Cloud-Native is Better Than Cloud-Hosted: Workspot vs. Citrix Cloud

Author: Amitabh Sinha

Publish on: May 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Cloud-Native versus Cloud-Hosted

Cloud-native and cloud-hosted are not the same thing. The difference essentially comes down to the underlying architecture. For you, the benefits are vastly different. 

The differences between cloud-hosted and cloud- native

The cloud is an increasing presence in enterprise software. To compete, every software company has to have a "cloud" product. There are two ways for a company to have a cloud product strategy: (1) cloud-hosted, and (2) cloud-native.

The cloud-hosted strategy

Many legacy software companies attempt to solve the problem of the cloud with a cloud-hosted product. They host the legacy version of their software in the cloud. Since the legacy product does not support multiple customers, the vendor will often host a separate instance of the product for each customer.

On the surface the value proposition of a cloud-hosted product is similar to a cloud-native product: Customers do not need to deploy complex solution components, instead they can consume the “service”. However, there are some challenges with this architecture because all of the strengths and weaknesses of the legacy architecture manifest themselves in the cloud. 

The Citrix Cloud is an example of cloud-hosted. Citrix hosts its legacy (XenDesktop, XenApp, and XenMobile) architecture and offers this as a service. Citrix stands up a separate instance of the entire Citrix stack for each customer. The architectural challenges present a very high operational cost to Citrix, which they pass onto the customer. 

The cloud-native strategy

A cloud-native product is designed from scratch for the cloud and a subscription business model. It is multi-tenant to support multiple customers from a single instance. It can be deployed instantly. It also scales instantly to handle usage spikes, like when everyone logs in at the same time.

Workspot is cloud-native and was built from scratch to leverage the cloud's multi-tenancy and web-scale. The result is speed, perfomance, and lower cost of operations, which are passed onto the customer. 

So architecture matters, and there are substantial differences in benefits between a cloud-hosted and a cloud-native product.  


Workspot vs. Citrix Cloud

In the table below, we've listed the Top 5 differences between Workspot and Citrix Cloud, which also illustrate why cloud-native is better:




Workspot (Cloud-Native)

Citrix Cloud  (Cloud- Hosted)


Equal Value for Customers

  • Single Cloud-Native, Multi-Tenant, Code Base for All Customers

  • Fixes/Updates are Rolled Out to Single Cloud-Native, Multi-Tenant Code Base for All Customers




Architecture built for the cloud

  • Well-Designed Integration Between Components Running On-Premises, Cloud, and Client





  • Time to Value (Up and Running in Minutes vs. Weeks)
  • Feature-Velocity (Available in Days vs. Months)




Availability, Elasticity, and Performance

  • Automatic Scaling
  • Automatic Handling of Usage Spikes




Unique Benefits of the Cloud

  • Big Data Performance Analytics - Usage, Availability, Performance
  • Big Data Security Analytics - User actions 





Don't take our word for all the potential here. Listen to our friend Douglas Brown on his recent podcast where he interviewed our CTO Puneet Chawla on the new possiblities for VDI 2.0.

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