How You Can Achieve VDI Simplicity with a Single Platform

by Brad Peterson on May 4, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The past few weeks, we wrote a series of blogs and made some pretty bold claims about Workspot’s leadership and innovative VDI solutions for the cloud era. Last week, we stated:

Workspot offers the only solution on the market that enables you to deliver virtualized apps, server-hosted desktops, and virtual desktops--from the cloud, on-prem, or both.  

We even posted some diagrams to illustrate how Workspot basically replaces everything out there. Here are the VDI solutions on the market:

Alternative VDI Solutions on the market

Now you can forget all those solutions. Why? They're complex and expensive and they don't scale well.  Instead, go for VDI simplicity, reduce TCO, and scale infinitely with Workspot:

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If you missed the blog series and are interested in taking a look, you can read them right here: blog 1blog 2, and blog 3. If you read the series, and you'd like to hear even more details, this blog is for you. Now it’s time for the explanation behind how it’s possible to achieve this kind of radical simplicity in a VDI solution.

The 4 Workspot components that enable hybrid VDI with a single platform

Workspot provides the simplest VDI solution for delivering virtual desktops, server-hosted desktops, and virtual apps on any hybrid infrastructure on-premises or in the cloud.  The Workspot hybrid architecture is enabled by 4 main components.

The first two components are involved in connecting end users to resources: Workspot Client and Workspot Control.

  • Workspot Client is how users connect to their virtual desktops and applications from their devices.
  • Workspot Control lives in the cloud and is what brokers and load balances the connections between the Clients (running on peoples' devices) and your resources.

The third component is responsible for provisioning on any on-premises or cloud platform: Workspot Enterprise Connector.

  • Workspot Enterprise Connector does the heavy lifting of provisioning and managing desktop and server VMs across any hypervisor platform.  The Enterprise Connector enables Workspot Control to manage multiple platforms, clouds, and locations as a single hybrid deployment.   

The fourth component is responsible for system performance: Workspot Agent.

  • Workspot Agent works behind the scenes, gathering data about everything that’s happening in the desktop VM and the application server host and loading it into a big data analytics engine. These 4 components are the backbone of Workspot VDI Pools (how we deliver virtual desktops) and Workspot RD Pools (how we deliver virtual apps and server-hosted desktops). And they’re all managed from a single pane of glass.

Let's take a closer look at how they work.

Why Workspot VDI Pools is the alternative to XenDesktop and HorizonAir

A VDI strategy should not be like a board game where IT rolls the dice and hopes to land on the right square for their current and future business requirements.  

On-premises-only or cloud-only architectures require organizations to buy multiple solutions or install complex configurations to achieve the hybrid approach most organizations need.  Workspot is different.

Because Workspot Control is a multi-tenant, cloud-native service, it supports the deployment and brokering of all your Windows desktops wherever they're located. They can be on Azure, or on-prem, whether on 3-tier or hyper-converged infrastructure. Workspot Control uses the Workspot Enterprise Connector to spin up your Windows desktops from any Azure region and/or any data center location in the world, and since Control is instantly and infinitely scalable it can create unlimited desktops all while dynamically load balancing across all available compute resources.

And the cloud service is important downstream too.

End users access virtual desktops via the cloud by downloading the Workspot Client onto their PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices. When opened, the Client talks with Control to get information about which resources it's allowed to access. The Client then leverages the RDP 10.x stack to connect to virtual desktops. Control is what brokers and load balances the connection between the Client and your Windows 7/10 desktop environment.

Here’s a diagram of how VDI Pools work:

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Why Workspot RD Pools is the alternative to XenApp and more

The unique brokering technology of Workspot's scalable, cloud-native architecture provides the simplest VDI solution for delivering virtual apps and server-hosted desktops, making it a great alternative to all the other complex legacy VDI solutions available today.

RD Pools shares the same technical foundation with Workspot VDI Pools, so it works much the same way. When end users connect with the Workspot Client, Workspot Control is the broker for them, sending them off to get their applications and automatically doing load balancing and high availability.

Workspot will quickly deploy as many RDSH servers as you need and not be limited in user scalability. And you can mix and match your server OSs with Windows Server 2012 R2, or 2016 server and on any platform. Just install your various windows applications on your RDSH server template and you are all set to serve them across multiple users. 

Workspot RD Pools eliminates the need to install the load balancer, connection broker, web access, databases etc., required by Citrix XenApp or when setting up a Microsoft RDSH farm. This means a dramatically lower TCO. No expensive infrastructure to install and no need to hire highly skilled, expensive administrators to configure that infrastructure. Workspot Control provisions your RDSH server virtual machines, as well as the apps that run on top of them. Workspot launches and load-balances as many as you need, across your choice of infrastructure - Azure cloud or on-prem. It's infinitely scalable and enables a truly global deployment.

Here’s a diagram of how RD Pools work:

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Track and monitor everything with Workspot Agent

Not only does Workspot enable you to deliver thousands of virtual desktops, virtual apps, or server-hosted desktops to your users and manage them all with a single pane of glass, it also reports on everything via the Workspot Agent.

The Agent collects fine-grained data. It provides deep performance visibility for RDP and systems performance, load, and health. It sends this data back to Workspot Control where big data analytics and insights are generated using our big data pipeline.

The system is always up-to-date because it auto-updates. You never have to deal with outage or maintenance windows. It leverages the same VDI Pool technology, which means that scaling up or down can be done instantly.

At-a-glance: VDI Pools, RD Pools and Agent

Here’s a breakdown of the components:

Workspot Control

  • Single platform to deploy, load balance and broker windows apps and desktops
  • Single platform to deploy across multiple sites, including cloud and on-premises (Compare that to Citrix “broker,” which only does one site--you want to do multiple sites, you have to replicate Citrix complexity over and over again.)
  • Auto-scale and auto-update is built-in
  • Scales to millions of users (Compare that to Citrix “broker,” requiring that you add multiple brokers to scale up further.)
  • Automatically load balances users
  • High availability by design
  • Not part of data plane

Workspot Client

  • Single hop for persistent desktops
  • Two hops for non-persistent desktops and apps (In contrast, Citrix Receiver uses 33 hops for a connection.)
  • Auto-updates, so there are no outages or maintenance windows (In contrast, IT has to update Citrix Receiver at every end point.)
  • Tenant can handle 100 logins per second due to simplified direct connection scheme
  • No bottlenecks due to databases, brokers, AD authorization, HA
  • Leverages RDP 10.x stack, which means it’s always up-to-date with Windows releases

Workspot Agent

  • Focuses on system performance, health, and app usage data (Compare to Citrix, which is focused on doing ICA protocol.)
  • Auto-update is built-in (Compare to Citrix, which must be updated on every desktop and server.)
  • Auto-recognizes it is on a server OS and enables multiple user sessions per server

 Key takeaways

Here's that bold claim again: 

Workspot offers the only solution on the market that enables you to deliver virtualized apps, server-hosted desktops, and virtual desktops--from the cloud, on-prem, or both.

So what's in it for you?

Schedule a 15 minute demo and we'll show you how we've changed everything about the way VDI is deployed and managed.

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