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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.

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization – MED-V: Just a Band-Aid Solution?

July 19, 2010
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Is Med-V only a 'point solution' to ease migration or can you use that functionality to a wider audience to solve other problems? When considering Med-v as part of MDOP, is it a useful client hypervisor tool for reducing desktop management costs.

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Can you use a bare metal Client-Side Hypervisor to Manage your Desktops?

July 8, 2010
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Virtual Computer recently announced the availability of their NxTop product for free for up to five users. NxTop combines centralized virtual desktop management with a "bare-metal" client-hypervisor to make managing many desktops as easy as managing one. But, you may ask, what can a client side hypervisor do for me? The answer - solutions such…

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The Value of VDI Trade-Ups: XenApp to XenDesktop or VMWare View, Is It Worth It?

July 6, 2010
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Which is better - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or Presentation Virtualization? If you have, say, a Citrix XenApp PV solution - you may may be tempted at the reduced cost per license of VDI - XenDesktop appears to be almost half the cost per user than XenApp. Maybe you've a VMware vSphere back-end and the thought…

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News: Virtual Computer offer NxTop for Free

June 16, 2010
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Virtual Computer, the market leader in distributed desktop virtualization, have announced a version of NxTop allowing you to manage up to five PCs without any licensing fees or time-based evaluation restrictions.

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Can You Give Power to Users Responsibly?

June 14, 2010
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Appsense's development of User Rights Management and User Installed Applications offer products that you can deploy to give additional rights to users so that they can work effectively without being a drain on IT, or IT being a millstone to them. How will such functions impact your business?

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Can you Transform your desktop with Turnkey VDI?

June 7, 2010
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Can you transform your desktop estate by migrating to VDI solution and expect that "savings will be made"? You should ask not what you can do for VDI, but what VDI can do for you. The process of transforming your desktop needs to begin with understanding what each user has in their workspace. Being able…

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Citrix XenClient Enters the Ring

May 26, 2010
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Citrix Xenclient enters the bare metal hypervisor for desktops devices market and challenges the incumbents - Neocleus and VirtualComputer. As a solution to reducing management costs and improving the user experience such a funtion is undoubtedly a contender to change the way you think about your PC lifecycle management.

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Centralisation without Virtualization

May 14, 2010
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The centralisation of desktop services can generate cost savings through simplified management and faster, more reliable implementation time. Desktop Streaming solutions such as Citrix Provisioning Services for Desktops and Double-Take Flex provide the option of centralising desktop images for delivery across your enterprise's desktop solutions.

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Will Your VDI Solution Support your Remote Users?

May 11, 2010
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If your organisation has remote users - consider that the impact of centralisation on their desktop experience can be very different: and not always in a happy way. Citrix's ICA protocol has been joined by the likes of Quest's vWorkspace with EOP Xtream, or Ericom Blaze. There are a number of hardware solutions for WAN…

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