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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

AppSense Hints at Future Direction with UV Suite 8.4, Data Locker and RAPsphere Acquisition

May 14, 2012
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Much of the recent buzz around AppSense from AppSense Labs,the research division at AppSense that is responsible for StrataApps, DataLocker and DataNow, its hot new tools to support user installed applications and provide increased security in consumer cloud services. Nevertheless, AppSense has not forgotten its roots and has recently released a major update to its…

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Citrix acquires client hypervisor leader Virtual Computer

May 9, 2012
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Citrix has acquired client hypervisor segment leader Virtual Computer. Citrix now has a new client hypervisor solution XenClient Enterprise featuring extremely strong management capabilities. Integration with Citrix's existing client hypervisor is sure to come, providing customers with the best of both worlds.

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VMware Advances End User Computing Vision with View, Horizon and Personal Cloud Updates

May 4, 2012
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Kind to come just one week before the Citrix Synergy conference in San Francisco, VMware announced the next step towards its vision for end user computing today by unveiling the latest updates to VMware View and Horizon Application manager, as well as sharing more news about its Project Octopus beta.

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Will Microsoft Windows 8 Software Assurance Fix VDI Licensing?

April 19, 2012
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Instead of decisiveness and clarity, Microsoft has led with indecision and confusion. Windows 8 Software Assurance now comes with Windows To Go Use Rights, WindowsRT Virtual Desktop Access Rights, and Companion Device License, three new licensing structures to be tripped up on.

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MokaFive Goes Mobile – Extends MokaFive Suite to iPad

April 17, 2012
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Distributed desktop virtualization start up MokaFive has carved a niche for itself by simplifying the task of delivering enterprise IT managed Windows desktop environments to Apple Mac hardware without the additional cost and complexity of VDI environments. (I reviewed MokaFive Suite and its type II hypervisor solution here previously and as well looking at its…

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OnLive Desktop Inching Towards Viability

April 12, 2012
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OnLive, the desktop pundits favorite DaaS provider, is one step closer to being able to offer a viable and fully compliant virtual "desktop" service following the stealth update of its platform from a Windows 7 based VDI service to a Windows Server 8 R2 Remote Desktop Services offering. While this move eliminates the threat to…

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Microsoft User Experience Virtualization. Can’t you find something more important to do?

April 9, 2012
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16 years after it introduced roaming profiles with the launch of Windows NT 4.0 Microsoft has decided to give it another go. In a blog post on Wednesday Karri Alexion-Tiernan (Director of Product Management for Microsoft Desktop Virtualization) announced the public beta of two new technologies, a major update to Microsoft App-V and an all…

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Dell to expand cloud and thin client business through Wyse acquisition

April 4, 2012
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Dell continues its expansion into the cloud and virtual desktop market with the announcement on Monday that it has reached agreement with Wyse Technologies to acquire the company. Dell has had a long partnership with Devon IT,the Dell OptiPlex FX 130 and FX 170 thin clients and the Dell FX100 Zero Client are OEM editions…

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Centrix Software Simplify Windows 7 Migration

April 2, 2012
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In supporting increasing needs for agility in a world driven by the increasing consumerization of IT (CoIT), desktop transformation can no longer be seen as an infrequent process. To quickly deliver change, you need to best understand what the impact of that change is. Auditing should be continuous as seasonal or limited use applications that…

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