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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DOJ blocks EMC/VMware from acquiring Virtualization Patents from Novell

April 22, 2011
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EMC, the majority owner of VMware, has agreed with the Department of Justice not to acquire 33 Virtualization Patents from Novell as part of a side-transaction in the acquisition of Novell by Attachmate. The Statement from the Department of Justice sheds significant light on the deal that had been struck between Novell and a newly-created…

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VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was for Terminal Services? Part I

April 18, 2011
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VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was for Terminal Services? If not, would client hypervisors help, or is it that traditional desktops delivery is the best method for dealing with printing requirements? In this, the first of two articles on VDI printing, we consider what are the issues with distributed printing and, what printing…

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Ericom’s HTML5 client for VMware View

April 12, 2011
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I have to admit that it came as a bit of a surprise to see Ericom beating Citrix, VMware, et al to the punch last week by shipping the beta release of its HTML5-based RDP client, before any of the bigger vendors opened up their offerings to public scrutiny. I'll being look at the operation…

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Podio Released. Does the social work platform herald the beginning-of-the-end of desktops?

April 8, 2011
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Podio Released. Does the social work platform herald the beginning-of-the-end of desktops?

Podio offers a service that can be readily set-up, customised and deployed: with little IT knowledge - or IT service interaction. You create a workspace, you add applications to that workspace, you invite members of your team (regardless of the fact that your team may extend beyond your organisation) and you start working. if there…

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VMware View Client and Citirix Receiver for iPad – truly free of charge?

April 1, 2011
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VMware View users along with Citirix XenDesktop and Quest vWorkspace have an iPad client for their respective solutions. Personal device use may seem appealing in reducing the demands on IT support - but to fully comply with the license agreements can incur additional license charges, and those charges are difficult to manage. Despite the advertising…

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Microsoft’s new Client Access License snubs desktop virtualization

March 30, 2011
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A change to the Microsoft Client Access License (CAL) bundle is a rare event - the last time it happened was about 10 years ago; so any change to the CAL bundle has to be seen as a significant indicator of Microsoft's core values. Or so you would think. Assuming that is right, last week's…

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Virtual Computer collaborates with Lenovo-NxTop the industry’s best enterprise-class type 1 client hypervisor?

March 21, 2011
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Virtual Computer are to optimize their NxTop client virtualization and management solution to operate with select models of Lenovo laptops and desktops PC platforms. For their part, Lenovo will allow customers to have Virtual Computer’s NxTop client loaded onto their custom images, direct from the factory. There are a number of client hypervisor solutions that…

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HP confirmed webOS will be on all new PCs

March 18, 2011
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A couple of weeks ago, you could be forgiven for not ever having even heard of webOS, but now after HP CEO Leo Apotheker confirmed that starting in 2012, every HP PC will include the ability to run webOS in addition to Windows, if you profess to having any understanding of mobile platforms you have…

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Better late than never. VMware ships iPad Client for View

March 11, 2011
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Six months after its debut appearance at VMworld last September, VMware has finally released its long anticipated VMware View client for the iPad, and it looks as though it was worth the wait.

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