Quite a bit has gone on in our industry in the last year. While this is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all that has occurred, we hope that we have captured the important events that have shaped virtualization and cloud computing.
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Indeed a challenge in migrating to a Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD) solution is what to do with existing devices. Citrix’s High Definition User EXperience (HDX) technologies for example, typically relies on the end device supporting a Microsoft Windows operating system to deliver the best user experience. If that is the case, how will you manage the end device that delivers the user’s HVD? Vendors such as DevonIT, Igel, and 10ZiG would naturally suggest you replace your traditional PC with a Thin Client: vendors such as PanoLogic, Teradici and Wyse would highlight the advantages of Zero Client devices – yet moving away from existing devices is a costly exercise in terms of providing replacement devices. And indeed – still does not address off-line working.
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When considering your VDI deployment hosting your workspaces is not the only consideration. Careful consideration needs to be made on the management of the performance, license use and user’s environment to give, not only a good user experience, but a timely return on your investment.
Microsoft’s announcement yesterday of Massachusetts based Sentillion extends its reach into healthcare solutions and added a new component to its virtualization portfolio. Sentillion’s vThere is a type-2 hypervisor (hosted virtual machine) built on Parallels virtualization whose strength is in its ability to provide a highly secured desktop image on a normally non-secured solution.
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There are two very recent vendor initiatives that hearken back to the days of single vendor tightly integrated systems. The first is Oracle’s pending acquisition of Sun. The second example which has potentially far more impact upon VMware is the recently announced EMC/Cisco Vblocks.
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Systancia announce the launch of AppliDis Fusion 4, their first solution that incorporates both application and desktop virtualisation in a single product with management through a single web console. AppliDis Fusion 4 joins solutions such as Ericom’s Powerterm Webconnect and Quest Provision’s vWorkspace to offer solution that gives simplified management of typical agile workspace solution that encompasses both presentation, application and desktop virtualisation to deliver dynamic and scalable services to users.
Liquidware Labs had added end user data migration to it product suite. This will ease the process of migrating users from Windows XP to Windows 7, and ease the process of migrating users from physical to virtual desktops.
Enterprises and mid-sized businesses (SME’s) face two significant challenges and opportunities with respect to the end user desktops in the next two years. The first opportunity and challenge is how to replace the aging Windows XP installed base with the recently released Windows 7 platform. The second is how to end up with a desktop environment that is inherently more flexible and manageable than what is in place today.
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VMware Player is becoming more directly comparable to VirtualBox, and a possible competitor given VMware’s marketing dollars. However we anticipate both products will co-exist in the marketplace.