How legacy applications can be integrated with the cloud workspace
In 1979, “The Buggles” stormed the charts with their song “Video Killed the Radio Star”. However, the radio is still alive, coexisting peacefully with other media. While it has lost some of its significance, it has survived successfully by adapting to the new conditions. In the new world of SaaS and cloud applications, legacy applications are “threatened” by the crowding out that is occurring in the market. However, legacy applications, too, will survive.
Goal: Peaceful coexistence
The number of SaaS and cloud applications in business environments is continuously increasing; these are, however, no green-field environments, but are populated with existing and sometimes dearly cherished Windows applications such as SAP R3 or AS400-based host applications. After all, no company will simply replace its existing application landscape by new applications, but will migrate existing applications into the new cloud universe, while minimizing related work and cost as well as impacts on end-users, with the goal to allow for the peaceful coexistence of all kinds of applications within today’s device-independent workspace without any usage- and management-related problems and issues.
Move legacy applications to the workspace with the speed of light
Terminal server farms are playing a key role when it comes to integrating existing applications. They move them into the workspace with the speed of light by allowing companies to provision their legacy applications even on devices that are not able to execute Windows applications. In many cases, client software must be installed for this purpose, which is affecting the degree of flexibility.
Warp drive for integration: MyWorkspace
MyWorkspace allows companies to connect existing with new applications with even more speed and greater ease-of-use. MyWorkspace is seamlessly integrated with the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, enabling the usage of legacy Windows applications on any device, without the need to install software on the respective device. The browser-based approach ensures that no business-critical information is stored on unmanaged devices.
MyWorkspace allows all companies to implement BYOD or COPE initiatives on all device platforms, including device classes that do not enjoy a high degree of adoption yet, such as smart TVs or displays in IoT devices.
MyWorkspace has been designed to help every company on its way into the cloud – without cost-intense migration or modification of existing processes and workflows. And, to speak with Gerhard Uhlenbruck, for some long-cherished legacy applications, MyWorkspace allows for “peaceful coexistence, which means that you continue to play the first fiddle, even in a piano concerto.”