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Jo Harder
Jo HarderJo Harder has been involved with virtualization for over 15 years, long before virtualization was the norm. After holding several sales and marketing positions, she started down the path of bits and bytes while at AT&T/Lucent Technologies. She then moved onto Citrix in 1999, where she became a Senior Architect. Her 11-year tenure included a combination of Citrix Consulting and Technical Readiness roles. After leaving Citrix, Jo provided consulting services for various clients for the next year. In her current role at a service provider, she is focused on cloud-based solutions for financial industry clients. Jo's diverse background of sales, marketing, management, and architectural/technical expertise brings a unique perspective to Virtualization Practice. She welcomes input from vendors, industry contacts, and end users and can be reached at joharder@virtualizationpractice.com.

Part 2: Citrix Monitoring — EdgeSight/Director vs. Third-Party Tools

July 22, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

Part 1 of yesterday’s “Citrix Monitoring Tools” article described inherent Citrix monitoring functionality and presented an overview of Citrix EdgeSight/Director. Part 2 will cover specific features of EdgeSight/Director, based on a comparison with key third-party monitoring solutions. However, before we delve into that core subject matter, applications should be discussed.

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Part 1: Citrix Monitoring Tools — Past and Present

July 21, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

Monitoring and managing a Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop environment can depend on the embedded Citrix components or, if they are deemed insufficient, third-party tools. From a realistic standpoint, (aka, non-marketing), this article will review the inherent Citrix tools, and Part 2 will focus on third-party tools.

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Feel the Fireworks! Mark Templeton Remains CEO of Citrix

July 3, 2014
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Citrix100x30

Many people in the virtualization industry have been Citrites—past or present Citrix employees—at some point in their career, and a good number of others have been involved with a Citrix partner. But regardless of their roles in the virtualization industry, all have felt the impact that Mark Templeton has had in transforming a startup company…

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Application/Desktop Virtualization: The Big Three and … ?

June 26, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

When you think of application or desktop virtualization, you likely think about “The Big Three”: Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon View, and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. Without a doubt, these three vendors comprise the majority of the mindshare and market share.

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Recording User Session Activities — Or Not?

June 12, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

Numerous tools in the marketplace can monitor user activity within virtualized applications. Although tracking user activity may seem beneficial, especially within highly regulated industries, there are some pros and cons that should be considered.

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Mark Templeton and Citrix: The End of an Era at Citrix Synergy

May 26, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

For those who listened to the Citrix Synergy keynote on May 6, it was impossible not to hear the crackling in Mark Templeton’s voice at various times throughout the program. Mark normally is all smiles and excitement at Synergy with ample strength in his voice, but knowing that this will be his last Synergy event…

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Citrix Receiver X1: Say Goodbye to the Teal Bubbles!

May 19, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop users have survived many iterations of Citrix client software. From the original ICA Client all the way to Citrix Receiver, this little piece of client software has made a major difference in the user experience over the years. Some versions of the Citrix client were more painful than others (remember trying to automate…

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Citrix Workspace Services: Click Next, Next, Next… ?

May 14, 2014
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CloudComputing

The new Citrix Workspace Services was the major announcement at the Citrix Synergy conference last week. Citrix Workspace Services, an all-encompassing Platform as a Service (PaaS) built on Microsoft Azure, will enable service providers and enterprises to offer Citrix virtualization and cloud services to their customers. It will be in tech preview later in 2014,…

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Citrix Synergy 2014: Will the Vision Hit the Mark?

May 2, 2014
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Citrix100x30

Although the Citrix Synergy 2014 agenda focuses on mobility, the newest and largest sponsors instead seem to be entrenched in storage and add-ons to the traditional XenApp/XenDesktop offerings. While mobility does have a growing place in business solutions, is the market headed in one direction while Citrix attemps to lead us down another path?

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