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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.

News: Game On! VMware Horizon 6 vs Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.5

April 10, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

VMware announced its new Horizon 6 product yesterday.  The key new aspect of this offering is the addition of published application functionality, meaning that Horizon now competes directly with Citrix XenApp in addition to XenDesktop.

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Cloud + DaaS Licensing May Be Better in 2014?

April 8, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

The DaaS (Desktop as a Service) market is maturing, and more great products are being released every day to facilitate DaaS functionality. But just like the foundation of a house affects what you can build on it, Microsoft’s unwillingness to offer VDI licensing for the desktop operating system still presents a major challenge to the…

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DaaS or PaaS … or Both in One Package?

April 4, 2014
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CloudComputing

IndependenceIT recently announced that it has partnered with Verio to offer Desktop as a Service (DaaS) to the small/medium business market. While the announcement may not have caught your eye at first, there are some interesting undertones to this offering.

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Virtualization Must Be Intuitive and Easy

March 21, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

With so many vendors in the virtualization marketplace, new products are released daily, and only some of them will ultimately prove to be successful. The competition for both mindshare and wallet is fierce, and this is forcing new vendors in particular to simplify new products brought into the marketplace in order to achieve success.

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Platinum Glitter: XenApp 7.5 Platinum

March 11, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

As part of the XenApp 7.5 release, Citrix will include AppDNA with the Platinum edition. When considering the new version, some may be questioning the key benefits of XenApp 7.5 Platinum and comparing them with the package value-add that had been incorporated into XenApp 6.x Platinum.

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Tell Me Why I Should Upgrade

February 26, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Technology vendors overwhelmingly believe that just because a new version of a product is made available to the marketplace, virtualization technologists will embrace it. However, in order for technologists to move to the newer version, it must: Be technically superior Be easier to administer/maintain Address a compelling business solution.

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Why Some Desktop Virtualization Users Will Pass on Mobile Device Management

February 10, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Desktop virtualization and mobility management are not the same. While it’s true that you can access virtualized desktops and applications from a mobile device, there are some key differences that may cause users to rethink how much work they will do on their mobile devices.

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XenApp 7.5: Importance of Citrix Announcement

February 5, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Last week, Citrix announced the release of XenApp 7.5, which will be available in March. Although the touted features focus on mobility and cloud integration, there’s a key underlying message within this announcement: “Long live virtualized applications and XenApp as a product!”

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Citrix DesktopPlayer for Mac

January 21, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Let’s face it: Mac usage is increasing within business environments, and the days of IT departments telling users that they’re unsupported if they purchase a computer with an Apple logo are dwindling.

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