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James Rankin
James RankinJames has worked in IT since 1995, spending nearly ten years as a server engineer and systems administrator before choosing to focus heavily on user and application virtualization in late 2004. Based in the north-east of England, he runs his own consultancy focusing primarily on Citrix, AppSense, Microsoft and VMware technologies. He recently received the AppSense Community Advisor award for contributions to the online USV community.

Winds of Change: What Does Horizon 6 Mean for Microsoft and Citrix?

April 14, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

At first glance, it looks like VMware’s recently announced Horizon 6 platform is an admission by VMware that applications, rather than desktops, do matter, and that Citrix has been on the right track all along. Certainly, XenApp has been a thorn in the side of many VMware View implementations through the years, allowing people to…

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XPocalypse Now! Ten Tips for Surviving the End of (Support) Days

April 7, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

The much-heralded XPocalypse—the end of extended support for Windows XP—is practically upon us. After thirteen years of service—beyond Microsoft’s normal service window by a good three years—Windows XP patching will finally stop. How will this affect those of us whose virtualized desktop infrastructures may still be tied, for various reasons, to the old OS?

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UIAs: Whatever Happened to Them?

April 1, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

A couple of years ago, UIAs (user-installed applications) were all the rage. AppSense had a product called StrataApps (and you can do it in Application Manager also), RES has native functionality that allows this, Unidesk can do it (admittedly in a slightly different way with its layering technology), Citrix was pushing Personal vDisk with its…

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News: VMware’s DaaS Emerges from the Horizon

March 11, 2014
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VMware100x30

This week saw the announcement of VMware’s DaaS offering—VMware Horizon DaaS—based around the acquisition of Desktone in October 2013. This arrival in the marketplace is significant for VMware in that it represents the first entry of a large technology incumbent into the DaaS marketplace.

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Does Desktop Virtualization Contribute to the Decline in PC Sales?

March 6, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

We are constantly reminded that the PC market is contracting, crashing, fading out of existence. There are many possible reasons behind the hard statistics, ranging from global recession to the aberrational removal of the Start Menu in Windows 8. Some, however, argue that the prevalence of desktop virtualization projects is also a factor in this…

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Creating a Din in the Cloud Market

February 17, 2014
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Creating a Din in the Cloud Market

Recently I spoke with Mike Chase of dinCloud regarding its desktop virtualization offering. I hadn’t actually come across dinCloud before, as it is a fairly youthful company. However, its VDI offering—which it refers to as HVD (hosted virtual desktop), making an important distinction, because the solution can be on-premises, off-premises, or hybrid—is effectively a separate,…

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Do Users Have a Negative Perception of Desktop Virtualization?

January 29, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

One of the most common complaints that arises from users in the aftermath of a desktop virtualization deployment (whether it is done via pure virtual desktop interface [VDI] or some form of server based computing [SBC] solution) is that performance doesn’t measure up to their expectations. A negative image of the new platform develops and…

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News: Return of the XenApp

January 29, 2014
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citrix100x30

News of Citrix’s “return” to XenApp peppered the blogosphere yesterday, after various people had been hinting at it for a few weeks. According to Citrix, it is “back by popular demand” and will be available in March 2014.

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AppSense DesktopNow: Deployment without the Overheads

January 22, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

AppSense DesktopNow remains one of the leaders in the User State Virtualization market, an important consideration for those deploying non-persistent virtualized desktops and SBC solutions. Besides the deployment of desktop settings and personalization, it also offers application management, user rights management, performance management, and a raft of other features around data and mobility.

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