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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Will Your VDI Solution Support your Remote Users?

May 11, 2010
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If your organisation has remote users - consider that the impact of centralisation on their desktop experience can be very different: and not always in a happy way. Citrix's ICA protocol has been joined by the likes of Quest's vWorkspace with EOP Xtream, or Ericom Blaze. There are a number of hardware solutions for WAN…

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Data Center Virtualization – Virtualizing the Last Mile

May 10, 2010
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Just like a Telco, the 'last mile' of Virtualization is often the most difficult, I would say even more difficult than the initial phase of virtualization. What do I mean by the 'last mile'? The 5-10% of systems that you have LEFT to virtualize. These systems are your most highly used, too X to virtualize,…

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A Rising Tide Lifts all Virtual Boats

April 26, 2010
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VMware, Citrix, EMC, NetApp and Intel have all reported strong earnings for Q1/2009. This suggests that virtualization is helping the technology sector lead the economy out of the recession. This trend should continue as economies improve worldwide and these vendors can start to chalk up global growth.

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Citrix invests in Kaviza – VMWare’s VDI to suffer from EMC demands?

April 8, 2010
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Citrix have invested an unspecified amount of money in Kaviza whose grid architecture eliminates the expensive infrastructure that VDI solutions. With Kaviza's solution all the functionality needed to provision and manage virtual desktops is consolidated into a single virtual appliance that scales on commodity servers. Will this announcement herald a major take-up of VDI? Indeed,…

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No waiting for bare-metal virtual desktops

April 2, 2010
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Virtual Computer’s release of NxTop version 2.0 of this month continues to prove their leadership in client-side virtualization by delivering robust features to meet the needs of the corporate desktop. The delayed release of Citrix’ XenClient and VMware’s Client Virtualization Platform (CVP) to the market has left few options for customers whose virtual desktop implementations…

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Persona Management – User Environment Management by Another Name?

March 25, 2010
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They say there's no such thing as bad weather - just the wrong sort of clothes. Likewise, there shouldn't be such a thing as a bad user profile experience - its more likely you've the wrong type of profile solution. VMWare View users can undoubtedly look forward to faster logon times, but is that the…

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Microsoft and Citrix offer a “Rescue for VMware VDI”

March 19, 2010
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On March 18, Microsoft embarked on a major offensive to focus the desktop virtualisation market away from VMware View. Microsoft announced updates for their desktop virtualization technologies and solutions, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The question is, are these announcements marketing hype or do they actually help deliver an improved VDI experience? Indeed, are you…

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Will deploying Microsoft Office in VDI cost you dearly?

March 10, 2010
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Both Presentation Virtualisation and Desktop Virtualization can be used to provide a Windows desktop experience and to deliver applications, such as Microsoft Office, not only to desktop hardware that might be older but to non-Windows desktops (e.g. Linux PCs. Apple Macs or Thin Client devices). Both virtualization technologies can help your business centrally manage and…

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VMware Buys Key Assets of RTO Software

February 23, 2010
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VMware has acquired the Virtual Profiles, Pinpoint, and Discover assets of RTO Software. This will raise the bar on the other vendors of desktop virtualization platforms (Microsoft and Citrix), but will also leave room for more granular User Environement Management approaches from vendors like RES Software, LiquidWare Labs, Tricerat, and when they ship - UniDesk.

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