Both VMware and Citrix have had major layoffs over the past week. Although the VMware layoffs affected more people and garnered more press, Citrix quietly laid off some critical innovators, such as the Sydney, Australia, engineering team, as well. Will either or both organizations suffer from technical anemia as a result of the major cuts?
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.”
After a week of rumors, VMware has finally unleashed the Reaper. Yesterday morning as of 9 am GMT, VMware has announced layoffs in multiple business units across the globe. I have heard that Burlington Canada Call Center has been closed in its entirety (98), although about 50% have been given the opportunity to work remotely. I am sure that this will not include any of the call center staff. Additional layoffs are reported to include approximately 40% of VMware Israel (80), as well as losses in vCloud Air and vCloud Gateway Services in Canada, and in EMEA (numbers unknown). The most surprising of all are the layoffs of all VMware Workstation and Fusion development staff (numbers unknown)—as that department is being outsourced to China—and the rumors of the VMware View group’s being closed down.
Many IT departments view new or recently migrated XenApp/XenDesktop implementations as complete when users start accessing the production environment successfully. However, the use of a monitoring tool is often overlooked. The Virtualization Practice has published a new checklist-style white paper entitled Monitoring for Your Citrix® Infrastructure: Considerations and Checklist to help you determine how to best address this. The document provides the reader with numerous thought-provoking questions and line-item checklists without a single mention of a third-party vendor. By considering all aspects of monitoring, you are equipped to draw the best decision for your particular environment.
When I was a small child, I used to enjoy watching a Japanese language program. Called Monkey, it was all about a disruptive monkey with a massive ego. The monkey was turned into immortal being that could shrink and grow and travel on a flying cloud. Punished by the heavens for its transgressions, it was traveling with a Buddhist monk called Tripitaka on a journey to recover holy scriptures. The program also included a water monster, a pig, and a dragon who was shaped like a horse. It was a thing of its time, and you need to have watched to understand. By now, you most likely think that I have finally snapped, but this rather oblique journey somehow got me thinking about IT architecture and the ability to scale.
Citrix Summit kicked off for partners yesterday with a number of announcements. Although the conference is focused on partners, many of the announcements have a downstream impact on enterprise users.
Steven Kaplan (ROIdude) is the VP of Strategic Sales with Nutanix. Jump directly to podcast here.
Steven started at RadioShack and moved on to work with Novell Technology. He then became a start-up Citrix partner, sold that business, and went to work for the company that bought his start-up for a few years. He went through the same process as a VMware VAR, and sold that business to a larger vendor. Then Nutanix came calling when it only had fifty employees. He dug the technology. Nutanix has pioneered hyperconverged, without dedicated storage or SAN, etc. Everything is shared and managed like a shared file system. (vBlock cannot be categorized as hyperconverged, just FYI.)