Citrix License RES Reverse Seamless Windows

RES Software confirmed today that it is has signed an agreement with Citrix to license RES’ reverse seamless Windows technology.

Citrix confirmed that while it has a license to use RES Virtual Desktop Extender (VDX) it does not intend to integrate RES’ VDX solution into it’s own products. Instead it has taken out the license to allow it to implement its own reverse seamless solution without running afoul of the patent that RES holds on reverse seamless Windows. Continue reading Citrix License RES Reverse Seamless Windows

Monitoring End User Experience for Virtualized and Cloud Hosted Applications

When the discussion turns to monitoring, that discussion most often focuses upon either monitoring the infrastructure for performance and availability, or monitoring the performance and availability of certain key applications.  While it is essential to monitor both the infrastructure (hardware and software) that supports the key applications in your environment, and the applications themselves, it is also critical not to overlook the single most important person in the environment – the actual end user of the application or IT service. Continue reading Monitoring End User Experience for Virtualized and Cloud Hosted Applications

Citrix Reach Out for the SME market with Kaviza Aquisition

One of the initial announcements at Citrix Synergy was that Kaviza,who developed one of the first all-in-one “VDI-in-a-Box” solutions for small and medium business, have been acquired by Citrix. The acquisition adds a fast-track VDI-only solution to the Citrix portfolio. The Kaviza “VDI-in-a-Box” product is billed as complementing the Citrix’s  XenDesktop product line for enterprise-class desktop virtualization. Continue reading Citrix Reach Out for the SME market with Kaviza Aquisition

Cloud Computing is not Utility Computing

In our previous article “Can the Vendors Eat Their Own Dog Food on Cloud Billing?” we offered a provoking insight on what it is that Cloud Computing is and how it should be billed to you. It was suggested that Cloud Computing was fundamentally about “making IT a utility”.

However is  “Cloud computing” a utility computing? And if it isn’t, what is it?

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TakeDownCon Dallas: Virtualization Security is NOT just about the Virtual Host

If there was any take-a-way from TakeDownCon Dallas related to virtualization, it was that the virtualization host is not the primary attack point but all the ancillary systems that touch it. These systems may not even be considered part of the virtual environment but they certainly can impact the security of the environment. I saw at TakeDownCon Dallas the following attacks:

Why would a Developer choose VMware?

It is interesting to see Edward’s comment that according to EMC/VMware, widespread production deployment of Cloud Apps is 3-5 years off.  If that is the case the VMware CloudFoundry initiative should be focused on cutting-edge development rather than porting existing apps, and in much the same way that Microsoft has always courted developers, CloudFoundry should be the latest cool thing for developer productivity. It’s interesting to talk about this stuff in the abstract, and at the strategic level, but sometimes it’s worth understanding what happens when you need to make the decisions for yourself.

So, although I’m more of an Architect than a Developer I’m knocking up a prototype application – this isn’t a thought experiment I really am building a real prototype with a view to showing to a real enterprise customer (in fact several), but it’s not being built for one specific customer so there aren’t any pre-defined corporate standards on the technology that I have to build it on.  Continue reading Why would a Developer choose VMware?