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Desktop virtualization is the separation of the "physical" from the "logical." When it comes to desktops, a lot of people think of "VDI." While it's true that VDI is one type of desktop virtualization, it's only one type. The phrase "dekstop virtualization" could also refer to Remote Desktop, Client Hypervisors, or even OS streaming.

  • BrianMadden.com Podcast #59: VMworld 2014 wrap-up from the show floor

    We recorded a podcast today from the TechTarget booth at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. We focused on the desktop and end-user computing news of the show, including: Blast 2 on a Chromebook powered by NVIDIA VMware Project Fargo VMware's ThinPrint print...
    by Brian Madden on August 27, 2014 : 0 comments , 2,579 views
  • Live blog of VMworld 2014 Day 2 technical & EUC keynote

    We live blogged our commentary of the Day 2 keynote. Read this from the bottom up. ~~~ 9:45 In related news (that did not come up in the keynote), VMware extended their Cortado (ThinPrint) OEM agreement for an additional 8 years. ( Press release ) 9:40...
    by Brian Madden on August 26, 2014 : 2 comments , 4,919 views
  • VMware buys CloudVolumes. Here's our full analysis.

    Yesterday VMware announced that they acquired CloudVolumes for an undisclosed amount. Originally called SnapVolumes, CloudVolumes was founded in 2011 by Matt Conover, Shaun Coleman, and Matthieu Suiche, (and friend of the site Harry Labana joined them...
    by Brian Madden on August 21, 2014 : 28 comments , 9,269 views
  • Brian and Jack are both wrong! It’s not as easy as Windows apps vs. Mobile apps. It’s about use cases, too.

    I’ll pile on the blogversation that Brian and Jack are having and offer up my 2¢. Brian says that if you haven’t converted your Windows app to mobile yet, you never will. Jack says that if you haven’t done it, you’re either...
    by Gabe Knuth on August 20, 2014 : 1 comments , 2,252 views
  • If rewriting your Windows desktop app was so easy, you would have done it by now. Long live Windows remoting!

    Last year I wrote an article called 8 reasons why Windows 8 on a tablet won't fix our legacy Windows desktop apps problem . Reason #6 was "If it were easy to rewrite your Windows desktop application for touch, then you would have done it by now." This...
    by Brian Madden on August 18, 2014 : 3 comments , 4,047 views
  • What’s new in AppSense DesktopNow and why this is their most important release in years

    From an outside perspective, the past few years have been tricky for AppSense as they have struggled to find their identity. When they acquired RAPSphere, they had grand visions of building a Mobile Device Management and Mobile Application Management...
    by Gabe Knuth on August 14, 2014 : 6 comments , 6,094 views
  • Teradici releases standalone software-only PCoIP host agent which you can install into any* Windows environment!

    Huge news from SIGGRAPH where Teradici just announced that customers can now buy just the PC-over-IP host software and install it as a Windows agent into any machine to get PCoIP-based remote access. Calling it "Teradici PCoIP Workstation Access Software...
    by Brian Madden on August 13, 2014 : 8 comments , 6,630 views
  • If DaaS is your first move to the cloud, you're doing it wrong

    Last month in an article titled, DaaS Incrementalism , I detailed all the "other" stuff you most likely need in the cloud in order to move your desktops to the cloud, including file servers, authentication, replication services, databases, etc. Then at...
    by Brian Madden on August 11, 2014 : 3 comments , 4,725 views
  • Why VDI use will never hit 100%. (And why that's ok.)

    "What?" you're probably asking, "Brian hasn't written this article about ten times already?" Yeah, it was a surprise to me too. As a bit of background, I was talking to someone on the phone yesterday who asked, "I know you think VDI isn't going to ever...
    by Brian Madden on August 07, 2014 : 4 comments , 5,934 views
  • It seems like BYOC (computer) is dead these days, with everyone focusing on devices. Is that right?

    When we first started talking about the "BYO" (bring your own) concept on BrianMadden.com, we talked about it in the context of employees bringing their own computers , as in "BYOC" or "BYOPC." Our first article about BYO was way back in 2007 where we...
    by Brian Madden on August 04, 2014 : 7 comments , 5,497 views
  • The Devil is dead! Slaying the primary barrier to large scale VDI.

    Nick Rintalan and I are just back from another successful BriForum conference where we delivered several sessions. One of the reoccurring themes we have seen at the past several BriForum events as well as other industry events like Synergy is the rise...
    by Dan Allen on August 01, 2014 : 16 comments , 10,072 views
  • Brian answers the BriForum "What would you ask Brian?" questions

    BriForum 2014 Boston just wrapped up. One of the cool things we did this year was to include the following questions on the registration form: If you had a chance to ask Brian Madden one question at BriForum regarding desktop or application virtualization...
    by Brian Madden on July 25, 2014 : 1 comments , 5,609 views
  • Powwow extends their Windows app-refactoring solution to the iPhone

    You might remember Powwow from an article that Brian wrote back in May as they emerged from stealth mode. They re-factor Windows and web applications for use on iOS devices without any modifications to the application source code. Thus far, the solution...
    by Gabe Knuth on July 18, 2014 : 5 comments , 5,687 views
  • Microsoft's company wide memo: New corporate strategy apparently does not involve Windows desktop applications?

    Last week Microsoft released a company-wide memo from their new CEO Satya Nadella. Most of the news sites have been talking about how this memo outlines Microsoft's desire to change from a "Devices and Services" company to a "Productivity and Platform...
    by Brian Madden on July 14, 2014 : 0 comments , 7,292 views
  • The news you may have missed: Amazon's new Zocalo (Box competitor) is free for their DaaS customers. Bar raised?

    Yesterday Amazon Web Services announced a new offering called Zocalo , an enterprise-focused cloud-based file syncing and collaboration service. Zocalo will be $5 per month, per user, for 200 GB of storage. There were a lot of articles talking about how...
    by Brian Madden on July 11, 2014 : 0 comments , 5,536 views
  • DaaS Incrementalism

    So you've decided that you're going to use VDI for some of your desktops. Great! Then you decide that you're going to pay for someone else to build and operate that VDI in their cloud environment. So now your paying for cloud desktops. (DaaS) Great! Thanks...
    by Brian Madden on July 07, 2014 : 10 comments , 6,630 views
  • We don't need a "bridge" from on-premises to cloud software. We need dirt infill.

    Last week we had a podcast with Citrix's Rakesh Narasimhan and Sridhar Mullapudi to talk about the future of XenApp and XenDesktop. We were talking about Citrix Workspaces Service ( which I love ) and how Citrix needs to "bridge" the current, traditional...
    by Brian Madden on June 30, 2014 : 1 comments , 5,740 views
  • Are you over this whole “Death of Windows” thing? You should be.

    I did some research to either back up the claims of the death of Windows or put them out to pasture, and what I found was not what you would think if you only listened to marketing departments at next-gen software companies. While there is undeniably...
    by Gabe Knuth on June 25, 2014 : 8 comments , 7,163 views
  • VMware Horizon 6 hits the street. Now that the dust has settled, do you care?

    It's been just over two months since VMware announced Horizon 6, their desktop virtualization product which adds app publishing and connectivity to RDSH-based desktops and apps. Last week VMware announced the general availability of the product, and you...
    by Brian Madden on June 23, 2014 : 11 comments , 8,607 views
  • There's no such thing as a "hardware" storage vendor

    We've often talked about how many storage vendors there are in the VDI space . (Or, perhaps more specifically, how many non-traditional storage vendors are out there whose products work well for VDI.) Whenever I talk about a new storage vendor, people...
    by Brian Madden on June 19, 2014 : 2 comments , 5,573 views