The Blended Workspace

Author: Amitabh Sinha

Publish on: Feb 20, 2014 2:30:13 AM

Most Enterprise organizations need to live in a hybrid world with virtual desktops and applications delivered both on on-premises infrastructure as well as delivered from the cloud, e.g. Microsoft Azure. This is the best way to provide seamless, secure acces to apps and data in a world where users (employees, consultants, contractors, etc.) have 3-4 devices, many of which are not owned by IT.  IT Teams need to be freed from worrying about end points - they need a solution that allows them to centrally deliver and manage their applications and data onto all devices.

The first solution that IT seriously evaluated to solve this problem was what we now refer to as VDI 1.0 - the first generation of virtual desktop infrastructure solutions provided by Citrix and VMware. This happened during my tenure as VP, Product Management, and then GM for XenDesktop at Citrix. It was a near-perfect solution - IT didn't need to change the desktop model, and users could consume all enterprise assets from any device. It didn't pan out to be that perfect, because the user experience was clunky at best on mobile devices, and it was too expensive at upwards of $700 per user per year at that time.

One problem (among many; for more on that read this solution comparison blog ) with VDI 1.0 was that it treated every application like a Windows app, yet there are  multiple classes of applications: (a) Web or HTML5 apps (b) Windows client-server apps (c) iOS apps (d) Android apps, and (e) CIFS blended workspace - appsfile shares. We want the end users to be able to consume these apps with the best possible experience for each class of application. For example, only the Windows application needs to be remoted. Web applications can be consumed directly inside a browser toolkit. iOS application should run natively on an iOS device.

This is a blended workspace - for each class of app, use the simplest possible delivery mechanism and deliver the best possible user experience. A blended workspace model will also translate to the lowest total cost of ownership - windows client-server applications are the most expensive to deliver, while web applications may be the cheapest to deliver and manage. 

Workspot has built a 100% cloud-native VDI 2.0 solution for IT and a unified (blended) workspace for users. Our solution allows IT to deliver applications (Web, Windows client server, and native) and data (SharePoint and Network Shared Drives) onto a secure workspace on any mobile device people want to use. The workspace on the user's device gets its marching orders (configuration, permissions, etc..) from Workspot Control in the cloud.  IT can take advantage of the ability to deliver desktops and apps from their on-premises data center, from Azure, or both. It's the perfect blend of VDI simplicity and workspace elegance.

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