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April 2016

The rise of virtual workspace management tools

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It seems like every major vendor in the virtual desktop market has a "workspace" tool, designed to give users one portal to all the resources they need and simplify management for IT. But the use cases for workspaces are still emerging. Startups are often so agile they don't need workspaces, and enterprises have too many legacy applications and tools that won’t perform well inside a workspace. Workspaces could find a home in small and midsized businesses, but if IT administrators can’t pull everything users may need into one place -- virtual desktops and applications, cloud services, mobile applications and more -- it’s almost not worth implementing a workspace in the first place.

Still, in just the right circumstances workspace products can make work easier for users and admins. When everything is in one place, there’s only one stop IT needs to make to manage and deliver everything. It’s not a model that works for everyone, but the theory behind it is attractive.

About The Author

Matt Kosht - IT manager

Matt Kosht is an IT manager at a Michigan utility company.Read More

Table Of Contents

  • Workspace products find their niche
  • VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode bets big on cloud-based desktops
  • The difference between Citrix Workspace Cloud and Workspace Services

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