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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VDI Stall: VDI Appliances solve the hardware problem so, what next?

January 23, 2013
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DesktopVirtualization

We've discussed the fact that VDI appliance makers were making good progress simplifying adoption of a virtual desktop infrastructure. An appliance-based route to market can be seen as win-win: being designed both to reduce cost and complexity of implementation (for the customer) and shorten sales cycles (for the vendor). So goes the theory. To understand…

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How Good an Idea to Virtualize XenApp?

January 17, 2013
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DesktopVirtualization

How good an idea to Virtualize XenApp? There were a number of benefits identified way back then: hardware abstraction allowing easier image management and OS upgrades; options for higher availability and faster recovery; even fail-over. Virtualization enabled silo consolidation and importantly enabled better management of user capacity on servers. However, there is a price. Reduced…

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Nivio – Has Someone got Desktop-As-A-Service for Small Business Right?

January 3, 2013
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Nivio have announced a DaaS solution aimed at SME space. Offering access to Microsoft Windows on any device, rentable applications, and data storage in the cloud, it sounds as if Nivio's service could be just the ticket for the tablet wielding small business user. What are Nivio doing that is different? Will this model be…

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Was 2012 “The Year of VDI”?

January 2, 2013
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DesktopVirtualization

An end of year survey by Entelechy Associates suggests that this may well be the case. The survey showed that while the total number of desktops being delivered using VDI was still less than 10%, 55% of enterprises either have systems in production or are actively testing, running pilot deployments with 100 or more users.

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2013 Virtualization and Cloud Computing Predictions

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Herewith we offer our 2013 Virtualization and Cloud Computing Predictions. May we also wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous 2013.

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Greenbytes Addresses VDI IO Without Changing Your Storage

December 27, 2012
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StorageNetworking

Implementing virtual desktops has often required a different thinking about storage and is heavily focused on lowering number of IOPS to provide the best desktop experience. Greenbytes appliances target to reduce costs and improve user performance.

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Nimdesk: A DIY View on VDI-in-a-Box?

December 19, 2012
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NimDesk claim they have the simplest and most affordable desktop virtualization for business of any size today. At a headline $99 cost per user for a perpetual license, what can the Nimdesk software and hardware appliances achieve and how do these compare against existing solutions in this space?

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