The following post was based on “Will HTML5 browsers become the new go-to VDI client?” by Brien Posey, published on Nov 2, 2016, on Tech Target.
More and more browser-based clients are slowly becoming the standard as many cloud-based applications are using the browser interface. HTML5 clients enable users to access remote desktops and applications through a Web browser which lets them work from any device, anywhere. When HTML5 first emerged, the user experience needed some improvements, but now browsers use protocols that make it simple and easy to use.
WORK FROM ANY DEVICE
It has become an everyday practice for companies to use a mix of Windows and Linux based applications combined with SaaS. Likewise, end-users use a mix of alternative devices such as Windows PC`s, Macs, Android and iOS tablets, Linux PCs, Chromebooks, smartphones and more. The browser is something that links all these different devices together.
“The one thing all of these devices have in common is the browser. Although not every browser manufacturer adheres to the HTML5 standard perfectly, just about any current device should be able to render HTML5.” writes Brien.
Almost every device today is able to render HTML5. Because HTML5 applications don’t need plug-ins, users can access their desktops from any device with a compatible browser over any Internet connection. In today`s world of mobility, that’s a big advantage.
THE ADVANTAGES OF HTML5 BROWSERS AS UNIVERSAL VDI CLIENT
There are many comparisons drawn between VDI, RDP and HTML5 browsers. To step away from comparisons and focus just on the HTML5 benefits, here are 3 major points why HTML5 browsers are becoming a universal client.
SIMPLE TO USE: VDI usually requires a client to be installed locally on a device to send, receive and render remote protocol data. HTML5 always runs in the browser. No admin, no local installation and no configuration make HTML5 a simple and easy to use medium.
NO LOCAL DATA: All data resides in the company`s infrastructure and there are no leftovers on the end user device. As a result, there is more security as there is no local data saved anywhere.
GREAT UI/UX: HTML5 is becoming a fully mature technology to build full blown applications. Developers can use HTML5 to create full-blown web applications that would have been impossible to build with earlier versions of HTML. Another advantage of using HMTL5 browsers to access remote desktops is that they don’t look or feel significantly different than desktops accessed from a local client.
Given the benefits in mobility, support, and flexibility, Brien rightfully concludes “The future of VDI may be HTML5 clients.”
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About Brien Posey (@BrienPosey): Brien is a 15-time Microsoft MVP with over two decades of IT experience. Prior to becoming a freelance writer and speaker, Posey was the Chief Information Officer for a national chain of hospitals and healthcare facilities. Previously, Posey served as the lead network engineer for the United States Department of Defense at Fort Knox, and as a network administrator for some of the largest insurance companies in America. In addition to his continued work in IT, Posey has spent the last two years training as a commercial Scientist-Astronaut candidate for a mission to study polar mesospheric clouds from space. (more at http://www.techtarget.com/contributor/Brien-Posey)