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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State of the Art: Virtual Desktop Security

April 11, 2014
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VirtualizationSecurity

User experience drives virtual desktop deployments and can either make or break them. If the user experience is awful, users will find other, often less secure methods for doing their jobs. VDI sits at an interesting crossroads where storage, memory, networking, CPUs, and GPUs must be properly tuned. Any adverse impact from any one of…

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SDN, NFV, and the Hardware Cycle of Life

April 10, 2014
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Despite all of the rapid innovation and the incredible rate of change in technology, there are some things that you can count on. One of those things is that the transition from hardware to software is a cyclical one, and if you look at any one segment of the market long enough, that becomes apparent.…

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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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Unique Modern-Day Data Centers

April 9, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

When you hear the phrase “data center” in a conversation, what kind of image does that instill in your mind? Just for fun and reference, here is the definition from Wikipedia: “A data center is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. It generally includes redundant…

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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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