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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.

  • Check out our video with Citrix's Chris Fleck demoing their "Workspace Hub" Android-on-a-stick prototype

    One of the things that got a lot of buzz at Citrix Synergy a few weeks ago was something called "Citrix Workspace Hub," a prototype Android-on-a-stick you can use to convert any HDMI or VGA display to a full screen extension for your Android or iOS device...
    by Brian Madden on May 27, 2015 : 4 comments , 2,652 views
  • My answers to the "What would you ask Brian?" questions from BriForum 2015 London attendees

    BriForum 2015 London kicks off today! (If you're not here at the show, follow the action on Twitter and Flickr .) One of the cool things we started doing last year is to ask attendees when they signed up what question they'd like to ask me. So here's...
    by Brian Madden on May 19, 2015 : 0 comments , 3,943 views
  • Citrix is combining Receiver and their EMM client into a single app, so users will be able to get desktop, web, and mobile apps all in one place.

    Last week at Synergy, Citrix announced that the upcoming versions of the Receiver mobile apps will also include the mobile device and mobile app management capabilities of Worx Home, the agent app for XenMobile. This means that in a single app, users...
    by Jack Madden on May 18, 2015 : 0 comments , 2,964 views
  • Citrix Synergy 2015 Opening Keynote Live Blog

    Hello from Orlando! I'm at Citrix Synergy along with Gabe Knuth , Jack Madden , Colin Steele , and several other TechTarget coworkers for Citrix Synergy 2015! Read from the bottom up. Page does not auto-refresh. ======== 11:30 Keynote over. We'll be doing...
    by Brian Madden on May 12, 2015 : 0 comments , 9,707 views
  • Why do people use VDI? One reason!

    At today’s VDI 2015 seminar in San Francisco, there’s a sort of joke slide Gabe and I use to talk about all the various goals of desktop virtualization: All of the goals on this slide are “real” in the sense that they came from...
    by Brian Madden on May 06, 2015 : 2 comments , 7,103 views
  • Login PI is the most brilliant monitoring product that I've been waiting 15 years for!

    Yesterday on our Podcast, our guest was Login VSI's Adam Carter. He was there to talk about their new product called "Login PI ." As I wrote in the title of today's post, Login PI is the most brilliant VDI & RDSH monitoring product that I've been...
    by Brian Madden on April 30, 2015 : 13 comments , 6,699 views
  • Conference report: Here’s all the EMM news from RSA 2015

    The 2015 RSA Conference ran in San Francisco this week. It’s huge and covers all types of security technology, so there’s no way I was going to attempt to cover the whole thing. Instead, I want to share some of the enterprise mobility management...
    by Jack Madden on April 24, 2015 : 0 comments , 2,681 views
  • Here's the most brilliant diagram to explain the landscape of desktop virt, mobility, and devices

    A few weeks ago I wrote an article about Workspot’s latest release which targets Windows desktop clients in addition to mobile and web clients. When I was talking to them about their product, they showed me diagram (which they call their “matrix”...
    by Brian Madden on April 08, 2015 : 4 comments , 9,335 views
  • Update: Moka5 kept a skeleton crew to support customers, is looking for a buyer

    Earlier this week I reported that Moka5 appeares to have gone out of business since they fired all most-to-all of their employees, their social media feeds went dead, and I was unable to actually talk to anyone at the company or get to a human being via...
    by Brian Madden on April 03, 2015 : 0 comments , 8,993 views
  • Moka5 has apparently shutdown and ceased operations. Here's what we know.

    (Despite posting this on April 1st, this is not an April Fool's joke.) It appears that last Friday Moka5 laid off a majority (or perhaps all?) of their employees and they have since ceased operations. [UPDATE April 3: They kept a skeleton crew. Details...
    by Brian Madden on April 01, 2015 : 9 comments , 13,294 views
  • Workspot, previously mobile-only, releases a desktop client. A challenge to Citrix & VMware?

    Yesterday Workspot announced an upgrade to their “Workspace as a Service” offering which includes using RDP to deliver Windows apps to Windows clients . Previously Workspot only had iOS and Android clients, so we put them in the “mobile...
    by Brian Madden on March 26, 2015 : 9 comments , 9,218 views
  • Ericom Connect v7: a ground-up rewrite of their desktop virtualization product that seems more modern than Citrix or VMware!

    Yesterday Ericom released Ericom Connect v7 , the latest version of their VDI & RDSH desktop and app virtualization solution (formerly known as AccessNow). Connect is a complete rewrite which was two years in the making. It focuses on enterprise scalability...
    by Brian Madden on March 25, 2015 : 6 comments , 13,710 views
  • App refactoring and modernization isn’t just for mobile—we need it for desktops and laptops, too.

    In the last few weeks we’ve talked frequently about app refactoring and modernization ( podcast | article | video ). This is the idea that you can take an application intended for use with a large screen, keyboard, and mouse, and—using one...
    by Jack Madden on March 23, 2015 : 0 comments , 3,119 views
  • VMware releases Horizon 6.1 (or Horizon 6 "newest release" or whatever they're calling it)

    Last week VMware released the latest version of their Horizon 6 desktop virtualization product. It's been about a year since they first released Horizon 6—their product which combines VDI desktops with RDSH sessions and seamless application publishing...
    by Brian Madden on March 19, 2015 : 9 comments , 8,856 views
  • What do you do for desktop search in VDI and RDSH?

    Here’s a topic that I haven’t thought about in a few years: What do you do for desktop search (or “Windows Search,” as it’s now called) in VDI and RDSH environments? Windows Search is a big part of the total desktop experience...
    by Brian Madden on March 11, 2015 : 8 comments , 7,882 views
  • Parallels buys 2X Software

    Yesterday Parallels announced that they have acquired 2X software. Who is Parallels? Parallels is a virtualization software company with offerings that are similar to VMware. They have Mac-based client-focused solutions, including Parallels Containers...
    by Brian Madden on February 26, 2015 : 4 comments , 9,848 views
  • RDSH versus VDI: 2015 edition

    I've given a "TS versus VDI" presentation several times in the past. It began at BriForum 2008 Chicago, where I co-presented the topic with Benny Tritsch. In that presentation, Benny dressed up as the mature, "proper" solution (as TS was in those days...
    by Brian Madden on February 25, 2015 : 9 comments , 12,281 views
  • Here's the single reason why enterprises aren't flocking to DaaS

    For those few remaining readers who don't believe we've beat the DaaS horse to death, I would like to present this week's article about DaaS. It stems from a conversation I had during PEX with a financial analyst who asked me what was holding back enterprises...
    by Brian Madden on February 18, 2015 : 7 comments , 11,110 views
  • VMware buys Immidio, foists the new term "Workspace Environment Management" (WEM) on us

    Earlier this week VMware announced that they were buying Amsterdam-based Immidio. Friends of BrianMadden.com know Immidio well, as they were spun off of Login Consultants in 2008 to focus on selling software while Login remained focused on consulting...
    by Brian Madden on February 06, 2015 : 1 comments , 9,836 views
  • Cloud-hosted Exchange with RDSH/VDI Outlook is a performance nightmare. Are there any solutions?

    I got an email the other day from a guy who works for a large North American financial institution asking whether I knew of any customer who has successfully implemented Outlook in the cloud with VDI. I don’t, so I figured I’d post the story...
    by Brian Madden on January 29, 2015 : 20 comments , 14,036 views
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