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  • Sep 19, 2014 4:06:14 AM
    Last week during the podcast we did with Raytheon, we got to talking about VMI (like VDI, but instead of desktop clients connecting to remote virtual desktops, it's mobile clients connecting to remote virtual mobile apps). The topic of "user experience of VDI" came up, with most people agreeing that the user experience of VDI on a tablet was not good. But why is that? It's not because of the "VDI-ness" of things. It's not because you're remoting your applications. (Heck, the entire web is...
  • Sep 18, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    When a rumor gets as hot as the one that broke on TechCruch yesterday about an acquisition, you know something is in the works. Today, we got confirmation from Citrix that they have acquired a little-known company called Virtual, or Virtu.al depending on who you talk to. Virtual is a company that makes thin clients. Just kidding. As the name so bluntly suggests, Virtual makes an ARM-based hypervisor that allows them to virtualize both Android and iOS hardware. The stated purpose is to help...
  • Sep 17, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Last week, Reddo Mobility, formerly called Gizmox, released the latest in a flurry of app-refactoring platforms. If you’ve heard of Gizmox before last week, you’re probably a developer. Their claim to fame for the last seven years has been a Visual Studio plugin that allows you to build web apps with rich, HTML5 driven UIs. Recently, though, they’ve restructured and spun out the “old Gizmox” products into other entities while creating Reddo Mobility. There’s...
  • Sep 16, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    During my work life of the last decade at Login Consultants I have come across many large-scale RDSH and VDI environments. From my point of view, a lot of these environments suffer from similar structural issues. Over and over again, I see RDSH and VDI projects that do not live up to the sky-high expectations of the IT organization. Projects are over time, over budget and the resulting environments are way more complex and time consuming to manage than expected. It is peculiar that this still...
  • Sep 15, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    In our final video from VMworld 2014 in San Francisco last month, I stopped by AppSense's booth to get a demo of their latest features. (You may recall that Gabe wrote the new 8.5 release last month, so this video is a demo of some of those features.) The big thing for AppSense in 8.5 is that they're focusing on the little features that make AppSense more useable at scale. (I love that they continue to focus on physical desktops in addition to VDI and RDSH sessions.) One new thing is they...
  • Sep 12, 2014 4:20:00 AM
    One of the new (to me) vendors from VMworld 2014 last month was SolidFire, a storage vendor who sells a scale-out all-flash array that starts at 200k IOPS and 48TB for larger VDI environments. (Please visit the site to view this media)
  • Sep 11, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    For this sponsored special edition of the BrianMadden.com podcast we were joined once again by Ashok Sankar, VP of Product Strategy and Management at Raytheon Cyber Products. Our subject for the day was security versus user experience. This is familiar concept for frequent BrianMadden.com readers, but what makes this podcast special is that we were talking about it in the context of virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI). What's VMI? Think VDI, except with hosted Android and mobile apps instead...
  • Sep 9, 2014 6:07:00 PM
    I’m in Atlanta this week for the AirWatch Connect conference. Since VMware acquired AirWatch back in January, we’ve been getting a long-term big-picture view of their combined end user computing plans throughout the year. All that was summed up a few weeks ago at VMworld, so this week will be more of a deep dive into all things mobile. This means that when it comes to new announcements, we’re not going to get anything as quite as big as we got earlier this year....
  • Sep 9, 2014 12:33:00 PM
    Earlier this year Dell Software launched their cloud-based enterprise mobility management, which is part of a wide-ranging end user computing suite built from past acquisitions. Today they’re announcing an update centered around their mobile workspace app, which will now include built-in voice calling through a partnership with Vonage. The announcements Dell’s mobile workspace app has all of the functions you’d expect in a main EMM app—there’s an email client, a...
  • Sep 8, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    One strengths of Microsoft App-V today is the tremendous flexibility in how to implement the delivery of the virtual applications.  This strength becomes a problem as soon as you become the person responsible for deciding which way to build and configure your delivery infrastructure.  There are very few "right" or "wrong" answers here.  Just a lot of gray areas.  And the expert consultant you hire might not have a better clue either. Even the other experts that I deal...
  • Sep 8, 2014 4:00:00 AM
    Join Jack Madden, security expert Shawn Bass and others for #DellVenue Geek Speak in San Francisco, Sept 16 from 7-10pm. Enable your mobile employees to be their most productive and satisfied while keeping your data, applications and network assets secure.  For more information and to register, visit www.etouches.com/geekspeak
  • Sep 5, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Note: This article has been updated since it was published. Scroll all the way down for more information. Last week endpoint backup vendor Druva announced a partnership with MobileIron to bring backup capabilities to apps that use MobileIron’s MAM platform. This is interesting for companies concerned about e-discovery because it gives more visibility into mobile devices than was previously possible. Endpoint backup and mobility At first it seems like traditional endpoint backup...
  • Sep 4, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    One of the coolest things I learned at VMworld last month was that LoginVSI is planning to create a sort of monitoring tool that will be, hands-down, exactly what's we've been needing for the past 15 years. I can't wait! You probably know LoginVSI from their namesake tool that lets you run simulated sessions on VDI or RDSH servers to test how many users you can get on a particular server. (We like the LoginVSI product so much that we named it as a finalist for the Best of VMworld 2014 awards...
  • Sep 3, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    A few weeks ago I visited Violin Memory, an enterprise storage vendor. I had managed to avoid them for the past ten years or so, because, you know, their name is Violin Memory, and I had assumed they made memory. So anyway it turns out they don't make memory—they make flash-based storage appliances. But what sets them apart and what I really like is their hardware. Yeah, they have the same Toshiba SSD chips that everyone else uses. The difference is that most enterprise flash-based...
  • Sep 2, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    Last week at VMworld 2014 I met with Rana Kanaan, VP of products at Workspot, to get a demo of the latest version of their product. You might remember that Harry Labana wrote about Workspot here on BrianMadden.com about a year and a half ago. The basics are that the Workspot app provides remote mobile access to web and SaaS apps; files in network file shares and SharePoint; and most recently remote desktops and published applications through an RDP client. It has built-in VPN and SSO...
  • Aug 29, 2014 2:03:00 PM
    Gabe and I were the judges for the Desktop & End User Computing category for the "Best of VMworld" 2014 awards. In addition to our winner, we selected two finalists, and one of those was RES Software's IT Store product. Usually IT self service apps are kind of boring, but this product is actually pretty cool. We shot a demo in RES's booth to show the product in action, including how users can request policy changes in addition to getting access to new applications. (So, for example, we see...
  • Aug 29, 2014 4:01:00 AM
    (Please visit the site to view this media) Explore three of our sponsors from this year's BriForum in Boston.
  • Aug 28, 2014 4:25:00 PM
    One of the announcements from VMworld 2014 in San Francisco was that VMware, Google, and NVIDIA have partnered to deliver decent graphical remoting via an HTML5 client to a $279 Chromebook. This is interesting because while we've had HTML5 clients in the past, they haven't exactly had the best performance. (This was partly due to the sub-$300 Chromebooks being super weak.) In a few weeks, Acer will be releasing a $279 Chomebook (Amazon preorder link) built around NVIDIA's Tegra TK1 processor....
  • Aug 27, 2014 4:22:00 PM
      We recorded a podcast today from the TechTarget booth at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. We focused on the desktop and end-user computing news of the show, including: Blast 2 on a Chromebook powered by NVIDIA VMware Project Fargo VMware's ThinPrint print renewal The VMware Workspace Suite NVIDIA won the Best of VMworld Gold award in the desktop category LoginVSI won a finalist award RES IT Store won a finalist award AppSense self service and post desktop Violin Memory is...
  • Aug 27, 2014 4:01:00 AM
    (Please visit the site to view this media) Jack Madden and Ben Nemeth discuss EMM at BriForum 2014 Boston.
  • Aug 26, 2014 3:34:00 PM
    We live blogged our commentary of the Day 2 keynote. Read this from the bottom up. ~~~ 9:45 In related news (that did not come up in the keynote), VMware extended their Cortado (ThinPrint) OEM agreement for an additional 8 years. ( Press release ) 9:40 Raghu Raghuram is on stage talking about the software-defined datacenter. I'll probably not comment much here unless anything EUC-related comes up. 9:38 Sanjay is closing by emphasizing the three points of their EUC strategy: Unified Experience,...
  • Aug 25, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Microsoft has a lot cooking when it comes to its enterprise mobility management products. For evidence, head over to Brad Anderson’s summer-long blog series. There’s a lot to digest there—most of which I’ll leave for another time. For today I want to take a look at Microsoft’s approach to one critical component of EMM: mobile email clients. There are a lot of strong opinions out there about using a third-party email apps as alternatives the ones that are built...
  • Aug 25, 2014 4:01:00 AM
    (Please visit the site to view this media) Presented by Greg Tan & Coby Gurr
  • Aug 22, 2014 4:01:00 AM
    (Please visit the site to view this media) Presented by Eric Kana
  • Aug 21, 2014 4:12:00 AM
    Yesterday VMware announced that they acquired CloudVolumes for an undisclosed amount. Originally called SnapVolumes, CloudVolumes was founded in 2011 by Matt Conover, Shaun Coleman, and Matthieu Suiche, (and friend of the site Harry Labana joined them this past April after writing several blog posts on BrianMadden.com about them over the past two years). CloudVolumes is a software company with a product in the Windows application delivery / containerization / "layering" space. Essentially they...
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