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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A Look At The Horizon

September 19, 2011
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One of the cool things about attending VMworld every year is seeing what is new on the horizon and this year, ironically, there is something called Project Horizon and the first milestone of that project called VMware Horizon Application Manager. Horizon is a hosted service that will centrally manage the provisioning, access and usage of…

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VMware’s Roadmap to the post-PC Future

September 9, 2011
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Of late though, VMware has seen more success with View, especially in the small to mid-market, where independent surveys suggest that View sales are keeping pace with (some say exceeding) those of XenDesktop.

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Citrix VDI-in-a-Box vs XenDesktop – does size matter?

September 1, 2011
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Citrix VDI-in-a-Box vs XenDesktop – does size matter?

The challenge for Citrix is to position their VDI portfolio effectively. At the very least there should be a standardised license plan and migration path from (or to) the grid and non-grid solutions. There is potential to remove the reduced functionality versions of XenDesktop. Most importantly - to have a license model that allows organisations…

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News: Virtual Computer Turns VDI on Its Head with NxTop 4

August 30, 2011
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Virtual Computer have redefined virtual desktops delivery with their latest release, NxTop 4. In NxTop4 Virtual Computer have aimed to further improve their client-side hypervisor desktop management solution and to better harness the power of end-point PCs for local execution rather than requiring major investments in virtual machine server farms.

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Citrix Releases XenDesktop 5.5, XenApp 6.5, & XenClient 2.0

August 24, 2011
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In what is sure to be seen as a carefully timed spoiler, Citrix today released XenDesktop 5.5, XenApp 6.5, and XenClient 2 along with new versions of the Citrix Receiver client less than a week before VMworld opens its doors in Las Vegas.

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If Citrix is on a buying spree – should its next purchase be Virtual Computer?

August 16, 2011
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Like a new college student, fresh from the flush of new found freedom to expand their horizons, Citrix appear to have had a case of the munchies. First Citrix's portfolio was extended with the acquitisition of Kaviza. More recently, the purchase of RingCube. The desktop virtualisation techhnologies acquired will help strengthen Citrix's virtualised desktop offering.…

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News: Citrix acquires RingCube to enhance Virtual Desktop offerings

August 12, 2011
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Citrix announced the acquisition of RingCube, adding a new wrench to their virtual desktop delivery toolkit. The RingCube vDisk solution uniquely delivers a complete desktop environment without having to virtualize the underlining operating system.

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Does VDI need User Virtualization, or does User Virtualization need VDI?

August 11, 2011
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VMware view to release RTO profile solution. Is this lagging behind Citrix who have bought Ringcube? View now has profile management - but that isn't user virtualisation. Does VDI need User Virtualization, or does User Virtualization need VDI? User Virtualization has the capacity to extend across desktop delivery boundaries because the user workspace, their applications…

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