devicesCentrix Software is a UK-based ISV concentrating on workspace computing. It made an important move from IT consultancy to software provision a few years ago and has enanced its offerings this year. In particular it:

  • Updated its free inventory offering now named WorkSpace iQStart, which allows users to investigate both physical desktops and their application usage
  • Updated both its WorkSpace Universal and iQ to version 5.3; the former is a workspace delivery platform providing unified delivery of applications, desktops and content, while the latter provides workspace analytics and deep insight into end-user computing environments

It sees workspace computing as an important development in, what it calls, the new PC era – stretching from the management of physical and virtual desktop devices to SaaS applications delivered via the Cloud to the consumer Web.
Its approach is designed to help IT with key issues such as Windows 7 migration, desktop virtualization and Cloud Computing – reducing costs in software and storage purchasing through a thorough analysis of the existing environment, as well as helping users with an ‘aggregated’ view of all their content, applications and information via WorkSpace Universal, with key elements such as self-service and password reset.
It believes that in a typical company:

  • The top 10 applications account for 90% of usage,
  • 50% of them are used less than 10% of the time and
  • A staggering 50% of applications are never used once installed

It suggests different ways to deliver applications as a result of in-depth analysis – all the way from base-build and the Web for the most used, through streaming and self-service deployments for moderately used ones, through to user installed or ‘rationalised’ for the least utilised. The latest version of Workspace Universal integrates with Microsoft Active Directory, providing single sign-on to SaaS applications and a consistent storage location for user identities.
Its recent partnership with SCC will see its software used in consolidation and cost reduction projects and with Atlantis Computing its solutions will be used to help identify the Input/Output per Second (IOPS) associated with VDI, helping to minimise the additional storage costs of going virtual. It is also in the process of adding new execs in its US office to help with its international expansion plans.
Centrix’s approach is important because it demonstrates a need to understand the major differences between physical and virtual desktop computing and the need to concentrate on the user, rather than just the devices. The influx of smart phones and tablets, especially from the younger generation joining the workforce is creating a headache for IT managers, who need tools to help identify the usage, control access, modernise and secure their corporate applications. Centrix can help customers understand IOPS and the likely changes of virtualisation in storage usage of virtualisation, whether or not they choose to implement storage hypervisors – one of our favourite subjects.

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