Business Agility

Business Agility covers using the technical agility delivered by virtualization and cloud computing to improve business agility, performance and results. This includes the agility derived from the proper implementation of Agile and DevOps methodologies, the agility derived from proper application and system architectures,|the agility derived from the proper implementation of Infrastructure as a Server (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) clouds, the agility derived from proper monitoring of the environment coupled with a process to resolve problems quickly, and the agility derived from have continuous availability through the use of high availability and disaster recovery products and procedures in place.

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Delivering your “desktop as a service” to laptop users

December 30, 2009
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Indeed a challenge in migrating to a Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD) solution is what to do with existing devices. Citrix's High Definition User EXperience (HDX) technologies for example, typically relies on the end device supporting a Microsoft Windows operating system to deliver the best user experience. If that is the case, how will you manage…

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VMware and Xen VMs, not all that compatible

December 29, 2009
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I have been doing some support work for an SMB that uses VMware Server where their VMs initially started as XenServer VMs, but due to networking and some other issues where converted to VMware VMs using V2V technology. However, these suddenly stopped working properly after an upgrade to VMware Server 2.

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SMBs in the Cloud require better Service Level Agreements than Enterprise Customers

December 23, 2009
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Small Businesses live by there online presence these days specifically during the holiday shopping season. Many small business also do not have the IT staff to maintain such a presence with the agility required when problems occur. In addition, they may also lack the basic management, networking, security, and storage knowledge to properly maintain this…

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Google Chromium OS – the Open Source Desktop Operating System for the Cloud?

December 21, 2009
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It’s a different way of thinking about the Cloud, where the starting point is not the DataCenter, or the IT service, or the “user”, but the direct delivery of consumer services. Into this vision plays Chromium OS (released to Open Source on November 19th). Google devices delivering Google services (and other services intermediated by Google)…

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User Installed Applications – Dream or Nightmare?

November 20, 2009
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A corporate desktop application installation is far from the consumer experience of adding an application to say your iPhone. What is the impact of enabling User Installed Applications in a virtualised environment - is it a compliance nightmare.

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XenDesktop 4 Too Expensive?

October 8, 2009
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XenDesktop's initial marketing placement caused confusion, the latest release gives a greater flexibility and introduces new innovation. The latest release better provides for a flexible VDI offering - allowing access to XenApp technologies in one per named user license. Yet, depending on your environment - this can be at a hefty cost, massively increasing the…

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News: XenDesktop 4 – Fulfilling the promise of an Enterprise Desktop

October 6, 2009
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Today Citrix announced the release of XenDesktop 4, their next generation Virtual Desktop solution with the promise of being able to deliver a right sized desktop to any user in an organization. Along with 70 enhancements and new features, Citrix is positioning XenDesktop as the most flexible and open architecture solution supporting all types of…

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News: Akamai Introduces Managed Internet Service for Delivery of Virtualized Applications and Desktops

October 5, 2009
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Akamai Technologies, Inc. announce the industry's first managed Internet service for optimizing delivery of virtualized applications and desktops. Based on Akamai's IP Application Accelerator solution this new service is designed to help enterprises realize the cost efficiency, scalability and global reach inherent with the Internet to deliver VDI solutions offered by companies such as Citrix,…

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News: Less than a week to VM Expo in London

October 2, 2009
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In its second year, VM Expo is the UK’s first and largest event dedicated to Virtualization.  From 7th – 8th of October in London at Earls Court Two, this free to attend event has over 190 seminars and 180 vendors. This year’s virtualization keynote address will be delivered by Stephen Herrod, CTO and Senior VP…

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