Workspace Virtualization provides a scalable, performant architecture for desktop virtualization, which simplifies the creation, access and management of virtual desktops.


The advantages of Workspace Virtualization include global scalability and enhanced manageability, which enable enterprises to create a hierarchical desktop virtualization management system that can be distributed globally with multi-site storage support; automated synchronization and on-going backup of virtual workspace images; isolation and workspace security to prevent data leakage and reduce the attack surface of the virtual environment.


This provides a compelling architecture for Cloud Computing that is truly mobile and productive. Although great advances have been made with mobile networks, we are still only intermittently connected, contending with high latency, low bandwidth, or no connection at all. With virtual workspaces deployed to devices, you address the issues of intermittent connectivity. If the virtual workspace is only run remotely, in the data centre, you need to be reliably connected in order to be productive. That simply isn't realistic for the enterprise, thus the demandd for a rich device to run the virtual workspace.


Imagine bringing in a contractor into your enterprise, who brings their company-owned notebook, and remotely loading a virtual workspace onto that device with the relevant workload for the project. This workspace is secure, partitioned from one's corporate workload, and when the contract is finished, the workspace is removed, leaving practically no footprint on the device.


Now extrapolate that to the Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) scenario - you have a device that you love, and rather than provisioning you with another device, you use yours onto which the enterprise's virtual workspace is deployed. You then have the corporate workload on an attested image, running in a virtual workspace. The enterprise can trust it because it's secured from both your user information and based on the device identification. The enterprise only has to manage their virtual workspace, the user manages all their personal data and applications, neither environment can affect or unbalance the other. The user gets the device they want, and the enterprise remains productive.

The same applies for Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), which targets small and medium business (SMB) - Service Providers can deliver virtual workspaces to user devices that can be initialised, upgraded, and revoked with a fine-grained degree of control, without ever having to see or touch those devices. The SMBs can rest assured that only authorised, vetted devices can access their services in a truly scalable and mobile fashion.

The power of this architecture is derived from capabilities delivered by the underlying hardware which provide devices with identity; execution, communication and I/O isolation; trust attestation; encryption acceleration; and remote, in-band and out-of-band management capabilities. This hardware-assisted workspace virtualization realizes the full value proposition.


Intel and RingCube have come together to deliver hardware-assisted workspace virtualization with vDesk 3.1 - providing scalable, high performance desktop virtualization for Windows 7. vDesk leverages the capabilities of Intel's vPro mobile platform to provide truly mobile user productivity, lower desktop management costs and eliminates the performance and resource overhead of virtualization technology. Users can run their vDesk workspace on managed or unmanaged devices, providing a solution for campus workers, field staff, telecommuters, contract/off-shore workers.


Read more about how RingCube vDesk 3.1 and Intel vPro deliver Workspace Virtualization in the joint white paper available now.