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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.

  • 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 , 5,552 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 , 5,484 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 , 9,041 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 , 6,538 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 , 8,324 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 , 2,652 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 , 6,519 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 , 5,889 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 , 7,832 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 , 9,586 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 , 9,173 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 , 8,323 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 , 12,256 views
  • Microsoft kills Windows RT. "This is a huge mistake!" says no one.

    One of the best announcements from Microsoft’s Windows 10 event last week as that they’re killing Windows RT. There are no words to describe how happy I am about this. (Actually, there are lots of words to describe it, such as my 2013 article...
    by Brian Madden on January 26, 2015 : 3 comments , 9,266 views
  • Microsoft's universal apps + VDI/VMI = useful "Windows" apps on iPhones & iPads. Huge opportunity for Citrix & VMware!

    Yesterday Microsoft had a big Windows 10 event where they announced all sorts of things, including their vision for Windows 10’s “universal apps.” The concept of universal Windows apps has been around for a long time (I feel like we’ve...
    by Brian Madden on January 22, 2015 : 7 comments , 10,872 views
  • 2015 *has* to be the year Microsoft lets partners sell Windows desktops as a service... right?

    A few weeks ago, I wrote an article which essentially asked what was left to do in the desktop virtualization industry and what the priorities should be for 2015. I actually had a hard time writing that article, because... well, we've just made so much...
    by Brian Madden on January 19, 2015 : 2 comments , 7,110 views
  • Citrix is creating a mouse?!? (And it's awesome!)

    This week at the Summit 2015, Citrix announced a prototype of a mouse. (Yeah, that kind of mouse!) There's not much info on it yet, but here's what I learned from people who attended Summit this week. Called the " X1 Mouse ," this thing is a Bluetooth...
    by Brian Madden on January 15, 2015 : 17 comments , 20,974 views
  • Citrix Summit News Round-up: Sanbolic, Linux VDA, DesktopPlayer for Windows, and Framehawk!

    Citrix has been busy this week at Summit with a slew of announcements encompassing storage, XenApp, XenDesktop, and some long-awaited perks. Since Summit is a partner event that has a lot of NDA content, there’s not usually a ton of information...
    by Gabe Knuth on January 14, 2015 : 0 comments , 8,926 views
  • Desktop Virtualization in 2015: What's coming, what do we need?

    Following up on my 2014 year in review article from last week, I want to start off 2015 with a look at where we're going and what's going to be important in the world of desktop virtualization. (Jack will write a similar article covering enterprise mobility...
    by Brian Madden on January 06, 2015 : 7 comments , 12,603 views
  • 2014 Year in Review: Big stories, trends, acquisitions, and controversy

    The end of this year is the same as other years, where at first I think, “Wow, I can’t believe this year is over already!” But then as I look back through the stories we’ve written this year, I think, “Wow! *that* happened...
    by Brian Madden on December 30, 2014 : 3 comments , 8,845 views
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