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Can Virtual Desktops Deliver a Native Application Experience from the Cloud?

August 09, 2019
By Robb Henshaw

Every IT admin knows that if they aren’t able to provide their people with a good user experience, then those people are going to point the finger right back at IT and blame them for that poor experience. One area where this finger-pointing is notoriously prevalent occurs during the use of virtual desktops to enable virtual application delivery.

Raise your hand if you’ve had exceptionally good experiences when it comes to using virtual desktops? I thought so. And yet, for the most part, you’ve likely been led to believe that virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is your best option for giving all of your people access to the critical applications they need from any device.

Virtual Desktops Are Not the Answer Your Users Want

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But delivering business-critical applications - especially legacy Windows applications - via virtual desktops does not deliver the user experience that your people are used to. Login issues, laggy performance of the application, and connectivity problems are all frequent complaints. So how can you deliver a native desktop application experience to your users, from the cloud? Especially when it comes to the thousands of Windows-based applications that haven’t been web-enabled?

VDI is Overkill for Virtual Application Delivery

First and foremost, let’s establish one thing - if your primary goal is to deliver virtual applications to your people, then VDI is complete overkill. VDI is incredibly time-intensive to deploy and manage, it’s expensive, and it doesn’t deliver the user experience you want. 

But VDI is not your only option. 

Virtual Application Delivery Platforms 

Cloud migration is a critical step in most organizations’ digital transformation. To ensure that your cloud migration goes smoothly without disrupting your people’s access to business-critical applications, you’ll want to find a cloud-native virtual application delivery platform that enables you to deliver applications to any device, from the browser.

Here at Cameyo, we don’t believe it’s enough to simply provide access to apps on any device, though. We know that users want/need the same experience that they’re used to in the desktop version of the app. Which is why we’ve committed so much time and development to enabling a truly seamless experience when accessing virtual applications. 

The Technology Behind Truly Seamless Experiences

One of the ways we accomplish this is through our Cameyo Session Sync technology, which utilizes data persistence across sessions to deliver a better experience. With Session Sync, everything a user does during a Cameyo session is synced to and from Google Cloud Storage. Users (and their applications) are presented a virtualized view of their very own data and settings, regardless of the cloud instance they are being served from, and regardless of how many users are being served from the instance during that time. Cameyo’s cloud instances are multi-tenant and stateless, therefore users are always connected to the most quickly-available, resource-optimal, and cost-effective instance.

Another feature we’ve developed is native support of USB devices such as printers, scanners, scales, webcams and more to give users direct integration with these devices when using virtual apps. The result is a user experience that delivers virtual access to the full desktop functionality of Windows applications while also providing access to a user’s USB peripherals for a seamless desktop-like experience.

A Patent-Worthy User Experience

And these measures to ensure a native desktop application experience from the cloud have not gone unnoticed. We were recently issued U.S. Patent No. 10,382,446 for our platform design that emulates cloud storage for Windows applications, enabling Windows applications to be delivered from the cloud. As our CTO, Eyal Dotan, explains:

“To truly make Windows applications work in the cloud in a way that feels natural and doesn’t interrupt the end user’s workflow, you must ensure that those Windows apps can interact with files in the cloud as if they were local. This patent recognizes Cameyo’s unique ability to deliver this capability, which is one of the reasons more than 130 enterprises rely on Cameyo to deliver their critical Windows applications to tens of thousands of users.”

So whether you’re just fed up with the cost and complexity of VDI or if you’re dedicated to delivering the best possible virtual application experience for your people, check out a free trial of Cameyo today. And don’t hesitate to ask us questions or provide feedback anytime!

Filed Under: Application Virtualization, Digital Transformation, Virtual Desktops, VDI, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure