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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

Desktop Management as a Service

DesktopVirtualizationRecent research shows that more organizations than ever before are considering Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) as their next-generation desktop strategy. However, as desktop virtualization technologies continue to evolve, Desktop-Management-as-a-Service (DMaaS) may supersede DaaS as the preferred solution for many small businesses. Continue reading Desktop Management as a Service

ITIL as a Service

DataCenterVirtualizationIf you ever want to polarize a group of IT professionals, all you need do is drop ITIL into the conversation. For some people ITIL is the devil incarnate. For others it is the Holy Grail–an unattainable symbol of union with the divine.

For VMWare it’s clearly the devil. In his VMworld keynote last month, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger said that the company is “putting aside ITIL and CMDB in favour of process that works for cloud,” a position that Citrix clearly disagrees with after announcing that it had completed the acquisition of New Zealand-based startup Beetil, which is rapidly making a name for itself with a SaaS-based service management offering that delivers a readily accessible pragmatic approach to ITIL. Continue reading ITIL as a Service

DaaS Service Level Agreement Immaturity Can Hamper Technology Adoption

DesktopVirtualizationA recent survey by Entelechy Associates indicates that while interest in DaaS is growing, no more than 2% of IT organizations are currently committed to adopting DaaS by 2014. While DaaS technology is rapidly maturing, the same cannot always be said for the service offerings themselves. The problem is not necessarily with individual DaaS products, but with service providers’ interpretations of how these products should be measured. Continue reading DaaS Service Level Agreement Immaturity Can Hamper Technology Adoption

Oracle and VMware Update Desktop Virtualization Platforms

DesktopVirtualizationOracle and VMware have both been busy with their respective desktop-focused type II hypervisors, with each vendor releasing updates in the last month.  Focus on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 and Windows server 2012 is inevitable, but that aside both vendors continue to drive their respective products in clearly defined directions with no real regard for competition. Oracle’s updates to VirtualBox have added significantly to its appeal, but leave it trailing behind VMware Workstation in both its finish and feature count. While VMware has done much to optimize Workstation to work with the forthcoming Windows 8, many of the other updates that VMware has released could be thought of as gilding the lily, offering features such as Thumbnail Actions that allow virtual machine power state to be controlled from the taskbar. Continue reading Oracle and VMware Update Desktop Virtualization Platforms

Bromium vSentry a Next Generation Hypervisor to End Malware Woes?

VirtualizationSecurityDesktop security start-up Bromium announced the general availability of vSentry, at the Gartner Security and Risk Management management Summit in London today. Their first product to be based on the Bromium Microvisor designed to protect from advanced malware that attacks the enterprise through poisoned attachments, documents and websites.

Continue reading Bromium vSentry a Next Generation Hypervisor to End Malware Woes?

Appliance Makers Simplify VDI Adoption

DesktopVirtualizationVDI is expensive and complicated; at least it used to be. Cost is no longer the issue that it was with the cost of data center hardware falling from over $1,000 per desktop a couple of years ago to a fraction of the cost of a budget PC today. Complexity however has been rising as multiple third-party components have been integrated into the mix to bring the price down. As cost falls so VDI becomes more attractive especially to budget conscious SMB customers, at the same time though as complexity has increased, the willingness and ability of these new customers to successfully deploy and maintain VDI has fallen. This has proven to be a boon for DaaS providers who can abstract the complexity of VDI behind a simple to consumer service, and are as a consequence seeing significant increase in traction. Continue reading Appliance Makers Simplify VDI Adoption

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