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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.

2011 Year in Review: Presentation Virtualization

December 23, 2011
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It has been a while since we last updated our Presentation Virtualization Solutions whitepaper. Has nothing happened in the market in 2011? On the contrary, there was a good deal going on for Presentation Virtualization in a year that saw a new benchmark setting XenApp release from Citrix, Apple remove terminal services functionality, RES Software…

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Who can outmanoeuvre Citrix Flexcast?

December 13, 2011
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Who can outmanoeuvre Citrix Flexcast?

Of all the vendors in the hosted desktop space, Citrix has been delivering desktop virtualisation solutions the longest. As such, perhaps they are the most aware that an enterprise desktop strategy isn't about delivering a single solution. A solution needs to be flexible enough to present a variety of services to a range of devices.…

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A VDI desktop is no More Secure than a Standard Desktop

December 5, 2011
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Our very own Texiwill hosts a weekly Virtualization Security Round Table podcast. This round table provides an open forum to discuss all things related to Virtualization, Virtual Environment and cloud computing security. We've questioned before the benefits of a virtual desktop infrastructure with respect to security. Is VDI secure? Is VDI inherently more secure than…

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Thames Water dips its toe in Desktone’s pool – DaaS throws off it’s waterwings?

November 28, 2011
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Thames Water have signed up to give a sizable part of its desktop infrastructure management to services built on Desktone's VDI stack hosted and maintained by Molten Technologies. Thames Water is the UK's largest water and sewerage company, serving one of the world's largest conurbations. Is this a significant landmark for Desktop As-A-Service (DaaS) provision?…

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Citrix XenApp 4.x, 5.x and 6.0 EOL is 2013. The End is Coming: Look Busy.

November 21, 2011
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So, we have an interesting question. Windows 2003, Windows XP EOL is 2014. For all Citrix XenApp versions other than the most recent 6.5 release, EOL .. End. Of. Life.

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Ericom rethink virtual desktop use and offer AccessCloud to ISVs and Cloud Hosting Providers

November 10, 2011
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Ericom Software have announced Ericom AccessCloud – a new initiative aimed at facilitating the adoption of Cloud-hosted services, including Software as a Service (SaaS), multi-tenancy, and billing and automatic provisioning solutions, by ISVs and cloud-hosting companies.

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Citrix Synergy Barcelona 2011: A review – If you tolerate this, your children will be next

November 2, 2011
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What this also means is that for software companies focused on delivering applications and data to users, their solutions cannot be solely focused on virtualisation and the cloud: cannot be focused purely on thin and mobile. At the same time, IT departments need to be more business aware, because the business is increasingly IT aware.…

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VMware’s Rapid Desktop Program: Pivot3 vSTAC VDI appliance delivers early

October 19, 2011
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In an effort to relieve the discomfort for customers and partners VMware have introduced a Rapid Desktop Program. This program looks to validate View Proof of Concept appliances to ensure that they meet criteria for performance and reliability. By removing the complexity of the "I", an organisation can focus better on the assessment of virtual…

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XenClient 2.0: An Enterprise Ready off-line XenDesktop…or not?

October 12, 2011
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Citrix have released XenClient v2.0, their second generation bare-metal client hypervisor. XenClient allows centrally managed virtual desktops to run directly on corporate laptops, even when they are disconnected from the network. This version is intended to add ease-of-use and scalability features, and introduce a wider hardware compatibility list. In addition Citrix also launched the new…

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