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 DesktopPlayer for Mac

January 21, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Let’s face it: Mac usage is increasing within business environments, and the days of IT departments telling users that they’re unsupported if they purchase a computer with an Apple logo are dwindling.

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Coopetition: Citrix +/- VMware Products and People

January 13, 2014
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In the virtualization marketplace, when a vendor expands its core business and attempts to grab a piece of the new market from an existing incumbent, the vendors view each other as competitors. In 2007, when Citrix purchased XenSource, VMware vSphere clearly became the enemy, and Citrix envisioned that XenServer + XenApp/XenDesktop would take over the…

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Citrix Solved the vGPU Problem, So…Where Is the Parade?

January 9, 2014
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In March 2013, Citrix announced they had GPU sharing working and available for XenApp (multi-user/RDS). In December 2013, they announced it was available for XenDesktop (multi-OS/VDI). This has been a major barrier to adoption for many companies that need the ability to deliver a high-end multimedia experience to their end users in order to gain…

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The People behind Virtualization Technologies

January 6, 2014
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As technologists, we tend to focus on a product’s technology itself. How does the software, hardware, appliance, widget, or whatever work? While this is certainly an important consideration, the people who design, build, sell, and support the product may have the greatest impact on the product’s usability.

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Bromium Is a King Hit to the Anti-Virus Establishment

January 2, 2014
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I had the pleasure of speaking with Simon Crosby recently. For those of you who do not recognize the name or are not familiar with XenServer, let me enlighten you. Simon was a co-founder of XenSource (now XenServer), which is a hypervisor that Citrix acquired in order to compete in the VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure)…

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Where Will VDI Be in Five Years’ Time?

December 24, 2013
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VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) has long been predicted to be a growth area. This year, the technology has started to edge towards adoption in newer segments, segments in which it has not had significant traction in the past. But will this continue to be the case? Is VDI the computing environment of the future, or just a stepping-stone to another environment altogether?

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Amazon WorkSpaces Furthers Desktop-as-a-Service Validity

November 18, 2013
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Amazon announced the release of WorkSpaces, a new Desktop-as-a-Service offering. This move helps validate DaaS as part of the whole cloud services stack.

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Transforming Desktops: PC Lifecycle Management

October 30, 2013
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Personal Computer Life-cycle Management (PCLM) is set of processes which manage end-user devices transforming desktops from procurement to sunset. A well developed methodology will cover all aspects of architecture, procurement, management and decommissioning of end user devices.

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Transforming Desktops, Applications First

October 28, 2013
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Transforming Desktops, Applications First

Transforming desktops is a multi-faceted process. To start, you need to get a hold of your existing desktop service inventory applications.

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