Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the week leading up to September 30, 2016.
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- Windows Server 2016 will go GA in mid-October, and Docker for Windows will be released with it, too. The news mentions running “Dockerized Windows apps” in addition to Linux. This is awesome and worthy of hype, but this doesn't mean running traditional Windows apps that end users interact with. As of now, it's not an EUC thing, but give it a few years and see where they go with it.
- Azure Information Protection will go GA on October 1.
- Microsoft announced Windows Defender Application Guard, which will use micro-virtualization technology from Bromium to protect the Edge browser. Mary Jo Foley first noticed something along these last December.
- Microsoft announced the second tech preview of Azure Stack, and it's very clear that they are heavily leveraging partners to enable an on-premises, hyperconverged Azure offering.
BlackBerry is no longer going to make their own phone hardware. It’s been a long slog to this point, but that doesn’t mean BlackBerrys are going away. They’re licensing their software and brand to other hardware manufacturers, and so far the first licensee is in Indonesia. On top of that, they just released the DTEK50 and there are plenty of older models floating around. The important point that’s not entirely clear yet is whether or not they’re still going to try to market phones to the enterprise. They’re doing a good job at integrating Good Technology and BES12; muddling around trying to promote their now-obscure phones in the enterprise could be a distraction, diluting their EMM brand.
VMware announced a Windows 10 migration tool.
Remember nComputing? After a bit of a rough patch, they released a new version of their desktop virtualization platform.
Nutanix did their initial public offering and started trading.
Gabe: NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel: How they do their GPU virtualization. With three companies competing in the virtual GPU market, let's take a look at the key features between them and how they virtualize GPUs
Jack: Catching up with SOTI on Android for Work, remote control, and RMAD. SOTI had their user conference this week—here’s what they’re up to and what the big topics were.
Jack: My initial impressions of Microsoft Ignite 2016. Check out sessions on smarter identity and access management, the Microsoft Intelligence Security Graph, and AI.
BrianMadden.com Podcast #123: Microsoft Ignite 2016 with Gabe, Jack, Benny, and Tim.
Thoughts of the week
From Jack: Microsoft Ignite really blew me away. I recommend Brad Anderson’s super session on EUC, EMM, security, and identity. Many of the concepts covered in the session are also concepts I talked about last week in my article on “smarter” identity and access management. Some of this sounds far out, but it could have a real impact on EUC security and UX, and it can apply to a lot of us now.
AirWatch Connect is next week. Jack will be there in person, live blogging and digging deep into all things AirWatch EMM and VMware EUC.