Desktop Virtualization

Desktop Virtualization covers VDI (centrally hosted desktops), Desktops as a Service (DaaS), desktop virtualization via client side hypervisors, and shared server technologies. Major areas of focus include when and where centralized desktop offerings are appropriate and not appropriate, (Read More)

how management of remote desktops combined with management of mobile devices leads to a better managed and more productive end user computing environment, how to deliver the performance that end users require, and the impacts of using remote desktop technologies upon organizational security. Covered products and vendors include the VMware Horizon Suite, Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, VMware ThinApp, Citrix XenServer, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenClient, and Microsoft Remote Data Services.

Citrix Solved the vGPU Problem, So…Where Is the Parade?

DesktopVirtualizationIn March 2013, Citrix announced they had GPU sharing working and available for XenApp (multi-user/RDS). In December 2013, they announced it was available for XenDesktop (multi-OS/VDI). This has been a major barrier to adoption for many companies that need the ability to deliver a high-end multimedia experience to their end users in order to gain acceptance for adoption. Continue reading Citrix Solved the vGPU Problem, So…Where Is the Parade?

The People behind Virtualization Technologies

DesktopVirtualizationAs technologists, we tend to focus on a product’s technology itself. How does the software, hardware, appliance, widget, or whatever work? While this is certainly an important consideration, the people who design, build, sell, and support the product may have the greatest impact on the product’s usability. Continue reading The People behind Virtualization Technologies

Bromium Is a King Hit to the Anti-Virus Establishment

VirtualizationSecurityI had the pleasure of speaking with Simon Crosby recently. For those of you who do not recognize the name or are not familiar with XenServer, let me enlighten you. Simon was a co-founder of XenSource (now XenServer), which is a hypervisor that Citrix acquired in order to compete in the VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) space. He left to become one of the co-founders and the CTO of Bromium, and now I understand why! After you listen to our podcast conversation, so will you. Continue reading Bromium Is a King Hit to the Anti-Virus Establishment

Where Will VDI Be in Five Years’ Time?

VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) has long been predicted to be a growth area. This year, the technology has started to edge towards adoption in newer segments, segments in which it has not had significant traction in the past. But will this continue to be the case? Is VDI the computing environment of the future, or just a stepping-stone to another environment altogether?

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Amazon WorkSpaces Furthers Desktop-as-a-Service Validity

DesktopVirtualizationLast week at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference, AWS announced two new service offerings that focus on end user computing: AppStream, an application streaming solution that provides a platform for delivering applications to online and offline devices, and WorkSpaces, a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) product. The WorkSpaces announcement took the financial markets by surprise, leaving them wondering about the future of Citrix’s and VMware’s positions in the DaaS marketplace. Citrix, which is already an established delivery partner with Amazon, has been white-labeling XenDesktop services with service providers for some time now, and VMware’s momentum is only growing with the purchase of Desktone last month. The best takeaway from this announcement is that we are seeing the demand and availability of DaaS solutions on the rise. Continue reading Amazon WorkSpaces Furthers Desktop-as-a-Service Validity

Transforming Desktops: PC Lifecycle Management

DesktopVirtualizationTransforming Desktops (Desktop Transformation) is more than an operating system upgrade; it requires a new operational process to evolve into a complete desktop service offering. Personal Computer Lifecycle Management (PCLM) is a set of processes that manage end user devices from procurement to sunset. A well-developed methodology will cover all aspects of architecture, procurement, management, and decommissioning of end user devices. PCLM is often associated with a vendor’s solution that targets managing the overall process, but you can develop your own methodology and leverage many of your existing tools. Below, I provide a basic framework on which you can base your PCLM. Continue reading Transforming Desktops: PC Lifecycle Management