How SMBs Can Solve Their Top 3 IT Challenges

by Brad Peterson on Aug 3, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Our team spends a lot of time on the phone and at conferences with businesses of all sizes discussing their biggest technology challenges.

What we hear is closely matched by a market study published in 2015 by the SMB Group called Top Technology Challenges for Small and Medium Businesses. In it, the SMB Group lists 13 challenges and gives the percentages of small- and mid-sized businesses experiencing them.

SMB IT ChallengesNot all challenges are rated equally important. However, what stands out is that out of the Top 5 challenges, both groups had 3 in common:

         1. Containing technology costs

         2. Implementing new solutions or upgrades

         3. Figuring out how different technology solutions can help my business

From its inception, Workspot designed VDI 2.0 to specifically solve all 3 of these challenges. Every day we tell our prospective clients exactly how we do it. Here's a brief rundown of what we say.

 

3 Ways VDI 2.0 Solves SMB IT Challenges

1. VDI 2.0 helps SMBs contain their technology costs.

Historically, legacy VDI has been too cost-prohibitive for most SMBs. To operate VDI 1.0, for every $1 spent on licenses, $10 is spent on infrastructure to host and operate it. Why? Legacy VDI requires a substantial investment in CapEx due to the massive iceberg of equipment and infrastructure that's required for its foundation. On top of this, OpEx is also high because deployment takes 9+ months, and then there are regular maintenance requirements, such as software updates and product add-ons.

As I’ve learned talking to SMB customers all around the world, all this complexity and expense has caused them to look for alternatives to VDI. Either SMBs don't want to invest in VDI, or they have tried it and quit after finding it too expensive and complex. What I tell them is that Workspot has reconstructed VDI from scratch to create the next generation of VDI. (That's why its called VDI 2.0.) Designed for the cloud, VDI 2.0 runs on a cloud-native, microservices architecture that can be managed from a VDI control layer.

This new design drastically reduces both CapEx and OpEx. With VDI 2.0, hyper-converged infrastructure replaces legacy VDI's massive iceberg of equipment. VDI 2.0's control plane simplifies management because it eliminates the need for admin workflows, such as patching, updates, and troubleshooting. In case you’re interested in learning exactly how much you can save with VDI 2.0 compared to legacy solutions, we’ve crunched the numbers in our eBook TCO of VDI.

2. VDI 2.0 simplifies implementation of new IT solutions and upgrades for SMBs.

If you haven’t heard already, deploying VDI 2.0 can take as little as 60 minutes. But getting started with VDI 2.0 is just a fraction of the reason it’s so great for SMBs. Simplified maintenance and updates is another key benefit. As we mentioned, Workspot has reengineered the static, datacenter-centric VDI infrastructure to a cloud-native design.  VDI 2.0's cloud-native model leverages a cloud connector in the datacenter to control the app and desktop infrastructure. As a result, VDI's traditionally necessary components--such as brokers, gateway servers, profiles, application delivery, etc.--are all redesigned from scratch and deployed in a cloud-control architecture.

With unlimited VDI control plane capacity, SMB customers can now focus on managing their infrastructure to host their apps, desktops, and data in either their private or public clouds. See how simple VDI can be? No wonder Workspot's cloud-native VDI 2.0 is posing a huge threat to legacy solutions. 

3. Workspot offers a 60 minute demo to help SMBs figure out how VDI 2.0 can help their businesses.

SMBs have the opportunity to leverage the most advanced VDI available at a fraction of the cost of legacy VDI solutions. Moreover, the Workspot control plane is equally scalable whether an SMB's architecture is located in a private cloud or across several choices of public clouds. With this, the smallest of companies can become incredibly powerful and yet still stay nimble and adaptive to growth, expenses, and its employees' needs. VDI 2.0 represents the ultimate democratization of IT.

To understand how revolutionary the concept of Workspot and its cloud-native architecture is, just take a moment to think about similar cloud-native thinking introduced by Google and Amazon. Now combine this idea with hyper-converged infrastructure. Imagine what’s possible!

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