I’ve made no secret of my dissatisfaction with Amazon’s WorkSpaces DaaS platform. While I like the general direction in which the platform is heading, and appreciate the impact that Amazon can have in the DaaS market, WorkSpaces has been slow to implement enterprise-class management features and suffers from too many rough edges to withstand close scrutiny when compared to many alternative solutions.
Nevertheless, it has gained some big-name support; at the recent AWS Summit, Johnson & Johnson’s Director of End User Computing Jeff Mendelsohn took to the stage alongside Nathan Thomas, General Manager Amazon WorkSpaces, to share Johnson & Johnson’s experience implementing Amazon WorkSpaces to support its large contractor community.
So, you’ve run through the application analysis and vendor engagement phases. Ideally, these two phases will have provided you with (a) pertinent information about your environment, and (b) the solution or solutions that may work best to deliver the applications in your environment. The next logical stage of the project is to move toward a PoC (proof of concept) and pilot phase.
Over the years, I’ve worked with just about every VDI vendor on the market, except one: Leostream. It’s not because the Leostream Connection Broker isn’t any good. Far from it. It’s just because I’ve never experienced an environment so complex that Leostream offered the right answer. So I thought it time to take a closer look at Leostream and its broker to try to understand what makes it so special. Before I took a look at the product itself, I spent some time with Karen Gondoly, Leostream COO and head of product management, to learn a little more about the company and its customers.
The virtualization industry is growing incredibly fast, and the lack of common nomenclature and acronyms has given rise to a variety of distinct dialects. It’s no wonder that we who speak 0s and 1s don’t understand each other at times, and industry marketing often causes even more confusion.
At Citrix Synergy 2015, MaximumBit announced the release of Desktop 365, a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution based on ViewSonic (yes, ViewSonic!) Intel-based hardware. Desktop 365 is aimed at addressing the hardware and software requirements associated with virtualized apps and desktops, as well as facilitating fast and easy administration. Like most of the new HCI solutions being released, Desktop 365 can technically address the VDI requirements of both service providers and small businesses; however, it is fundamentally different from other HCI solutions because it is truly a complete integration and extension of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.
Amazon has taken a big step forward in its application delivery strategy, taking to the stage at the April AWS Summit in San Francisco to announce the introduction of AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps, a dedicated storefront for Amazon’s Desktop as a Service platform, Amazon WorkSpaces, through which customers can purchase off-the-shelf applications to run on their virtual desktops. At the same time, Amazon VP Andy Jassy announced the availability of a new admin tool, WorkSpaces Application Manager, which controls admin and user access to marketplace apps.