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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.

Ericom blazes forward with an HTML5 Client for VDI

July 7, 2011
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Ericom blazes forward with an HTML5 Client for VDI

Ericom AccessNow is the first HTML5 client for Microsoft RDP/VMware View. An HTML5 offers the option of organisations delivering access to services not only from personal devices, or kiosk terminals, but from the growing range of devices that have a browser as their core OS such as the Chromebook. At the moment, this is a…

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HP embraces AppSense for Reference Architecture

July 1, 2011
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In a press release on June 29, 2011 AppSense announced that its User Virtualization Platform is now a core building block of HP's new Client Virtualization Reference Architecture. Along with Microsoft, VMware and Citrix, AppSense User Virtualization has been recognized by HP as a crucial technology for a successful architecture that meets the goals for…

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Virsto gets $12 million boost to help push virtualized storage beyond Hyper-V

June 13, 2011
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Virsto announces a $12 million in Series B venture capital funding and acquisition of EvoStor, a company specializing in storage virtualization technology for VMware environments. Virsto hope these factors will combine to help them transform virtual machine storage and move their Virsto Virtual Storage Engine beyond Hyper-V.

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Citrix Reach Out for the SME market with Kaviza Aquisition

May 25, 2011
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Kaviza developers one of the first all-in-one “VDI-in-a-Box” solutions for small and medium business, have been acquired by Citrix. The acquisition adds a fast-track VDI-only solution to the Citrix portfolio geared at the SME/SMB market. The Kaviza “VDI-in-a-Box” product is billed as complementing the Citrix's XenDesktop product line for enterprise-class desktop virtualization.

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Cloud Computing is not Utility Computing

May 24, 2011
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Utility Computing is not the future. There is a difference between Utility Computing and Cloud Computing that is crucial. You can deliver Cloud Services without a utility billing model.

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Cloud SLAs Are Worthless But Does this Matter?

May 2, 2011
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Cloud SLAs Are Worthless But Does this Matter?

A Service Level Agreement (SLA) is an excellent expectations-managing mechanism, but it's important to manage your own expectations of what an SLA can realistically accomplish. Just those three words "Service" "Level" and "Agreement" is often an attention turn-off I know: SLAs are to infrastructure bods what documentation is to developers. Yet, when considering taking up…

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VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was for Terminal Services? Part II

April 28, 2011
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VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was with Presentation Virtualisation? We consider the core printing options for the likes of Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS, Quest vWorkspace and VMware View; and how they match to our printing considerations. We take an overview of solutions from ThinPrint, triCerat and UniPrint. An effective printing strategy must provide…

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Small Business Virtualization: Part 1 – Licensing

April 19, 2011
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VMware and Microsoft approach the Small to Medium companies quite differently, but which product to buy often depends on your business needs vs cost of the products. However, there needs to be at least one major distinction: SMB vs SME. The Small to Medium Business (SMB) is quite a bit different than the growing number…

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VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was for Terminal Services? Part I

April 18, 2011
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VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was for Terminal Services? If not, would client hypervisors help, or is it that traditional desktops delivery is the best method for dealing with printing requirements? In this, the first of two articles on VDI printing, we consider what are the issues with distributed printing and, what printing…

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