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Cisco Cius- The enterprise tablet

Cisco took the covers of its long awaited Cius tablet earlier this week, a full year after it was first announced. Cisco has finally released price and shipping date for it’s highest profile product since the launch of its ground braking UCS compute platform in March 2009.

At this point, comparisons with both the Apple iPad and business focused tablets from RIM and HP are inevitable, and straight away the differences are obvious.  Both Cisco and RIM share a common perspective that the ideal size for a business focused tablet is seven inches. HP tried, and most would say failed, the seven inch form factor with its Slate 500 tablet, before launching the 10 inch HP TouchPad. RIM’s seven inch Playbook launch was far from spectacular, and Apple’s Steve Jobs has been very vocal in his perspective that 10 inches is the right size and that he would never consider anything smaller. Given all that, Cisco must have some very good reasons for sticking with the seven-inch form factor, and it would appear that they have. Continue reading Cisco Cius- The enterprise tablet

vSphere Client for the iPad

The VMware Community Roundtable, which is recorded every Wednesday, has been available for download from iTunes for the last couple of years or about as long has the podcast has been presented on TalkShoe.com.  Other than the community podcast and The Virtualization Security Podcast there have not really been too many other things available on iTunes for VMware technologies or products. You could find a VCP study guide, VCP Exam Cram from Pearson Education and some other third party tools to control VMware vCenter from your iPhone and/or iPad.  Within the last couple of years there have been hundreds if not thousands of iPads that have been given away at the different technology conferences and the sneak peak from VMware at these conferences, on the iPad application that they are working on, it was just a matter of time and that time has come with VMware releasing the VMware View for iPad and the VMware vSphere Client for the iPad. Continue reading vSphere Client for the iPad

What to look for in a mobile OS if you are serious about desktop virtualization

The phenomenal growth of the tablet market has left many industry analysts scrambling to reassess sales forecasts for both tablets and PCs.  Last week Gartner was forced to acknowledge that its previous forecasts were way off the mark when it issued a revised 2011 sales forecast that reduced its November 2011 PC sales growth estimate by a staggering 25%. Gartner research director, Ranjit Atwal, said his company had not fully appreciated the impact that tablet devices were having on the market, and the new figures “reflect marked reductions in expected near-term unit growth based on expectations of weaker consumer demand, due in no small part to growing user interest in media tablets such as the iPad.” Given that this is the same Gartner that in September 2010 instructed CIOs everywhere to go out and buy iPads, it shows just how badly it underestimated the tablet’s impact on the PC market. As tablet sales (and for the moment we can read that as being almost exclusively iPad sales) continue to cut in to sales of PCs and laptops, PC manufacturers are under pressure to offer their own alternatives and IT organizations are under similar pressure to provide ways to integrate tablets into their core service offerings. Continue reading What to look for in a mobile OS if you are serious about desktop virtualization

Mobile Virtual Desktops, Motorola Announce a Nirvana Phone

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?” Continue reading Mobile Virtual Desktops, Motorola Announce a Nirvana Phone

The Future of I.T. – There is an app for that

One thing I noticed while attending this year’s VMworld in San Francisco was how many people attending the event had iPads.  Actually, it was the hottest item being given away by almost all the vendors in attendance at the show.  I was lucky enough to get one of the iPads  that EMC was giving away.  I recently heard that the iPad is the hottest selling tech item in history so far.  During VMworld I got a chance to see the VMware iPad application to control your virtual environment and was really impressed. I really think the iPad might have a chance to become the tool of choice for the IT admins to monitor and administrate their environment.  I am hoping that by VMworld 2011 we will be seeing a lot more client applications written and ported to the iPad and/or other mobile devices. Continue reading The Future of I.T. – There is an app for that