Last week, Citrix invited me to the worldwide launch of their new suite of products.
Instead of the usual power point assault (PPA), they opted for the showing of a
video. In there we were introduced to Brad, in order for Brad to go about his daily routine, he needs access corporate applications in various places sometimes where internet access is not available. The storyline brilliantly displays how a worker can be productive at the office with his PC, on the road with a mobile unit, may it be a laptop an iPad or even a cell phone, OK, the screen may be a little small, but it’s nice to know that it’s possible. Should no internet access be available, all of your profiled applications are available to you on your preferred medium and the next time you find internet access you can simply synchronize. The novelty here is very subtle to grasp. It used to be that, in order to be productive on the road, you had to bring your office issued portable where the corporate applications where physically installed in it.
That is no longer true!
Remember when you needed to own a phone recorder? Eventually, that phone recorder got digitalized and that feature is now included with just about every phone you find in the market. Personally, I have opted for an answering machine in cloud, because it better suites my needs. My answering machine service is bundled into my phone/internet/TV service and I get a single monthly bill from my local telco. So, what does this have to do with fancy VDI? Everything!
The focus is on the user and not the medium (PC/Laptop/iPad etc..). Essentially, the user has the choice use any device he sees fit. His desktop actually has been digitalized and lives in the cloud, he simply logs on to access it. Think about the possibilities. We have broken the bonds that link a user to a physical computing device. The device can be anything, and in fact, the corporation doesn’t even need to issue him one. Someone, either an employee or contractor, can simply bring his favourite computing device and plug into the corporate desktop profile that was assembled for him.
I am willing to bet that these technologies will evolve into a desktop as a service offering that will be coming at a place near you! Stay tuned.
Samy “TheBenz” Benzekry