In the Red Hat and Microsoft alliance against VMware, there is one definite area of strain, namely VDI, or more generally the way to deliver applications through a combination of Presentation Virtualization (i.e. Terminal Services) and/or Hosted Desktops. See Andrew’s recent post for a discussion of the various options. In many ways VMware and Red Hat are natural partners in VDI, and Microsoft and Red Hat on servers.
Red Hat’s emerging VDI offering is based on its acquisition of Qumranet in 2008, more specifically a technology known as Spice which is designed to replace RDP and ICA as the protocol between the server and the client. Spice was made Open Source at the end of 2009. Continue reading Red Hat’s Spice and VMware View’s PCoiP – aligned against Microsoft
Ulteo has just released Version 2 of its Open Virtual Desktop (OVD), an Open Source desktop broker product which is designed to deliver GUI applications running on Linux, Terminal Services and Windows to java-enabled browsers. It’s a rare Open Source & Linux option in a market of proprietary desktop brokers designed to deliver only Terminal Services or Windows (VDI). If you have a commitment to Open Source, and specifically Linux desktop applications, or are looking for a desktop broker at a lower price point, you should consider Ulteo. Continue reading Ulteo – Open Source Desktop Broker
XenDesktop’s initial marketing placement caused confusion, especially amongst existing Citrix customers delivering MetaFrame/Presentation Server/XenApp services. There appeared to need to be a choice between XenDesktop OR XenApp; VDI OR a Presentation Virtualization based solution. In reality, a combination of the two was often the best solution for an organisation’s business model.
XenDesktop 4.0 is offered as a complete desktop virtualization solution that Citrix hopes will address the needs of all users across an enterprise. Yet, for enterprises considering VDI the most significant part of the XenDesktop 4.0 announcement is not the the inclusion of XenApp functionality – but the fundamental change from a per concurrent user license to a named user license.
The XenDesktop announcement is accompanied with a targeted effort to migrate XenApp customers to this new environment – and he important question is -is it going to be cheaper for organisations to move to this all encompassing solution?
Continue reading XenDesktop 4 Too Expensive?
You’ve considered consolidating servers. Your numbers look, or indeed are, very good. Virtual servers have already or will, reduce costs. Now, those vendors offering server virtualisation are offering hosted virtual desktops – as well. But is this not what Server Based Computing already gives you? Continue reading Is Presentation Virtualization Yesterday’s Technology?