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Cisco VXI gets closer to Citrix and VMware, playing the field or looking for a long-term partner?

DesktopVirtualizationCisco surprised a few people last Monday morning with two press releases announcing that it was to start reselling both Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View.

Unsurprisingly, the two press releases have more than a little bit in common:

“Cisco today announced that the company will resell <Vendor> <Product> as part of an integrated desktop virtualization solution that is based on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) … [The] Solution is one of the core module of Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) that delivers a complete virtual workspace by unifying virtual desktops, voice and video to enable an exceptionally flexible, secure work environment and uncompromised user experience.” Continue reading Cisco VXI gets closer to Citrix and VMware, playing the field or looking for a long-term partner?

Virtualization Certification: What Options are Available?

I mentioned in another post that there is a big push for the current VMware VCP4’s to prepare to take the VCP5 exam by the end of February when the grace period for not having to take a class is over.  I did leave out one other great resource that is worth mentioning. Cody Bunch hosts the BrownBags on Wednesday nights.  The sessions have been focusing on the VCP5 exam blueprint and this week’s guest was Jason Boche (VCDX #34) and he did a great job, as always,  presenting the information on virtual machines and giving the rest of us extreme home lab envy. After the VCP roadmap is the finished the BrownBags will continue with the VCAP blueprint with the idea of working for the VCDX.  If you are interested in another way to study and learn from some well established people in the industry sign up and check things out. Continue reading Virtualization Certification: What Options are Available?

VMware’s Rapid Desktop Program: Pivot3 vSTAC VDI appliance delivers early

The agility and scalability of virtual desktops enable use cases that are not possible with a  physical desktop environment. However, introducing a virtual desktop infrastructure is complex. Time-scales can be long, resource requirements high.

In an effort to relieve the discomfort for customers and partners VMware have introduced a Rapid Desktop Program. This program looks to validate View Proof of Concept appliances to ensure that they meet criteria for performance and reliability. By removing the complexity of the “I”, an organisation can focus better on the assessment of virtual desktops and in turn deliver faster .

Pivotv3  are the first to  release an appliance that has been validated by the Rapid Desktop Program. How does Pivot3’svSTAC VDI allow you to overcome common issues with VDI projects? Is this likely to improve take-up of VDI? And, this is an  appliance, such devices are normally associated with big enterprise solutions – is this only a big enterprise solution?

Taking a Look at VMware Feature Limitations

Since the introduction of virtualization there has been sheer joy and excitement when having to work with application owners on the amount of resources they will need and not what they really think they want.   I have seen all kinds of minimum, maximum, and special recommendation for all kinds of application over the years. In most cases, applications have evolved to be able to thrive in a virtual environment without too many limitations.  Now it seems we have to verify which VMware features are fully supported with certain virtualized application also. Continue reading Taking a Look at VMware Feature Limitations