Mobile Virtual Desktops, Motorola Announce a Nirvana Phone

Early last week Darron Antill, COO at AppSense, predicted that 2011 will be a huge year for mobility, citing that by 2013 mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common web access device worldwide. Before that week was out, Motorola announced the introduction of its hyperphone; the Motorola ATRIX 4G. As you look up from your iPads, Playbooks and Slates “oh my” you may well ask, “is this important?” Continue reading Mobile Virtual Desktops, Motorola Announce a Nirvana Phone

A New Year VMUG Challenge

It is the start of 2011 and I hope everyone has not broken their New Year’s Resolutions already. To start the year off, I would like to encourage and or challenge you to become a part of your local VMware User Group or VMUG as we like to call it.  Last year I did a post on My Experience with VMUGs and I am a full supporter of this program and the good it can bring.  Although I have a bias for the VMUGS over other types of user groups, the concept of people helping people rates high in my book and I would like to challenge you all to get involved. Continue reading A New Year VMUG Challenge

Threat Analysis: Layers upon layers

When we think of the threat to a virtual environment or the cloud, what do we think about? First it is important to understand how the cloud is layered on top of the virtual environment. Given a cloud stack, where are the entry points for SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and Cloud management? At the recent Minneapolis VMUG, I attempted to relay that information to the attendees. Once we understood the layers we could then concentrate on the threat vectors to the cloud and virtual environment. Continue reading Threat Analysis: Layers upon layers

Virtualization Disaster Avoidance & Backup: Year in Review

The Virtualization Disaster Avoidance & Backup space has changed fairly significantly within the last year. These changes are cumulative but have a great impact on the virtualization ecosystem. I include Disaster Avoidance in this review as there have been some great strides made in this arena that could impact the entire environment. Disaster Avoidance technologies were demonstrated at EMC World 2010 as well as at other conferences throughout the year. The impact was quite huge, but there are technological hurdles involved with its deployment within any organization. Continue reading Virtualization Disaster Avoidance & Backup: Year in Review

Net Neutrality and the Cloud

As we stated in our previous post about WikiLeaks, we do not do politics here at The Virtualization Practice. But we do analyze the technical and economic impacts of issues which may appear in the political realm. With this as our charter, we take a look at the current state of the Net Neutrality debate and decisions and their potential impact upon the evolution of Cloud Computing. Continue reading Net Neutrality and the Cloud

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

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