Presentation Virtualization

Presentation Virtualization is an application delivery method that delivers users desktops and applications from a shared server, AKA server based computing. This method of delivering applications to users focuses upon running an instance of each Windows desktop operating system application i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Office for each user on a shared instance of a Windows Server operating system.|The most popular product in this category is Citrix XenApp and its predecessors which include Citrix Presentation Server, and Citrix MetaFrame. In the 6.0 releases of its products, Citrix bundled XenApp into XenDesktop. In the 7.0 releases of its products, XenApp has been made available separately again. Microsoft also has a product in this category – Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, but this offering is mostly used in smaller implementations that do not require the enterprise class features that Citrix offers.

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Winds of Change: What Does Horizon 6 Mean for Microsoft and Citrix?

April 14, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

At first glance, it looks like VMware’s recently announced Horizon 6 platform is an admission by VMware that applications, rather than desktops, do matter, and that Citrix has been on the right track all along. Certainly, XenApp has been a thorn in the side of many VMware View implementations through the years, allowing people to…

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UIAs: Whatever Happened to Them?

April 1, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

A couple of years ago, UIAs (user-installed applications) were all the rage. AppSense had a product called StrataApps (and you can do it in Application Manager also), RES has native functionality that allows this, Unidesk can do it (admittedly in a slightly different way with its layering technology), Citrix was pushing Personal vDisk with its…

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Ulteo Previews V4.0 of Its Open Virtual Desktop

February 13, 2014
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PresentationVirtualization

Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop v4.0 is available for download, with significant enhancements for enterprise deployments and better integration. It offers a flexible presentation virtualization alternative—particularly useful for Linux desktops and also for integration of desktop applications into web-based architectures.

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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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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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Installing/Packaging Applications: The Unexpected Bottleneck

January 1, 2014
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ApplicationVirtualization

Virtualizing applications is simple, right? After all, Microsoft Office can be installed or packaged in a matter of minutes, so all apps must be this easy. And via a tool like Citrix App Orchestration, the application can be published, secured, and presented to users auto“magic”ally. Thus, application virtualization professionals must have easy jobs, right? 

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Where Will VDI Be in Five Years’ Time?

December 24, 2013
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VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) has long been predicted to be a growth area. This year, the technology has started to edge towards adoption in newer segments, segments in which it has not had significant traction in the past. But will this continue to be the case? Is VDI the computing environment of the future, or just a stepping-stone to another environment altogether?

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VMworld 2013: ViewSonic’s Android Based Thin Client, a Hidden Treasure

September 6, 2013
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VMworld 2013: ViewSonic’s Android Based Thin Client, a Hidden Treasure

Amongst all the major infrastructure and cloud announcements at VMworld this year, I was looking for some interesting technology that would stand out from a EUC perspective. Released back in May, the ViewSonic SD-A225 and SD-A245 (22 and 24 inch respectively) smart display devices peaked my interest.

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