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.
A significant problem when providing a Microsoft Windows desktop is how to give users control to let them get on with their job productively, while ensuring their time isn’t wasted and your business exposed to unnecessary risks and costs. Too little control and unlicensed software, possibly even malware and viruses, can be on your network. Too much control and IT limits, rather than supports. Something as simple as installing a custom printer driver is far more complicated than it should be.
At the recent technical conference Pubforum in Frankfurt, I was able to view a demo of two new up and coming features in Appsense‘s Application Manager – namely User Rights Management (URM) and User Installed Applications (UIA). Both are very impressive new additions to that product; features that can be used to help reduce management costs of your any desktops – not only for mobile users – but for any user who needs a greater level of personal control over a standardised environment, be that a traditional PC or a hosted desktop, to get their job done.
On his twitter account Harry Labana (@harrylabana), Citrix’s VP and CTO Desktop and Application Virtualization, posed the question “Are User Installed Applications A Compliance Nightmare Waiting To Happen“. User Installed Applications do indeed empower the user – but is there truly a business gain to allowing users greater freedom to control their workspace.
Virtualised desktops give organisations greater flexibility and agility in delivering a user workspace to users. Workspaces don’t need to be delivered on a company supplied device, user’s own laptops or even publicly available devices can be used. Citrix’s CEO Mark Templeton believes this greater agility will lead to IT being consumerised – users not only working where they want to work, but choosing and managing the tools that help them work effectively.