|By Xenia von Wedel||
|March 15, 2017 03:15 PM EDT||
The Pitfalls of Cloud-Washed VDI and How It Affects Your Bottom Line
What is "Cloud-washing" anyway?
Amitabh Sinha, CEO of Workspot: Today, everywhere you turn IT solutions are moving to the cloud. Or at least, that's what IT vendors would like you to believe. In many cases, what's really happening is that IT products are being rebranded and marketed as cloud solutions. In other words, they're being "cloud-washed."
As TechTarget describes - "Cloud washing (also spelled cloudwashing) is the purposeful and sometimes deceptive attempt by a vendor to rebrand an old product or service by associating the buzzword "cloud" with it."
While many of these solutions do have some cloud integration, their designs don't have the backend infrastructure or dedicated management teams to support a truly cloud-native solution. Instead, vendors are adapting their solutions and modifying them to run on virtual machines. A great example of how cloud-washing works-and its pitfalls-can be seen in the VDI space.
How does cloud-washing affect Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) rollout in the real world?
Sinha: Redesigning an on-premises VDI solution from scratch to make it a truly cloud-native, multi-tenant solution is a time-consuming task that requires a significant investment. Many vendors simply don't want to spend the time or effort. Instead, they've taken the easy way out by creating a short-term cloud solution by hosting software for each instance of their single tenant solutions. And they talk the talk - all about how easy it's going to be for you to move to the cloud. Here is where you find the pitfalls.
Here's what a single instance of VDI looks like for one customer:
How does a vendor cloud-wash VDI?
Sinha: They'll take a single-tenant, on-premises instance of their product and duplicate it for every customer. Can you imagine?
Basically the architecture of a single tenant solution is copied and pasted over and over (and over and over...) in an attempt to transform it into a multi-tenant one. When a vendor wins a new customer, the vendor sets up a new tenant, adds capacity for scaling the instance, does updates on the instance, and then troubleshoots the instance (as necessary).
While this may be the fastest time to market for this vendor, it is not a good long-term strategy. The resulting solution doesn't just increase the complexity of VDI in a linear way. Instead, it takes VDI complexity to a whole new level.
What are the pitfalls of cloud-washed VDI?
Sinha: All this operational complexity introduces innumerable issues. Here are just a few that vendors and service providers peddling cloud-washed VDI have to grapple with:
- How do you update servers, databases for each tenant?
- How do you push updates to clients?
- How do you push updates to in-desktop components?
- How do you troubleshoot problems across tenants?
- How do you add new users or use cases (such as video)?
And those are just the vendor's back-end issues. We haven't begun exploring how IT departments and end users suffer. After deployment, system performance is unusually slow, and users often can't log into their desktops without significant wait periods.
And what about when there are technical issues, IT must perform root cause analysis that requires collaboration between multiple teams: server, storage, networking, virtualization and desktop! Cloud-washed VDI requires so many IT resources that it simply isn't sustainable. A high TCO is the result of all this complexity.
How can a company be assured they get a cloud-native VDI from their MSP?
Sinha: There are several areas to check when determining whether their MSP's VDI service is cloud-native or cloud washed. First, find out how long it takes to setup and initially gain access to your desktops. Then, ask how long it takes, once your up and running, to substantially increase the number of desktops that you make available to your users. In a cloud washed architecture this will take days or longer to both initiate use and increase capacity. This is because the backend architecture is comprised of stateful enterprise software executables that are running as VMs on hypervisors and all have to be built out per customer order. Considerable delay and added expense to the MSP is inevitable. With a cloud-native VDI service the back end is comprised or stateless microservices that launch immediately and scale with demand to deliver a true multi-tenant, instantly and infinitely scalable VDI service to users.
How does cloud-native VDI work?
Sinha: Now let's compare VDI designed with a cloud-native, multi-tenant code base built on stateless microservices. (Note: cloud-native VDI is fundamentally multi-tenant.) Cloud-native VDI leverages a single version of code for all customers, eliminating the need for new servers for each new customer. And there's no need to provision unique storage for each tenant.
So what does cloud-native VDI look like for multiple customers?
Sinha: Distributed deployment happens at either the organization's data center or at a service provider's data center. And each tenant is managed centrally with a single pane of glass. This shared capacity across tenants has numerous benefits.
Why is cloud-native VDI better?
Sinha: For starters, virtualized infrastructure is maintained and managed by the vendor, which oversees system performance. In this scenario, monitoring for potential problems is far more efficient because there's a global view across all tenants.
Organizations enjoy automatic updates without downtime. Updates across thousands of instances are completely network-enabled and mechanized. Testing updates becomes a breeze in this set-up because testing only needs to take place against one system. With cloud-native VDI, IT departments no longer need to deal with installing upgrades or performing maintenance.
Automated IT tasks are one way that cloud-native VDI introduces significant cost-efficiencies. Another significant advantage is that it can be billed on a "pay-per-use" basis, enabling organizations to easily manage their costs and scale up or down as needed. This means that you only pay for what you actually use.
Which brings us to the issue of scalability. Unlike cloud-washed solutions, with cloud-native VDI more capacity can be added as needed, instantly. There's no ceiling to the number of users either. It's infinitely scalable.
For all of these reasons and more, single-tenant, cloud-washed VDI simply can't compete with cloud-native VDI.
What makes Workspot the ideal VDI solution?
Sinha: Workspot invented the industry's first and only VDI 2.0 solution. Its cloud-native control plane is a huge innovation. Not only does it enable you to make VDI operational in a single day, it also makes management a breeze. VDI 2.0 eliminates the need for admin workflows, such as installing, patching, upgrading, and troubleshooting. And it solves all the performance issues that cloud-washed VDI can't overcome. As a bonus, it drastically reduces TCO.
Users love it because they can log onto their desktops and get to work right away. IT loves it because they don't need PhDs in VDI 1.0. It's a win-win-win for businesses, users, and IT.
If you want to know more about what cloud-native VDI looks like under the hood, check out this video with Puneet Chawla, CTO and Co-Founder of Workspot: https://vimeo.com/178668431
To read Amitabh Sinha's recent blog post on this topic, please go to: http://blog.workspot.com/pitfalls-of-cloud-washing-vdi
Workspot has reinvented VDI with its cloud-native VDI 2.0 and groundbreaking Desktop-as-a-Service 2.0 (DaaS 2.0) solutions. With the ability to deploy thousands of virtual desktops in hours - not weeks or months - Workspot solves the corporate challenge of securely delivering apps, desktops and data to any device and helps organizations achieve unprecedented time-to-value for VDI implementations. A frictionless experience across mobile, Mac and PC platforms delights users with its elegance and simplicity. Based in Cupertino, California, Workspot was awarded the Best of VMworld 2016 Gold Award Winner for Desktop and Application Delivery solutions. For more information, visit www.workspot.com.
A Man in the Middle attack, or MITM, is a situation wherein a malicious entity can read/write data that is being transmitted between two or more systems (in most cases, between you and the website that you are surfing). MITMs are common in China, thanks to the “Great Cannon.” The “Great Cannon” is slightly different from the “The Great Firewall.” The firewall monitors web traffic moving in and out of China and blocks prohibited content. The Great Cannon, on the other hand, acts as a man in the...
Apr. 27, 2017 01:30 PM EDT Reads: 148
This recent research on cloud computing from the Register delves a little deeper than many of the "We're all adopting cloud!" surveys we've seen. They found that meaningful cloud adoption and the idea of the cloud-first enterprise are still not reality for many businesses. The Register's stats also show a more gradual cloud deployment trend over the past five years, not any sort of explosion. One important takeaway is that coherence across internal and external clouds is essential for IT right n...
Apr. 27, 2017 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,731
When you decide to launch a startup company, business advisors, counselors, bankers and armchair know-it-alls will tell you that the first thing you need to do is get funding. While there is some validity to that boilerplate piece of wisdom, the availability of and need for startup funding has gone through a dramatic transformation over the past decade, and the next few years will see even more of a shift. A perfect storm of events is causing this seismic shift. On the macroeconomic side this ...
Apr. 27, 2017 11:34 AM EDT Reads: 275
Cloud promises the agility required by today’s digital businesses. As organizations adopt cloud based infrastructures and services, their IT resources become increasingly dynamic and hybrid in nature. Managing these require modern IT operations and tools. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Raj Sundaram, Senior Principal Product Manager at CA Technologies, will discuss how to modernize your IT operations in order to proactively manage your hybrid cloud and IT environments. He will be sharing be...
Apr. 27, 2017 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 669
Back in February of 2017, Andrew Clay Schafer of Pivotal tweeted the following: “seriously tho, the whole software industry is stuck on deployment when we desperately need architecture and telemetry.” Intrigue in a 140 characters. For me, I hear Andrew saying, “we’re jumping to step 5 before we’ve successfully completed steps 1-4.”
Apr. 27, 2017 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,835
Enterprise architects are increasingly adopting multi-cloud strategies as they seek to utilize existing data center assets, leverage the advantages of cloud computing and avoid cloud vendor lock-in. This requires a globally aware traffic management strategy that can monitor infrastructure health across data centers and end-user experience globally, while responding to control changes and system specification at the speed of today’s DevOps teams. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Gray, Chie...
Apr. 27, 2017 08:15 AM EDT Reads: 3,331
To more closely examine the variety of ways in which IT departments around the world are integrating cloud services, and the effect hybrid IT has had on their organizations and IT job roles, SolarWinds recently released the SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid Organization. This annual study consists of survey-based research that explores significant trends, developments, and movements related to and directly affecting IT and IT professionals.
Apr. 27, 2017 04:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,730
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Apr. 27, 2017 03:15 AM EDT Reads: 6,036
NHK, Japan Broadcasting, will feature the upcoming @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley in a special 'Internet of Things' and smart technology documentary that will be filmed on the expo floor between November 3 to 5, 2015, in Santa Clara. NHK is the sole public TV network in Japan equivalent to the BBC in the UK and the largest in Asia with many award-winning science and technology programs. Japanese TV is producing a documentary about IoT and Smart technology and will be covering @ThingsExpo Silicon Val...
Apr. 27, 2017 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 9,215
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Aruna Ravichandran, vice president of DevOps Product and Solutions Marketing at CA Technologies, has been named co-conference chair of DevOps at Cloud Expo 2017. The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Apr. 26, 2017 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,612
Is your application too difficult to manage? Do changes take dozens of developers hundreds of hours to execute, and frequently result in downtime across all your site’s functions? It sounds like you have a monolith! A monolith is one of the three main software architectures that define most applications. Whether you’ve intentionally set out to create a monolith or not, it’s worth at least weighing the pros and cons of the different architectural approaches and deciding which one makes the most s...
Apr. 26, 2017 08:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,815
Developers want to create better apps faster. Static clouds are giving way to scalable systems, with dynamic resource allocation and application monitoring. You won't hear that chant from users on any picket line, but helping developers to create better apps faster is the mission of Lee Atchison, principal cloud architect and advocate at New Relic Inc., based in San Francisco. His singular job is to understand and drive the industry in the areas of cloud architecture, microservices, scalability ...
Apr. 26, 2017 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,563
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
Apr. 25, 2017 10:30 PM EDT Reads: 7,267
In large enterprises, environment provisioning and server provisioning account for a significant portion of the operations team's time. This often leaves users frustrated while they wait for these services. For instance, server provisioning can take several days and sometimes even weeks. At the same time, digital transformation means the need for server and environment provisioning is constantly growing. Organizations are adopting agile methodologies and software teams are increasing the speed ...
Apr. 25, 2017 08:15 PM EDT Reads: 3,387
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, CTO of Embotics, will discuss how automation can provide the dynamic management required to cost-effectively deliver microservices and container solutions at scale. He will discuss how flexible automation is the key to effectively bridging and seamlessly coordinating both IT and developer needs for component orchestration across disparate clouds – an increasingly important requirement at today’s multi-cloud enterprise.
Apr. 25, 2017 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,350
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor – all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
Apr. 25, 2017 03:15 AM EDT Reads: 8,925
Software as a service (SaaS), one of the earliest and most successful cloud services, has reached mainstream status. According to Cisco, by 2019 more than four-fifths (83 percent) of all data center traffic will be based in the cloud, up from 65 percent today. The majority of this traffic will be applications. Businesses of all sizes are adopting a variety of SaaS-based services – everything from collaboration tools to mission-critical commerce-oriented applications. The rise in SaaS usage has m...
Apr. 22, 2017 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 4,889
The proper isolation of resources is essential for multi-tenant environments. The traditional approach to isolate resources is, however, rather heavyweight. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Igor Drobiazko, co-founder of elastic.io, drew upon his own experience with operating a Docker container-based infrastructure on a large scale and present a lightweight solution for resource isolation using microservices. He also discussed the implementation of microservices in data and application integrat...
Apr. 22, 2017 05:45 AM EDT Reads: 6,269
We'd all like to fulfill that "find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life" cliché. But in reality, every job (even if it's our dream job) comes with its downsides. For you, the constant fight against shadow IT might get on your last nerves. For your developer coworkers, infrastructure management is the roadblock that stands in the way of focusing on coding. As you watch more and more applications and processes move to the cloud, technology is coming to developers' rescue-most r...
Apr. 22, 2017 04:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,139
2016 has been an amazing year for Docker and the container industry. We had 3 major releases of Docker engine this year , and tremendous increase in usage. The community has been following along and contributing amazing Docker resources to help you learn and get hands-on experience. Here’s some of the top read and viewed content for the year. Of course releases are always really popular, particularly when they fit requests we had from the community.
Apr. 22, 2017 03:45 AM EDT Reads: 3,622