VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was for Terminal Services? Part II

In 1436 Johannes Gutenberg collaborated with a gem cutter and a paper mill owner to seek seed funding from venture capitalists to began work on the ‘Printing Press’.  Their invention began the ‘Print Revolution’ driving a wider spread of knowledge and new understanding, innovation and industry. Printing is so fundamental that it is often overlooked as an IT service when migrating to virtualised desktops. In Part I, we considered issues with distributed printing and what printing functions you should consider for your desktop architecture.

VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was with Presentation Virtualisation? If so would client hypervisors help, or is it that traditional desktops delivery is still the best method? In Part II we’ll consider the core printing options for the likes of Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS, Quest vWorkspace and VMware View; and how they match to our printing considerations. Do you still need third party products to make your print solution effective? We’ll take an overview of solutions from ThinPrint, triCerat and UniPrint to help find out.

Hopefully you can use this knowledge to avoid any user revolution to your hosted desktop implementation, and instead, press on to get the best printing solution for your organisation.

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News: BMC buys Coradiant

BMC has announced that they have bought Coradiant, the leader in web applications performance management. Coradiant specialized in helping IT organizations understand the performance (response time) of their business critical and performance critical web applications. This allows IT organizations to be proactive in the management of the infrastructure supporting these applications leading to fewer brownouts and outages. Continue reading News: BMC buys Coradiant

Reinventing the Infrastructure for Virtualization and the Cloud

In Virtualization Performance Management – What if we Started Over, we suggested that in order for virtualized environments to become great platforms for business critical and performance critical applications, that much of the infrastructure that supports virtualization might have to be reinvented. The assertion behind this suggestion is that running dynamic virtualized and cloud based workloads on legacy infrastructure is like driving a Ferrari on a gravel road – you can do it, but you will not be taking advantage of the Ferrari while doing so. We are now starting to see signs that some very bright and experienced technical people are getting together with leaders in the venture capital community to start to make this happen. Continue reading Reinventing the Infrastructure for Virtualization and the Cloud

Cloud Outages or What I learned at Disney/InfoSec World

At the InfoSec World 2011 conference, in the sessions I attended, there was quite a bit of discussion about moving to the cloud as well as cloud outages. What did I discover:

  • Migration to the cloud requires planning and resources
  • Migration to the cloud requires a team including legal
  • Diversification is very important
  • It must be easy to migrate
  • Security as a Service is a valid option
  • I should not lower my standards just to enter the cloud

Some of this was discussed at InfoSec World 2011, The Virtualization Security Podcast of 4/21, and while at Innovations at Epcot Center. Continue reading Cloud Outages or What I learned at Disney/InfoSec World

The Cloud and the SMB: Diversified?

I was reading the post Small Business Virtualization and that really got me thinking about Small to Medium Businesses and what part Cloud Computing will play in that market.  There are plenty of small businesses in and around my area and I have a couple of friends that are the owners of a couple of these small businesses. A majority of these small businesses have a single or a couple of point of sale machines that feed to the accounting program.  It is these businesses that I think of when I think of what a small business is.  Would virtualization help these companies?  Sure, I think so but would it really be worth the cost to setup and maintain? Continue reading The Cloud and the SMB: Diversified?

DOJ blocks EMC/VMware from acquiring Virtualization Patents from Novell

EMC, the majority owner of VMware, has agreed with the Department of Justice not to acquire 33 Virtualization Patents from Novell as part of a side-transaction in the acquisition of Novell by Attachmate.  The Statement from the Department of Justice sheds significant light on the deal that had been struck between Novell and a newly-created company formed by Microsoft, EMC, Apple, Oracle to acquire a portfolio of patents for $450M, and the anti-trust threat that the Department of Justice saw to the Open Source community.  And whilst  the spotlight has been on Microsoft’s role, it seems that the role of EMC in seeking to acquire Virtualization patents was at least as concerning to the Department of Justice.

Under the terms of the original deal, at the same time as Attachmate acquired Novell, a newly-formed company called CPTN Holdings would acquire a portfolio of 882 patents from Novell, and then Microsoft, EMC, Apple and Oracle would each acquire some of these patents from CPTN Holdings. Continue reading DOJ blocks EMC/VMware from acquiring Virtualization Patents from Novell