AppSense StrataApps – to self install apps, or not to self install apps, that is the question

April 23, 2012
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AppSenseLabs have released StrataApps, their long anticipated User Managed Applications Solution. We've discussed before that User Installed Applications, as a function, are often unloved and unwanted.And yet, almost every organization has a group of applications that fall outside the standard set that are administered and supported by IT. Unlike existing Application Virtualisation solutions, StrataApps doesn't…

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OpenStack: What it is not….

April 20, 2012
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The OpenStack conference 2012 is full of OpenStack fans, aficionados, developers, and companies making a business using the ecosystem. However, I kept hearing that openstack was a replacement for VMware. So why is this even a possibility, and why did Rackspace and now HP build public clouds using this technology? The easy answer is to…

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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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VMware Licensing Past and Present Compared to Hyper-V

April 18, 2012
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When we look for patterns from the past, sometimes we can really get a good idea of what the future might entail. If you take a look at the way VMware has rolled out licensing changes during each of the major releases you can see a pattern and get an idea of what the future…

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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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EMC VSPEX vs. vBlock, or NetApp FlexPod. Can VMware VARs “Refuse” the Offer?

April 16, 2012
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EMC VSPEX is a converged infrastructure offering targeting private clouds offered through EMC and VMware VAR's. This focus upon the channel makes this the first "private cloud in a box" that is explicitly designed for VAR's and SI's to take to their mid-market customers. As such the potential for such an offering is huge. However…

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