The day when engineers and data scientists spent the majority of their day sitting behind a workstation in an office are pretty much over. Instead, these classes of knowledge workers are increasing making use of mobile computing devices to access compute-intensive applications running inside the data center.
To facilitate the process Teradici this week released version 2.0 of PCoIP Workstation Access Software, which now provides access to workstation applications running on remote servers in any data center from any mobile computing device without having to set up a virtual private network (VPN).
Olivier Favre, director of product management for Teradici, says that as the size of workstation applications continues to increase engineers and data scientists more often than not need server processing power to actually run those applications. While many of them have access to a workstation, the mobile computing devices they tend to favor when they leave the office vary widely.
Favre says that VMware and Amazon Web Services already make use of PCoIP software to provide access to compute resources running in the cloud. With the release of Version 2.0 of PCoIP, Favre says, any data center facility can provide similar sets of services.
IT organizations can opt to either connect directly to a data center or make use of brokering software from Leostream.
As compute resources become less expensive inside and out of the cloud, it’s significantly less expensive to give end users access to massive applications distributed across multiple servers. Rather than having to deploy both desktop and mobile workstations, PCoIP Workstation Access Software 2.0 makes it possible for engineers, for example, to access graphics applications. In addition, other individuals in the organization can access those applications without necessarily having to be sitting in front of a workstation.
“We’re bringing more flexibility to the organization,” says Favre. “It’s about increased end user productivity.”
Best of all, Favre says access to those applications is delivered without requiring the IT organization to manage VPN connections across hundreds, sometimes even thousands, of end users or deploy remote desktop protocol software that was never designed to support compute intensive applications.
In fact, with the rise of graphics processors that bring new classes of servers into the data center, Favre says, Teradici is betting that providing remote access to the applications running on those servers is going to be a much higher priority in the months and years ahead.