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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.

Project Avalon: Will Citrix Put VMware Horizon to the Sword?

How does Project Avalon’s Excalibur component focus on making a new FlexCast platform and deliver applications beyond the PC. How does Project Avalon’s Merlin component deliver Self-service provision, management and service orchestration. Will these components deliver Windows apps and desktops as a true cloud service and can these services be compare to VMware’s Horizon?

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Delivering VDI can be an expensive and time consuming undertaking. Especially when the business case is limited to remote access. There are solutions allowing remote access to a desktop/laptop device: Citrix’s own GoToMyPC has competition from the likes of LogMeIn, Teamviewer, TightVNC and YuuGuu. However, there is always concern about introducing such solutions in terms of “who now has access?”, and “how do we manage it?”. With Citrix Remote PC organisations can have centralized control over services such as printing, clipboard, and local drive access as well as automated provisioning of PC to end-users, combined with the high performance and client compatibility of Citrix HDX. Simples?

DesktopVirtualization

ProfileUnity FlexApp is capable of presenting organisations with a comprehensive user environment management solution encompassing both user virtualization and a virtualized software distribution system. v5.2 adds user rights elevation, machine settings support and profile migration reporting. How does ProfileUnity stand against key competitors in the market with this new release?

DesktopVirtualization

Pivot3 have made vStac R2 simpler to implement, more scalable and drive further savings than its predecessor. Headline features include utilising VMware View Storage Accelerator allowing reduced hardware costs, performance increases with more memory and updated processors allowing greater VM density, and networking options that can enable adoption by a wider SMB market. With vStac R2, Pivot3 continue to drive the hardware cost and complexity of VDI down. The headline $165 / desktop will be compelling. The performance assurance and dynamic expansion in R2 will likely solve many administrative headaches. The key for any turnkey VDI solution remains getting the assessment right, and managing and delivering on the wider user experience once deployed.

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