The Friday Notebook: March 10, 2017

Featuring Dizzion DaaS, Appdome MAM, Neverware’s Chromium OS varient, HP’s Windows 10 Mobile-powered “nirvana phone,” Google Cloud, and more.

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the week leading up to March 10, 2017.


The Google Cloud Next ‘17 conference has been going on since Wednesday here in San Francisco. There are so many announcements coming out that we’re still digging through everything, but the thrust of it is that Google is making a huge push for enterprise business, lead by Diane Green, the former CEO of VMware. We might just do a full round up on Monday, but here are a few things that caught my eye so far:

News broke yesterday that nComputing acquired VERDE, which is surprising because, frankly, we kind of forgot about VERDE. Originally the flagship product of Virtual Bridges, VERDE was sold to hyperconverged startup Nimboxx back in 2015. When Nimboxx folded, VERDE’s original founders bought back the IP before eventually selling it to nComputing. nComputing has gone through something of a re-organization itself, and we have a call set up next week to get more info on what nComputing’s plans are and what VERDE looks like today. Stay tuned for more info.

Visual Studio 2017 is out. (Official Microsoft announcement blog post.)

Microsoft will use ARM chips in Azure. (Via Bloomberg.) This is definitely a future of the cloud kind of thing. They're almost certainly not going to be doing translation from x86/64-bit to ARM for server workloads. This is more about running efficient, cheaper nano and docker instances as people begin to develop apps around them. Interestingly, ARM support has been in Visual Studio since 2013 (for Windows 8/8.1 only)

HPE announced that they are acquiring Nimble Storage. HPE’s storage business has slowed down, and buying Nimble immediately fast-forwards them into modern times. Combine this with their acquisition of Simplivity back in January, and it’s clear that we’re watching HPE evolve right before our eyes.

CA Technologies is acquiring Veracode. (Press Release.)

Here’s a look at Sophos Mobile 7, the latest update to Sophos’ EMM product, from SearchMobile Computing, one of our fellow TechTarget sites. Ramin Edmond writes “Organizations that use Sophos desktop management are intrigued by new EMM features the company continues to add. Some may move their mobile devices to Sophos for a UEM approach.”

XenMobile 10.5 is out, and it has a little bit of something for everybody. (Though we couldn’t help but notice that some of the iOS features it now supports have been out since last year.)

The New York Times noted that Apple’s market share in education is falling. But also look at how Windows is rising slightly, and Chromebooks are shooting way up.

Okta acquired Stormpath, a small startup that focused on identity APIs for developers. Some are calling this an acqui-hire, but no doubt it will add another useful component to their offerings.

Our blog posts

Gabe: Dizzion offers up another impressive approach to managed DaaS. 2017 seems to be shaping up to be the year of Managed DaaS. Dizzion is the third company we've profiled in the last three months, and their suite of managed services is fairly extensive.

Jack: There’s plenty of space for unique approaches to MAM: Looking at Appdome’s App Publisher Service. Appdome will host apps for ISVs, and then automatically integrate SDKs on demand for enterprise customers.

Gabe: Neverware gives the Chromebook experience the best chance it's ever had for enterprise adoption. I [Gabe] have never loved Chromebooks, though I understand they have a place, especially in Education. Neverware, a company that started selling their Chromium OS-based Cloudready in the education market, could finally make an impact on the enterprise.

Jack: Review: Can the Nirvana Phone concept finally catch on with HP’s Windows Continuum-enabled Elite x3? So many things to talk about. TL;DR: It’s the best Nirvana phone yet and it could work for certain verticals, but Continuum needs more refinement and there’s still a Windows 10 Mobile app gap.

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