Friday Notebook, February 16: More DaaS M&A; Citrix Workspace Hub; AMD

Also: iOS 11.3, Workspace One updates, IBM MaaS360 admin UI update, and more.

This is my weekly log of everything that’s happened in the EUC, EMM, and desktop virtualization space.

Industry news we covered

Citrix acquires Cedexis to broaden their application delivery controller play. It fits right in with NetScaler, but are Cedexis's commercial customers core to Citrix?

More of our blog posts

The 2018 VDI Like a Pro survey is live! We've gotten a lot of value out of this survey over the years, and we hope you have, too, so please consider participating today! (Here’s a direct link to the survey.)

What if Microsoft split itself in two? Many IT pros are frustrated by Microsoft's changes, so Tim Mangan contemplates a few radical solutions in this thought exercise.

Industry news and notes

This week CloudJumper acquired Independence IT, making for the second DaaS-related (or workspace-as-a-service) acquisition in two weeks, following the acquisition of dinCloud by Premier BPO last week.

Citrix Workspace Hub is getting closer to arrival. As Citrix wrote in a blog post, advanced features will go into technical preview on March 31, 2018, and nComputing and ViewSonic are providing hardware. (Here’s Dane Young’s review of the nComputing version.) These are Raspberry Pi-based thin clients that also happen to support other workplace IoT functions—for example, Citrix Casting allows users to roam sessions from a mobile device to a Workspace Hub device without re-authenticating. You can also manage them with XenMobile.

AMD announced the open-sourcing of their Virtualized Graphics KVM host driver.

News that iOS 11.3 will allow MDM to delay updates on Supervised devices broke a few weeks ago; Russ Mohr of MobileIron has written up a deep dive. He mentions a few MobileIron products, but the article neutral and applies who your EMM provider is.

VMware shared a deep dive on the latest Workspace One features and what’s new in the mobile apps—one of the new apps is the VMware People Search App, a directory app that pulls data from AD. Also, they shared more details about their Intune Graph API integration. (See here and here for more background.) And finally, the VMworld 2018 Call for Papers is open now through March 13.

IBM MaaS360 is getting a new admin UI.

You might have seen Mark Gurman’s article about how Apple will allow its developers to delay features in order to focus on software quality. Be sure to also read Steve Sinofsky’s commentary on how much of a feat it is to balance quality, features, and schedule over a long period of time.

Google Cloud has hired Injong Rhee, who lead Samsung Safe and Knox in their earlier years, to work on IoT. I interviewed Injong at Citrix Synergy back in 2013. If Google Cloud isn’t on your radar, it probably should be.

Last week we mentioned that Brian Madden was popping up in the industry for the first time in a year and a half at Igel Disrupt. Here’s a video of his session on the relationship between on IoT and EUC, and here’s a video interview he did with VMblog.

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