Updated VMware Workspace ONE Reference Architecture for SaaS Deployments

January 24, 2018

The VMware Workspace ONE Reference Architecture for SaaS Deployments illustrates how Workspace ONE can deliver a modern digital workspace that meets key business requirements and common use cases for the increasingly mobile workplace.

VMware Workspace ONE is a digital workspace platform that simply and securely delivers and manages any app on any device by integrating access control, application management, and multi-platform endpoint management. It combines identity and mobility management to provide frictionless and secure access to all the apps and data that employees need to work, wherever, whenever, and from whatever device they choose.

VMware Workspace ONE Logical Architecture Overview

Figure 1: VMware Workspace ONE Logical Architecture Overview

Workspace ONE is built on the VMware AirWatch Unified Endpoint Management technology and integrated with a common identity framework using VMware Identity Manager. With Workspace ONE, organizations can now evolve silo-ed cloud and mobile investments, enabling all employees, devices, and things across the organization to accelerate their digital transformation journey with a platform-based approach.

VMware Identity Manager and VMware AirWatch are built to provide tight integration between identity and device management. This integration has been simplified in recent versions to ensure that configuration of each product is relatively straightforward.

Although VMware Identity Manager and VMware AirWatch are the core components in a Workspace ONE deployment, you can deploy a variety of other components depending on your business use cases. In Figure 2, you can use AirWatch Secure Email Gateway to access an on-premises exchange server, or use VMware Unified Access Gateway to provide the VMware Tunnel- or VPN-based access to internal resources.

Sample VMware Workspace ONE Architecture

Figure 2: Sample VMware Workspace ONE Architecture

Workspace ONE is available as a cloud service or for on-premises deployment. This white paper provides a reference architecture for the Workspace ONE platform when deployed using the cloud platform (SaaS model).

A solution based on Workspace ONE can address a wide-ranging set of business requirements and use cases. In this reference architecture, the solution targets the most common requirements and use cases as seen in customer deployments to date.

The paper includes three example services:

  • Mobile Device Management
  • Mobile Productivity Service
  • Mobile Application Workspace Service

These address everything from basic mobile management and secure identity-based access to full virtual-desktop access on mobile devices with seamless single sign-on (SSO) across all applications. The sample services, and the use cases they apply to, can easily be adapted as required.

Sample Mobile Power Workspace Service

Figure 3: Sample Mobile Power Workspace Service

This reference architecture has undergone design validation, component design and build, service build, integration, user workflow, and testing to ensure that all objectives are met, the use cases are delivered properly, and real-world implementation is achievable.

Download the VMware Workspace ONE Reference Architecture for SaaS Deployments now to start planning your digital workspace using Workspace ONE.

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