Most existing enterprise assets today fall into one of the following classes of applications and data:
- Web applications: Approximately 70% of the applications in an enterprise are browser based.
- Windows Client Server: 20-25% of their applications in most organizations are Windows client server apps.
- Others: 5% of the applications in an organization are either Mainframe, Hybrid, or Native iOS and Android applications
- CIFS/Network Drive: Every organization has a lot of corporate data sitting in network drives
- SharePoint: Most organizations have corporate data sitting in a SharePoint repository
How does IT mobilize these assets?
Over the last four or five years, different companies have built different solutions to solve these problems. But what has emerged is a veritable alphabet soup of solutions: VDI, MDM, EMM, MAM, MIM, MCM, Secure Browser, Per-App VPN. They are all attacking different classes of applications or data shown above, but end up creating a confusing user experience for end users, and a complex deployment environment for IT. Often a complete solution will create 3-5 clients and require 3-5 servers to be deployed.
Many companies like Citrix and VMware have realized this, and have taken the first step of describing the ideal solution. The ideal solution is a workspace for end users. One place for them to get access to different types of applications and data. But this is just a SKU level unification - you can buy the same alphabet soup of products as one SKU. However, the underlying complexity for IT and end users hasn't been resolved.
At Workspot, we had the advantage of starting from scratch. We started with the end user in mind. An end user wants to access applications and data. Everything else should disappear - whether or not the application is behind a VPN, launching a VPN, whether the app is a web app or a Windows app, whether the data is on a network drive or SharePoint, etc. We want users to be able to access their apps and data in seconds not minutes. We have been able to accomplish this by building a lot of intelligence into the Workspot client: (a) viewers for different document types (b) CIFS client for access to network drives (c) RDP client for windows apps (d) a secure browser for web apps (e) embedded VPN client for connecting back securely into the enterprise (f) single sign on to various different backends - Kerberos, CA Siteminder, Oracle iDP, and SAML 2.0.
The unified workspace creates a really simple end user experience. But we also spent as much time making it simple for IT. From the beginning we believed that the data center infrastructure was sufficient for the problems we were trying to solve - VPN, AD, SSO, Applications, Network Drives, etc. So we set about embedding the necessary technology into our client so that we could seamlessly connect back into the data center. We have built a mini-OS. Since we did not require any data center footprint, we were able to build a policy engine in the cloud. We were careful to design it as a pure control plane. No traffic flows through our cloud. No credentials flow through our cloud. Its purely a control plane. We call this new architecture Workspace as a Service.
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