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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.

  • 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 : 3 comments , 3,446 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 , 4,482 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 : 6 comments , 5,343 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 , 5,623 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 : 18 comments , 8,684 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 , 7,106 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 , 8,586 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 , 5,576 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 , 17,564 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 , 8,221 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 , 11,236 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 , 7,553 views
  • If HP's revolutionary "machine" really shrinks a datacenter to the size of a refrigerator, what will it mean for us?

    You've probably read about the HP Labs research project called " The Machine "—which HP says will use "electrons for computation, photons for communication, and ions for storage." This is one of those things that we hear about every so often that...
    by Brian Madden on December 15, 2014 : 6 comments , 8,865 views
  • VMware releases App Volumes (formerly CloudVolumes). Hello overlapping product confusion!

    Earlier this week VMware released App Volumes , the new name for the CloudVolumes product they bought in August . If you're not familiar with App Volumes, it's essentially a read-only VMDK disk that's mounted into a desktop (virtual / VDI, RDSH, or physical...
    by Brian Madden on December 11, 2014 : 17 comments , 13,422 views
  • Azure RemoteApp will be released tomorrow. Here's what you need to know:

    Nearly seven months after Microsoft announced Azure RemoteApp (and about 2 years after we started thinking they would do something like this), the offering will be going live tomorrow, December 11, 2014. For me, the concept of Azure RemoteApp is a home...
    by Gabe Knuth on December 10, 2014 : 2 comments , 6,784 views
  • Docker gets a lot of attention from desktop virtualization people, but haven’t we been doing this kind of thing for a long time?

    I don’t claim to know much about Docker, but my overall feeling has been that if you’re not doing something with Linux, it’s not something that you care about. It seems cool, but I don’t understand why there is all this buzz around...
    by Gabe Knuth on December 04, 2014 : 7 comments , 9,024 views
  • VDI: The "safe" alternative to doing the unknown

    We've written a lot this year about VDI being ready for prime time, about companies trying to figure out what they're going to do next now that they're on Windows 7, and about how the future of the enterprise desktop is not as simple as VDI. All that...
    by Brian Madden on December 01, 2014 : 1 comments , 7,144 views
  • Did VDI grow up, or did our expectations come down?

    We've been writing a lot in the past year or so about how VDI has started to turn the corner and people are actually starting to use it in a big way now. But I have to wonder—is this because VDI actually got better, or is it because our once-lofty...
    by Brian Madden on November 20, 2014 : 3 comments , 7,732 views
  • Rogue departments are buying cloud services outside of IT? I guess they can do FUIT, too.

    When we talk about cloud service adoption in general (DaaS, SaaS, etc…), the overwhelming majority of arguments against such solutions has to do with corporate policy or trust issues rather than technical problems (not that those don’t exist...
    by Gabe Knuth on November 19, 2014 : 0 comments , 5,088 views
  • 20,000 XenApp users per rack at less than 1 watt per user? Awes.

    Last Friday I wrote an article about the HP Moonshot (a modern day blade-like system) and why I like it for VDI. In one of the follow up conversations from that article, Gabe said to me, "Man, did you see that Citrix is doing XenApp bare metal on the...
    by Brian Madden on November 17, 2014 : 6 comments , 12,872 views
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