Desktop virtualization, a year in review

The desktop virtualization year opened with a bang at CES with the explosion of vendor announcements introducing the next generation of mobile tablets.  The obvious winner this year being Apple and the iPad but with many more vendors showing off Windows-based tablets including  HP, Archos and Pegatron, as well as Android tablets from manufacturers such as Archos (again), Compal, Dell, HP (again), and Motorola.  The key challenge of course being the delivery of existing enterprise applications onto these platforms, something that’s desktop virtualization and presentation virtualization is ideally suited for.  The inescapable consequence of this was a steady stream of announcements from Citrix, VMware, and Wyse as they leapfrogged each other’s announcements on availability, functionality, and usability of their respective mobile tablet client offerings.  The level of competitiveness here producing major benefits for potential adopters as each strove to outdo the other in terms of user experience innovation and performance. Continue reading Desktop virtualization, a year in review

Presentation Virtualization, a year in review

PresentationVirtualizationWay back in January, when 2010 still had that showroom fresh smell we released Presentation Virtualization Solutions whitepaper; the year wasn’t half way through before that was updated and its being defrosted as we speak to enable updates going into 2011. Its been an eventful year for Presentation Virtualization. Continue reading Presentation Virtualization, a year in review

Virtualization Review 2010

It is the last few days of the year and time for a review of virtualization 2010.  Although VMware was founded in 1998 it was not until 2001 that I first heard of VMware and played with the Workstation product to be able to run different flavors of Linux.  So for me, 2010 closes out a great year in virtualization as a whole as well as a decade of virtualization…  and what a ride it has been!

Staying focused on 2010 we have had a few things that have been worthy to note.  This year we have moved past defining what a “cloud” is and really starting to discuss  how we are going to “secure the cloud.” The term “cloud computing” still leads the way as one of the biggest buzz word with most all people and companies now having heard of it are planning one way or another on deployment options into their own environments. One thing for sure is the need for fully qualified individuals to maintain and designs the clouds moving forward. Continue reading Virtualization Review 2010

Virtualization Security: Year in Review

My conference schedule kept pace with the changes in the virtualization security ecosystem throughout the year.  What are those changes?

IT as a Service Reference Architecture

For an IT department these are perilous times indeed. All around you public cloud vendors are offering IT services on an easy to procure, elastic and often inexpensive basis. Many of the developers in your organization may have already concluded that getting resources provisioned for development and test projects is easier at than it is through your internally offered processes. If you are aware that this is happening you can console yourself by saying, “it is only development – not production”, but you should wonder what should you do to make sure that those workloads come back when they do go into production. Continue reading IT as a Service Reference Architecture