Oct2012

Is Windows 2012 Remote Desktop Session Host better than Citrix XenApp?

At Citrix Synergy in Barcelona, this was a very good question that a number of partners were reporting their customers were asking. Citrix XenApp 6.5 is a market leading product. Windows 2012 is very new. What are the differentiating features, what key questions should you ask and how do you decide on the one for you?

Oct2012

vSTAC R2, Pivot3’s Next Generation VDI Appliance – the sub-$200 desktop virtual desktop is here?

Pivot3 have made vStac R2 simpler to implement, more scalable and drive further savings than its predecessor. Headline features include utilising VMware View Storage Accelerator allowing reduced hardware costs, performance increases with more memory and updated processors allowing greater VM density, and networking options that can enable adoption by a wider SMB market. With vStac R2, Pivot3 continue to drive the hardware cost and complexity of VDI down. The headline $165 / desktop will be compelling. The performance assurance and dynamic expansion in R2 will likely solve many administrative headaches. The key for any turnkey VDI solution remains getting the assessment right, and managing and delivering on the wider user experience once deployed.

Sep2012

Teradici to knock out XenApp – or receive a bloody nose like everyone else?

Microsoft RDSH service grows ever more feature rich, Citrix XenApp is still a de facto standard although there are many RDSH tools available today. The goal for vendors is to make the delivery of applications and workspaces simple and efficient – in terms of time and resources. To integrate VDI and RDSH together and blend those with “traditional” solutions. As of today, VMware only VDI. RDSH would enhance the solution again and provide more direct competition to Citrix. Is PCoIP enough? How will Teradici’s release integrate with View?

Aug2012

News: AppSense DataNow: Anywhere data access that starts in the enterprise

DataNow Essentials is now available. DataNow allows you to integrate with what is already there, with no need to provision more storage or migrate data, thus keeping cost and complexity low and speeding deployment time, and avoids cloud or storage vendor lock-in. Datanow is available to existing customers of AppSense’s user virtualization product suite free of charge – but is not a product in its own right. This is an interesting change in scope – other file storage solutions offer a sharing function in their own right. AppSense’s key consideration here is very likely that user virtualisation needs data to be portable.

Aug2012

VMworld 2012: Liquidware Labs Unveils On-Demand Department Installed Applications Feature

User virtualisation is rightly being seen as more than profile management. Applications and data are key to the making a generic desktop a viable workspace. With ProfileUnity FlexApp’s Department Installed Applications Liquidware could be the first to deliver on the dream of a more dynamic application mechanism across enterprise desktop environments.