Citrix’s much-anticipated XenDesktop Essentials product is now almost ready for release. A few days ago, it released pricing and purchasing options, which are intended to allow those interested in the platform to start planning for adoption. XenDesktop Essentials allows you to deliver Windows 10 desktops from the Azure cloud to a multitude of devices—Linux, Mac, Android, and Windows—and harness the power of the Citrix Receiver software. But of course, the infrastructure is all managed together by Microsoft (for the Azure side) and Citrix itself. All you have to do is provide the image, either a standard one from the Azure Marketplace or one you have created yourself.
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With cloud monopolizing many IT discussions, a great many organizations are somewhere between dipping their toes in and having one foot fully in the cloud. Many get started with Office 365. As with any new technology, embracing it involves learning, planning, and yes, making a few mistakes, before making the plunge.
RightScale just published its annual report on the state of the cloud, and some of the key findings are very interesting. Topics range from cloud vendor market share to cloud adoption concerns, DevOps tools adoption, public vs. private cloud adoption, and much more. Below, I highlight the major findings I thought most interesting and follow each with my perspective on it.
Is 2017 the year when cloud migrations will really take off? By “cloud migration,” I mean the migration of applications or workloads to an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) platform. Corporations have been laying the groundwork by training, hiring, and building cloud services teams that encompass a cloud migration group, commonly referred to as a “migration factory.” All the pieces have been put into place, and what is left is the execution of the migration. Some companies’ overall cloud strategy is a strategy not just to get to the cloud, but also to get control of workloads deployed to the public cloud along the way.
After the end of a year, we often pause and reflect to celebrate our successes and to try and gain closure for our failures and tragedies. For many, 2016 has been a horrible year. I am not going to talk about politics, as that is far too contentious, but the world seems a little darker today than it did in January of 2016. We lost music icons like David Bowie, Prince, Rick Parfitt from Status Quo, and George Michael. Comedians Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne, and Gene Wilder passed away. For the fantasy and science fiction geeks, we lost Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and Galaxy Quest), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) on Christmas day, and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) in June. The sporting world lost Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Johann Cruyff (the founder of Sexy Football—the proper sort with a round ball that is kicked by a foot). We also lost John Glenn, former US senator and astronaut. In the technology world, we lost Intel founding father Andy Grove, email inventor Ray Tomlinson, and AOL co-founder Jim Kimsey.
The implacable march of Amazon Web Services toward ultimate public cloud domination has been relentless, from its inception in 2006 with a single service (S3 Storage) to the behemoth it has become today. It seems this minnow has become the biggest fish in the pond. But is it unstoppable? Has it won the public cloud wars?