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  • The Challenges and Importance of Protecting Virtual Desktop User Data

    VDI environments create another layer of complexity when it comes to finding and protecting user data. In shared disk environments, do the users know not to store data on their local drive (which may be wiped out at next login)? And in persistent image...
    Sponsored Links on October 30, 2010 : 0 comments , 441 views
  • Citrix HDX 3D Pro versus Microsoft RemoteFX

    I've been traveling the world the past few months delivering seminars on desktop virtualization, and one question that's popped up a few times is about Citrix HDX 3D versus Microsoft RemoteFX. People want to know which one is better? The answer...
    Brian Madden on October 28, 2010 : 29 comments , 34,275 views
  • Looking for independent Citrix training? Check out Shawn Bass's master class

    I developed my own independent 5-day Citrix training class back in 2004, and I delivered it around the world about 30 times from 2004-2008. I don't deliver that class anymore, but I still get several emails a month asking about good independent training...
    Brian Madden on October 28, 2010 : 3 comments , 5,712 views
  • With no migration path from XenDesktop 4 to 5, what can you do now to prepare?

    A few weeks ago Citrix announced their plans for XenDesktop 5, their latest desktop virutalization product. We published a detailed analysis of what's new and what you need to know, although at that time we hadn't actually put our hands on the...
    Brian Madden on October 27, 2010 : 9 comments , 10,394 views
  • With today's mobile app stores & Google Voice, the mobile phone hypervisor is dead

    When I first started using a mobile phone in the late 1990s, I still had a "work" phone at my desk and a landline phone at my home. Over the years I began to use my mobile phone more and more, and eventually it became the only phone I had (for both work...
    Brian Madden on October 26, 2010 : 11 comments , 7,698 views
  • Brian Madden’s Notes on Storage for Desktop Virtualization Video

    While desktop virtualization and VDI are certainly becoming trendy, the reality today is that properly designing a system is still complex and a source of worry and confusion for many architects. And one of the most confusing aspects is storage. System...
    Sponsored Links on October 25, 2010 : 0 comments , 560 views
  • Happy 5th birthday VDI! (Back then, Citrix & VMware were friends!)

    On October 24, 2005, I wrote an article on called Providing Desktops to Users: Centralized Virtual Machines or Terminal Server Desktops? It was the first time we addressed the concept of VDI, having been focused on terminal server-based...
    Brian Madden on October 25, 2010 : 3 comments , 5,973 views
  • Why doesn't Citrix use HDX Connect with XenServer?

    One conversation I find myself having at the different shows and meetings we attend is whether or not HDX Connect (a.k.a. PortICA, a.k.a. Project Trinity) will ever be used outside of XenDesktop. PortICA was essentially the baseline for Citrix Desktop...
    Gabe Knuth on October 21, 2010 : 14 comments , 6,913 views
  • Best way to stimulate the industry: Citrix should agree to stop selling XenServer if VMware stops selling View!

    What's the best way to jump-start the desktop virtualization industry? Just imagine if Citrix and VMware entered into an agreement where Citrix would stop selling XenServer if VMware would stop selling View. Sound crazy? Sure! But just imagine......
    Brian Madden on October 20, 2010 : 21 comments , 7,974 views
  • Digging in to Citrix XenServer 5.6 FP1's new "IntelliCache" feature. Hint: It's a BIG deal for desktops!

    Late last month, Citrix's Bill Carovano blogged about the new features in the upcoming version of XenServer known as "Cowley." One of the features he mentioned was:  XenDesktop platform enhancements. Provides local host caching of VM images...
    Brian Madden on October 18, 2010 : 22 comments , 31,206 views
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