Workspot's VDI 2.0 Blows Citrix Out of the Water With Simplicity
Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of attention around the web. Why? Well for starters first generation VDI didn’t live up to its hype so everyone is eager for something to replace it. Plus even Citrix Technology Professionals (CTPs), who are an elite group of Citrix Super Architects and not Citrix employees, are talking about Workspot’s VDI 2.0.
We’ve checked out what people are saying about VDI 2.0 and one of the things that stands out is that people really appreciate how simple it is. Here’s what Rory Monaghan, CTO at Algiz Technology, as well as MVP and vExpert at rorymon.com, said in his January 2016 blog: “What I like most is the simplicity…it’s all very simple and I believe if VDI can be made simple then it really could become the multi-billion dollar industry ‘experts’ claimed it would be 4 years ago.”
That makes sense to us. After all, everyday we talk to current and former clients of Citrix and VMware, and one of their biggest complaints is that that every year those products get more complex. Not only is implementation difficult, but end users hate it too. For different reasons, of course.
Why IT and end users want simple VDI
When it comes to deployment of products like XenApp, IT struggles. They must deploy a wide range of components – including Windows Servers, SQL servers, Desktop Controllers, Provisioning Servers, Storefronts, Load Balancers, and more – all in high-availability mode. A VDI technology with so many moving parts is like balancing many spinning plates simultaneously. Some organizations are updating and running 1000+ servers to just support Citrix. Imagine keeping all of those servers and VMs patched!
And IT’s challenges roll downhill and directly impact end users. The kicker is that logins takes forever and sometimes won’t even connect. It’s common for IT teams to hear “I launch Citrix and go get a cup of coffee while it connects.” So, end users get frustrated too.
The result? End users begin avoiding login altogether because it’s too time consuming and it cuts into their productivity. And that’s a recipe for an explosion of shadow IT.
IT Architects Kevin and Rory Dissect Simpler VDI
Kevin Martin, Solutions Architect at Trace3, checked us out back in November 2015 and admired Workspot’s simplicity: “[Workspot] can truly deliver on simple, while leveraging assets in the cloud, and simplifying the delivery model to all types of users (on premise, remote, etc.).” Talking about our VDI 2.0, he went on to say: “But how you ask? Workspot provides a cloud-centric model while leveraging a cloud connector to utilize on-premise resources for virtual desktops. They remove the necessary components, such as brokers, gateway servers, profiles, application delivery, etc. They have integration with Microsoft RDS for application centric deployments as well as provide a web portal/storefront that allows users to choose between applications or a full desktop.”
In Rory’s evaluation, he holds a clinic dissecting Workspot VDI 2.0 – complete with screenshots – to really understand why it is simpler than say Citrix. You can read his findings here.
For us, simplifying VDI for IT means that deployment can take as little as 60 minutes. Moreover, when an update is required, they no longer need to update all of their end users’ devices one by one. Instead, users just visit a web app store to download an updated app. And when we say that we simplify VDI for end users, we mean that Workspot delivers all the line of business apps in a secure container, which is separate from devices, in a single unified experience. End users access these apps from any device (PC, Mac, iOS, and Android) and the interface looks exactly the same every time.
Simplifying VDI is not rocket science, but it does require some out-of-the-box thinking. We’re glad that people are taking notice. If this topic intrigues you, we invite you to check out our recent position paper about our offering: