Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

The Latest

12 July 2022: Cameyo’s virtual application delivery (VAD) now allows users to directly access their local folders on Chromebooks without changes in their user experience with the app. This also means that through the native file system integration with Chrome OS, users will not have to refresh or replace their devices in order to access Windows-based apps when accessing, editing and saving files locally on their device.

Why it’s Important

With the rapid adoption of Chrome OS, enterprises need to balance the practicality and cost savings of such a transition. However, Chromebooks generally only have limited storage capacity relative to other devices. Running them on Windows can risk the device’s performance and void its warranty, which is why organisations rarely use Windows on a Chrome OS laptop. Cameyo’s native file system integration allows users to operate within a web-based environment, including virtualised desktop versions of Microsoft 365 apps.

Who’s impacted

  • Desktop / digital workspace teams
  • Development team leads
  • Business analysts

What’s Next?

Similar to our earlier forecast, IBRS expects a gradual acceleration of the shift towards application virtualisation services for environments that would have traditionally been the domain of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Small improvements, such as local file system support on Chromebooks, will help drive this shift incrementally.

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  2. VENDORiQ: Windows 365 - The New Hotness, or Same Stuff in a New Can?

The Latest

22 March 2022: Virtual application delivery (VAD) service provider Cameyo joins Citrix and VMWare as certified Google Chrome Enterprise Recommended solutions for virtualisation. Cameyo’s features, combined with the Chrome operating system (OS), provides Cloud-based desktops’ with Windows apps. This extends Google’s virtualisation features by running fewer servers at higher capacity with centralised infrastructure, security and data management. 

Why it’s Important

Application virtualisation services expand users’ access through a secure ecosystem that supports legacy systems on Chrome (and other devices). This approach may reduce operating costs relative to traditional desktop virtualisation infrastructure.

In addition, Cloud VDI does not limit users into a single device when accessing data and applications and does not compromise security or reduce the capacity of endpoint management. Enterprises likewise can save on the costs of acquisition and maintenance of devices, resorting to lower-code (and lower-cost to support) Chromebooks. 

Cameyo’s recognition by Google marks a turning point in the move towards wider acceptance of application virtualisation, as opposed to full VDI.

Who’s impacted

  • Desktop / digital workspace teams
  • Development team leads
  • Business analysts 

What’s Next?

Organisations re-evaluating their VDI investments - especially in light of Citrix’s request acquisition,  should consider the potential of application virtualisation, and perform a detailed RIO that includes not just the licensing and hardware, but also the operational costs over an extended period - say five years. 

It should also be noted that, with Citrix being acquired, many organisations have started to be less optimistic about new innovation coming from the platform. IBRS reiterates that users should not expect any revolutionary new Citrix features to be released in the near future. Instead, IBRS expects a gradual acceleration of the shift towards application virtualisation services, regardless of a vendor’s existing popularity in the industry.

Related IBRS Advisory

  1. VENDORiQ: Citrix to be Acquired by Vista Equity Partners and Evergreen Coast Capital
  2. VENDORiQ: Windows 365 - The New Hotness, or Same Stuff in a New Can?