Thursday marked the closing of the 20th BriForum conference in Boston, Massachusetts, and the end of an era. As the largest independent virtualization industry conference, it’s a place where geeks explain how products really work (or don’t) and where unfiltered side-by-side comparisons are the norm.
End User Computing
End User Computing (EUC) is the emperor’s new clothes. It is the new nomenclature for what used to be termed “VDI” (virtual desktop infrastructure). It is, however, much more, encompassing all aspects of desktop and endpoint management: (Read More)
- Application Virtualization: The art of abstracting the application and its presence from the desktop, making it truly mobile across locations and devices
- Personalization Virtualization: The art of abstracting the user and their presence from the desktop
- Presentation Virtualization: An application delivery method that delivers desktops or applications from a shared server
- Desktop Virtualization: The art of delivering a full desktop experience remotely
- Endpoint Management: The art of managing and securing access to data
- Application Layering: “on-demand” application delivery from a single image
End User Computing is an important overarching paradigm for companies that wish to ensure that users get a consistent experience and consistent access to information across multiple devices—for example, desktop computers, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and phones—and across disparate operating systems like Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android.
Major areas of focus include barriers to adoption, progress on the part of End User Computing vendors in alleviating those barriers, and management of the transition from a static desktop to the mobile martini world of “anyplace, anytime, anywhere, on any device.”
One of the trends in virtual desktops is Desktop as a Service (DaaS). The premise here is that a cloud provider can run a massive multi-tenant VDI environment well, better than most medium organizations can run their VDI on-premises. The medium or smaller organizations just rent the desktops they need. The assumption here is that desktops are a commodity and any desktop anywhere is just fine. The problem comes with those DaaS desktops accessing data—in particular, desktops at a cloud provider accessing data inside the client’s network. The desktop may run just fine, but if every application accessing corporate data slows to a crawl, there won’t be many happy users.
The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference is taking place this week in Toronto (week of 7/18/16), and the cloud is unquestionably its key topic. Many CIOs and CTOs have caught the cloud bug and have openly stated that their infrastructures are moving to the cloud. But what exactly is “the cloud,” and is it really ready for prime time?
When traveling on business, ideally I’d carry just a phone, a credit card, and my ID. Reality dictates, though, that I’ll need something with a decent-sized screen if I’m going to do more than answer emails. I could swap the phone for a tablet and carry just one device. A 10-inch tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard makes a pretty good laptop replacement, but I need something that I can use to make voice calls without the costs and compromises imposed by VoIP and international data plans.
The previous article in this series covered the complexity of transitioning apps to a virtualized environment. This article discusses end user analytics tools primarily from the standpoint of a Citrix® environment. It then compares them, with an eye toward minimizing the time and effort necessary to implement a virtualization infrastructure.