Moving to the Cloud: When Does It Make Sense?

CloudComputingOn December 18, I had an interesting Twitter conversation with Mark Thiele (@mthiele10) about moving to the cloud based on cost. There is a cost perspective to consider as cloud services can be very expensive. When does it make sense to go to the cloud? There are two scenarios to consider when talking about going to the cloud. While we were hampered by the 140-character limit, I think the message is clear. Continue reading Moving to the Cloud: When Does It Make Sense?

Nimdesk: A DIY View on VDI-in-a-Box?

diy2-162x105Nimdesk have thrown their hat into the ring of turnkey virtual desktop delivery solutions. Following the trodden route of taking the complexity out of centrally hosted services, Nimdesk have architectured a scale-out converged solution for desktop virtualization and desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) deployments.  With a combination of solutions that includes both a software appliance (vdi.diy), or one of two “converged devices” (Nimdesk true.vdi/true.vdi.stor) Nimdesk aim to help the SME/SMB space: either by appealing directly for on premise services, or by enabling service providers and re-sellers a preconfigured service device to scale services quickly and easily.

Nimdesk claim they have the  simplest and most affordable desktop virtualization for business of any size today. At a headline $99 cost per user for a perpetual license, what do you get and how is it different from existing solutions in this space?

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News: latest Login VSI 3.7 gets Windows 8, Windows 2012 and Oracle VDI support

Login VSI B.V. have announced the availability of Login VSI 3.7, the latest version of the performance and scalability testing tool for Virtual Desktop Infrastructures and Server Based Computing environments.

This latest release means that Login VSI 3.7 has out-of-the-box support for simulating user workloads to test the performance of VDI and SBC environments based on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Office 2013. In addition, Login VSI also introduces support for Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

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End User Computing: Using just a Tablet

DesktopVirtualizationRecently I have been trying to lighten my conference going load. To do that, I have been thinking about ways to do without my laptop and all the accessories for it, which got me thinking about what it takes to completely use such a device; to fully embrace the next generation of end-user computing using gesture computing and smaller devices. Other than the technical hurdles, there are also training hurdles as full tablet computing, today, has some serious limitations with respect to security, functionality, and in some ways capability.  So how does one embrace tablet computing as their next-gen end user computing?

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Virtualizing Business Critical Applications – The Performance and Capacity Sizing Problem

PerformanceManagementVMware (and Microsoft) continue to make excellent progress driving the penetration of their data center virtualization offerings. Over half of the servers run by VMware customers are now virtualized. The progress has been so good that now it is time to ask two important questions. Is what is left to virtualize different that what already has been virtualized? And, if what is left is virtualizing business critical applications, will running them on the virtualization platform be any different than what we experience today? Continue reading Virtualizing Business Critical Applications – The Performance and Capacity Sizing Problem

Cloud API: In-Security?

VirtualizationSecurityThe 12/13 Virtualization Security Podcast featured George Reese, CTO on enStratus, as our guest panelist. We discussed Cloud API security or more to the point the lack of real cloud API security. To paraphrase George: Some got it, others do not. So what makes up a good cloud API? how can we fix broken cloud APIs? Continue reading Cloud API: In-Security?