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Navigating New Horizons:
Thinfinity Workspace as a Strategic VMware Alternative

April 24, 2024

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Introduction

The acquisition of VMware by Broadcom has significantly reverberated through the tech community, especially among VMware’s customer base. This development has introduced a wave of uncertainty regarding the future of product roadmaps, support frameworks, and licensing costs. Consequently, CIOs and IT leaders are urgently revisiting their strategies for virtualization and remote access solutions to ensure operational continuity, stability, and scalability.

The Need for a Strategic Pivot

This acquisition’s implications are profound, compelling VMware users to evaluate various migration strategies that adhere to their long-term business objectives. As organizations consider the transition to alternative platforms, they are confronted with pivotal decisions concerning cost, compatibility, and future readiness. In recent months, there have been notable price increases for several VMware products, with some clients experiencing cost escalations of 2x to 5x. This situation has led stakeholders to seek our guidance to effectively navigate these challenges. If the decision of CIOs is to continue with the VMware stack without feasible alternatives, it becomes crucial to focus on optimizing utilization, ensuring stability, and addressing any emergent issues.

Identifying Potential Alternatives for VMWare Hypervisor

Several alternatives have come to the forefront as viable options for those considering moving away from VMware hypervisor as virtualization engine:

Microsoft Hyper-V

Microsoft Hyper-V

Available within Windows Server and Azure Stack HCI, Hyper-V is a well-supported solution though it sometimes faces critiques regarding its management tool complexity.

KVM - Linux

Linux KVM

Integrated into all Linux distributions, KVM offers a robust solution but might pose a challenge for administrators less familiar with Linux environments.

Xen project

Xen

Known for its role in Citrix Hypervisor, Xen is tailored for large enterprises and critical applications, albeit with a complex management landscape.

Public cloud

Public Cloud or SaaS Migration

Accelerating migration to the public cloud can be a strategic move, especially with recent changes in VMware licensing potentially making this a more financially sound option.

Kubernetes-based

Container Platforms

Transitioning to a Kubernetes-based container management solution could significantly modernize application management.

Distributed Hybrid Infrastructure (DHI)

Hybrid and Multi Cloud deployments, with focus on hyperconvergence infrastructure

Identifying Alternatives for VMWare Horizon and Vsphere

As organizations evaluate their virtualization strategy in the wake of evolving market dynamics and rising costs associated with VMware products, Thinfinity Workspace emerges as a robust alternative capable of seamlessly integrating with a variety of virtualization platforms. Below, we explore how Thinfinity can effectively replace VMware vSphere and VMware Horizon, providing enhanced management, flexibility, and scalability across different environments. This alignment allows businesses to maintain operational efficiency and adapt to their specific technological landscapes:

VMware (ESXi and Horizon) Legacy Workflows

If your organization heavily relies on VMware virtualization, migrating within a short period may not be feasible. Adequate planning is crucial, and selecting a technology partner that can help reduce current licensing costs while providing a migration path to alternative hypervisors is essential. Thinfinity Workspace integrates seamlessly with any VMware VM or ESXi console. This integration allows you to substitute vSphere with Thinfinity for secure, remote access to these workflows. Not only does this approach maintain a disruption-free user experience, but it also enhances it, laying a foundation for future transitions to other hypervisors.

Public Cloud or SaaS Migration (Cloud VDI Orchestration)

If your workflows are ready for cloud migration, Thinfinity Workspace represents an optimal technology choice. It natively integrates with public cloud hypervisors, allowing you to provision and scale VDI workflows using an infrastructure-as-code approach. With Thinfinity, you can seamlessly migrate VMware workflows to any public cloud without disruption or loss of functionality, while enhancing both user and admin experiences. As part of this shift towards cloud solutions, Thinfinity supports migrations to public cloud platforms by facilitating a smooth transition and management of virtual desktops in these environments. This can help mitigate the cost implications associated with VMware licensing changes. Thinfinity offers native integration and a comprehensive VDI manager for platforms like Azure, Ionos, AWS, GCP, Oracle Cloud, Huawei Cloud, and more. For additional details on Thinfinity’s VDI manager capabilities, click here.

Distributed Hybrid Infrastructure (DHI)

In the realm of Distributed Hybrid Infrastructure (DHI), Thinfinity stands out with its agnostic capabilities tailored for hyperconverged environments. This includes advanced features like reverse connections and cloud tunneling, which are essential for integrating multi-cloud VDI capabilities. By enabling organizations to seamlessly connect and manage their IT resources across various cloud platforms, Thinfinity provides a significant advantage over traditional VMware alternatives. Additionally, Thinfinity enhances its offering with extra capabilities such as Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and Privileged Access Management (PAM). These features ensure that security and access control are robust and adaptable, providing an added layer of protection and efficiency that surpasses typical VMware functionalities.

Cost Effectiveness

Following the exploration of Thinfinity as a versatile alternative to VMware, it’s essential to highlight the cost advantages it offers, particularly in today’s economic climate marked by VMware’s pricing volatility.

Concurrent User Licensing Model:

  • Aligns costs with actual usage rather than potential maximum capacity, making it a more cost-effective model compared to named licenses.
  • Reduces financial burdens, which is particularly beneficial for organizations experiencing significant increases in VMware licensing fees.
  • Historically proven to offer better cost management over time, as it avoids the expense of unused licenses that often accompanies named licensing systems.

Efficient on Less Demanding Hardware:

  • Significantly lowers the total cost of ownership compared to the heavier hardware demands of VMware and Citrix systems.
  • Enables performance efficiency, reducing the need for frequent hardware upgrades.

Cloud-Agnostic Capabilities:

  • Allows deployment across any cloud service or on-premises setup without additional costs.
  • Provides the flexibility to optimize operational costs and adapt to changing business needs seamlessly.

By leveraging these features, Thinfinity helps organizations maintain robust virtualization capabilities while effectively managing and reducing their infrastructure expenses.

Strategic Migration from VMware Recommendations

For CIOs charting the course away from VMware, it is crucial to:

  • Align with Business Goals: Whether it’s cost reduction, agility, or cloud migration, ensure that the migration strategy is in step with broader business objectives.
  • Feasibility and Compatibility Analysis: Evaluate the compatibility of current applications with potential alternatives like Thinfinity, considering factors like user access patterns and application performance.
  • Comprehensive Cost Analysis: Undertake a detailed ROI/TCO analysis to gauge the financial impacts of transitioning, factoring in all variables from IT effort to potential disruptions.
  • Manage Expectations: Prepare for a migration timeline that could extend from 0.5 to 3 years, planning phased rollouts and gradual integration of new systems.

Conclusion

As the landscape evolves following VMware’s acquisition, Thinfinity emerges as a robust and adaptable solution for enterprises aiming for stability and agility in their virtualization strategies. By integrating Thinfinity, CIOs can ensure their organizations not only remain resilient but also gain enhanced flexibility and advanced features like ZTNA and PAM, which are critical in today’s dynamic technological environment. Additionally, Thinfinity’s capability to seamlessly operate across various platforms—from hyper-converged infrastructures to mult-icloud environments—positions it as a cost-effective alternative that enhances operational efficiency. To explore how Thinfinity can specifically benefit your organization and to discuss customized solutions, we invite you to speak with one of our expert engineers. Please visit our website or contact us directly to learn more about our innovative offerings and schedule a consultation

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