Right now, organizations are in the midst of a painful transition. They’re looking at their legacy VDI infrastructure (some of which has been untouched for 10+ years) and they’re wondering about a migration strategy. They can’t stay stuck in 2007, but with so many flavors of EUC solutions, where do you even start to craft a modern, cloud era solution? Moving forward—and doing it “right”—seems almost impossible without a crystal ball.
Gartner predicts that within 2 years 50% of all VDI deployments will be DaaS1, which means that infrastructure and control will eventually be located in the cloud. This suggests that in the future nearly all EUC deployments will inevitably be cloud-based. In the meantime, though, the question is how to prepare today’s IT infrastructure for success when you’re nowhere near ready to go all-cloud?
In this article, we’ll talk about what the EUC landscape looks like in 2017. Plus, we’ll provide an answer for everyone who has been asking themselves: “Where do we go from here? What migration strategy will ensure we're ready to make the leap from today into tomorrow's EUC world?”
Application and desktop delivery solutions in 2017
Today, IT has three different problems to solve when looking to deliver applications and desktops:
- Deliver Virtual Applications: IT uses virtual app delivery when users already have a Windows endpoint. In this scenario, IT wants to deliver 5-7 ”problem” applications to those users. Most commonly deployed virtual applications are the browser and SAP.
- Deliver Server Hosted Desktops: IT uses server-hosted desktops for task worker use cases. In this scenario, end users need 3-5 applications and a familiar Windows interface on a thin client. Here, the most common use case is a call center.
- Deliver Virtual Desktops: IT uses full Windows 7 or Windows 10 virtual desktops for knowledge worker scenarios, in which users may need tens or hundreds of applications.
Until now, there was only one way to deploy these solutions: on-premises. IT spent months procuring hardware, architecting a solution, and then deploying it.
Recently, with the advent of the public cloud as a viable option, IT can now leverage the cloud to deliver these solutions.
This matrix presents your options in a nutshell:
- On-prem: If you want to virtualize your applications and have them available on-prem, then historically you’d choose Citrix XenApp. Just like any technology that was built 10-15 years ago and iterated numerous times, this solution is expensive, complex, and requires significant expertise to install and manage.
- Cloud: To do app virtualization in the cloud, you may look to Citrix Cloud. At its heart, this software is the same as XenApp, and so it shares all the same drawbacks. The difference is that Citrix runs the software in their cloud, so they own the problems associated with management, versioning, upgrading, and patching.
- On-prem: Basically, this solution is a terminal services slice of a backend server that’s made to look like a desktop for users. For this solution, your option is Citrix XenApp.
- Cloud: If you want to run hosted desktops in the cloud, you can go with Amazon WorkSpaces or VMware Horizon Air. These solutions also offer a terminal services slice. They work for limited situations, such as call centers, and aren't very useful for power users.
- On-prem: For full-on Windows desktop virtual machines, you can choose between Citrix XenDesktop or VMware Horizon View. Both options have been around for 10+ years. As a result, they feature all of the associated drawbacks of software that has been iterated to a point where it's complicated and requires expensive experts to deploy.
- Cloud: To run virtual desktops in the cloud, you could choose Citrix Cloud XenDesktop Essentials, which is a stripped down version of the software and leaves you completely responsible for the provisioning and infrastructure. Or you can choose Amazon WorkSpaces, which means you’ll be running dedicated servers at Amazon; they will run your servers for you, but you will manage them (there is a 200-user minimum).
What if you need to solve more than one problem?
Here’s the rub. Just choosing one of these scenarios won’t--and can’t--possibly satisfy the majority of organizations in today’s IT environment. Why? Because the world and the workforce has become more mobile; different types of workers have unique computing needs; and then there's regulatory and compliance considerations. As a result, most organizations need some things in the cloud and other things on-prem. They need a hybrid solution. With a hybrid solution, they can serve employees using their own devices (BYOD), as well as satellite offices that don't have on-prem data centers.
In this brave new IT world of constant change, there’s no time and no resources to spend 9+ months building out a hybrid infrastructure on your own. Old-fashioned approaches to EUC don't make sense any more. If you don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. That’s where Workspot can help.
Where to go from here
Workspot offers the only solution on the market that enables you to deliver virtualized apps, server-hosted desktops, and virtual desktops--from the cloud, on-prem, or both.
Think about that for a minute. You can now have your dream scenario: You can manage all of your desktops and apps, regardless of whether they're on Azure or on-prem, from a single pane of glass. Workspot is a one-stop shop--there's just one bill and one user interface to manage everything.
And you can deploy the solution in less than 1 day.
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1 Gartner, Market Guide for Desktop as a Service Published: 01 August 2016