Friday Notebook, November 30: AWS re:Invent; FSLogix; and all things mobile security

Also: Linux IoT; 2-in-1 devices; Workspace One Dell provisioning; Google Cloud; Nutanix; Ericom Connect 9.0; and much more.

This is our weekly log of desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility, and end user computing news.

Our blog posts

Jack: Microsoft acquires FSLogix to make their virtual desktop vision possible. Microsoft bought desktop app management startup FSLogix just before Thanksgiving. The startup should be a key component for Microsoft’s focus on Windows Virtual Desktop.

Kyle: Is Linux IoT a potential big new market for EUC vendors? With IoT becoming a bigger focus, EUC companies like Stratodesk are offering lightweight Linux-based OS offerings to manage and secure IoT devices.

Jack: It’s time to talk about 2-in-1 devices (My Samsung Tab S4 review). While I largely avoid hardware reviews, I decided to make the exception for the Samsung Tab S4 and also offer my thoughts on the 2-in-1 market for professional use.

Kyle: How bad are mobile security threats? Our look at the numbers starts with Google and Lookout. Here is the first in a series of articles focusing on the publicly available data regarding mobile threats in the enterprise (mostly).

Kyle: A deeper dive on Dell provisioning for VMware Workspace ONE. Learn more about the Dell provisioning that VMware announced at VMworld 2018 and some of its more interesting aspects like always up to date apps and easily restoring devices.

Industry news

AWS re:Invent didn’t bring any too many Workspaces or Appstream announcements, though Liquidware announced that ProfileUnity and FlexApp now support AppStream); and Amazon announced a Windows file system-compatible storage option. The news that really caught our attention were new ARM instances, and especially Amazon Outposts, an on-premises AWS offering in partnership with VMware. All the rest of the news is here.

Nutanix Next was running in London this week. We hadn’t been following them too closely until they acquired Frame in August. In September, Frame became FedRAMP Ready, but this is just one step in an ongoing FedRAMP process. Also, it sounds like they’ve rebranded it as Xi Frame—Xi is the brand for Nutanix Cloud Services. Otherwise, we haven’t heard about any more big plans. Incidentally, I recently learned that VMware is no longer offering Workspace One App Express, which was based on Frame.

Diane Greene has left Google Cloud. CNBC’s coverage told a story of the company still having some trouble truly adapting to enterprise needs. We’ve always liked what we heard from them (see our Next London and Next U.S. coverage) but I’ll admit that I haven’t personally talked to many enterprise-sized customers in the wild. In the EUC space, they have plenty of ambitions for Google Cloud Identity, but also a long way to go.

A few mobile security stories caught our attention this week: Google Play has ad fraud. The Apple App Store has scammy apps, too. A consumer-oriented company called DriveSavers is offering device unlocking for $3,900 (many doubted the company’s fantastical claims). And some say that iOS malware may not be as rare as we think. What threats make it to the enterprise? Kyle is working on that right now—he highlighted numbers from Google and Lookout this week; he’s writing up numbers from Wandera as we speak; and we have a few other sources in the queue.

TechCrunch reported rumors that Corel (yes, that Corel) is acquiring Parallels. It shouldn’t mean too much of a change for the various Parallels products we follow in the EUC space, though. On a related note, Parallels RAS has really been touting the “we’re cheaper and simpler than Citrix” message recently—if you’re considering a switch or recently did an evaluation to kick the tires, we’d love to hear about it.

Citrix Summit is right around the corner—here’s the session catalog. Now, we just have to look over it for clues about announcements and 2019 plans!

Ericom Connect 9.0 is out, and the tentpole feature is SSO support via SAML and OAUTH. Identity is just part of our job now.

This week I learned that MobileIron supports the Microsoft Hololens.

Other reads to check out

Ryan Ververs of the Netherlands-based consulting firm ICT-P reached out to share news of a new community-oriented research blog and platform, ICT-P is providing support for dedicated lab hardware. It’s always exciting to see yet another community-oriented effort in the desktop virtualization space, so check them out.

In case you’re not familiar, Ryan Faas gives an overview of the Apple T2 chip—especially the security benefits, with commentary on the future of Apple chip plans.

Arsen Bandurian did a quick rundown of the CLOUD Act. I’ll admit that I hadn’t read up on this yet, so Arsen’s post was much appreciated.

Why doctors hate their computers,” a feature in The New Yorker. Lots of interesting stuff in here for EUC pros, however, a reminder that we’re only responsible for part of the end user’s experience—the organization making decisions about application business logic mean a lot more.

Bookmark this for reference: the Workspace One cloud reference architecture.

How screen brightness works in Android P. Interesting.

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