Transforming Desktop Computing

While at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco this year, I got to meet up and talk with Robert from Atlantis Computing.  Our conversation was about VDI and he was quite proud of the capabilities that Atlantis ILIO brings to the table in the VDI space.  The conversation went well and got me interested in investigating a little further on the technology.  Atlantis ILIO or “VDI Booster” as they like to call it, is a solution to address the complexity and high costs of VDI Deployment and management. ILIO has been architected to support most of the main VDI players like VMware View, Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft Hosted Virtual Desktop (HVD),and Quest Software vWorkplace, etc.

That sounds great but what does this VDI booster do and how does it work?  Continue reading Transforming Desktop Computing

RES Virtual Desktop Extender – the missing piece in the VDI puzzle?

A common barrier to desktop virtualization projects is that the new virtualized desktop is not always able to support all of the business applications. There can be a variety of reasons for this:

  • Scalability issues – the applications could be too resource intensive to run on centralised servers.
  • User Experience –  the need to access the application via a remote protocol reduces the user experience.
  • Resource Requirements – the application requires direct interaction with hardware attached to the user’s device.
  • Legacy Support – the virtualised desktop needs to support a legacy application that cannot be virtualized – perhaps the software is incompatible with the virtualised desktop OS – for example the hosted desktop is Windows 7, but the application requires Internet Explorer 6. Continue reading RES Virtual Desktop Extender – the missing piece in the VDI puzzle?

Client Hypervisor Security

The Virtualization Security Podcast on 10/7 was the second in a series of Virtual Desktop Security discussions we are having. The special guest panelist was Simon Graham of Virtual Computer, the makers of NxTop a client side hypervisor based on Xen. On this podcast, we went into the details of NxTop.

The engineers at Virtual Computer have thought about nearly everything when it comes to a Client Hypervisor. NxTop operates as a standalone or as a centrally managed client hypervisor. The difference is fairly stark. I feel that most people in the Enterprise would want to use the managed client hypervisor they have a one off situation. NxTop provides the following security features:

VMware rethinks it plans for a mobile hypervisor

In a surprising about-face VMware has stepped back from its previously announced plans to release a type I hypervisor in support of its bid to address the mobile hypervisor market.  Instead at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco during Session DV7701 “Embracing Employee-Owned Mobile Phones – The Why and How”, Stephen Deasy (Director, R&D, VMware) and Srinivas Krishnamurti (Senior Director, Mobile Solutions, VMware) shared their new plans for a type II mobile hypervisor platform.

Virtualization Performance Management – What If We Started Over?

Javier Soltero (the Founder of Hyperic) and now the CTO of the SaaS and Application Services Group at VMware just put up a very interesting post called The GreenField Enterprise, which is about “How would we do it if we could start over”.  While there are probably no enterprises that can actually start over from scratch this is an important analytical exercise to go through since it can identify the right way to go about things without having those decisions being encumbered by the legacy of what we have done before.

Javier’s post covers Infrastructure, Applications, Services, Security and Management. For the balance of this post we will focus upon the relationship between Infrastructure and Management of that Infrastructure. So first of all, what would our next generation infrastructure look like if we had a clean sheet of paper? We would like to propose that it would adhere to the following principles: Continue reading Virtualization Performance Management – What If We Started Over?

The Future of I.T. – There is an app for that

One thing I noticed while attending this year’s VMworld in San Francisco was how many people attending the event had iPads.  Actually, it was the hottest item being given away by almost all the vendors in attendance at the show.  I was lucky enough to get one of the iPads  that EMC was giving away.  I recently heard that the iPad is the hottest selling tech item in history so far.  During VMworld I got a chance to see the VMware iPad application to control your virtual environment and was really impressed. I really think the iPad might have a chance to become the tool of choice for the IT admins to monitor and administrate their environment.  I am hoping that by VMworld 2011 we will be seeing a lot more client applications written and ported to the iPad and/or other mobile devices. Continue reading The Future of I.T. – There is an app for that