We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the VDI era about a decade ago. When I worked at Citrix and took over the XenDesktop product team in 2009, we began building massive innovation into the product, including the HDX protocol, the new FMA architecture, and the new management consoles – Studio and Director. During this time we saw huge growth for XenDesktop, and by the time I left Citrix it had become the market leader.
While this is a nice success story, the flip side is that it’s a story about a complex, on-premises architecture that created many challenges for organizations trying to implement these solutions. IT teams grappled with all the VDI components: Databases, provisioning servers, brokers, web interfaces, load balancers, and more. And all this VDI complexity, whether Citrix or VMware, relied on even more complexity in the data center – complex storage infrastructure, servers, hypervisors, and networking infrastructure. As a result, it would take months to deploy virtual desktops and apps and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in hardware, software and consulting costs just to deploy the first virtual desktop. And the nature of complexity is that it has to be micromanaged, and that means OpEx grows over time. Organizations that could afford expensive consultants to properly size and deploy the implementation and hire IT specialists to constantly intervene and troubleshoot the implementation were the most likely to see benefits. But what about everyone else?
Fast-forward a decade and the world has completely changed. We are seeing an accelerating migration to the public cloud. Many CIOs I talk with don’t want to own a data center at all, going forward. And it’s true that some organizations can’t move to the cloud immediately because of the significant investment they’ve already made in their data centers, or because of regulatory requirements. But what’s also true is that the vast majority of organizations of all sizes will save money, gain significant agility and achieve a competitive advantage by moving to the public cloud.
At Workspot, we've spent the last 5 years developing an insanely simple turnkey service for virtual desktops, apps and GPU-accelerated workstations, all delivered from Microsoft Azure. Now customers can deploy their first virtual desktop in just one day, at a fraction of the cost of legacy solutions. Workspot is a unified platform that allows IT to deliver desktops, apps and workstations on-premises or in the cloud using a single pane of glass. Nobody else does that today.
We are also leading the way with our unique business model, which centers on no risk contracts, free deployment services, and flat rate subscription pricing. It all comes together to deliver value to you on day one. No one else does that, either! For more details, you canwatch this video by Sopheap, one of our star customer success leaders.
Our continual technology and business model innovation is all about your success. We’re looking forward to working with you!