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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

dinCloud DaaS: Domain Expertise Builds Better Desktops

DesktopVirtualizationAs I explored last week, Amazon’s first foray into DaaS leaves a lot to be desired. Fortunately, you don’t have to look too far to find a service provider who knows how to get it right. This week, I’m looking at one of the first successful cloud desktop providers: dinCloud.

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Amazon WorkSpaces DaaS: Not a Lot of Desktop, Very Little Service

DesktopVirtualizationI have spent a lot of time in the past month looking at DaaS platforms and providers. While pricing tends to be about the same across the board, product quality and service vary widely. Some are excellent, others less so. Amazon is a case in point: while it entered the market with some fanfare, it would appear to be suffering more than its fair share of teething troubles, with still some way to go before it is ready for prime time. Continue reading Amazon WorkSpaces DaaS: Not a Lot of Desktop, Very Little Service

Windows 10: The Last Operating System You’ll Ever Need

DesktopVirtualizationAfter spawning the disaster that is Windows 8, Microsoft has gone all out to deliver—and to be seen to deliver—a next-generation replacement. Shipping the first preview of Windows 10 only a couple of months after the most recent updates to Windows 8.1, Microsoft is setting a pace bested only by Apple’s response to its botched iOS 8 release and refutation of its less-than-rigid case design. (“You’re putting it in your pocket wrong!”) My first impressions are that Windows 10 has gone a long way in addressing the biggest criticisms of Windows 8. Continue reading Windows 10: The Last Operating System You’ll Ever Need

Citrix and VMware Hit the Refresh Button

DesktopVirtualizationCitrix and VMware are busy refreshing their respective desktop and Windows app delivery platforms. A couple of days before VMworld, Citrix announced the forthcoming release of XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6, which will ship before month’s end. In the wake of VMworld, the VMware Desktop Product team has announced that it has released a major update to Horizon DaaS, as well as some minor but still essential updates to Horizon, ThinApp, Horizon Workspace Portal, and the vCenter management services.

Given the increased competition between Citrix and VMware for the enterprise desktop, what can be learned from the latest announcements?

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VMware Acquires CloudVolumes: What It Means for the Future of VDI

ElasticBox.VMwareThe biggest end user computing news of VMworld arrived a few days early, with the August 20 announcement that VMware has acquired storage layering startup CloudVolumes. In one step, this redefines VMware’s position in the end user computing marketplace. 

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Sphere 3D Launches Glassware 2.0 — An Appliance for Windows Apps

CloudComputingSphere3DIn its first appearance at VMworld, the Mississauga, Ontario–based company Sphere 3D looks poised to create a whole new technology classification with Glassware 2.0, a hyperconverged cloud client app hosting appliance.

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