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.

Transforming Desktops, Applications First

In my Enterprise Desktop Strategy paper that was released back in September 2009, I defined what organizations should be considering as they look to incorporate desktop virtualization into their environments. I explored the different components, processes, and tools that brought the concept of the enterprise desktop together. Four years have gone by, and we have been through several “year of VDI” hype cycles. What we have learned is that as much as Desktop Virtualization is an innovative solution, it can also be disruptive if it is not properly integrated as part of the whole desktop service. Continue reading Transforming Desktops, Applications First

VMware Buys Desktone and Adds Desktop-as-a-Service

VMworld2013.150pxVMware announced its intention to purchase Desktop-as-a-Service vendor Desktone at this year’s VMworld in Barcelona. The first strategic purchase by VMware’s EVP and General Manager of End-User Computing, Sanjay Poonen, Desktone finally sets the stage for VMware to bring to market its first defined cloud service. Continue reading VMware Buys Desktone and Adds Desktop-as-a-Service

Moka5: Managed Local Desktops in the Cloud

moka5Desktop Virtualization has forced us to change the way we deploy and manage desktops, and for the most part we have evolved our process to streamline updates, patches and security for these hosted environments.  Not every use case can support a connected virtual desktop.  For these users, they are often subject to the legacy tools and deployment methods, which makes the management of them challenging and limits the admin’s ability to control the quality of the desktop service.trans Continue reading Moka5: Managed Local Desktops in the Cloud

Red Bend – Mobile Device Virtualization for the Enterprise

The mobile device management market has exploded over the past five years with solutions coming from “traditional” mobile management, security and specialty software vendors and fueled by the rapid consumer and corporate adoption of smartphones and tablets.  Followers of the Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) space are tracking companies such as AirWatch, MobileIron, Citrix, Good Technology, SAP and nearly three dozen other vendors who provide competing products.  Corporate implementers are trying to find the right balance between allowing individuality of a users owned device and the security of corporate data that may be accessed on it.  The majority of solutions provide a secure layer, or container, for which the corporate data resides.  These layers can, and do, have an effect on the usability of the devices. Continue reading Red Bend – Mobile Device Virtualization for the Enterprise

News: Cisco Intends to Acquire SSD Pioneer WHIPTAIL

DataCenterVirtualizationCisco announced today their intent to acquire Whippany, NJ based WHIPTAIL, a manufacturer of Solid-State Disk (SSD) storage.  The strategy for Cisco is to provide a “converged infrastructure including compute, network and high performance solid state that will help address our customers’ requirements for next-generation computing environments,” said Paul Perez, vice president and general manager, Cisco Computing Systems Product Group. Continue reading News: Cisco Intends to Acquire SSD Pioneer WHIPTAIL

VMworld 2013: ViewSonic’s Android Based Thin Client, a Hidden Treasure

VMworld2013.150pxAmongst all the major infrastructure and cloud announcements at VMworld this year, I was looking for some interesting technology that would stand out from a EUC perspective.  Every which way I turned there were great solutions displayed on the exhibit hall floor, but hidden in the back row of this highly attended event was the piece of technology that I was looking for.  Released back in May, the ViewSonic SD-A225 and SD-A245 (22 and 24 inch respectively) smart display devices peaked my interest.  The devices are loaded with Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system and come pre-configured with Citrix’s XenMobile MDM client, so right out of the box you can apply application and device level security using your existing XenMobile infrastructure. The devices are very feature rich, providing a touch screen that puts out 1920×1080 resolution in full HD powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Speakers, USB ports, WiFi and Webcam. Continue reading VMworld 2013: ViewSonic’s Android Based Thin Client, a Hidden Treasure