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.

Anatomy of a Desktop Virtualization Project #1: Application Analysis

DesktopVirtualizationAt first glance, desktop virtualization seems fairly simple. Just deliver an operating system image, tune it, set the policies required, persist the user state, and you’re good to go. Right?

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Are Profile Management Vendors Simply Spreading FUD?

DesktopVirtualizationIve heard it opined a few times recently that the whole profile management market, often referred to as “user state virtualization” (USV) or “user environment management” (UEM), is based on a lie. Essentially, there are those out there who believe that the industry that has sprung up around UEM is a solution looking for a problem, and that there is no need for any enterprise or SME to make any sort of investment in UEM products. Is there any truth to this assertion? 

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RES IT Store: More of a Store Than a StoreFront

ApplicationVirtualizationIn February of this year, RES Software introduced its IT Store product, which at first glance looked (and sounded) like an application similar to Citrix’s StoreFront. However, once you scratch the surface, IT Store appears to be a lot more than just a pretty front end to some installed or streamed applications; it’s a full IT service workflow that allows IT to deliver applications and services to the end user when needed and without manual intervention. The clue’s in the name: not a storefront, but a full store. Continue reading RES IT Store: More of a Store Than a StoreFront

Why Microsoft Might Just End Up Owning the Future

DataCenterVirtualizationThe past two years have seen an arms race at the high end of the virtualization arena. The biggest players in the space have competed furiously to add features and capabilities to their combined platform offerings, either by swallowing up smaller companies or investing heavily in product development. MDM, DaaS, hybrid cloud, profile management, application virtualization, application publishing, cloud orchestration—the largest competitors in the virtualization space have either provided, or are looking to provide, these and many more features.

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Mark Templeton and Citrix: The End of an Era at Citrix Synergy

ApplicationVirtualizationFor those who listened to the Citrix Synergy keynote on May 6, it was impossible not to hear the crackling in Mark Templeton’s voice at various times throughout the program. Mark normally is all smiles and excitement at Synergy with ample strength in his voice, but knowing that this will be his last Synergy event clearly had an impact.

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