The question is, a tablet, a laptop, or a netbook for travel – and then from which vendor? I am also going to break two of my personal rules in this article. The first is that I am going to post in the first person. The second is that I am going to assume that my personal experience with something is relevant to all of you. With those caveats out of the way, here we go. What follows is my journey in trying to find the device that I travel with and “bring” into any company that I work with. First of all here are the assumptions and caveats: Continue reading Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) is Great, But which one should you Bring?
On Feb 24, the US Space shuttle Discovery took off from Kennedy Space Centre for its final mission. At its launch, Discovery will have completed 38 voyages and traveled 230 million kilometers. In 1970 approximately 200,000 miles from Earth in a damaged spacecraft, new protocols were designed and new equipment re-created from spare parts in order to bring astronauts safely back to earth. In 1961 the first man entered space and come 1969, man was walking on the moon. Continue reading Licensing VDI for Microsoft Desktops – is it rocket science?
One announcement that is unlikely to be made at VMworld in 2010 is the release of VMware’s Client Hypervisor. While VMware may have got accustomed to dominating the world of server virtualization, its attempts to become the de-facto virtualization vendor on the desktop haven’t gone quite as well. Despite it being nearly two years since announcing its “vClient initiative“, VMware has yet to announce a delivery date for the proposed client side hypervisor component. Citrix, on the other hand, is proudly touting XenClient. Other vendors, such as VirtualComputer are actively promoting their products.
Its likely Citrix will have beaten VMware to delivering a Client Hypervisor. While XenClient is currently a Release Candidate version, Citrix announced that the v1.0 will be released with XenDesktop 4 Feature Pack 2 in September 2010.
Is the lack of Client Hypervisor (CHv) a problem for VMware in delivering a complete desktop solution to customers? Indeed, is the CHv technology viable for business use now? And when (and if) it is a viable technology, where should a CHv be considered in your desktop strategy? What could a Client Hypervisor be used for?
Citrix have finally made their much touted bare metal hypervisor for desktop devices – XenClient – available for download. This release closely follows that of Virtual Computer, the market leader in distributed desktop virtualization announcing the availability of NxTop Connect. And indeed, only recently Neocleus, makers of NeoSphere signed a technology licensing agreement with BigFix a leading solutions provider.
Both Virtual Computer and Neocleus are small organizations in comparison to Citrix: why would Citrix extend their wide virtualization portfolio to include a bare metal hypervisor for desktop devices? What features would be necessary to make this such a service viable? Where is Citrix’s normal sparring partner VMware? Could such a solution help organizations deliver their IT services more effectively?
Can your businesses increase productivity and save money by implementing a Bring your own Computer (BYOC) program? Are there benefits in giving staff a free choice of PC technology (be that a Windows, Mac, Linux, or other devices – perhaps even an iPad) if you give them a cash allowance to purchase and use their own PC for company and personal use? Are there pitfalls?