Is Windows 2012 Hyper-V ithe hypervisor for the cloud. We consider Aidan Finn’s comparison of Windows 2012 Hyper-V to VMware VSphere and Citrix XenServer to help you decide what technologies can be used to configure your own private cloud services.
Cloud Computing ...
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In this first installment looking at the features of Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 features compared to VMware vSphere 5.1 and XenServer 6.0 we consider how Hyper-V is priced, scalability and performance and storage.
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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?
Business Agility ...
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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?
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While multi-browser environments are often needed to address compatibility and security problems, they come with several management challenges. Browsium are developing Catalyst to allow the most compatible and secure browser for each website on every PC in an organization to be centrally managed. A free beta trial is available.
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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?
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At Citrix Synergy in Barcelona, this was a very good question that a number of partners were reporting their customers were asking. Citrix XenApp 6.5 is a market leading product. Windows 2012 is very new. What are the differentiating features, what key questions should you ask and how do you decide on the one for you?
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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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