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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VMware’s Desktop Strategy – Doubling Down on VDI

September 10, 2010
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VMware has said that is it committed to its Desktop Virtualization Strategy but VMWare's commitment to VDI as the only solution is going to mean that unless you are only going to deploy VDI you’ll likely consider another vendor to help you achieve your goal. There are two desires which are fundamentally in conflict, and…

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Presentation Virtualization: what can VMworld do for me lately?

August 20, 2010
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If you're from a Presentation Virtualization (PV) background (although maybe you know it as Terminal Services (TS); possibly even a Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS); heck lets go on an old school 'server based computing' perspective) what vendors should you be looking out for at VMworld?

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Terminal Services for Mac – OS X gets virtual

August 9, 2010
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The Virtualization Practice's Presentation Virtualization Comparison Whitepaper discusses PV in relation to business' application and desktop delivery needs. This updated release adds Aqua Connect's Terminal Services for Mac Series 3 to those products from Citrix Xenapp, Ericom’s PowerTerm WebConnect RemoteView, Geniut’s ThinWorx, GraphOn’s Go-Global, Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services, Propalms’ TSE, Quest’s vWorkspace, Systancia’s AppliDis Fusion…

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A Quest for Citrix’s Crown?

July 27, 2010
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Is Citrix king of deploying applications and workspaces to desktops? Citrix's portfolio of solutions is extensive - but extensive is difficult to introduce change to. Are there serious challengers and if so, is changing to those vendors an easy task?

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The Value of VDI Trade-Ups: XenApp to XenDesktop or VMWare View, Is It Worth It?

July 6, 2010
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Which is better - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or Presentation Virtualization? If you have, say, a Citrix XenApp PV solution - you may may be tempted at the reduced cost per license of VDI - XenDesktop appears to be almost half the cost per user than XenApp. Maybe you've a VMware vSphere back-end and the thought…

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Announcement: Virtual Thoughts Podcast the rebirth

June 29, 2010
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Virtual Thoughts Podcast the Rebirth, Join us Tuesday 29th June @ 7:00pm (BST), 2:00pm (EST), 11:00am (PST)

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Will Your VDI Solution Support your Remote Users?

May 11, 2010
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If your organisation has remote users - consider that the impact of centralisation on their desktop experience can be very different: and not always in a happy way. Citrix's ICA protocol has been joined by the likes of Quest's vWorkspace with EOP Xtream, or Ericom Blaze. There are a number of hardware solutions for WAN…

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Citrix invests in Kaviza – VMWare’s VDI to suffer from EMC demands?

April 8, 2010
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Citrix have invested an unspecified amount of money in Kaviza whose grid architecture eliminates the expensive infrastructure that VDI solutions. With Kaviza's solution all the functionality needed to provision and manage virtual desktops is consolidated into a single virtual appliance that scales on commodity servers. Will this announcement herald a major take-up of VDI? Indeed,…

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Does XenApp 6 Keep Citrix Ahead of the Pack?

April 6, 2010
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Citrix has released XenApp 6 which finally provides support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 - what is available in this new release for your business. Besides R2 support, what does XenApp 6 offer your business, what WOW factors are provided to help justify the cost of using XenApp6 to springboard your x64 Presentation Virtualization…

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