How big of a future will the Internet of Things have in the cloud? At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, vendors of all shapes and sizes shared their products and roadmaps for the future. One such report came from BlackBerry, a company we don’t hear much about these days. BlackBerry announced the rollout of its cloud-based Internet of Things platform, in addition to indicating that its BBM messaging technology will support Android-based smartwatches.
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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?”
Application Virtualization’s benefit is that your business application is no longer dependent on the operating system. This is Good because you can now deploy applications quickly and easily and therefore cheaply and more productively. Application Virtualization is not a new technology – Citrix, for instance, have helped provide virtualized applications for a number of years. With Citrix’s products you could deliver win32 applications to DOS and Win16 environments. Later, Windows applications could be delivered to Linux environments. While other vendors have produced similar functionality, Citrix are a market leader in enabling businesses to deliver applications to a wide variety of devices which has expanded to include SmartPhones. Citrix customers can deliver applications to iPhones, to Android devices, to Blackberrys. Citrix’s device compatibility is an impressive list. Surely, a great benefit to business – roaming users can access their applications as they do back at the office, full functionality, no code changes.
Sounds great. Too good to be true. And the thing about too good to be true is that often, it isn’t. Why would delivering applications to SmartPhones be a bad thing?
Citrix have long had a strong reputation for allowing access to their virtualization offerings – they are unique in providing a range of clients that can be installed on a variety of devices enabling access to VDI services – be the Presentation, Application or Desktop Virtualization.
Citrix have released an updated version 2 of their Receiver for the iPhone, but if they are to keep ahead of the competition, is delivering VDI access to the all powerful iPhone the best device to grab a CIO’s attention with?