Now I have to admit I have always had a bit of a soft spot for RemoteScan, it is one of those venerable SBC add-ons that always made a Citrix deployment easier especially in the Legal market space. That said, I was under the impression that they had disappeared as their marketing machine had been very quiet these past 18 months.
So what does RemoteScan do? RemoteScan provides the ability to scan documents into a remote session. There is something elegant about taking one simple task and producing a functional program and RemoteScan did that very well.
Arriving fashionably late to the party in March VMware have launched the View Client for the iPad.
The announcement was doubtless welcomed by iPad owning View users and brings VMware in line with the competition. Citirix and Quest both have an iPad client for their respective solutions; with a number of vendors, including iTap, Jaadu, Wyse providing RDP clients via Apple’s Appstore.
While some vendors have a charge for their iPad client – VMware has followed in the practice of Citrix and Quest and made their client free for download.
Yet, there is no such thing as a free lunch. While there may be no charge for the client app, is there a cost implication to the business? And of course, I’ve written “iPad” but as the iPhone loses to ground to the wealth of Android devices, it would be fair to say that the question of “what-is-the-cost-of-connecting-to-your-services-with-a-new-generation-mobile-thing” covers a range of devices that are being brought into the work place: not only the cool tablet de jour courtesy of Mr Ive, but the ever more popular Android smartphones and tablet devices such as the Motorola Xoom or the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
There may be an executive clamor to introduce these devices, the cost of installing the relevant client may appear to be nothing and the services of IT may not be needed to perform the installation – but, what licenses need to be available to allow access using these new kids on the block?
How free is a free VDI client on a tablet or a smartphone?
70 million individual dollars can buy you a lot of things. A 64 metre long super yacht. The services of an NFL linesman for two years. For $70 million you could entice an English Premier League striker to play for you, but not necessarily score goals. $70 million is 113,000 Apple iPads. If you spent $100 a day, it’d take you nearly 1,950 years to get fritter it away. Yet despite all these glittering prizes and goals, Goldman Sachs chose to invest their $70million in a chunk of AppSense.
Of all the things they could have invested in, why did choose AppSense? If the future is going to be full of cloud services, virtualised desktops, and mobile devices, why spend a not inconsiderable sum on something that sounds the stuff of science fiction?
What is User Virtualization and is it worth a $70 million dollar investment? Why would you need user virtualization? And indeed what makes AppSense stand out?
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.
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.
A good Virtual Desktop Design architect needs to ask, “what is the best solution for this environment?” To answer that question, an effective design considers – “does the solution meet the users’ needs?
If your virtual desktop design starts with sizing hardware to support the amount of current physical desktops, starts with considering what applications can be virtualised, it has likely started in the wrong place.