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.

Do Users Have a Negative Perception of Desktop Virtualization?

DesktopVirtualizationOne of the most common complaints that arises from users in the aftermath of a desktop virtualization deployment (whether it is done via pure virtual desktop interface [VDI] or some form of server based computing [SBC] solution) is that performance doesn’t measure up to their expectations. A negative image of the new platform develops and often spreads throughout an organization. Why is this? Are we failing to manage our users’ expectations properly, or is the perceived poor performance symptomatic of inadequate planning and bad implementation?

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Coopetition: Citrix +/- VMware Products and People

DesktopVirtualizationIconIn the virtualization marketplace, when a vendor expands its core business and attempts to grab a piece of the new market from an existing incumbent, the vendors view each other as competitors. In 2007, when Citrix purchased XenSource, VMware vSphere clearly became the enemy, and Citrix envisioned that XenServer + XenApp/XenDesktop would take over the virtual world. That didn’t quite happen. Continue reading Coopetition: Citrix +/- VMware Products and People

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