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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News: VMware’s DaaS Emerges from the Horizon

March 11, 2014
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VMware100x30

This week saw the announcement of VMware’s DaaS offering—VMware Horizon DaaS—based around the acquisition of Desktone in October 2013. This arrival in the marketplace is significant for VMware in that it represents the first entry of a large technology incumbent into the DaaS marketplace.

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Does Desktop Virtualization Contribute to the Decline in PC Sales?

March 6, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

We are constantly reminded that the PC market is contracting, crashing, fading out of existence. There are many possible reasons behind the hard statistics, ranging from global recession to the aberrational removal of the Start Menu in Windows 8. Some, however, argue that the prevalence of desktop virtualization projects is also a factor in this…

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Addressing Users’ VDI Performance Concerns

February 28, 2014
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PerformanceManagement

In Do Users Have a Negative Perception of Desktop Virtualization?, James Rankin brought up a set of issues that arise whenever a new platform is deployed in an organization. Those issues revolve around the fact that users tend to then blame all problems with user experience upon the new platform, even if those problems had existed…

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Tell Me Why I Should Upgrade

February 26, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Technology vendors overwhelmingly believe that just because a new version of a product is made available to the marketplace, virtualization technologists will embrace it. However, in order for technologists to move to the newer version, it must: Be technically superior Be easier to administer/maintain Address a compelling business solution.

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Ron Oglesby Peels Back the Layers of Unidesk

February 18, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

So, the key value associated with Unidesk is its layering technology. The reason for this is that it enables customers to have VDI deployments and not be consumed with worry to the same degree as are most shops that have persistent VDI instances (VDI VMs assigned to one user that are always available and always…

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Creating a Din in the Cloud Market

February 17, 2014
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Creating a Din in the Cloud Market

Recently I spoke with Mike Chase of dinCloud regarding its desktop virtualization offering. I hadn’t actually come across dinCloud before, as it is a fairly youthful company. However, its VDI offering—which it refers to as HVD (hosted virtual desktop), making an important distinction, because the solution can be on-premises, off-premises, or hybrid—is effectively a separate,…

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VDI, a Beauty & a Beast: A Nutanix Story

February 11, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Recently, I wrote an article about what Citrix has done around virtualizing GPUs and GPU sharing, based on a podcast with Derek Thorslund, director of product management for HDX at Citrix. When the story hit the social media sphere, I got clobbered with hits about Nutanix and its partnership with Citrix and NVIDIA, along with…

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Why Some Desktop Virtualization Users Will Pass on Mobile Device Management

February 10, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Desktop virtualization and mobility management are not the same. While it’s true that you can access virtualized desktops and applications from a mobile device, there are some key differences that may cause users to rethink how much work they will do on their mobile devices.

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XenApp 7.5: Importance of Citrix Announcement

February 5, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Last week, Citrix announced the release of XenApp 7.5, which will be available in March. Although the touted features focus on mobility and cloud integration, there’s a key underlying message within this announcement: “Long live virtualized applications and XenApp as a product!”

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