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Simon Bramfitt
Simon BramfittSimon is an independent industry analyst covering enterprise desktop, mobile and application virtualization, delivery and management technologies. He is an experienced solutions architect with unmatched insight into the challenges of designing large (200,000 seat plus) high availability presentation and desktop virtualization systems. Simon was invited to join the Citrix Technology Professionals (CTP) group in May 2010 and joined the Virtualization Practice in September 2010

Microsoft StorSimple Hybrid SAN Links Data Center Back to Azure

July 22, 2014
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StorageNetworking

Two years after its acquisition of cloud storage gateway vendor StorSimple, Microsoft is introducing new physical and virtual appliances into a hybrid cloud storage service that will blur the lines between on-premises SAN and Azure cloud storage for its customers.

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XenApp is Back, and Citrix With It

July 18, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

In a Wednesday blog post Berger admitted in public what many inside and outside Citrix have known for years; "we over rotated and SBC* became a second class citizen to VDI."

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Amazon Zocalo: What to Do When You Have More Disk Than God

July 15, 2014
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CloudComputing

Cloud behemoth Amazon has found a new outlet for its NSA-scale™ disk farms in its new enterprise file sync and store service, Zocalo. After years of offering dumb cloud object storage with its Amazon S3 simple storage service, Amazon is climbing up the storage value stack with an enterprise cloud file store that will put…

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Windows 8: A Worthy Successor to Bob

July 11, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

If Microsoft acts as expected and launches Threshold as Windows 9, this will very likely result in the adoption of Windows 8’s failing to surpass Vista’s sorry 18.8%, firmly positioning Windows 8 as Microsoft’s biggest failure since Bob.

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Windows 8 DaaS? I Think Not.

July 9, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

An advertisement from MyCloudIT claiming to offer a Windows 8 DaaS caught my eye this morning. Interesting stuff. Well, maybe not. Poke a little deeper, and MyCloudIT clarifies that what you are getting is not Windows 8.1, but a “Windows 8.1 Experience.” That is to say, not Windows 8.1, and not even a desktop OS.…

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Microsoft Azure RemoteApp: Web-scale Client Application Hosting

July 2, 2014
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Microsoft Azure RemoteApp: Web-scale Client Application Hosting

Microsoft Azure RemoteApp, previously known by its codename, Mohoro, was released at TechEd 2014 in Houston last month as a public beta. What is it? Was it worth the wait? And whatever happened to Microsoft’s DaaS platform? Project Mohoro first came to light in May 2013 amid speculation that Microsoft was developing its own DaaS…

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Chesterfield County Schools Turn to Sphere 3D for Windows on Chromebooks

June 23, 2014
By
ITasaService

Unless you work in education you might not know it, but Microsoft and Apple have a serious and growing Chromebook problem. According to data from Futuresource Consulting, Chromebook adoption has grown from less than 1% of all devices shipped within the education market in 2012 to more than 25% of shipments in Q4 2013. Earlier…

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Budget VDI Leader NComputing Joins DaaS Party

May 21, 2014
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Budget VDI Leader NComputing Joins DaaS Party

NComputing is joining the highly competitive Desktop as a Service (DaaS) business with an extension of its vSpace VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) platform that enables service providers to offer Desktops as a Service at a fraction of the cost of currently available services. At the same time, NComputing has announced that it has been selected…

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Citrix Workspace Services Promises Next Step Toward Virtual Workspace

May 9, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

At its annual Synergy Conference in LA’s Anaheim Convention Center on Tuesday, Citrix announced Citrix Workspace Services (CWS), its new flagship product. CWS is a management platform for controlling the creation, management, and delivery of distributed virtual workspace services across multiple public and private clouds. According to Citrix’s marketing message, CWS will design, build, and deliver amazing…

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