By Nick Black, Business Manager, End User Computing, Sub Saharan Africa, VMware
The number of acronyms that follow devices as they enter the workspace are multiplying at a brain aching rate with BYOD (bring your own device) joining up with CYOD (choose your own device), COPE (corporate owned, personally enabled) and HYOD (Here’s Your Own Device). This litany of consonants is not very helpful to the organisation that is battling with how to contain and control these devices, fortunately VMware is…very helpful, that is.
Employees want to be able to work wherever they want, when they want and on the devices they want. This is the simplicity of the “bring your own” and it is being lost in the sea of complex terms that surround it. The employee is connected and digital and wants this to appear in their personal and professional environments. This demand is more than just a petulant need to keep up with the Joneses, it will actually drive their productivity. The 2014 BMC Software Survey showed that employees who were allowed the full reach of the bring your own, worked an extra two hours a day, and sent 20 more emails every day. This can only benefit the ever present bottom line, but there are, of course, challenges.
IT is expected to keep up with this plethora of devices shifting in and out of the business, many of which carry apps of unknown origin and may present a threat to security. The end user wants IT to make everything work, please. The business wants IT to just make it work without risk, thank you.
VMware has been handling these issues for some time now with virtualised applications through the VMware ThinApp, centralised application and desktop management through VMware Horizon. This includes View, integrated SaaS and cloud-based applications with VMware Workspace and the Citrix XenApp published applications that can be displayed through Workspace. VMware Horizon 6 has taken this bundle of helpful software and combined them, adding in application remoting that’s based on Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services (RDS).
RDS hosting allows you to deliver applications to unmanaged machines without having to install the application as it is already on the RDS host. This way multiple users can share access to a single hosted application – this instantly cuts on costs, and on risks as you can remove a specific user at any time without affecting usage for others. Horizon 6 also lets you publish and manage RDS-hosted applications, set policies and entitlement and integrate Workspace with View to present these apps to users in Workspace alongside ThinApp repositories, Citrix XenApp farms and SaaS and web application providers.
While I’m on the subject of ThinApp, this has had the flexibility to deploy virtualised apps both locally and remotely for a while, but all editions of Horizon 6 allow you to deliver these to physical and virtual desktops. ThinApp packages can be deployed remotely on a file share or locally on the desktop and are ideal for apps or environments that are prone to application conflicts or crashes. It’s pretty versatile, so your usage levels will depend entirely on what your organisation needs. The same flexibility can be found in an enterprise running a legacy Citrix XenApp infrastructure or one that relies on cloud-based applications from third-party providers.
In essence, Horizon 6 has been developed to provide the organisation with a solution that can handle the demands of the user and the C-suite without leaving IT weeping on the floor. It is easily adapted to fit trend shifts within the business and you can find deeper insight and analysis in the VMware whitepaper that examines application delivery options in greater detail here.