Will Docker-like containers take off in Windows?

If you have primarily worked in a Windows Server environment, you may be asking yourself what’s the big deal about containers? After all, we’ve seen this all play out on the desktop side for years.  Windows has had application virtualization in different forms from many vendors.  The best known would be Citrix’ XenApp.  XenApp hasContinue reading “Will Docker-like containers take off in Windows?”

Is a single management solution required for multi-hypervisor environments?

I’ve been considering the idea of multiple hypervisors for some time now.  The primary challenge that comes up in this discussion is the ability to manage the environments seamlessly.  I even had an extended conversation with a vendor about this just a couple of days ago and general challenges of managing multiple hypervisors.  The ideaContinue reading “Is a single management solution required for multi-hypervisor environments?”

Citrix XenClient vs VMware View Client

Some time ago I posted a first look post on XenClient.  My overall impression was that it was an interesting technology but the hardware support was too limited.  I’ve continued to keep my eye on it from a distance because VDI is always promising but the expanded use case I keep running into are clientContinue reading “Citrix XenClient vs VMware View Client”

The good and the bad of Citrix XenDesktop

I got into a spirited debate on twitter with a buddy regarding XenDesktop vs. VMware Horizon Suite.  I’m beginning to educate myself on the entire Horizon Suite but the last time I did a trade study between the two, XenDesktop handily beat out View when it was a standalone product.  I plan on during aContinue reading “The good and the bad of Citrix XenDesktop”

Does the Enterprise have a use for OpenStack and IaaS?

OpenStack has gotten a lot of attention the past few months.  As well as it should as it’s an ambitious project.  The question that I constantly ask, “What is the impact to the enterprise of these IaaS solutions.”  In theory when the OpenStack project is mature I should be able to move workloads from myContinue reading “Does the Enterprise have a use for OpenStack and IaaS?”

Installing Citrix VDI-in-a-Box in VMWare Workstation 8

I posted an earlier lab on installing XenDesktop 5 within VMware Workstation 8. But the number 1 search term that comes up for this post is “How to install Citrix VDI-in-a-Box in VMware Workstation.” I kind of take it for granted that if XenDesktop will run in VMware Workstation then the lighter VDI-in-a-Box should beContinue reading “Installing Citrix VDI-in-a-Box in VMWare Workstation 8”

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure missed the boat on mobile Bring Your Own Device

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a great technology.  But great technologies don’t always become great solutions.  Barb Darrow over at GigaOM post titled “Is this the year of desktop virtualization yet?”  It would seem the year of desktop virtualization has indeed been coming for the last 5 years.  VDI is a wonderful solution for theContinue reading “Virtual Desktop Infrastructure missed the boat on mobile Bring Your Own Device”

Why Citrix Dumped OpenStack Support

I haven’t had time to review or weigh in on Citrix’s announcement on dropping support for OpenStack and embracing CloudStack.  I know since the announcement OpenStack has had a couple of major wins but I don’t think they come close to offsetting the loss of Citrix in the camp. Citrix really wants to compete inContinue reading “Why Citrix Dumped OpenStack Support”

BYOD is all about delivery

Remember the big push for BYOD laptops?  The theory was that people would get a credit for a laptop device and bring it in to work.  Now the big push is around mobile devices.  End users have voted and Blackberry is out.  iPAD’s, iPhones and Android devices are in.  This makes for a difficult setContinue reading “BYOD is all about delivery”

Onlive to compete with Citrix?

The streaming game company Onlive.com recently introduced a managed streaming desktop service.  Currently the only client available is for the iPAD.  I’ve used several streaming Windows desktop products for the iPad including XenDesktop, Logmein and GoToMyPC and I have to tell you this is one of the more fluid and enjoyable experiences I’ve had toContinue reading “Onlive to compete with Citrix?”