This is the first in a series where we look at deeply into Next Generation VDI 2.0. We start off by discussing why we thought the market needed it, how we approached creating it, and in depth, how it works for you. You can also watch videos of this content on our resources page.
The team behind the next generation VDI 2.0
Our executive team members are all veterans of the VDI space. Prior to founding Workspot, our CEO Amitabh Sinha was the general manager at Citrix. There, he worked with engineers to build the first generation of VDI and then deliver it to customers. Puneet Chawla, Workspot’s CTO, was one of VMware’s first developers where he also worked on VDI 1.0.
Having worked on VDI from its earliest days, Amitabh and Puneet both have a deep understanding of VDI’s strengths and shortcomings. And that firsthand knowledge of the VDI space extends to our other team members. Prasad Krothapalli, Jimmy Chang, and Brad Peterson all specialize in engineering, products, and marketing for the VDI and technology space.
First generation VDI vs. next generation VDI
Essentially, VDI 1.0 has two main parts. Both Citrix and VMware have similar offerings based on this structure:
- Infrastructure. This part is comprised of CPU and memory, as well as storage and networking. Basically, it’s the foundation that enables users to run desktops, data and apps. It is usually located in the data center.
- Control Plane. This area is made up of the storefront, SQL, etc. It’s very complex.
With next generation VDI 2.0, Workspot has replaced the VDI 1.0 control plane. In its place, there is a 100% cloud native control plane that is web scale, which makes it instantly and infinitely scalable.
For the infrastructure piece, you have the option of using your existing infrastructure or replacing it with hyper converged infrastructure (HCI). When you use HCI, you can deploy desktops in a single day. HCI technology enables you to put storage and CPU as well as virtualization and networking all in one spot. This design makes it elastic, which means it can expand to fit your organization’s needs. With the Workspot cloud native control plane, IT can control access for millions of users around the world. Plus, you don't have to install any software for that functionality.
Next generation VDI 2.0 architecture
Let’s start off by looking at the Workspot cloud. Workspot separates traffic in 2 different areas: 1) the control plane traffic, and 2) the data plane traffic. The control plane deals with managing and monitoring data while it’s authenticated. At the same time, the actual information, desktops and files are moved back and forth on the data plane. Note that the control plane is kept completely separate from the data plane. This is important.
How it works:
- Open a browser and log in to the Workspot control cloud. This is where we create an account and set everything up.
- Go into the data center. You will already have an active directory, VPN and single sign on running. We have the infrastructure there too. It might even be hyper converged. Typically, on top of that, you already have desktops, windows applications, files and web applications.
- If you can get the paths to those things in Workspot. Then you can go into your browser and configure those to Workspot.
- Ask your users to download and install the Workspot client onto each of their devices.
- Next, users should connect to the cloud to access the necessary policy updates and information.
Once users are given instructions on how to login, they simply connect to access their resources, desktops, apps and data. When they connect, the client talks to the cloud and then delivers all of the resources they are assigned and displays them on their devices. It doesn’t matter if users are in the office or working around the world.
If you download the Workspot enterprise connector into the data center, you can integrate the hypervisor with your infrastructure. Now you can provision as many desktops as you want. The whole process automated and fully controlled in the browser that’s connected into Workspot. It works because with VDI 2.0 the control plane is in the cloud. Essentially, VDI 2.0 has three components: 1) the Workspot cloud, 2) the connector, and 3) the client.
Using VPN client, single sign-on (SSO) and RSA two-factor authentication, Workspot connects you almost instantly. An RDP client will zip in and give you apps and desktops. It runs a secure browser, and it even runs a CIFS client so that you can bring files offline.
The benefits of cloud native VDI 2.0
- Deploy virtual desktops in data centers, branch offices and hybrid clouds.
- Enterprise can manage global infrastructure from a single pane of glass in the cloud.
- Workspot is also ideal for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) with delegated admin. It means that MSPs can manage all their customers’ resources from a single multi-tenant control plane.
- Comprehensive analytics enables IT to understand user behavior, as well as system performance.
Want to learn more? Listen to Brad’s presentation live on our resources page.
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