Desktop Virtualization

Desktop Virtualization covers VDI (centrally hosted desktops), Desktops as a Service (DaaS), desktop virtualization via client side hypervisors, and shared server technologies. Major areas of focus include when and where centralized desktop offerings are appropriate and not appropriate,|how management of remote desktops combined with management of mobile devices leads to a better managed and more productive end user computing environment, how to deliver the performance that end users require, and the impacts of using remote desktop technologies upon organizational security. Covered products and vendors include the VMware Horizon Suite, Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, VMware ThinApp, Citrix XenServer, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenClient, and Microsoft Remote Data Services.

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AppSense DesktopNow Gets An Overhaul

July 24, 2014
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The next couple of weeks should see a major new version of AppSense’s flagship product, DesktopNow, become available for download.

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Part 2: Citrix Monitoring — EdgeSight/Director vs. Third-Party Tools

July 22, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

Part 1 of yesterday’s “Citrix Monitoring Tools” article described inherent Citrix monitoring functionality and presented an overview of Citrix EdgeSight/Director. Part 2 will cover specific features of EdgeSight/Director, based on a comparison with key third-party monitoring solutions. However, before we delve into that core subject matter, applications should be discussed.

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Part 1: Citrix Monitoring Tools — Past and Present

July 21, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

Monitoring and managing a Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop environment can depend on the embedded Citrix components or, if they are deemed insufficient, third-party tools. From a realistic standpoint, (aka, non-marketing), this article will review the inherent Citrix tools, and Part 2 will focus on third-party tools.

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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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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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Feel the Fireworks! Mark Templeton Remains CEO of Citrix

July 3, 2014
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Many people in the virtualization industry have been Citrites—past or present Citrix employees—at some point in their career, and a good number of others have been involved with a Citrix partner. But regardless of their roles in the virtualization industry, all have felt the impact that Mark Templeton has had in transforming a startup company…

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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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RES IT Store: More of a Store Than a StoreFront

June 30, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

In February of this year, RES Software introduced its IT Store product, which at first glance looked (and sounded) like an application similar to Citrix’s StoreFront. However, once you scratch the surface, IT Store appears to be a lot more than just a pretty front end to some installed or streamed applications; it’s a full…

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