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Simon is an independent industry analyst covering enterprise desktop, mobile and application virtualization, delivery and management technologies.He is an experienced solutions architect with unmatched insight into the challenges of designing large (200,000 seat plus) high availability presentation and desktop virtualization systems.Simon was invited to join the Citrix Technology Professionals (CTP) group in May 2010 and joined the Virtualization Practice in September 2010

Deploying Amazon WorkSpaces at Scale

DesktopVirtualizationI’ve made no secret of my dissatisfaction with Amazon’s WorkSpaces DaaS platform. While I like the general direction in which the platform is heading, and appreciate the impact that Amazon can have in the DaaS market, WorkSpaces has been slow to implement enterprise-class management features and suffers from too many rough edges to withstand close scrutiny when compared to many alternative solutions.

Nevertheless, it has gained some big-name support; at the recent AWS Summit, Johnson & Johnson’s Director of End User Computing Jeff Mendelsohn took to the stage alongside Nathan Thomas, General Manager Amazon WorkSpaces, to share Johnson & Johnson’s experience implementing Amazon WorkSpaces to support its large contractor community. Continue reading Deploying Amazon WorkSpaces at Scale

Leostream — The One Broker to Rule Them All

DesktopVirtualizationOver the years, I’ve worked with just about every VDI vendor on the market, except one: Leostream. It’s not because the Leostream Connection Broker isn’t any good. Far from it. It’s just because I’ve never experienced an environment so complex that Leostream offered the right answer. So I thought it time to take a closer look at Leostream and its broker to try to understand what makes it so special. Before I took a look at the product itself, I spent some time with Karen Gondoly, Leostream COO and head of product management, to learn a little more about the company and its customers.

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Bromium Enterprise Controller Adds Management Services to vSentry Security Microvisor

VirtualizationSecurityThree years ago, Bromium vSentry introduced the world to a new way of tackling the continual battle with malware. Don’t bother trying to detect it; don’t bother trying to patch against it. Instead, let it run, learn from it, and don’t let it do anything harmful.

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Is a Privatized Citrix in the Cards?

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Elliott Management has a plan for Citrix. Shake out sales and marketing, sell GoTo and NetScaler, dump the dead wood, and shut down all blue-sky research. There has been no response yet from Citrix beyond a brief note to say “we’ll get back to you on that,” but you can bet that CEO Mark Templeton will not look favorably on the proposal. Regardless of how Templeton feels, with Elliott in play, Citrix has to make changes. What, then, are the choices that Citrix can make?

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Citrix’s Future under Threat from Elliott Management

DesktopVirtualizationActivist hedge fund Elliott Management is shaking things up at Citrix Systems after disclosing a 7.1% stake in the company and offering a plan to create a leaner, meaner Citrix, citing the need for change following “years of layered complexity and expenses.”

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Citrix Workspace Hub

DesktopVirtualizationCitrix is back in hardware mode. Risking the wrath of the demo gods, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton and head of emerging technologies Chris Fleck took to the stage at Citrix Synergy last month to show off their latest toy—the Citrix Workspace Hub. This potentially game-changing new product does for the real world what until now only Tony Stark could do for the Marvel Universe. Continue reading Citrix Workspace Hub

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