At Citrix Synergy 2015, MaximumBit announced the release of Desktop 365, a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution based on ViewSonic (yes, ViewSonic!) Intel-based hardware. Desktop 365 is aimed at addressing the hardware and software requirements associated with virtualized apps and desktops, as well as facilitating fast and easy administration. Like most of the new HCI solutions being released, Desktop 365 can technically address the VDI requirements of both service providers and small businesses; however, it is fundamentally different from other HCI solutions because it is truly a complete integration and extension of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.
On the Tuesday morning keynote that launched this year’s Citrix Synergy conference, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton took time to set to rest several years of speculation about the importance of XenApp. The message was unequivocal:
“We love XenApp.”
Amazon has taken a big step forward in its application delivery strategy, taking to the stage at the April AWS Summit in San Francisco to announce the introduction of AWS Marketplace for Desktop Apps, a dedicated storefront for Amazon’s Desktop as a Service platform, Amazon WorkSpaces, through which customers can purchase off-the-shelf applications to run on their virtual desktops. At the same time, Amazon VP Andy Jassy announced the availability of a new admin tool, WorkSpaces Application Manager, which controls admin and user access to marketplace apps. Continue reading Amazon WorkSpaces Gains App Subscriptions but Still Falls Short
On March 11 on the VMware end-user computing blog, Sumit Dhawan casually announced VMware’s next big thing: Project Enzo. A former Citrix exec, Sumit Dhawan is now VMware’s senior vice president and general manager, desktop products, End-User Computing.
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.
Two weeks ago, Virtualization Practice Analyst Jo Harder mourned the passing of Citrix VDI-in-a-Box and forecasted that its target SMB market would look to hyperconverged infrastructure appliances to deliver complexity-free VDI. Dell clearly had the same thought, because just one week later, it announced the Dell Appliance for Wyse – vWorkspace (DAW vW), a self-contained hyperconverged infrastructure appliance designed specifically for small businesses and K–12 education customers (see my initial assessment: Dell Appliance for Wyse — Business-Class VDI). Capable of supporting 200 virtual desktops or 350 RDSH sessions, DAW vW is everything Jo was looking for when she asked “How will Citrix enter the hyperconverged infrastructure market and address those VDI-in-a-Box customers?” Everything except for one thing: Dell’s new appliance isn’t based on XenDesktop. It runs Dell’s universal VDI/RDSH broker, vWorkspace. But now, just seven days after it announced DAW vW, Dell has come back to answer Jo’s specific question by announcing Dell Appliance for Wyse – Citrix (DAW C), a self-contained hyperconverged infrastructure appliance designed specifically for small businesses using XenDesktop instead of vWorkspace.