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Andrew Wood
Andrew WoodAndrew is a Director of Gilwood CS Ltd, based in the North East of England, which specialises in delivering and optimising server and application virtualisation solutions. With 12 years of experience in developing architectures that deliver server based computing implementations from small-medium size business to global enterprise solutions, his role involves examining emerging technology trends, vendor strategies, development and integration issues, and management best practices.

Podio Released. Does the social work platform herald the beginning-of-the-end of desktops?

April 8, 2011
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Podio Released. Does the social work platform herald the beginning-of-the-end of desktops?

Podio offers a service that can be readily set-up, customised and deployed: with little IT knowledge - or IT service interaction. You create a workspace, you add applications to that workspace, you invite members of your team (regardless of the fact that your team may extend beyond your organisation) and you start working. if there…

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VMware View Client and Citirix Receiver for iPad – truly free of charge?

April 1, 2011
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VMware View users along with Citirix XenDesktop and Quest vWorkspace have an iPad client for their respective solutions. Personal device use may seem appealing in reducing the demands on IT support - but to fully comply with the license agreements can incur additional license charges, and those charges are difficult to manage. Despite the advertising…

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Virtual Computer collaborates with Lenovo-NxTop the industry’s best enterprise-class type 1 client hypervisor?

March 21, 2011
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Virtual Computer are to optimize their NxTop client virtualization and management solution to operate with select models of Lenovo laptops and desktops PC platforms. For their part, Lenovo will allow customers to have Virtual Computer’s NxTop client loaded onto their custom images, direct from the factory. There are a number of client hypervisor solutions that…

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What is User Virtualization and is it worth $70 million?

March 17, 2011
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User Virtualization makes your user's information manageable and portable. With User Virtualization the components of a desktop relating to the user are decoupled from the operating system and applications. Goldman Sachs investment is not to gain market share per se, but to allow AppSense to rapidly expand to meet the demand that their product has…

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Licensing VDI for Microsoft Desktops – is it rocket science?

March 2, 2011
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Licensing VDI for Microsoft Desktops – is it rocket science?

Given all the past ingenuity and accomplishment why is it, in 2011, the mere task of assigning valid licenses to desktop virtualisation should appear an arcane process? How do different virtualization models impact how you license your desktop services? What are the current licensing models and do they apply in all instances of desktop virtualisation?…

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RES Software Ships Virtual Desktop Extender: standalone reverse seamless now available

February 15, 2011
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RES Virtual Desktop Extender (VDX) is now available as a standalone offering. Priced at $15 / seat RES VDX is an incredibly useful enabler for virtualised desktops. It delivers on improving the user experience and better matching the needs of the user by allowing access to applications they need to use in their workspace.

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Can you avoid the VDI Tax?

February 11, 2011
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With Microsoft reporting that Windows 7 VDI environments can be up to 11% more expensive than Windows 7 with traditional desktops when will desktop virtualisation give you a return on investment? Will performance taxes, license taxes and complexity taxes mean that desktop virtualisation will never be more than a niche service regardless of the clamour…

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Browsium Release Candidate available: time to put Internet Explorer Virtualization issues to bed?

February 4, 2011
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Application Virtualization allows users to use potentially conflicting software in the same workspace. Towards the end of 2010 there was a great deal of discussion about the complexity of using application virtualization to finally let corporations end their dealings with the recalcitrant Internet Explorer 6. In Virtualizing Internet Explorer: Microsoft takes the ball home and…

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The Virtual Desktop Design Maxim: Start With User Requirements

January 20, 2011
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The Virtual Desktop Design Maxim: Start With User Requirements

When considering a Virtual Desktop Design a good architect needs to ask "what is the best solution for this environment?" For many, once you've considered the needs of your users, it is a combination of desktop delivery models - some virtual, some physical. Ideally the user is unaware of which model is being delivered to…

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