Terminal Services for Mac – OS X gets virtual

Citrix released their latest Presentation Virtualization solution, XenApp 6, allowing Citrix customers to be able to deploy to deploy to Windows 2008 R2. Competitive Presentation Virtualization vendors have not been idle: Ericom have released 5.7 of their WebConnect RemoteView, Quest have updated vWorkspace to v7.1 and 2x have updated ApplicationServer to 8.1, others are busy at work.

Each of these new releases introduce updated features to their respective environments. Citrix’s better facilitates on demand delivery of servers and power and capacity management.  Ericom introduced improved management and integration with RDS and Reverse Seamless  functionality. Quest enhance their protocol optimization functions, 2x have introduced additional security features to secure remote connections. With the release of service pack 1 for Windows 2008R2 it is likely it will all change again as each vendor looks to incorporate the new features of Microsoft’s RemoteFX into their offering. With Microsoft introducing features to deliver an improved user experience on the LAN it is likely that the greater innovation will come from improving the user experience for remote access and allowing for improved management and server automation. Yet, all of these solutions rely on  a core Microsoft Remote Desktop service solution – you will be deploying applications hosted on Microsoft desktops. But, Microsoft’s is not the only operating system available.

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Quest + Vizioncore + Surgient = A Virtualization Management Gorilla?

The acquisition of Surgient plus the imminent folding of Vizioncore into Quest itself (as opposed to Vizioncore being an “independent subsidiary”) puts Quest fully into the Virtualization Management fray. So we will shortly see the Surgient Private Cloud Management assets combined with the full Foglight Performance Management assets and the rest of the Vizioncore product suite into what will probably be the single most formidable third party virtualization management offering. Continue reading Quest + Vizioncore + Surgient = A Virtualization Management Gorilla?

Working with VMware Update Manager Server

Have you ever considered the best way to plan, design and work with VMware Update Manager (VUM)? In the early days, using VMware 3.x when VUM was first released,  I would end up installing VUM on the vCenter server itself.  After all, that was the recommendation from VMware at the time.  I propose that this is no longer the case and I would like to present a list of best practices to follow when working with VMware Update Manager. This list came from VMware, but should only be considered as a guide.  Each environment is different and your mileage may / will vary. Continue reading Working with VMware Update Manager Server

Virtualization Security Round-up (Updated)

In the End-to-End Virtualization Security Whitepaper we review various aspects of server security with an eye to determining how the products would work together to create a secure virtual environment.  While some of these tools are cross-platform, the vast majority of them are geared specifically to VMware vSphere.

In this post we will look at Server Security, and we will follow-up with another post about Desktop Security? Are these very different? I believe so, desktops have daily, second by second user interactions. For desktops, one of the most important aspects is look and feel such as response time for actions. So things need to be as fast as possible. With Servers however, user interactions are limited and therefore have slightly different performance and security requirements. What may be acceptable for a server may not be acceptable for a desktop. So what do the tools provide for servers? Continue reading Virtualization Security Round-up (Updated)

More on OpenStack – Cloud.com, GPL, Citrix, Oracle and the DMTF standards.

If there was an annual prize in the PR industry for the best press release about a “Turkey really looking forward to Thanksgiving”, then it should be won by the PR from Cloud.com as it announced its participation in OpenStack.  Cloud.com’s only asset is an GPL-licensed Open Source IaaS Cloud platform which it sells under “Open Core” licensing (more on this below).  If OpenStack succeeds, this asset is worthless.

However, if you look a little closer, it is clear that the canny investors at Cloud.com have a plan – just before the company becomes completely worthless, sell it for ridiculous amounts of money to Citrix. Surely that won’t work? Continue reading More on OpenStack – Cloud.com, GPL, Citrix, Oracle and the DMTF standards.

Who’s Who in Virtualization Management

In The ROI for Server Virtualization with Business Critical Applications, discussed how the ROI from virtualization of business critical applications will likely not be driven by server and core consolidation, but most likely rather from the benefits of more agile and cost effective management processes enabled by virtualization.

In Virtualizing Business Critical Applications – A Reference Architecture, we identified the main categories of virtualization management solutions that should be deployed in addition to a virtualization platform like VMware vSphere, specifically Security Management, Configuration Management, Service and Capacity Management, Provisioning and Lifecycle Management, and Backup and Recovery.

This post is about the vendors that provide the solutions the fulfill the requirements articulated in the Reference Architecture post. Since this post focuses upon the management solutions required for virtualizing the servers that host these applications, the vendors involved primarily in desktop virtualization and management are not included in this comparison. Continue reading Who’s Who in Virtualization Management