Friday Notebook, October 19: ManageEngine EUC news; Cloudhouse growth

Also: Login VSI on Win10 1809; Desktop App Assure; Google Play licensing; WVD and Citrix; having two phones; public cloud billing; and more.

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

Our blog posts

Jack: What does Windows Virtual Desktop mean to Citrix? Citrix might look more like a systems integrator. Citrix announced they will now be a Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provide and resell Azure and Microsoft 365.

Jack: Sometimes it’s okay to say no to BYOD and have two phones (for users or IT!). It doesn’t always make sense to combine business and personal under one phone. It’s perfectly fine to avoid BYOD and opt for two phones, instead.

Kyle/Jack: What do mobile security statistics really mean? Here’s how to break them down. Stats and data surrounding mobile security can be confusing, so Kyle and I break down how we should look at it.

Marius: Navigating the cost mechanisms of running VMs on public clouds. Billing for running VMs on the different public cloud platforms can be confusing, so Marius provides an overview for beginners.

Industry news

Some ManageEngine news caught our eye this week: ManageEngine announced that their voice assistant, previously available as part of Zoho CRM (Zoho is ManageEngine’s parent company), is coming to their unified endpoint management platform, Desktop Central. Today, administrators need the Desktop Central app for Android to use it, and there are just a handful of commands, but it’s certainly fascinating to see voice and digital assistants come to IT-facing products. As it happens, we’ve been following ManageEngine for a while now:

  • Most recently, we covered ManageEngine Browser Security Plus in the Friday Notebook; this was on our radar because Kyle had written about browser extension security issues.
  • Desktop Central, ManageEngine’s UEM platform, joined the Gartner Magic Quadrant for UEM (previously EMM, and before that MDM) for the first time in 2018.
  • Back at Ignite, ManageEngine announced a new “UEM” license SKU. I’m all in favor of making EMM easier for organizations to start, because I think a lot of organizations that haven’t gotten started with it yet can still get value out of the basics.

Cloudhouse reported that they have had 300% growth over the last year, and that they’re now bringing in a CTO, Nick Coleman. Previously, CEO and founder Mat Clothier was filling both the CEO and CTO role. I had an excellent call with Mat back in August, and while I don’t think I could do it justice to describe it on my own, I went away impressed with how they retrofit apps to work within the recent MSIX packaging format. They also update their compatibility engine when Windows updates, and the idea is that you shouldn’t have to repackage your apps for OS updates.

Login VSI published initial test results for Windows 10 1809, and let’s just say that it’s going to need a lot of performance tuning. Mark Plettenberg included an appeal for community input in his blog post (including an informal contest) so head over there to share your tuning tips.

In a blog post, Microsoft emphasized what Desktop App Assure really means—free support for legacy app compatibility. I can’t wait to hear stories from the field on this one.

Thanks to the European Commission decision, Google will start charging a licensing fee to OEMs that pre-install its Android apps in Europe. In addition, the changes also open the door for OEMs that sell Android devices with Google apps to also sell devices with forked versions of Android, at least in Europe. (The Verge laid out the situation here.) This could mess with Android Enterprise plans, too—AE needs Google apps to work.

Google wrote about how their Titan chip is used to backup Android data, and even they can’t access it. Also, the detailed how Titan is used in the Pixel 3, with more details on the Android Developer blog.

More reads

  • Managed mobility provider Mobi announced their own code-free mobile app tool. At their conference, they also announced that they’re covering a wide variety of endpoints, including PCs, wearables, and IoT devices.
  • Palm is making a 3-inch phone. (Via The Verge.)

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