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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Citrix Reach Out for the SME market with Kaviza Aquisition

May 25, 2011
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Kaviza developers one of the first all-in-one “VDI-in-a-Box” solutions for small and medium business, have been acquired by Citrix. The acquisition adds a fast-track VDI-only solution to the Citrix portfolio geared at the SME/SMB market. The Kaviza “VDI-in-a-Box” product is billed as complementing the Citrix's XenDesktop product line for enterprise-class desktop virtualization.

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Quest Buys RemoteScan

May 11, 2011
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Now I have to admit I have always had a bit of a soft spot for RemoteScan, it is one of those venerable SBC add-ons that always made a Citrix deployment easier especially in the Legal market space. That said, I was under the impression that they had disappeared as their marketing machine had been…

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

April 28, 2011
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VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was with Presentation Virtualisation? We consider the core printing options for the likes of Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS, Quest vWorkspace and VMware View; and how they match to our printing considerations. We take an overview of solutions from ThinPrint, triCerat and UniPrint. An effective printing strategy must provide…

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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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