Re-inventing Infrastructure Software to Mobilize your Enterprise

by Amitabh Sinha on Feb 6, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Do you want to mobilize your enterprise? Deliver all your apps and data securely to your users on their devices?

This is infrastructure software. For us infrastructure software vendors, it is always easier to integrate with the fewest possible components in order to deliver a new solution. But this makes it much more difficult to buy and deploy for our enterprise customers. 

How many times have mobile solution vendors told you that everything is brand new with mobile? And you need to get a new mobile gateway? And a file connector for your network share? And maybe a new box for their management console? 

Our core belief when we built our solution was that all the infrastructure components we needed already existed. And we wanted to make it easy for customers to deploy our solution. Which meant we needed to  solve some difficult problems.  Like how could we leverage the VPN appliance you have already deployed? Could we leverage the Active Directory in your organization? Could we re-use the authentication mechanisms you have already deployed? Could we plug into the different Single Sign-on systems you have deployed like NTLM, Kerberos, CA Siteminder, Oracle iDP, and SAML 2.0.

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So we spent the first 18 months building a unified client  for the various classes of applications and data your users need. For web applications, we embedded a secure browser into Workspot. In order to connect to remote Windows client server applications and desktops we embedded an RDP client. In order to securely connect to a network share, we embedded a CIFS client. All these connections plug into a Layer 4-7 stack that is an embedded app level VPN. This embedded client can talk to an existing Cisco ASA or Pulse Secure SA (Juniper) appliance that you may have already deployed. If your users download a file it is stored in an encrypted file repository. If the user opens a document, we open it using a viewer we have built into Workspot. We have also embedded logic to connect to many different Single Solution On backend solutions like NTLM, Kerberos, CA Siteminder, etc.

Now this implementation looks very different on different client OS - iOS, Android, and Windows OS. For starters, the browser is different. On iOS it uses the underlying Webkit from Apple. On Android, we leverage Chromium. The security models are different. On iOS we do tests to determine if the device is jail broken. On Android we perform tests to determine if the device has been rooted.  

Our unified client architecture allows us to seamlessly leverage your existing infrastructure and provide a workspace for your end users with zero footprint in your data center.

This highlights that the best solution to mobilize your enterprise is a Workspace as a Service.

Workspot allows IT to manage PCs, smartphones, and tablets from a single infrastructure.  


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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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