Citrix Synergy 2015 wraps up in Orlando today, and the announcements and sentiment at Synergy make it clear that Citrix is repositioning itself as the market leader for application and desktop virtualization. No way, no how is Citrix going to accept status quo in the virtualization space.
Earlier this year, Citrix announced plans to discontinue its VDI-in-a-Box product. VDI-in-a-Box was targeted toward the small and medium business (SMB) market as a simple, all-in-one solution focused exclusively on virtual desktops. This discontinuation has left a gaping hole in the Citrix product stack. Numerous vendors sense blood in the waters and are attacking this market with full strength.
At a recent Windows User Group meeting, I was astounded to hear the speaker talk about the Internet of Things in conjunction with Windows 10. When I asked him if that meant my fridge would reboot every Patch Tuesday, he laughed it off. But I wasn’t joking. Far from it. Is Microsoft still going down the route of “one OS to rule them all”? More importantly, if it is, then is there any sense in adopting this approach?
What is the significance of July 14, 2015? It is the end of extended support date for Windows Server 2003. This date is approaching faster than many administrators care to acknowledge, and the reality is that Windows Server 2003 just won’t be a viable operating system for production environments after that date.
Citrix recently released XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6 Feature Pack 1, and one of the release’s key items is a new Platinum-only feature, Session Recording. Session Recording is akin to the old SmartAuditor, which records mouse and keyboard activities within user sessions.