Finally Framehawk

ApplicationVirtualizationIf your users require a great experience and not just a good one, then the long-awaited Framehawk release from Citrix is going to be a hit among them. While the first release of Framehawk technologies occurred at the end of June as part of the XenApp/XenDesktop Feature Pack 2 release and only supported Windows devices via Citrix Receiver 4.3, the iOS version was released this week.

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IT Transformation: Show Back

CloudComputingThe last part of our IT transformation series is on show-back. The final—some say the first—component of using any cloud for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is cost. We plan to use a cloud to save on costs, but we have to be able to prove we will save money. Unfortunately, with all the approaches to IT transformation—top-down, migration, no changes to management—the truth is that excessive cloud use could turn into massive costs. Those costs, if not handled properly, will end up hamstringing any IT transformation after it happens. The answer is show-back. Continue reading IT Transformation: Show Back

Windows 10 Is Born — Will It Change the World?

DesktopVirtualizationOn the 29th of July, Microsoft released to the world the latest iteration of its highly popular desktop operating system. Well, I say “popular” because in over 80% of all desktops and notebooks it is the desktop operating system of choice. However, “choice” may be too strong a word, as the OS comes with the hardware, so perhaps “Hobson’s Choice” would be a better phrase.

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Security: Continuous Delivery Requires New Approaches

agilecloudAs companies embrace the DevOps movement, they rely heavily on automation to improve the time to market for new features and services. DevOps is a long, never-ending journey with a goal of continuously improving the software delivery process, resulting in better products and services and, ultimately, happier customers. At the beginning of their DevOps journies, many companies focus on continuous integration (CI), in which they automate the build process. Automated testing is implemented so that builds will fail if any changes fail the baseline tests. The idea here is to never move bugs forward, catching them early in the process.

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Citrix: Out with MarkT, In with Elliott Management

citrix100x30Citrix announced late yesterday that Mark Templeton will be retiring and that its board of directors is searching for a new CEO. Is this deja vu or real? While this isn’t the first time that Mark Templeton has announced his retirement, it appears that this time he is indeed imminently retiring.

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Scale-Out Is a Benefit to HyperConverged

DataCenterVirtualizationI recently upgraded my nodes from 96 GB of memory to 256 GB of memory, and someone on Twitter stated the following:

@Texiwill thought the trend today is scale out not scale up? #cloud

The implication was that you never upgrade your hardware: you buy new or you enter the cloud. Granted, both options are beneficial. However, buying new and adding to your environment may not be necessary, and you most likely have already entered the cloud with the use of SaaS applications and perhaps some IaaS. The question still remains: upgrade, enhance existing hardware, or buy net new somewhere? When should you do any of these? Or should you at all? Continue reading Scale-Out Is a Benefit to HyperConverged