The computer experience, particularly in terms of enterprise functionality, has been moving away from the natural limitations of hardware for some time. The journey we now find ourselves on started with the VDI, or virtual desktop infrastructure.
We quickly arrived at an era where any app could run on any machine, no exceptions, unlocking a bold new level of productivity that many have enjoyed. Workspaces are the natural evolution of this concept and are making waves across a variety of industries for a number of compelling reasons.
The User-Centric Role of Workspaces
In many ways, workspaces have quickly become the new “computer” because of the user-centric environment they create. Simply put, what you’re looking at is what matters. Where a particular app happens to be running at any given moment matters less than what you can do with the app.
If you can unlock 100% functionality from that app on your mobile phone, your laptop computer and your desktop machine in the office, suddenly where that app is actually hosted and running is irrelevant.
Workspaces are so popular precisely because they give the user what they need, where they need it, with no exceptions.
The Major Benefits of Workspaces
The core idea behind workspaces is to do exactly that – give a user a place to work, end of story. It doesn’t actually matter to the user whether or not they’re using a physical computer, or whether they have immediate access to an input device at all.
Does the user have what they need to accomplish exactly what they’ve set out to do? If the answer to that question is yes, nothing else matters. This, in large part, is why workspaces are so popular today. They provide an area in which to work, but aren’t necessarily tied to any one device.
Do you need to get something done but aren’t sitting in front of your desktop computer in the office? It doesn’t matter. It’s easy to imagine a future where the very definition of your job is no longer tied to any one particular location, particularly as more and more industries enjoy the benefits of working remotely.
The Future of Computing Begins Today
In the not-too-distant future, the majority of workspace cases will be off-premise. They will utilize a large, stable provider, giving the user access to everything they need to get their job done when they need it the most.
The technology that allows us to do that is already here and it’s becoming more affordable and more readily available with each passing day. With something as significant as the workspace at our side, it’s exciting to think about the shape that many industries will take just five short years from now.
- In many ways, the path that brought us to the workspace began with the VDI, or the virtual desktop infrastructure.
- Workspaces are quickly eclipsing VDIs, however, both in terms of popularity and with regards to what you can actually accomplish with them.
- Workspaces give a user a place to work, period. Whether or not they’re using a physical computer or even an input device at all no longer matters.