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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

VMware Horizon Mobile is Finally on the Way

CloudComputingSrinivas Krishnamurti (VMware – Senior Director for Mobile Solutions) has announced that VMware is partnering with Motorola and SoftBank to launch VMware Horizon Mobile in Japan. SoftBank Telecom will be offering Horizon Mobile as a cloud-based managed service which will be open for trials starting on December 10. Continue reading VMware Horizon Mobile is Finally on the Way

Interview: V3 Systems CEO Peter Bookman

DesktopVirtualizationI originally arranged to interview V3 systems CEO Peter Bookman at VMworld in San Francisco back in October. However, we weren’t able to schedule the time until the final day, by which point we were both so tired that we never got past the “talking about cars” stage. I finally caught up with Peter last week, and this time we managed to get past the “talking about cars” stage. I tried to limit myself to just asking questions rather than sharing my opinion, and I’ve made a couple of edits for clarity and tidied up product names etc. where appropriate, so any errors in the transcript are mine. Continue reading Interview: V3 Systems CEO Peter Bookman

News: VDI Startup Pano Logic Shuts Down

DesktopVirtualizationIt has just been revealed that Bay Area desktop virtualization startup Pano Logic has shut down. The news comes from a surprising source, The Credit Union Times, which scooped the IT world to the news. The news was confirmed by a former Pano Logic employee who requested not to be named.

The Virtualization Practice has covered Pano Logic in the past as it grew from a turnkey SMB VDI solution to incorporate more enterprise class features, as well as to provide integration with Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View. It’s true breakout moment came when it introduced Pano Logic System for the cloud, an Ubuntu-based platform that ran Google Chrome at a fraction of the cost of buying either the Chromebox and Chromebook offered by Samsung and Acer. Unfortunately for Pano Logic, the move came too late, and the hoped-for education market did not materialize. Continue reading News: VDI Startup Pano Logic Shuts Down

Dell Planning New Storage Tech for 2013

DataCenterVirtualizationDays after announcing its converged infrastructure platform, the Active System 800, Dell is already dropping hints about its future development path, confirming its intention to use the tech it acquired with RNA Networks to deliver new storage options.

Speaking at the Dell Storage Forum in Sydney last week, Ben Roscoe (Dell, General Manager – PowerVault Data Management) said the company is looking to use the technology acquired with RNA Networks to provide “integration points closer to the server”. This builds directly from the presentation that Don Ferguson (Dell CTO Dell Software Group) and Jai Menon (Dell CTO Enterprise Solutions Group) gave at the Dell Enterprise Strategy Update in San Francisco last week where Dell introduced the Active System 800. Ferguson and Menon shared their vision on how pooling server-side flash across multiple Active System nodes would speed performance of database and web apps. Continue reading Dell Planning New Storage Tech for 2013

Dell Delivers UCS Beater (Dude, It’s a Converged Infrastructure!)

Dell100x30aDell was in San Francisco last week to host its Enterprise Strategy Update, staking its claim to the x86 top spot with the announcement of  its big converged infrastructure platform, the Active System 800.

Three years ago, Dell was just another PC/server maker fighting for market share in a commodity market. The ultra-lean manufacturing processes that had previously allowed it a significant price advantage over its competitors had been eroded as other manufacturers emulated Dell’s approach, leaving it with little to differentiate it from its competitors other than memories of past advertising campaigns. While its reputation for poor support and burning batteries was behind it, my personal perception of Dell, strongly colored by the large number of Dell laptops that expired at my hands, was not good.

However, in the last two years my view of Dell has been slowly changing. A new focus on data center technologies, a string of successful acquisitions and some fresh blood in key leadership positions has revitalized the company, forcing me to reassess Dell’s position in the enterprise technology ecosystem. Suffice to say, this is not the Dell I used to know. Continue reading Dell Delivers UCS Beater (Dude, It’s a Converged Infrastructure!)

Quest vWorkspace Returns

DesktopVirtualizationOh dear. Did I get it wrong. Three weeks ago I asked “What does the future hold for Quest vWorkspace?“, where I described vWorkspace (at that time unaccountably renamed Quest Workspace Desktop Virtualization) as being “no more than an unwelcome distraction” and suggested that the best thing for Dell to do, at least as far as the product was concerned, would be to sell it off to VMware or Teradici. Well, it looks like Dell can’t have taken my suggestion seriously, because this week vWorkspace is back! Continue reading Quest vWorkspace Returns

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