, deploy remote users in the cloud, deploy server hosted desktops to call centers, deliver GPU workstations to designers, etc.

Workspot is the ideal solution for organizations that want to adopt a hybrid cloud model to reduce their datacenter footprint. Workspot offers the only solution on the market that enables you to deliver virtualized apps, server-hosted desktops, virtual desktops and GPU-accelerated workstations from the cloud, on-prem, or both - simultaneously - all managed from a single pane of glass.

Cloud and on-prem VDI

A related conversation we inevitably have is the one about how we dramatically simplify deployment and ongoing management compared to legacy VDI solutions, which means you also save a lot of money when you make the switch. Whatever unique requirements you have, Workspot can make the switch painless and fast!

2. We don’t have the resources to deal with VDI.

This is a big concern among SMBs and large corporations alike. Today the workforce is increasingly mobile, which makes a VDI solution even more critical for increasing efficiency and productivity. Most organizations I talk with already get this, whether or not they've implemented a solution. However, SMBs typically can’t afford to hire new team members to deploy VDI and manage it on a daily basis. They often say: "We have a small IT team. We just can’t dedicate people to a VDI implementation."

And larger organizations are looking at all the IT projects that need resources and realizing that maintaining massive and cumbersome VDI implementations simply isn’t feasible in the long term. Their chief complaint: "Our current VDI solution is taking up too many IT resources to maintain."

Workspot is different. We completely eliminate VDI complexity, which means you don't have to hire VDI experts. Workspot is a multi-tenant, cloud-native VDI service. As a result, we take care of provisioning, deployment and ongoing management of all your Windows apps and desktops wherever they're located. They can be on-prem--whether on 3-tier or hyper-converged infrastructure, or on Azure. We achieve this hybrid VDI model by spinning up Cloud Desktops with VDI Pools and and Cloud Apps with RD Pools. If you want to know the details of exactly how we do this, check out our article Workspot achieves VDI simplicity with a single platform.

Because Workspot takes care of VDI management, your organization can enjoy all of the benefits of VDI without any of the complexity, and that means that all those IT experts who would otherwise be troubleshooting and managing your legacy VDI solution can now be reallocated to more strategic projects, using their time much more effectively. And thanks to the shortest implementation times in the industry, success with Workspot comes quickly--within a matter of days.

3. GPU-workstations in the cloud sounds great, but what about performance?

Right now there’s a lot of hype around delivering GPU-accelerated workstations from the cloud. Understandably, IT people responsible for provisioning physical workstations are wondering how much of it is really true. Here’s the straight story: There is no escaping the fact that a user remotely accessing a GPU cloud workstation will experience more latency than with a physical workstation, somewhere in the range of 15-20 milliseconds, possibly more. Our real-world experience has been that the engineers at our customer sites have been pleasantly surprised and satisfied with the performance of Workspot Cloud Workstations. It's important to note that the increase in latency is offset by many benefits.

When you deliver GPU-accelerated workstations from Microsoft Azure, updates are effortless, so engineers will always have access to the very latest generation of GPU technology. Another thing to consider is that sharing massive data models between physical workstations is time consuming and expensive. Workspot Cloud Workstations ensure that engineers in the same cloud region can collaborate on the same model quickly and efficiently. Moreover, the high speed interconnects between different cloud regions mean that 3D models can be easily shared with engineers on the other side of the planet.

Wrokspot Cloud Workstations using Microsoft Azure

Overall, the goal is for users to access the Azure region closest to their location to get the highest performance with the lowest latency. Moreover, Workspot’s truly unique and simplified solution makes it easy for IT to deploy Cloud Workstations in a hybrid environment – on Azure and on-prem - simultanesouly. The results are faster time-to-value for projects across-the-board and a positive impact on your organization's bottom line. Read all about GPU accelerated workstations on Azure and use cases.

4. We need VDI, but its high cost has prevented us from implementing it.

It’s no secret that legacy VDI is expensive to deploy and maintain. First there’s a hefty upfront purchase price in terms of infrastructure, equipment and licenses. But it doesn’t end there. OpEx is also high and usually goes higher over time as expensive IT personnel from multiple departments have to constantly troubleshoot the implementation. Deployment usually takes 9+ months. And then there are regular maintenance requirements, like software updates and product add-ons. To operate legacy VDI, for every $1 customers spend on licenses, you’ll spend another $10 on infrastructure to host and operate it.

Workspot changes all that. Now you can avoid the OpEx surprises that came with legacy solutions. Workspot VDI 2.0 is the technology behind our Cloud Apps, Cloud Desktops and Cloud Workstations solutions, and it leverages cloud and hyper-converged technologies to drastically simplify VDI. We move the complex operational components of VDI into the cloud, including load balancing, brokering, databases, portal, configuration, monitoring, and image management functionalities. All of these capabilities are now a cloud-based, instantly and infinitely scalable service, with rock solid security built-in. As a result, VDI 2.0 reduces TCO by 50-90% compared to legacy solutions.

We're so confident you'll be thrilled with the results, we've created the industry's first and only no-risk VDI engagement model. Want to compare VDI TCO? We’ve created the ultimate guide to figure out how much VDI might cost you.

 

Learn more about Workspot innovation in VDI. Read the solution brief now!

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