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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.

How will you pay for your virtualised applications?

April 22, 2010
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Does an evaluation for a virtualisation project need to be only an exercise in understanding if X hosts will on Y servers? Will you be able to to virtualize every service you deliver? Are new applications required? What are your existing service-levels and requirements across your application portfolio? In most enterprises today, IT is a…

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Citrix invests in Kaviza – VMWare’s VDI to suffer from EMC demands?

April 8, 2010
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Citrix have invested an unspecified amount of money in Kaviza whose grid architecture eliminates the expensive infrastructure that VDI solutions. With Kaviza's solution all the functionality needed to provision and manage virtual desktops is consolidated into a single virtual appliance that scales on commodity servers. Will this announcement herald a major take-up of VDI? Indeed,…

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Does XenApp 6 Keep Citrix Ahead of the Pack?

April 6, 2010
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Citrix has released XenApp 6 which finally provides support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 - what is available in this new release for your business. Besides R2 support, what does XenApp 6 offer your business, what WOW factors are provided to help justify the cost of using XenApp6 to springboard your x64 Presentation Virtualization…

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Persona Management – User Environment Management by Another Name?

March 25, 2010
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They say there's no such thing as bad weather - just the wrong sort of clothes. Likewise, there shouldn't be such a thing as a bad user profile experience - its more likely you've the wrong type of profile solution. VMWare View users can undoubtedly look forward to faster logon times, but is that the…

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Microsoft and Citrix offer a “Rescue for VMware VDI”

March 19, 2010
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On March 18, Microsoft embarked on a major offensive to focus the desktop virtualisation market away from VMware View. Microsoft announced updates for their desktop virtualization technologies and solutions, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The question is, are these announcements marketing hype or do they actually help deliver an improved VDI experience? Indeed, are you…

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Will deploying Microsoft Office in VDI cost you dearly?

March 10, 2010
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Both Presentation Virtualisation and Desktop Virtualization can be used to provide a Windows desktop experience and to deliver applications, such as Microsoft Office, not only to desktop hardware that might be older but to non-Windows desktops (e.g. Linux PCs. Apple Macs or Thin Client devices). Both virtualization technologies can help your business centrally manage and…

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Is Running Terminal Services on a Hypervisor Viable?

February 18, 2010
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Project Virtual Reality Check have released their Phase 2 white paper on Terminal Server/RDS workloads running on the latest generation Intel processor: the Xeon 5500 series (Nehalem). Besides providing some great figures to support the adoption of Intel’s Nehalem to drive high demand virtualized workloads, this is an interesting and important comparison document for those…

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Bring Your Own Computer Model to Reinvent the Corporate PC?

February 5, 2010
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Can your businesses increase productivity and save money by implementing a Bring your own Computer (BYOC) program? Are there benefits in giving staff a free choice of PC technology (be that a Windows, Mac, Linux, or other devices - perhaps even an iPad) if you give them a cash allowance to purchase and use their…

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Presentation Virtualization Solutions Whitepaper

January 29, 2010
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In The Virtualization Practice's new whitepaper - Presentation Virtualisation Solutions - we look to give you a summary of what benefits Presentation Virtualization can bring to your enterprise.

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