Last week Dell released Wyse vWorkspace 8.5. Recall that Dell bought Quest, whose vWorkspace product (which they got when they bought Provision Networks) is a competitor to Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp and VMware Horizon View. Dell also bought Wyse, who had their own software products which enhanced Microsoft's RemoteFX protocol, including Wyse TCX (for protocol acceleration) and an HTML5 client.
Since then, Dell combined the desktop virtualization assets of Quest and Wyse into a single group, and they pulled Wyse's software into the vWorkspace Suite. vWorkspace 8.5 is (I think?) the first combined release that pulls together the best of both worlds.
You'll notice that Dell has also created the "Wyse" sub-brand which will be used for all their desktop virtualization offerings—both hardware and software—which is why this is branded as Dell "Wyse" vWorkspace 8.5.
vWorkspace 8.5 does VDI and RDSH for Windows and Linux desktops with published apps / seamless windows to both VDI VMs and RDSH sessions. It has built-in monitoring, thin provisioning, disk acceleration, clients for lots of different platforms (including the new HTML5 client), policy-based deployment and configuration, a secure access server, disk streaming, unified communications...
Oh, and it costs 100 bucks per user.
Dell is walking a fine line now that they do hardware and software. (This isn't unique to their desktop virtualization offering of course.) On the one hand they don't want to piss off Citrix or VMware since lots of XenDesktop, XenApp, and Horizon View customers use Dell hardware for their virtual desktop environments. On the other hand, you have to imagine they're like, "Dude, why don't you cut all that complexity and cost and just go with vWorkspace?"
I've always had a soft spot for vWorkspace. As I've written many times, it was Provision Network's Peter Ghostine demoed a single product way back at BriForum 2007 Chicago that combined RDSH sessions and VDI into a single product. (Peter said, "VDI is nothing more than a single user Terminal Server"—something that's obvious today but was revolutionary back then. And it's taken, what, 6 or 7 years for Citrix and VMware to catch up to that vision?) They actually released a VDI product in 2005 which was well before both Citrix and VMware entered the space.
Honestly I was kind of sad when Dell bought Quest because I was worried that due to their relationships with Citrix and VMware that they'd either kill off vWorkspace or let it wither, but the company has recently re-committed to advancing the product.
Overall I'm excited about vWorkspace's prospects and what they have in the future. Combining all that and everything from Wyse into a single group makes sense, and I'm glad they did it.
Dell is trying to position vWorkspace as a simple solution for SMBs (they even have a "Wyse Datacenter" offering for up to 500 seats which has all the software and server hardware bundled together) while trying to court enterprise customers as well. (vWorkspace 8.5's secure access servers can scale to 10,000 users per node, and they have a "cloud scale" offering which is built on Nutanix) So that's a fine line too.
vWorkspace has been very popular among customers (with a 94% CSAT rating), so it will be interesting to see if their simplicity, combined with Dell enterprise support and a dirt-cheap price will get them anywhere. I've said many times that I like competition in our space, so this is great overall. But man, the Citrix/VMware duopoly is going to be hard to put a dent in.
What do you think?