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.

Centrix Software update Workspace Manager and Universal – better enabling desktop transformation

DesktopVirtualizationIconCentrix Software have updated their flagship products with Centrix WorkSpace iQ and Centrix Universal both hitting a 5.3 release.

There is a question facing many organisations as the clock ticks down on the support life of the desktop warhorse Windows XP: what, and how do we move on? But, it isn’t just about the desktop OS. An increasingly common answer to “where do you want to go today” is “all over, and not just using this PC“. There is a drive to use a cloud-based applications, share resources beyond the corporate LAN: and not just with a piece of kit constrained to a cubicle. Continue reading Centrix Software update Workspace Manager and Universal – better enabling desktop transformation

Citrix VDI-in-a-Box goes mainstream

citrix100x30In a much needed change of direction, Citrix has taken the training wheels off VDI-in-a-Box (VIAB) and is allowing it to compete unfettered against XenDesktop.

Citrix has struggled to position VDI-in-a-Box since it acquired Kaviza in 2010. In a move seen by many as an attempt to protect its flagship product XenDesktop from encroachment by its internal competition, Citrix first marketing VIAB as a pure SMB solution targeted at deployments of no more than 300 desktops. This cap was later raised to 500 and then 3,000 desktops as system integrators pushed back against Citrix, recognizing that VIAB was both capable of meeting most customers needs and a far less daunting proposition to take on (and hence sell) than XenDesktop. at the same time though, Citrix hobbled VIAB by excluding it from resellers sales quotas and failing to offer a a licensing upgrade from it to XenDesktop for customers needing XenDesktop’s greater flexibility (although in practice there appears to have been a tacit understanding that customers would be allowed to upgrade if they asked). Continue reading Citrix VDI-in-a-Box goes mainstream

VMware – The Next Microsoft, or the Next Oracle?

VMware100x30VMware is already the best (most competent) and most important (fastest growing and the source of the most innovation) system software company on the planet. But as successful as VMware has been to date, it is worthwhile to ask what lies ahead – and most importantly in what direction VMware is likely to go on some key business and technical issues. In order to understand the range of choices VMware has it is worth looking at both Microsoft and Oracle as points of reference. Continue reading VMware – The Next Microsoft, or the Next Oracle?

AppSense DataLocker gives Dropbox more security hints at the beginning of the end for VDI?

AppSense Labs have released a free suite, DataLocker. Not only is Datalocker AppSense’s first departure to support environments beyond Microsoft Windows, but it is intended to ease adding an extra layer of security to sensitive files before syncing them to cloud-based services.

What does AppSense Lab’s first product release have in its locker? What is the comparison to other cloud storage solutions? AppSense Labs is a new direction for AppSense, a company typically associated with managing windows desktop environments and enabling VDI. If AppSense is investing in new services beyond “traditional”   mobile/cross-device solutions such as VDI, what does this mean for those traditional solutions long term?

Continue reading AppSense DataLocker gives Dropbox more security hints at the beginning of the end for VDI?

Citrix and Dell team up to deliver VDI-in-a-Box

DesktopVirtualizationDell has joined the the highly competitive and technically diversified single box desktop virtualization market  in partnership with Citrix to package VDI-in-a-Box as a virtual appliance. The somewhat awkwardly named Dell “DVS Simplified 1010” appliance is built on the Dell PowerEdge R710 rack server that comes pre-installed with Citrix XenServer 5.6 and VDI-in-a-Box 5.0.

Dell already offers VMware View as part of its Flexible Client Solutions offering that can be ordered online as part of a standard server package. However, the simplified in everything but name, DVS Simplified 1010 goes considerably further delivering it as a dedicated plug-and-play appliance. Continue reading Citrix and Dell team up to deliver VDI-in-a-Box

Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) is Great, But which one should you Bring?

The question is, a tablet, a laptop, or a netbook for travel – and then from which vendor? I am also going to break two of my personal rules in this article. The first is that I am going to post in the first person. The second is that I am going to assume that my personal experience with something is relevant to all of you. With those caveats out of the way, here we go. What follows is my journey in trying to find the device that I travel with and “bring” into any company that I work with. First of all here are the assumptions and caveats: Continue reading Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) is Great, But which one should you Bring?