What Is VMware Anywhere Workspace?
Anywhere Workspace brings together several existing VMware solutions under a single banner: Workspace ONE, which provides unified endpoint management, desktop and application virtualization, plus a variety of employee experience and productivity solutions; Carbon Black Cloud endpoint security; and secure access service edge, which secures software-defined WANs.
The idea is to deliver a unified solution that provides organizations with everything they need (except for videoconferencing technology, still the domain of other technology providers) to create a seamless work-from-anywhere experience for employees.
Iyer said the solutions are built to address IT decision-makers’ three greatest concerns — security, ease of use and ease of management — as identified by research conducted by the Modern Computing Alliance, a consortium of technology companies led by Google that includes VMware.
With respect to security, Iyer noted separate internal research finding that 75 percent of organizations believe their concerns about protecting data have been holding them back from embracing hybrid work. That, and the fact that 80 percent of workers say they already use their own devices for work, led VMware to conclude that it would have think differently about security as it built out its Anywhere Workspace offering.
“To solve the problems of the hybrid workforce in a multicloud world, we knew we needed to go to the edge, where workers are,” Iyer said. Accordingly, VMware put all of its Anywhere Workspace security controls at the edge.
Its partnership with chipmaker Intel supports that objective. Under the partnership, IT administrators will be able to manage all endpoints remotely. That includes waking a device, patching it, putting it back to sleep, and even wiping it of all data when necessary, regardless of the operating system the device is running, according to Gregory Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group.
Hemant Kumar, vice president of IT for professional services firm Genpact, said VMware’s existing Workspace ONE solution was invaluable in helping the organization shift 100,000 employees to remote work practically overnight.
“Workspace ONE really helped us enable all of our workers to work remotely, 100 percent, and all of that was done in a very short span without impacting productivity,” Kumar said.