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Andrew is a Director of Gilwood CS Ltd, based in the North East of England, which specialises in delivering and optimising server and application virtualisation solutions. With 12 years of experience in developing architectures that deliver server based computing implementations from small-medium size business to global enterprise solutions, his role involves examining emerging technology trends, vendor strategies, development and integration issues, and management best practices.

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

PresentationVirtualizationIs Windows 2012 Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) better than Citrix XenApp? Citrix XenApp 6.5 is a market-leading product. Citrix XenApp may well be the first product businesses consider when deploying applications or desktops from a centralised service. Windows 2012 is very new. Windows 2012 RDSH, as a new service, doesn’t have the same number of partners or administrators with detailed experience.

Still, it’s a very good question.

It’s a very good question because Microsoft has worked hard to ensure that RDSH is a solution viable not only for large enterprises, but small and medium scale businesses and not-for-profit organizations, as well. Windows 2012 RDSH builds on a mature technology, a technology that is the most-deployed centralized desktop virtualization solution.

Yet, are you going to end up reading this article and get to an “it depends” answer?  Let’s see.

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

DesktopVirtualizationPivot3 has released its second generation of VDI appliance, looking to make Pivot3 vSTAC R2 simpler to implement and more scalable and to 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, enabling adoption by a wider SMB market.

We covered Pivot3’s first release about this time last year. If a week is a long time in politics, a year is a generation in IT. In that time, we’ve covered the fact that Pivot3 is not alone; there are  range of appliance makers are looking to simplify VDI adoption.

Pivot3 claims vSTAC VDI R2 can deliver each desktop for the eyebrow raising sum of $165. How are they doing that? Will the improvements help push VDI adoption? Have Pivot solved all of the key questions of VDI appliance makers?

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Microsoft Windows 2012 RDSH vs Citrix XenApp – PV to get its own Murderball?

PresentationVirtualizationThere is a pervasive question for Presentation Virtualisation using Remote Desktop Session Host services (RDSH) and that is  :-

if I’m already paying for RDS CALs and running the base OS, why do I need other stuff?

Where stuff is, typically, Citrix XenApp. With the release of Windows 2012 and the updates to RDSH do you still need Citrix XenApp?

I was introduced to many new sports over the summer and one sport that stuck in the mind, not only for it sheer fury and skill, was wheelchair rugby (or Quad rugby). Or as the Canadian inventors, named it – Murderball.

A key elements of the sport – it is a fast and very competitive exchange.

Your ball you say? I think not.
Picture from independent.co.uk

Sneaking into August, like an American multi-gold medallist back from a celebratory night out on the champagne, Microsoft’s Windows 2012 boasts a wide array of new features. Hyper-V’s improvement are worthy of a post in themselves: live migration, teaming of 32 NICs, thin provisioning, dynamic memory. For now, we’ll focus on the updates to Remote Desktop Service’s Session Host updates.

With new and improved functions in Remote Desktop Services in Windows 2012, how competitive is the exchange? Is it worth murdering a ball for?

Continue reading Microsoft Windows 2012 RDSH vs Citrix XenApp – PV to get its own Murderball?

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

DesktopVirtualizationWe’ve joined many in heralding Teradici RDSH solution’s VMworld announcement. Weaving sweetly around the fact that the actual release won’t be until at least the end of 2012, it is only right that to take a quick jab at the fact v1.0 will be feature lite in comparison to the heavyweight Grand Old Man of desktop virtualisation Citrix XenApp until well into 2013.

In PCoIP Teradici have a remote protocol: but Citirx’s XenApp application is more than an ICA  protocol extension for Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH). What can RDSH bring to a virtualised desktop environment? Will protocol support to RDSH be enough for Teradici to deliver a service that can complement an existing VMware View environment?

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

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

DataNow_logo-300x101AppSense have announced the addition of DataNow Essentials to their User Virtualization Platform. DataNow Essentials is an enterprise data broker solution that gives users anywhere data access from PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones using existing IT infrastructure that is fully under the control of the enterprise IT team. The AppSense User Virtualization Platform, already used by some of the world’s largest enterprises to optimize enterprise desktops, now offers broader support for enterprise consumerization and the growing enterprise mobile workforce. Continue reading News: AppSense DataNow: Anywhere data access that starts in the enterprise

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

VMworld2012150x27Liquidware Labs are demoing their upcoming Department Installed Applications (DIA) enhancement to ProfileUnity FlexApp at VMworld 2012.  ProfileUnity FlexApp DIA addresses a challenging aspect of desktop administration: application management. We’ve already discussed if   user installed applications are a dream or a nightmare. There is a business gain to give access to applications on-demand, to allow users greater freedom to control their workspace: yet in a business environment, that freedom requires laws. Continue reading VMworld 2012: Liquidware Labs Unveils On-Demand Department Installed Applications Feature

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