Friday Notebook, December 1: AWS re:Invent, Liquidware, and VMware to Azure migration

Also: Citrix updates, macOS #iamroot, the decline of jailbreaking/rooting, Skyhigh acquisition, MobileIron, and Microsoft.

This is our weekly log of everything that’s happened in the EUC, EMM, and desktop virtualization space, collected and co-written by Jack and Gabe.

A note on GeekOut 365

A few weeks back we announced another call for papers for GeekOut 365, our online successor to BriForum. The deadline was technically yesterday, but as we always did with BriForum, we’re going to keep the submission link (here) live at least through Monday, so you still have a chance to get something in. In the meantime, check out GeekOut 365 if you haven’t already!

News we covered

The macOS High Sierra root access bug has lessons for modern management and mobile threat defense. As we transition to modern management, we have to avoid gaps in what our tools can cover. And even with mobile OSes, you can argue there are still gaps, hence MTD.

Industry news

AWS re:Invent was this week, though there were few takeaways relating to EUC. VMware and AWS announced an expanded partnership that includes application migration and disaster recovery tools, but it’s important to remember that “application” in this instance is more of a platform-type application, not an end user application.

On the EUC front, Liquidware announced that ProfileUnity, FlexApp, and Stratusphere UX will be available to Amazon Workspaces customers via the AWS Marketplace. There was nothing really stopping you from using these before, but now they’re available directly through AWS. This partnership works well for both companies: Liquidware gets instant access to a new set of customers, and AWS gets to offer additional features to Workspaces, which has struggled to attract enterprise customers.

Unrelated to re:Invent (or is it?), Microsoft announced a tool to migrate VMware workloads to Azure. The tool, called Azure Migrate, will assess your VMware infrastructure, migrate it to Azure, then optimize it for the new environment. If needed, you can even run a VMware environment in Azure natively to help with the transition. Predictably, VMware is not amused, and is cautioning customers that they “cannot endorse an unsupported and non-engineered solution that isn’t optimized for the VMware stack.” We’ll have to see how this shakes out…

Citrix began a monthly roundup of changes in XenApp and XenDesktop, which became necessary due to the more frequent release cycle they’ve adopted. This month, they’ve added Citrix Receiver support for Windows 10 S and enhancements to Adaptive Transport, which is their technology that optimizes HDX in real time according to changing network conditions. There were several other updates, so be sure to check out the post and check the blog regularly.

We saw Google Cloud Next ‘17 as a big coming out for Google’s enterprise ambitions, and having Diane Greene, the former CEO of VMware, at the helm can open a lot of doors at customers. Yesterday Google Cloud announced another major leader from the enterprise software space—Diane Bryant, former leader of the datacenter business at Intel, will be the new Chief Operating Officer at Google Cloud.

MacRumers reported that two major repositories for Cydia, a marketplace for apps for jailbroken iPhones, have shut down. Remember that all the way back in January, Cyanogen and CyanogenMoD, a once-popular alternate Android version, shut down as well. In some countries, rooting phones is still a common procedure, but in the US, it’s not nearly as popular as it used to be. As a result, what once could have caused friction for BYOD users is now less of an issue.

McAfee is acquiring Skyhigh Networks, a cloud access security broker. We haven't profiled every single CASB vendor, but they are adjacent to EUC and identity management, so it’s worth noting.

Here’s what’s new in MobileIron Core 9.6 and Cloud.

Appdome put out a whole slew of new features; here's our most recent coverage of them.

Last, but not least, on the Microsoft front, SCCM 1710 is out and includes the debut of co-management features; Azure AD-joined devices can so a self-service password reset from the lock screen; and it sounds like the macOS remote desktop client got some welcome new features.

Our blog posts

Do you UDP your Citrix traffic with HDX Adaptive Transport? HDX Adaptive Transport picks up where Framehawk left off, and can be the silver bullet to improving the user experience. Jo Harder explains why.

Notes from the ET Exchange Summit: EMM, EUC, and digital transformation. My mind is buzzing with all of the conversations I had last week—here are some of the interesting ones I can share.

Migrating to Windows 10 and modern management at the same time sounds nice, but is it practical? It would be wonderful to transition to modern management at the same time as we move to Windows 10, but as we learned in the past, it's possible to do to much at once.

Are we too focused on typical office workers? The rise of the extended enterprise. Many recent end user computing developments have their biggest effect on contractor, field workers partner, and kiosk users, rather than typical office users.

The state of Android enterprise in 2017. Enterprise mobility consultant and Android SME Jason Bayton reflects on the evolution of Android enterprise, where it is today, and what’s to come.

Will MDM have an effect on thin clients before it affects virtual desktops? Adoption of modern management for virtual desktops will almost certainly lag behind traditional desktops, but is there an opportunity to use it with thin clients?

Hey VMware, please consider launching a dedicated EUC conference! We miss AirWatch Connect, and VMware EUC is getting to be a big business, so why not make sure the community can attend the best event possible?

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