Quick snapshot of what is commonly understood as a Workspace or a Workspace Aggregator
A WORKSPACE AGGREGATOR is a software that offers:
- Microsoft Windows, Web-based, published, SaaS, and native local and mobile applications, as well as entire HVDs
- Appplication self-service stores
- Centralized identity management (SSO)
- Application life-cycle management
- Consistent UI and context-aware access
According to PQR , the term Workspace Aggregator is used to describe software that unifies the delivery of multiple application or desktop types such as:
- Native mobile applications;
- Software as a Service (SaaS) applications;
- Mobile web applications;
- Windows Applications via application virtualization or installation;
- Desktops, local, server Hosted Virtual Desktops (VDI) or published Desktops in SBC.
Core functionalities that every Workspace aggregator should offer:
Source: VDI Smackdown solutions overview and feature comparison matrix (PQR- 2013).
- A workspace aggregator should also evaluate the user’s device to determine which applications are available for this user on this particular device and at this particular time (context-aware access).
- Workspace aggregators also provide secure file data access from a broad range of devices.
- A workspace aggregator simplifies the deployment and life cycle management of applications.
- As the single point of access, (de)provisioning, auditing and monitoring is easily accomplished through security rules and policy enforcement.
- Workspace aggregators that are available at the market today also provide Single Sign On capabilities to applications.
- ‘Workspace aggregation’ is a strategic function in the future’s workspace which is independent from hardware and is OS and browser neutral.
- Workspace aggregators will mature and become more and more complete over the next