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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Why Some Desktop Virtualization Users Will Pass on Mobile Device Management

February 10, 2014
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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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Do Users Have a Negative Perception of Desktop Virtualization?

January 29, 2014
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One of the most common complaints that arises from users in the aftermath of a desktop virtualization deployment (whether it is done via pure virtual desktop interface [VDI] or some form of server based computing [SBC] solution) is that performance doesn’t measure up to their expectations. A negative image of the new platform develops and…

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News: Return of the XenApp

January 29, 2014
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News of Citrix’s “return” to XenApp peppered the blogosphere yesterday, after various people had been hinting at it for a few weeks. According to Citrix, it is “back by popular demand” and will be available in March 2014.

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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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DesktopVirtualization

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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DesktopVirtualization

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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