Ever since the first iPhone came out, CIOs have been looking for a solution to deliver all business apps and data to different devices. In the period from 2009-2011, everyone thought that the simplest and best answer was VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). When VDI proved to have poor end user experience at high cost and complexity, IT turned to MDM (Mobile Device Management) as an alternate solution. Today MDM has evolved to a larger vision called EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management). However EMM has limitations also - end users don't want IT to lock down their devices. Recently Citrix announced a new solution called Workspace. A workspace provides access to all business applications and data.
What do your end users need? VDI? EMM? or Workspace? Here is a flowchart that can help you choose.
In our customers, we find that a customer might use all three solutions for different use cases. For example, they use VDI for developers to access a Windows desktop and tools from their Linux machines. They use an EMM product to manage the devices they purchase for their employees. And they use a workspace on both managed and un-managed devices to provide access to business applications and data. We estimate that roughly 10% of your employees need VDI, you can manage 10-20% of the devices that your end users own using EMM, and a workspace can provide access to any user from any device.
One theme you will see in the flowchart above is a 100% cloud architecture. We recommend choosing a 100% cloud architecture when possible. This is the only way you can keep pace with the rapid evolution in the device landscape. There are good 100% solutions for EMM. We have built a 100% cloud solution for Workspace. There are a few 100% cloud solutions for VDI - Amazon Workspace and VMware Horizon Air. However they have had limited success.
Click here to read more about the key considerations and benefits of using a 100% cloud architecture.
The explosive adoption of devices and mobility continues to challenge savvy CIOs to deliver business apps and data to all employees. To keep pace with this rapid evolution in the device landscape, enterprises must evolve into a ‘mobile-first enterprise’.
If you'd like to learn more about what it means to be a mobile-first enterprise, check out our post: 'Mobile-First Enterprises: Embracing a Heterogeneous World'.