You know you’re not going to have a good day when your father, rather than offering you the chance to rule the galaxy by his side, announces your demise. In 1981 Mark Dean was part of the IBM team that delivered the Personal Computer (PC): yet Mr Dean has looked at his stricken progeny, clinging afraid and alone above an abyss and said – “do you know what, I’d prefer a tablet”.
In the past 30 years the PC has been a device that has been adopted by both the consumer and corporate markets. Back in the day, applications were supplied from a centralised cloud service, billed on usage: users accessed that service via a thin client. “Personalisation”, indeed “getting processing time” was complex. A young upstart company called Apple introduced the Apple II. It may have started as a consumer device, but the PC was rapidly adopted as a corporate IT tool to drive agility and productivity. In this galaxy, not so long ago, IT literate users railed against expensive and rigid mainframes and demanded… a PC. They got it. Arguably, corporate IT departments have spent thirty years trying to rest back some semblance of control and help the businesses accommodate the high costs of unmanaged and chaotic environments.
AppSense, a leading provider of user virtualization technology, and Centrix Software, provider of unified end-user computing solutions, have announced a strategic partnership to provide organizations with a comprehensive, user-centric transformation program. Do you need a user-centric transformation program? How could this alliance help your business manage IT beyond the ‘single-PC-for-every-user’ era? If they can help you, are they your only hope? Will it justify your CFO’s iPad?
In 1436 Johannes Gutenberg collaborated with a gem cutter and a paper mill owner to seek seed funding from venture capitalists to began work on the ‘Printing Press’. Their invention began the ‘Print Revolution’ driving a wider spread of knowledge and new understanding, innovation and industry. Printing is so fundamental that it is often overlooked as an IT service when migrating to virtualised desktops. In Part I, we considered issues with distributed printing and what printing functions you should consider for your desktop architecture.
VDI Printing. Is it the Nemesis it was with Presentation Virtualisation? If so would client hypervisors help, or is it that traditional desktops delivery is still the best method? In Part II we’ll consider the core printing options for the likes of Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS, Quest vWorkspace and VMware View; and how they match to our printing considerations. Do you still need third party products to make your print solution effective? We’ll take an overview of solutions from ThinPrint, triCerat and UniPrint to help find out.
Hopefully you can use this knowledge to avoid any user revolution to your hosted desktop implementation, and instead, press on to get the best printing solution for your organisation.
“All the News That’s Fit to Print” is the motto of the The New York Times . Despite a proliferation of devices that allow you to take content with you wherever you go, despite e-mail, despite services like LinkedIn, Podio and Twitter there is still a driving demand to generate hard copies of documents.
Printing is so common and fundamental that it is often overlooked as an IT service when migrating to virtualised desktops. How do your users connect to the printers they have? In fact, what printers do they use? What are the printer drivers and settings that are common or unique?
VMworld is clearly a Very Big Virtualization Conference – possibly the largest. Yet, does it cover all virtualization topics? If you’re from a Presentation Virtualization (PV) background (although maybe you know it as Terminal Services (TS); possibly even a Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS); heck lets go on an old school ‘server based computing’ perspective):
‘what could VMworld do for me?’
The answer is:
“Quite a lot.”
I know: you’re shocked: I was bemused too. From a PV perspective there are a number of vendors worth your while to to go and see. I’m not going: wish I was now.
VMware has purchased several key assets of RTO Software. These assets include:
- Kevin Goodman and the product team that built RTO TScale, RTO Virtual Profiles, RTO Discover, and RTO PinPoint
- The Virtual Profiles intellectual property, code and business
- The RTO Discover intellectual property, code and business
- The PinPoint intellectual property, code and business
There is more to providing virtual desktops than a configuring a hypervisor and installing a broker. VDI is the fresh face of Server Based Computing (SBC). But SBC as a solution for delivering centralised solutions is not new. Presentation Virtualisation solutions – such as Citrix XenApp and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services found that simply providing access to resources was only the beginning. To be an effective solution, administrators had to manage the user experience. Obviously this appears an anomaly, a business driver for SBC is to better allow for ‘simplified, centralised management’ – yet in reality SBC requires good management in order to give best a timely Return on Investment (ROI). For many, this was a new and complex experience.