Numerous tools in the marketplace can monitor user activity within virtualized applications. Although tracking user activity may seem beneficial, especially within highly regulated industries, there are some pros and cons that should be considered.
The past two years have seen an arms race at the high end of the virtualization arena. The biggest players in the space have competed furiously to add features and capabilities to their combined platform offerings, either by swallowing up smaller companies or investing heavily in product development. MDM, DaaS, hybrid cloud, profile management, application virtualization, application publishing, cloud orchestration—the largest competitors in the virtualization space have either provided, or are looking to provide, these and many more features.
For those who listened to the Citrix Synergy keynote on May 6, it was impossible not to hear the crackling in Mark Templeton’s voice at various times throughout the program. Mark normally is all smiles and excitement at Synergy with ample strength in his voice, but knowing that this will be his last Synergy event clearly had an impact.
Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop users have survived many iterations of Citrix client software. From the original ICA Client all the way to Citrix Receiver, this little piece of client software has made a major difference in the user experience over the years. Some versions of the Citrix client were more painful than others (remember trying to automate the upgrade from v3.4?), and some features that we found useful were deprecated (remember being able to right-click the Citrix icon in the taskbar and see all your apps?), but most would agree that the demise of the teal bubbles is most welcomed.
The new Citrix Workspace Services was the major announcement at the Citrix Synergy conference last week. Citrix Workspace Services, an all-encompassing Platform as a Service (PaaS) built on Microsoft Azure, will enable service providers and enterprises to offer Citrix virtualization and cloud services to their customers. It will be in tech preview later in 2014, and no release date has been announced.
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Mackey on the User Experience Podcast, Episode 8.
Tim has been with Citrix for ten years and has been working with XenServer exclusively since 2009. Our conversation revolves around what the XenServer density capabilities are. There has been an ongoing conflict between density stories about Citrix and VMware. The way Citrix defines it centers around how many VMs Citrix “supports” vs. how much VM density can actually be achieved. These are two very separate things in the Citrite dictionary. Tim goes into the actual numbers in our conversation, so if you are interested in hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth, I encourage you to listen to the podcast. Continue reading Open Sorcerer, XenServer Ambassador—Tim Mackey Speaks from the Citrix Mother Ship