Presentation Virtualization

Presentation Virtualization is an application delivery method that delivers users desktops and applications from a shared server, AKA server based computing. This method of delivering applications to users focuses upon running an instance of each Windows desktop operating system application i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Office for each user on a shared instance of a Windows Server operating system. (Read More)

The most popular product in this category is Citrix XenApp and its predecessors which include Citrix Presentation Server, and Citrix MetaFrame. In the 6.0 releases of its products, Citrix bundled XenApp into XenDesktop. In the 7.0 releases of its products, XenApp has been made available separately again. Microsoft also has a product in this category – Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, but this offering is mostly used in smaller implementations that do not require the enterprise class features that Citrix offers.

Onlive Desktop: VDI cannot be DaaS until Microsoft say so.

DesktopVirtualizationOnLive is on the verge of making a game-changing move in the VDI space. The game focused application delivery company announced their OnLive Desktop service at CES this year. OnLive Desktop claims to deliver a seamless Microsoft Windows desktop experience with cloud-accelerated web browsing and full Adobe Flash. The marketing talks of “instant-response multi-touch gestures“, “complete and convenient viewing and editing of even the most complex documents” and “high-speed transfer from cloud storage or Web mail attachments“.  Sounds like something a CFO would bite your hand off for.

Still, delivering a ubiquitous desktop environment is a complex undertaking. Desktone tried punting to end users and then thought better of it. The default position when delivering desktops is to deliver a Microsoft Windows workspace: that’s what most users need and want to run their applications. However, a “use any device” model gets hampered by Microsoft’s VDA yearly license cost, and further constrained by the lack of a viable way of policing/validating VDA assignment. VDI can leave an enterprise open to Microsoft beating them with a stick for a host of additional end device licenses.

Have OnLive taken an impressive application delivery model and tried to apply it to windows desktops without necessarily thinking licensing through? Will the scalability and experience that Onlive have mean that VDI vendors should re-think their technology? Will the buzz that OnLive has created mean an new level of engagement with Microsoft, perhaps even a shotgun wedding? Will Onlive Desktop be the technology that prompts Microsoft to get its licensing-of-vdi house in order, properly enabling a Desktop-as-a-Service market: what better way to laugh in the face of Apple than to have most iPads running Windows 8?

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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?

Browsium Ion: time to get going from IE6?

Reports on IE6’s death are often greatly exaggerated. A number of sites do offer statistics for consumer Internet browser share, but enterprise users are another breed and have a different browser use profile: IE6 is still there alive and well in a large swathe of enterprise desktops. This puts a risk on projects that look to move an organisation beyond Windows XP.

To address this, Browsium have built on their experience in providing a solution to IE6 compatibility to launch Browsium Ion. Browsium have designed Ion to enable IE6 and IE7-dependent web applications to run unmodified in an IE8 or IE9 tab.

The end of life for IE6 is tied to Microsoft XP/Server 2003.. the clock ticks to 2014. Can Ion address the compatibility problems for corporates and still stay on the right side of Redmond? Will Browsium Ion get migration projects shackled by a reliance on IE6 going?

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The SOPA and PIPA Kerfluffle

Much of the internet seems to be up in arms over the potential for a new piece of legislation designed to help US law enforcement authorities fight online piracy. In protest of this potential legislation, some sites (Wikepedia) went completely dark yesterday, and some (Google) demonstrated conspicuous concerns over the prospect of censorship by the government (with the Google logo obscured by a big black box). So what is all of the fuss about, and should we who are concerned about virtualization and cloud computing care? Continue reading The SOPA and PIPA Kerfluffle

Citrix Release CloudGateway Enterprise v1: Aggregated Cloud Access Nearer than the Horizon?

Given center stage at Citrix’s Synergy event in Barcelona as the access and delivery mechanism for an organisation’s data and applications, CloudGateway Enterprise Edition v1.0 is available for download: true to the “released Q4 2012” statement heralded at the same event.

As any good hurdler will tell you, it’s not how high you clear the fence, as long as you clear it.

Citrix state that CloudGateway’s purpose is to aggregate, control and deliver Windows, web, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and mobile applications to any device, anywhere. A bold vision. As well as providing end-users with a single point of access and self-service to their business data on a range of devices, CloudGateway also provides the business with a comprehensive single point of aggregation and control for all applications and users.

Will enterprises be dazzled not only by an on-time delivery date, but by the features offered? What features will CloudGateway provide over and above what is on offer now, and are Citrix first over the horizon to offer such a solution?

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2011 Year in Review: Presentation Virtualization

So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Perhaps you sit, coffee in hand with a vague recollection of telling your boss just exactly how you thought all of this year’s decisions could have been done much, much, much better. Perhaps you told your team they were awesome, I mean like truly, truly awesome: that you loved them, that you loved them so, so much. Perhaps you’re looking for solace after a quick check of Facebook has shown exactly how you got the bruises down your right-hand side and gives insight into where your left shoe went. Perhaps you’re finally getting a chance to finally watch all those on-line presentations you put off until it was quiet.

Another year over.

It has been a while since we last updated our Presentation Virtualization Solutions whitepaper. Has nothing happened in the market in 2011? On the contrary, there was a good deal going on for Presentation Virtualization in a year that saw a new benchmark setting XenApp release from Citrix, Apple remove terminal services functionality, RES Software launch their reverse seamless technology and Ericom their HTML5 client.

If we consider what we saw in 2011, what can we expect in 2012?

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