Today we announced the introduction of hybrid VDI using Box and Dropbox deployment. There were two parts to this announcement and both sets of capabilities were customer driven. Let’s tackle these two capabilities separately.
Hybrid VDI is essentially VDI-like layered, single-image management combined with local execution of the image on the endpoint. Hybrid VDI provides the centralized management benefits of VDI to IT while still providing the best possible experience for end users. SmartDeploy’s new application deployment functionality with an integrated application library was the final piece of the puzzle needed to decouple monolithic PC images into separate driver layers, operating system layers, application layers and user data layers.
This new layered approach to endpoint management, completed with the addition of application deployment using an application layer, significantly simplifies administration. As IT, you now manage just one golden image of Windows and applications instead of managing thousands of individual endpoints. However, unlike VDI, end users take advantage of all the local power of an endpoint, including high-end processors and on-board graphics processing, and can work even when they are not connected to any network.
The second capability announced today was being able to leverage Box and Dropbox for Windows golden image, application and user content delivery. Like Application Deployment, this was another customer driven capability and goes beyond Box and Dropbox.
SmartDeploy now provides the ability for customers to deploy operating system images, applications and drivers from Box, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive. This new functionality enables customers take advantage of storage they already have with these cloud providers.
The key benefit is complete flexibility: end users do not have to be connected to a corporate network on a wired internet connection for IT to manage their endpoint. With SmartDeploy, end users can be connected through wireless or wired internet connections, on or off a corporate network.
Aaron Suzuki, CEO of SmartDeploy sums it up:
“I consistently hear from customers and prospects alike that they want a simple and fast solution that combines the functionality of progressive solutions like SCCM, centralized solutions like VDI and legacy imaging solutions like Ghost. The architecture of our new application deployment functionality enables SmartDeploy to separate the application layer from the other logical layers, which provides our customers with a single solution that gives them the best of progressive, centralized and legacy imaging solutions with none of the downsides. SmartDeploy’s ability to deliver images from the cloud extends these capabilities to any PC, regardless of location or how that PC is connected to the internet.”