How a Leading Cloud Storage and Services Provider Enhanced DaaS Application Provisioning via Cloudpaging

Enabling Easy and Flexible Application Management for DaaS

Client Background

The customer is a leading cloud technology provider who sought to modernize application delivery for its desktop as a service (DaaS) solution. Applications needed to be made available to more than 100,000 users around the world, while maintaining a customizable user experience.

The Problem: Managing Applications for 100,000s of Virtual Desktops

A leading cloud storage and services provider delivers a fast, flexible, and secure way for its user base to deploy and manage applications for its Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform. The DaaS platform accelerates software deployment, upgrades, patching, and retirement by “cloudifying” Microsoft® Windows® desktop applications into virtualized application packages. These applications run on the customer’s DaaS platform instance as though they are natively installed. The platform allows its primary admin users to install their own applications, or purchase desktop applications through its online application software store, and deploy them to multiple end-users on the account, while maintaining control of the users’ access to those applications. Simple, pay-as-you-go, user-based pricing ensures that customers only pay for the applications that are being used.

But it wasn’t always this way. This particular organization first built its DaaS platform to offer a “Desktop in the Cloud” for its customers. The company quickly realized providing the desktop was only going to solve a portion of the customer needs.

Customers had a clear need for Application Lifecyle Management in the DaaS platform. Compounding the problem was the fact that each customer likely had different policies, requirements, and expectations for Application Lifecycle Management meaning a “one size fits all” solution would not work. Customers would expect the same level of performance from their applications on the DaaS platform as they did from their physical desktops. They would also need compatibility with all Windows applications whether they bought the software from the cloud provider, installed their own
application, also known as Bring Your Own Application (BYOA), or used a Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model.

The organization needed to address all these concerns while addressing its own set of requirements. Scaling and performance were critical, as this solution would be utilized by thousands of users on a daily basis. Reducing storage requirements would provide significant benefits to both the leading cloud storage and services provider and the pricing for its customers. Automation to significantly cut down on manual efforts was needed to help ensure the company’s solution would be cost-effective. The automated features would need to integrate seamlessly with the existing application store. Application usage data would be needed for billing as well as the ability to deploy, update, and remove software.

The Solution: Only Cloudpaging Could Address All Their Requirements

The organization found Numecent’s Cloudpaging technology to be the only out-of-the-box solution that could meet all their DaaS requirements. Cloudpaging also contained additional features beyond the company’s requirements that added additional value and eliminated other potential custom work for the company’s team.

Cloudpaging provides excellent Application Lifecyle Management with a Software Asset Management model that can be fully integrated with and extended by application stores. Applications can be easily packaged, deployed, updated, and removed without leaving a trace. A deployed application runs natively within the DaaS platform instance; the performance is the same as a natively installed application. Proprietary Cloudpaging technology reduces application footprints to less than 10% of the space occupied by a native installation. This significantly reduces storage and network requirement costs both for the customer and for the DaaS provider.

Sample ApplicationsTraditional
Install Size (MB)
Cloudpaging
Prefetch Payload (MB)
Reduced Traffic
and Storage (MB)
Yearly Cost
Reduction for
100,000 Desktops
($0.10/GB)*
Act! Pro304124180$21,552
Anime Studio Pro28437247$29,688
Autodesk Revit10,2917489,543$1,145,160
Corel Draw428161267$32,088
Microsoft Visio Professional1,114411,073$128,712
 SolidWorks2,703 438 2,265$271,800
 Sophos Endpoint Security467 4463 $55,536
 Turbo CAD 667 60 607$72,864
Visual Studio Ultimate4,5602474,313$517,560
WordPerfect Office98384899$107,856
*Sample Network and Storage Costs

Cloudpaging also includes a full featured set of APIs allowing the leading cloud storage and services provider to easily automate all application activities on both the Client and Server side as well as seamlessly integrate into the existing DaaS console. This allowed further integration with the company’s additional services including Active Directory connections to provision applications to specific users. The flexible architecture and billing options also allow the leading cloud storage and services provider to fully track application usage, centrally manage applications, and offer pricing models that are based on actual usage. Customers love receiving one clear and concise bill from a single provider for all their DaaS and application usage.

The benefits

The combination of Numecent’s Cloudpaging Technology with the organization’s DaaS platform has created a solution that provides the best of breed offerings within the DaaS market. The company is able to provide an automated platform for users to select from hundreds of applications it provides for free or at a cost, as well as easily facilitate BYOL and BYOA applications. Each customer can mix and match applications from all three categories to curate a unique experience for their user base and provide a custom application store experience. Applications added via the organization’s application store are available for use almost instantly.

Cloudpaging has an extensible digital rights management component that allow entitlement, provisioning, and upgrades to be centrally controlled and extended upon by using a set of Web API’s by system integrators. The company’s DaaS platform enables Microsoft Windows applications to be packaged and deployed to users throughout any customer’s organization. Cloudpaging allowed the company to build and manage an application catalog of third party applications that includes already owned licenses, internallydeveloped custom applications, and applications purchased through its online store for desktop applications by leveraging these API’s. This has resulted in the added benefit of becoming an additional revenue center for the company.

*Retail software costs obtained via internet search, solely for the purpose of providing sample costs. **Sample Monthly Subscription Charge was calculated by adding a 10% margin to the retail price of the software divided over 12 months. Contact your Independent Software Vendor directly for your actual cost and licensing terms. ***Monthly retail cost with annual subscription.

Conclusion

The organization’s DaaS platform’s simple monthly, per-user pricing eliminates the need for up-front investments in software and hardware used to manage and deploy applications, and reduces operational expenses involved with managing applications. “We’re pleased to know that Numecent’s Cloudpaging solution surpassed the DaaS requirements for this global industry leader of cloud storage and services,” Arthur Hitomi, CEO of Numecent stated. “No other solution can deliver a virtualized application with the native desktop experience as delivered by Cloudpaging.”

About Numecent

Numecent is the pioneer of Cloudpaging, an award-winning cloud technology designed to maximize application compatibility and portability across modern desktop environments. Headquartered in Irvine, California – with two satellite locations in London and Tokyo – the company delivers applications to millions of users worldwide. With innovation at the core of its business, the company’s technology portfolio includes 58 issued patents (and counting).

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