There was recently a rather heated twitter discussion between @Guisebule, @VirtualTal, and @Texiwill (myself) about using virtual desktops as a part of cyber defense. While this could be true, there is a need to ensure you know where your virtual desktop(s) start and end, not only within the network, but your applications in use. In addition, it is very important to fully understand the scope of a virtual desktop architecture as well as use. There are some use cases that work very well for use of virtual desktops as a part of cyber defense or for that matter just make sense for virtual desktops. There two ways to make virtual desktops part of your cyber defense but they both require more than network security.
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.
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
Today Citrix announced the release of XenDesktop 4, their next generation Virtual Desktop solution with the promise of being able to deliver the best desktop experience to any user in an organization. Along with 70 enhancements and new features, Citrix is positioning XenDesktop 4 as the most flexible virtual desktop solution, with the most open architecture, supporting all types of client devices and hypervisors including Citrix XenServer™, Microsoft Hyper-V™, VMware ESX™, and vSphere™. Continue reading News: XenDesktop 4 – Fulfilling the promise of an Enterprise Desktop
Virtual desktop infrastructure solutions present organizations with an alternative for deploying traditional PC desktops. Think that a virtual desktop is going to be the panacea to alleviate your current desktop woes? There is much that needs to be considered before rolling out your first solution. In this analysis I take a look at the necessary steps an organization must take to determine the best desktop solution for their environment. Continue reading Enterprise Desktop Strategy – White Paper