Workspot + VMware App Volumes: Low TCO Mid-Market VDI solution

Author: Brad Peterson

Publish on: Aug 31, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Historically, mid-market customers have faced multiple challenges in deploying VDI to their users, such as:

(1) Slow and expensive storage,

(2) Complex data center architecture (servers, network, SAN/NAS),

(3) Complex VDI 1.0 architecture.

Solving Storage Performance and Cost

Over the past few years, storage vendors have been addressing some of the challenges for VDI adoption by mid-market customers. Storage performance was solved by Solid State Disks (SSD), and storage cost issues were solved by inline de-duplication technology. The data center architecture was simplified first by converged infrastructure, and more recently by the emergence of hyper-converged infrastructure.


Re-architecting Simple VDI for the Mid-Market 

The final remaining challenge for VDI deployments in the mid-market was the complexity of deploying VDI 1.0 solutions — load balancers, brokers, databases, portals, and others. Workspot has spent the last four years dramatically simplifying the orchestration layer for VDI. We started with a blank sheet of paper, and built the core components necessary to deploy VDI as a multi-tenant, cloud-native architecture. As we moved the control plane into the cloud, we were careful in making sure that the data plane was kept separate. No end-user traffic flows through our cloud, and we don't store any credentials in the cloud. The benefits of our new VDI 2.0 architecture to the mid-market customer are compelling: (a) Deploy in a day vs. months with legacy VDI solutions, (b) Save 95% on CAPEX compared to VDI 1.0 solutions, and (c) Save 50-90% on OPEX compared to VDI 1.0 solutions.

Our mid-market customers have started realizing the benefits of Workspot + Flash-enabled HCI solutions from our partners, such as Nutanix, HPE, Scale Computing, and Atlantis Computing. VDI 2.0 and hyper-converged infrastructures solve the challenges of deploying VDI quickly.

Extending Application and User Management Layer to VDI 2.0

With VDI simplified, mid-market customers have now started asking us about application and user management. For physical PCs, most companies employ PC Lifecycle Management solutions like Microsoft SCCM, BMC Altiris, or IBM BigFix. However, these tools are quite complex, and mid-market customers seek innovative, cost-effective alternatives for managing applications and users.

Layering is an innovative technology that helps mid-market customers manage their virtual desktops more cost effectively. VMware App Volumes is a best-of-breed layering solution.

There are two big challenges we hear from customers in application and user management: (a) assigning applications to users and (b) updating applications across devices.

Layering solutions can help customers manage virtual desktops. Think of a layer as a collection of applications. You can assign a set of layers to each user depending on their individual needs. Updating applications thus becomes as simple as updating a layer. IT no longer needs to update each desktop individually; rather, they can update the layer once and each user will automatically see the latest application.

Layering can be used in many different ways. For example:

(1) One layer might have applications that all users may need, such as Office and SAP. Another layer might consist of departmental applications, such as Adobe Photoshop for the marketing department or CATIA for engineering. Finally, a geographic layer may be used to add applications that are unique to a specific geo. Now a customer can assign a base layer, a departmental layer, and a geo layer to each user.

(2) Companies may use layering more aggressively by creating a layer for each application, and then assigning the appropriate layers to each user. 

The Hat Trick for VDI Success: Simple, Low Cost, Powerful

Mid-market customers can dramatically simplify and reduce the total cost of ownership of VDI and application management by leveraging Workspot + HCI + VMware App Volumes.

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