The Impact of Microsoft 365 on VDI and EMM Markets

by Amitabh Sinha on Dec 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM

What is Microsoft 365?

Back in July Microsoft announced Microsoft 365 - a product suite that bundles Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security/Intune into one turnkey (one of our favorite words) solution. There's a version for Enterprise and a version for small/medium businesses. Licensing for Microsoft 365 is available as a per user, per month subscription. Until now, buying these products was a hodge podge because Office 365 was available per user but Windows was available on a per device basis; it also meant you had to spend time integrating this fragmented mix of OS and apps. Not anymore!

80% of Enterprise Customers Will Upgrade 

Going forward 80+% of enterprise customers will upgrade to the Microsoft 365 SKU. So in a few years, 80% of enterprise customers will have paid for licenses for Office 365 and EMS/Intune. What are the consequences for traditional VDI and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)?

Office 365 Will Drive VDI into Azure

and  had forecast in the following article VDI Demand Is Growing, but Not Everyone Will Be Successful that Desktop as a Service (DaaS) would be 50% of new VDI deployments by 2019. Not only are we seeing this happen first-hand, we're witnessing an acceleration of existing VDI workloads moving to the cloud. 

Gartner analysts Nathan Hill and Michael Silver recently published a report called Moving to Office 365 Challenges VDI Strategies. The report discusses the impact of Office 365 on where virtual desktops are deployed. If the most important enterprise application (email) is in Microsoft Azure, doesn't it make sense for more virtual desktops to be closer to the application in Azure too? We believe that with datacenter infrastructure overlapping with cloud services, IT teams must take the opportunity to reassess if on-premises VDI still makes sense, or if those workloads should run in Azure as a turnkey (there's that word again!) Cloud Desktop Service.

Standalone EMM at Risk? 

If you already own licenses for EMM via Microsoft 365, why would you need third party EMM? Five years ago there were a number of independent companies selling Mobile Device Management (MDM) software. Over time, many of those companies have been acquired into larger organizations: Airwatch (VMware), Zenprise (Citrix), Fiberlink (IBM) and many evolved their feature set to become a more robust EMM solution.

Microsoft has been adding functionality at a rapid pace to Intune, now known as Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS).  Today there is little functionality gap between standalone EMM solutions from VMware and MobileIron compared to what Microsoft EMS/Intune has to offer. With a turnkey (!) solution that covers this functionality, you get to avoid hassles with the hodge podge. And with Microsoft 365, you will already own licenses to EMS.

Turnkey cloud service 2.jpgWorkspot Aligns with Customers' Cloud Strategy

Our team talks with many organizations of all sizes every day. The common refrain is "I want to get out of the business of dealing with an on-prem datacenter. I need to use my team's resources more effectively, so we're moving to the cloud." As part of that transition, most start with Office 365, and now Microsoft 365 will be a huge factor in this shift.

Given the choice, customers want to deploy VDI in the cloud. Why would they spend 9 months and $200,000 deploying their first virtual desktop on-premises when they can do it in one day for $50 with Workspot's Cloud Desktop Service? It's an enterprise-class, turnkey (see? we love "turnkey" and so do our customers!), no-hassle, no hodge podge virtual desktop, app and GPU-accelerated workstation service that aligns perfectly with customer requirements.

Workspot Aligns with Microsoft 365

Workspot Cloud Desktops, Cloud Apps and Cloud Workstations solutions are based on our innovative cloud-native architecture. You can run virtual desktops, apps and workstations in Azure, on-premises, or both for the ultimate flexibility, scalability and business agility. Over time, our customers will choose to manage their cloud desktops with EMS - delivering evergreen Windows desktops. Their end users will access these cloud desktops from the device of their choice. Customers may additionally use EMS to (a) either secure and manage those devices (b) Or, if the devices are end user owned, they may choose to secure applications or data on those devices. 

What's Your Plan?

As an innovator in the VDI world, our next-generation Cloud Desktop Service delivers Cloud Desktops, Cloud Apps and Cloud Workstations. If you can find 15 minutes for us, we'll show you how everything has changed, and why there's no need to struggle with legacy VDI solutions any longer!

Find out more about Workspot's Cloud Desktop Service.  Start with our Cloud Desktops Solution Brief.

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This post was written by Amitabh Sinha

Amitabh has more than twenty years of experience across enterprise software, end user computing, mobile, and database software. Amitabh co-founded Workspot with Puneet Chawla and Ty Wang in August 2012. Prior to Workspot, Amitabh was the General Manager for Enterprise Desktops and Apps at Citrix Systems. In his five years at Citrix, Amitabh was VP Product Management for XenDesktop and VP Engineering for the Advanced Solutions Group. Amitabh has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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