Management Tools: A Weak Spot for Citrix XenDesktop

DesktopVirtualizationForrester recently completed an in-depth study entitled The Forrester Wave™: Server-Hosted Virtual Desktops (VDI), Q3 2015, which offers a complete analysis of significant providers in this space, including Citrix, Dell, Microsoft, and VMware. Overall, Citrix XenDesktop was rated high in most categories; however, one area, management tools, showed a significant deficit.

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Workload Tetris Lowers Costs

VirtualizationManagementIconWe all try to do it, we sometimes succeed, but the increased density of workloads escapes many folks, whether they are in a cloud or using an on-premises virtual environment. Are there ways to help us gain more density within our environments? Is it still fear that keeps us from doing so? Are there real issues we still need to solve? Why are most environments running with CPU to spare? Is there still a fear of running too many things on any one system?

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VMware’s NSX Has a Problem

Network VirtualizationOne of the things that seemed clear to me over the last couple of VMworld conferences is that VMware is very committed to NSX. In addition to having NSX as the core of its Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), VMware is also placing NSX in the core of its End User Compute (EUC) offering. I also expect VMware to make NSX a core part of its Photon platform for modern applications. The big challenge is that VMware does not make it easy to become familiar with NSX. For a product that is the core of so many parts of VMware’s roadmap, the NSX software is hard to get a hold of.

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Not Because They Are Easy, but Because They Are Hard

BusinessAgilityIn all of life, we try to avoid the difficult things and handle the easy things first. Sometimes, leaving the hard things is a good idea. We sometimes realize there is an easy way to deal with the hard problem, or someone else deals with it. Sometimes it’s a bad idea. Leaving a sore tooth until it needs a root canal is a bad idea that causes lots of pain.

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You Need IT-Business Integration, Not Alignment

BusinessAgilityThere are many times when I’m on consulting engagements when I ask CIOs, “How much of an understanding do you and your management have about how your company makes money, thereby having a staff that knows where the money comes from and where it goes?” One of the scariest responses that I have had to that question was, “Why would I want to do this? I don’t have enough time to do what I need to do now.” My answer to that scary response is that by doing this, you will accomplish the task of having an IT organization that knows how to see opportunities to differentiate the company from the competition. Continue reading You Need IT-Business Integration, Not Alignment