VDI-in-a-Box is on its way out, but killing the product wasn't always Citrix's intention. Technical problems, development time and a poor sales strategy appear to be the cause of the product's death.
VDI-in-a-Box has been rumoured to be on the chopping block since Citrix acquired Kaviza (the original company behind the product) back in May 2011. While many people lauded Citrix for gaining a VDI product that was easy to install and operate, others thought that the acquisition might have been nothing more than an attempt to alleviate the competition.
Many of us held out hope that there would ultimately be some blending of XenDesktop and VDI-in-a-Box, with the best elements of each creating a new VDI platform, but that never proved true.
Citrix earlier this year were quoted as saying “We’re going to ‘end-of-sale’ that product and it will be replaced by a simpler and more price competitive version for VDI that we have coming”. The news comes as no real surprise, given that in 5 years since the products acquisition, there’s been virtually nothing done with the software at all. But the future (for the moment) seems unclear.
There were/are two very distinct groups of customers when it comes to Citrix, those who want VDI in a Box - for its simplicity, its price point and its low maintenance requirements. And then those who want XenDesktop, which can offer the same features (along with a whole host of others) but very clearly requires a different skill set. On the news of the products soon to be death, customers are worrying – what should they be doing next? And what could possibly help in this situation where moving to a more complex product is not the answer.
For me, I think this is genuinely a fantastic reason to start thinking about outsourcing your Citrix infrastructure to a specialist provider. Ask yourself these questions, would it be more cost effective if you could pay only for what you use? Would it be less stressful if you let somebody else maintain the complexities of a more advanced system? And would it better enable your business if you could reap the features and benefits of a more powerful system at a third of the cost, with little complexity? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you’re in the right place to talk to a managed services provider- and you should be!
Alas, as we soon say Goodbye in 2016 to Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, a promising product that had its own niche market appeal. We open the doors to a new era of outsourced cloud delivered solutions. One that delivers all the business benefits of a low maintenance, feature rich, cost effective solution – but delivered in a different way.