Goodbye Old Friend – Hello New World

Without sounding big headed I genuinely thought we had and in “some” areas still have one of the most modern desktop environments going (at a solutions level anyway). While I’m full of opinions I’ll always engage 100% with what’s around the corner even if sometimes past loyalties have to be moved to one side for the greater good.

But what was good for yesteryear is not always appropriate to move us forward.

Hello New World
It is with great pleasure to announce that we have entered into a 3 year deal with VMware for an Enterprise License Agreement for our entire datacentre and EUC stack – Horizon Mirage and View. This is part of a clear step forward for us as we rationalise/standardise our strategic partners moving forward and meet the growing demands of our Business and users.

On a personal level, this (the Mirage element) is something I’ve been working hard on for a long time and is finally coming to fruition – I’m looking forward to the next few months!

In addition to this we are drastically scaling back our VDI architecture (Losing our claim on the largest RemoteFX environment) to a deployment for 1000 CCU sessions using IBM, Teradici and Atlantis Ilio (Did I mention how cool Ilio is?). Why are we scaling back our remote desktop offering? What was wrong with it? Why we’re moving forward with traditional desktops? – These questions will be answered at Briforum UK (shameless plug).


BTW – View has come a long way since I last reviewed it… Looking forward to seeing how the elements of desktone and View are merged together in the future.

The ELA and new VDI environment are just a few of the many activities and projects under way that I will no doubt talk about in the future.

So that leads me too…

Goodbye Old Friend
As I’ve already said sometimes old loyalties have to be moved to one side and through all the excitement and great things we’re embarking on there is inevitably going to be a victim (or two).

My old friend in this case is Dell vWorkspace (formally Quest).

It’s no secret that I’ve always been the biggest vWorkspace fan boy, arguing why it’s a valid competitor to Citrx/VMware and promoting it at all sorts of events. I don’t think this will change. I truly think from a management/IT perspective it’s the best remote desktop solution going.

However… It no longer fulfils our Business and User requirements moving forward. There are some other “reasons” why we’re moving away too but I don’t think now is the time to share these – That would require a bar to be present 🙂

It’s been one hell of a time vWorkspace. I wish the remaining vWorkspace team (not many left now) all the best for the future

So why did I blog this? I know we’re observed by vendors and organisations as to what we do in this space. I felt I had to state that vWorkspace isn’t being retired because it’s a bad product. It’s just no longer has a place here and we’re moving on to bigger and better things.

2 thoughts on “Goodbye Old Friend – Hello New World

  1. Matt Evans

    First things first, I work for Dell therefore my views may be a little biased, but Dan and I have known each other for around 5 years now so I thought I was entitled to make a few comments .

    Naturally it’s a shame that Kingston University are moving away from vWorkspace, but that said they have been an excellent customer for around 5 years and have helped drive the development and future of the product by communication with the likes of myself, our product management team and participation in our Customer Advisory Board meetings. I sincerely wish Dan every success with this new endeavour.

    One last point, with regards to the comment about the remaining vWorkspace Team, yes the team that Dan engaged with 5 years ago and over this period of time has changed somewhat and people have left, however in the time Quest Software was acquired which has bought further change, positive change in my opinion. vWorkspace has recently moved into the Dell Cloud Client Computing business unit sitting alongside the Wyse product portfolio, which includes Thin Client hardware and a broad range of software. CCC provides a dedicated ‘virtual desktop’, for want of a better word, sales and marketing organization which technically means the vWorkspace Team is bigger than ever. This is a very exciting time for vWorkspace and all those involved with it.

    Again, I wish Dan all the best and stay in touch.

  2. bobl

    I just listened to your presentation (video replay) from Briforum. I would like to ask a few more questions, if you would not mind? What is best way to contact you directly?

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