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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.

Centrix Software update Workspace Manager and Universal – better enabling desktop transformation

DesktopVirtualizationIconCentrix Software have updated their flagship products with Centrix WorkSpace iQ and Centrix Universal both hitting a 5.3 release.

There is a question facing many organisations as the clock ticks down on the support life of the desktop warhorse Windows XP: what, and how do we move on? But, it isn’t just about the desktop OS. An increasingly common answer to “where do you want to go today” is “all over, and not just using this PC“. There is a drive to use a cloud-based applications, share resources beyond the corporate LAN: and not just with a piece of kit constrained to a cubicle. Continue reading Centrix Software update Workspace Manager and Universal – better enabling desktop transformation

AppSense DataLocker gives Dropbox more security hints at the beginning of the end for VDI?

AppSense Labs have released a free suite, DataLocker. Not only is Datalocker AppSense’s first departure to support environments beyond Microsoft Windows, but it is intended to ease adding an extra layer of security to sensitive files before syncing them to cloud-based services.

What does AppSense Lab’s first product release have in its locker? What is the comparison to other cloud storage solutions? AppSense Labs is a new direction for AppSense, a company typically associated with managing windows desktop environments and enabling VDI. If AppSense is investing in new services beyond “traditional”   mobile/cross-device solutions such as VDI, what does this mean for those traditional solutions long term?

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Browsium Ion: time to get going from IE6?

Reports on IE6’s death are often greatly exaggerated. A number of sites do offer statistics for consumer Internet browser share, but enterprise users are another breed and have a different browser use profile: IE6 is still there alive and well in a large swathe of enterprise desktops. This puts a risk on projects that look to move an organisation beyond Windows XP.

To address this, Browsium have built on their experience in providing a solution to IE6 compatibility to launch Browsium Ion. Browsium have designed Ion to enable IE6 and IE7-dependent web applications to run unmodified in an IE8 or IE9 tab.

The end of life for IE6 is tied to Microsoft XP/Server 2003.. the clock ticks to 2014. Can Ion address the compatibility problems for corporates and still stay on the right side of Redmond? Will Browsium Ion get migration projects shackled by a reliance on IE6 going?

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RES Software Announce HyperDrive: follow-me-data more than sharing files or dropping stuff in a box

The problem with desktops is that they need a desk to be on top of. There are many people who trudge wearily to work each day who find that a solace: where else would they hang the note with their password on? Yet, increasingly there are those who judge the trudge too weary: for a better work/life  balance, to reduce office space requirements, because it is better to go face-to-face with customers or quite frankly, you don’t want to work with beige any more.

True, desktop virtualisation can offer a solution here. A virtualised desktop can, to an extent, free you from your PC. Yet flexibility is not just about “being in the office, or not” it is about using an end-device that is appropriate to what you are doing; where you are at. To achieve what needs to be done you don’t necessarily need a Microsoft Windows desktop. You need access to your data, or your team’s data, your customer data. There are a number of solutions to available to let you access that data, regardless of your device. Dropbox, obviously, and a multitude such as  Box.Net, Oxygen, SpiderOak, ShareFile and Sugarsync.

To this list we can now add RES Software. RES  Software have announced the availability of RES HyperDrive, which has been designed to offer a secure way to deliver “follow-me-data” and file-sharing with enterprise-class security. Not that unusual for sure, but RES HyperDrive is cloud based technology offered as an on-premise service with a pay-as-you-go licensing.

Follow-me-data as a concept is surely well-served. Pure cloud services offer elasticity for storage and availability, and can be very quick to set-up. What does RES HyperDrive offer your organisation and how does that technology fit into a RES Software’s portfolio?
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Will Client Hypervisors Drive the Next Generation Desktop?

Whatever your enterprise desktop issue VDI is often hailed as the answer. The next generation desktop will be virtual. Mind, while it’s not possible to say that no one got fired for recommending VDI, taking the compute power away from the end-device and putting it back in the data centre has been a task that has struggled to gain wide adoption.

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Citrix Release CloudGateway Enterprise v1: Aggregated Cloud Access Nearer than the Horizon?

Given center stage at Citrix’s Synergy event in Barcelona as the access and delivery mechanism for an organisation’s data and applications, CloudGateway Enterprise Edition v1.0 is available for download: true to the “released Q4 2012” statement heralded at the same event.

As any good hurdler will tell you, it’s not how high you clear the fence, as long as you clear it.

Citrix state that CloudGateway’s purpose is to aggregate, control and deliver Windows, web, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and mobile applications to any device, anywhere. A bold vision. As well as providing end-users with a single point of access and self-service to their business data on a range of devices, CloudGateway also provides the business with a comprehensive single point of aggregation and control for all applications and users.

Will enterprises be dazzled not only by an on-time delivery date, but by the features offered? What features will CloudGateway provide over and above what is on offer now, and are Citrix first over the horizon to offer such a solution?

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