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Liquidware Labs 2015 Prediction: Year of the SBC Renaissance


Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2015.  Read them in this series exclusive.

Contributed article by Jason Smith, Product Director, Liquidware Labs, ProfileUnity Solutions

2015: Year of the SBC Renaissance

As 2014 winds down, we naturally look to what's ahead in the new year.  The virtual desktop market certainly saw some growth this year, but will the growth be sustained through VDI or through a resurgence in SBC (Server Based Computing)?

In 2014 VMware revalidated the SBC market that Citrix has dominated for more than two decades.  VMware announced official support for RDSH desktops and applications within their Horizon suite. With more than 100 Million Citrix XenApp desktops in the world, VMware's support for RDSH spoke loud and clear that they are in the market to win many of those desktops to the Horizon platform. For their part, Citrix not only said that XenApp is here to stay but they launched "the second generation of XenApp," with significant enhancements in v7.5 last January.  

My prediction is that organizations will give SBC a second look and give it serious reconsideration as their desktop platform of choice. After all, if you can already reliably publish apps and access a SBC desktop from the datacenter or cloud based services, what's missing? I'll tell you what many SBC user organizations have told us is missing, Application Layering for RDSH and XenApp.  VMware made a move in this space with the acquisition CloudVolumes (now App Volumes) and that technology was already on the road to supporting SBC. Our own, FlexApp technology in ProfileUnity provides very similar functionality and our support for SBC environments, including RDSH and XenApp, is entering BETA this month. When Application Layering is added to SBC customers get an industry proven desktop in RDSH or XenApp with all of the application flexibility of VDI.  Applications can be snapped in for a select group of users and a lot of the headaches of SBC management, such as building and managing multiple SBC servers, instantly go away. There are many other benefits to SBC compared to VDI as well including significantly less storage space and significantly less high performance storage is required.

Yes, this could indeed be the year of an "SBC Renaissance." Call me crazy with this bold prediction but the stars have aligned and more than 100 million existing SBC desktops can't be wrong!


About the Author

Jason directs Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity (User Management) and Flex-IO (IOPS Acceleration) solutions. He was previously an owner of Entrigue Systems, which Liquidware Labs acquired in 2009. Since 2005, his product vision has helped pioneer what the industry now knows as centralized User Management. Previous to his efforts to define and proliferate User Management, he consulted or directed product programs for many well-known companies in the industry including Citrix Systems, Reflex Systems, RES Software, ScriptLogic, and Red Hat Software. 

Published Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:57 AM by David Marshall
@VMblog - (Author's Link) - February 10, 2015 6:55 AM

Once again, how great is it to be a part of the virtualization and cloud industries? 2014 was another banner year, and we witnessed a number of fantastic technologies take shape and skyrocket. And I, along with many industry experts and executives, media

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