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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New Desktop Virtualization Resources Available

February 12, 2010
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Read this post for a rich set of Desktop Virtualization White Papers, Desktop Virtualization Webinars, Desktop Virtualization Podcasts, and a complete set of VMware View 4 product brochures.

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Virtualized Desktops and End User Experience Management

February 8, 2010
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Virtualized Desktops and End User Experience Management

Hosted Virtual Desktop (aka VDI) environments are sufficiently complex and different from either physical desktops or virtualized servers to warrant a dedicated approach to planning and assessing the migration from physical desktops to virtual desktops, and a dedicated approach to monitoring the resulting HDV environment in production.

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Bring Your Own Computer Model to Reinvent the Corporate PC?

February 5, 2010
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Can your businesses increase productivity and save money by implementing a Bring your own Computer (BYOC) program? Are there benefits in giving staff a free choice of PC technology (be that a Windows, Mac, Linux, or other devices - perhaps even an iPad) if you give them a cash allowance to purchase and use their…

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Is VMware moving to Guest based Licensing?

February 3, 2010
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Is VMware moving to Guest based Licensing?

There has been a rumour that VMware circulating that are going to move to a per VM Guest licensing model rather than the traditional Host based licenses. Well it looks like the first move to this has been taken

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What the Numbers Tell Us About The Success of VMware

February 1, 2010
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On January 25th 2010 VMware reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2009 and for the full year of 2009. While we are not a financial analysis site focused upon earnings and stock prices, there is important information contained in these earnings numbers about the success of VMware.

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Red Hat’s Spice and VMware View’s PCoiP – aligned against Microsoft

January 27, 2010
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Red Hat’s emerging VDI offering is based on its acquisition of Qumranet in 2008, more specifically a technology known as Spice which is designed to replace RDP and ICA as the protocol between the server and the client. Spice was made Open Source at the end of 2009.

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Do Citrix and VMWare fail to deliver a complete centralised desktop offering?

January 21, 2010
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Hosting desktops or applications on servers located in the data center, and implementing centralized computing technologies is one of the best ways to cut IT costs while also improving security, reliability, productivity and efficiency. Both Citrix and VMWare have high profiles offering their respective virtualisation solutions that enable centralisation. Yet if you are considering centralisation,…

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Virtual Desktop Clients as the next Mobile Device ‘Killer App’?

January 12, 2010
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Coming out of this holiday season there will be many who got new, more versatile, mobile devices and will want to use them to access information from work. In the nearly 15 years since the introduction of the two way pager, mobile device manufacturers have been trying to build a platform for business applications to…

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Hyper-V: Free or Licensed the Choice is Yours

January 8, 2010
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Hyper-V: Free or Licensed the Choice is Yours

Which is better Hyper-V version deploy for production environments? For a traditional server based virtualization project, it makes financial sense to deploy Datacenter, and this is most likely the case for a hybrid deployment of Server and Desktop devices. However, for raw VDI and Open source deployments, it is obviously more fiscally prudent to utilise…

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