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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VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was for Terminal Services? Part II

April 28, 2011
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VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was with Presentation Virtualisation? We consider the core printing options for the likes of Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS, Quest vWorkspace and VMware View; and how they match to our printing considerations. We take an overview of solutions from ThinPrint, triCerat and UniPrint. An effective printing strategy must provide…

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VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was for Terminal Services? Part I

April 18, 2011
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VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was for Terminal Services? If not, would client hypervisors help, or is it that traditional desktops delivery is the best method for dealing with printing requirements? In this, the first of two articles on VDI printing, we consider what are the issues with distributed printing and, what printing…

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What to look for in a mobile OS if you are serious about desktop virtualization

March 9, 2011
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The phenomenal growth of the tablet market has left many industry analysts scrambling to reassess sales forecasts for both tablets and PCs. Last week Gartner was forced to acknowledge that its previous forecasts were way off the mark when it issued a revised 2011 sales forecast that reduced its November 2011 PC sales growth estimate…

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Licensing VDI for Microsoft Desktops – is it rocket science?

March 2, 2011
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Licensing VDI for Microsoft Desktops – is it rocket science?

Given all the past ingenuity and accomplishment why is it, in 2011, the mere task of assigning valid licenses to desktop virtualisation should appear an arcane process? How do different virtualization models impact how you license your desktop services? What are the current licensing models and do they apply in all instances of desktop virtualisation?…

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The Beginning of the the End of the Era of Windows?

February 16, 2011
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While we may well be on the road towards VMware becoming the layer of software that talks to the hardware in the data center - removing Microsoft from that role, this is not the end of Windows. If Windows were just an OS, it would be severely threatened VMware insertion into the data center stack.…

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RES Software Ships Virtual Desktop Extender: standalone reverse seamless now available

February 15, 2011
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RES Virtual Desktop Extender (VDX) is now available as a standalone offering. Priced at $15 / seat RES VDX is an incredibly useful enabler for virtualised desktops. It delivers on improving the user experience and better matching the needs of the user by allowing access to applications they need to use in their workspace.

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Save lives, implement VDI

February 3, 2011
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Save lives, implement VDI

Bad weather conditions should not stop your workforce. Keep your employees safe at home and being productive for you at the same time.

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The Virtual Desktop Design Maxim: Start With User Requirements

January 20, 2011
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The Virtual Desktop Design Maxim: Start With User Requirements

When considering a Virtual Desktop Design a good architect needs to ask "what is the best solution for this environment?" For many, once you've considered the needs of your users, it is a combination of desktop delivery models - some virtual, some physical. Ideally the user is unaware of which model is being delivered to…

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Mobile Virtual Desktops, Motorola Announce a Nirvana Phone

January 10, 2011
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The Nirvana Phone was intended to enable a user to use their small form factor device when on the move or in the office to access business applications and data by accessing a virtual desktop. Motorola's ATRIX 4G is being hailed as a device that can enable any road warrior or knowledge worker more mobile…

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