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  • Jan 29, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    I got an email the other day from a guy who works for a large North American financial institution asking whether I knew of any customer who has successfully implemented Outlook in the cloud with VDI. I don’t, so I figured I’d post the story here and see if anyone with experience or a solution can post ideas in the comments? What’s the problem? The challenge stems from how Outlook connects to the Exchange Server and whether something called "Cached Exchange Mode" is used. If...
  • Jan 28, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    There’s so much buzz surrounding Windows 10 right now that I think Microsoft is even having a hard time containing itself. If you think I’m wrong, check out Microsoft.com/Windows–there’s nary a mention of Windows 8 or a picture of TileWorld, and we're at least 6 months away from a release! It’s funny to me that the Why Windows page is still available on the Windows 8 site, frankly. Call it an relic, I guess. One of the announcements in the past week or so has been...
  • Jan 27, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    While BYOD always gets a lot of attention, lately two specific related trends have come to the fore: having separate work and personal phone numbers routed to a single mobile device, and more options for split working and personal billing. Neither of these trends is actually new. We’ve had stipends, telecom expense management, unified communications, and business VoIP apps for years. But now there’s an obvious convergence point for all of this around EMM and BYOD. Split phone...
  • Jan 26, 2015 7:37:00 AM
    One of the best announcements from Microsoft’s Windows 10 event last week as that they’re killing Windows RT. There are no words to describe how happy I am about this. (Actually, there are lots of words to describe it, such as my 2013 article, Microsoft should be ashamed at how awful the Surface RT tablet is ). If you’re not familiar with Windows RT, it was the version of Windows that ran on ARM processors. The problem with it was that it only ran Windows Store apps (or...
  • Jan 22, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    Yesterday Microsoft had a big Windows 10 event where they announced all sorts of things, including their vision for Windows 10’s “universal apps.” The concept of universal Windows apps has been around for a long time (I feel like we’ve been promised it for a decade now), but I guess it’s more real this time? (Dunno. Maybe a real developer can comment on what this means from a dev’s perspective?) Anyway the idea is that you write a single Windows app that can...
  • Jan 21, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    IoT has been building up a head of steam lately, and depending on which company you’re listening to it sounds like it could be the next big thing. I’m talking about “virtualization” and “cloud” levels of buzzworthiness here. I get why. Machine to Machine (M2M) communication sounds cool. The automation possibilities using various sensors on embedded devices are seemingly endless. For most people right now, IoT amounts to some WeMo devices that remind me of a...
  • Jan 20, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    Last Friday Microsoft released a Work Folders file syncing client for iPad. Work Folders is fairly limited compared to the array of enterprise file sync and share products available these days, but despite that it has some redeeming qualities that could help it find a niche. Work Folders is a role that can be enabled on a Windows Server 2012 R2 file server. It provides users with a folder that can sync across multiple devices, including non domain-joined ones. (It uses a reverse proxy to...
  • Jan 19, 2015 7:08:00 AM
    A few weeks ago, I wrote an article which essentially asked what was left to do in the desktop virtualization industry and what the priorities should be for 2015. I actually had a hard time writing that article, because... well, we've just made so much progress as an industry. I don't really have any burning desires... except one: Microsoft has got to start selling and/or let partners start selling Windows desktops as a service. It's been a year since Gabe wrote his article, What if Microsoft...
  • Jan 16, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    There’s been a lot of buzz around Samsung this week: On Wednesday they finally released the first ever smartphone running the Tizen operating system. Later on Wednesday there were rumors (which were quickly denied) that Samsung is in talks to acquire BlackBerry. All this is on top of an interesting and active 2014: First Samsung revamped Knox and announced EMM and identity and access management products. Later they contributed Knox’s software data separation features to Android,...
  • Jan 15, 2015 6:41:00 AM
    This week at the Summit 2015, Citrix announced a prototype of a mouse. (Yeah, that kind of mouse!) There's not much info on it yet, but here's what I learned from people who attended Summit this week. Called the " X1 Mouse ," this thing is a Bluetooth mouse you can use with your iPad so you can have a real mouse with your remote Citrix desktops and applications. This is a big deal because Apple doesn't support using a mouse with an iPad. So the Citrix X1 mouse talks to the Citrix Receiver iOS...
  • Jan 14, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    Citrix has been busy this week at Summit with a slew of announcements encompassing storage, XenApp, XenDesktop, and some long-awaited perks. Since Summit is a partner event that has a lot of NDA content, there’s not usually a ton of information to digest, but all signs point to a busy Citrix Synergy. Here’s a rundown of what’s been going on so far in Las Vegas: Citrix acquires Sanbolic News broke Monday that Citrix acquired Sanbolic, a storage virtualization company...
  • Jan 13, 2015 1:03:00 PM
    Today Citrix is announcing the next version of its enterprise mobility management suite, XenMobile 10. It’s been about 8 months since XenMobile 9 came out, and as is typical there are improvements for end users and IT alike. The big part, though, is that the backend device and app management components are finally unified into one virtual server. To get the details I met with Manoj Raisinghani. Manoj is fairly new at Citrix, having previously spent many years at HP. He’s now the VP...
  • Jan 12, 2015 7:08:43 AM
    Everyone reading this probably knows that Windows 10 is available for preview now and will probably be released sometime this year. Of course the most prevalent thought on many IT pros' minds is, "Windows 10 already? Ugh, no! We just got done with Windows 7!!" Fortunately the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 won't be nearly as bad as the transition from Windows XP to Windows 7. There are lots of reasons for this. First and foremost, there's an actual upgrade path from Windows 7 to...
  • Jan 8, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    It’s the first week of the year, and that means it’s time to open up Call for Papers for BriForum 2015! Just like past years, we’re collecting sessions for both BriForums so that we can get the agendas for both shows created quickly. BriForum London will be held 19-20 May at etc venues St. Paul’s Conference Center at 200 Aldersgate Street, and BriForum Denver will be held July 20-22 at The Westin Downtown Denver at 1672 Lawrence Street. If you’re familiar with...
  • Jan 7, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    Happy New Year! To start things off, today I have a list of the top 10 enterprise mobility management stories for 2015. These aren’t meant to be crazy predictions or anything like that—instead, these are the actual stories I know we’ll be following closely this year. In no particular order, we have: 1. Android Work The big story with Android last year was Android Work, the dramatically-improved management framework for Android 5.0 devices (as well as the associated workspace...
  • Jan 6, 2015 7:39:00 AM
    Following up on my 2014 year in review article from last week, I want to start off 2015 with a look at where we're going and what's going to be important in the world of desktop virtualization. (Jack will write a similar article covering enterprise mobility on Wednesday.) For me the major "story" about desktop virtualization in 2015 is that there is no major story. I mean look at everything we wanted before: We wanted better remoting protocols which could support multimedia, high graphics,...
  • Dec 30, 2014 4:13:00 PM
    The end of this year is the same as other years, where at first I think, “Wow, I can’t believe this year is over already!” But then as I look back through the stories we’ve written this year, I think, “Wow! *that* happened this year? That was so long ago???" Looking at the desktop virtualization and end user computing market, 2014 saw a few major trends Major trends & biggest stories of 2014 For me the biggest story of the year, hands down, was that VMware...
  • Dec 23, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    If you have a little bit of extra time at work at this time of year, you might be digging into enterprise mobility management. After all, even though there are questions about why some people do VDI, we can be confidant that we all have to deal with mobile devices in some way or another. With that in mind, here's a big collection of my favorite resources, articles, and tools for exploring EMM. Articles If you're brand new to EMM, here are some baseline articles to get you started: How to...
  • Dec 19, 2014 5:01:00 AM
    Late last year, I wrote that 2014 would be "The Year of DaaS," and ever since then no matter which conference I attend I'm reminded of that statement. People ask if I still believe that, and my answer is always "Yes!" We're no strangers to the sweeping declaration around here, and we've been technically correct (which is the best kind of correct) on many of them even though the general sentiment is that we missed on one thing or another. Remember Brian saying that VDI would be ready for...
  • Dec 17, 2014 8:18:00 AM
    VDI is the future! VDI could be the future? VDI might be the future? Is VDI the future? "Hey! We need to do something to future proof our enterprise. Cloud. BYO-something. Compliance. Desktops are dead. Consumerization. New employees. ROI! Tablets... figure it out!" So... VDI then? --- For the consultants out there, how many times have you heard, "Well, we had to do something !" as the answer to the "Why did you do VDI question?" Everyone knows about all the various benefits of VDI—some...
  • Dec 16, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    Android Lollipop has been out for over a month, but when it comes to Android Work, both Google and third-party enterprise mobility management vendors have been pretty quiet. In other words, we’re still waiting. However, apparently there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes. Google has posted more information at Android.com, including links to signups for Android Work beta trials. All of this—just like Android Work itself—is good news for EMM. Background If...
  • Dec 15, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    You've probably read about the HP Labs research project called " The Machine "—which HP says will use "electrons for computation, photons for communication, and ions for storage." This is one of those things that we hear about every so often that seems really cool, but always leaves me scratching my head about how it will affect our little corner of the IT world. (I can think about "our little corner" both in terms of enterprise end user computing as well as enterprise IT in general.) So...
  • Dec 12, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    You’d think that by now that all the angles for enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) have been thoroughly explored. However the folks at Unifyle say that’s not the case, and that there’s a need for EFSS products that do a better job of leaving files undisturbed. At a quick glance Unifyle looks like many other EFSS products (or at least on-premises ones): There’s a server that sits in your data center and connects to existing enterprise file shares, SharePoint, FTP...
  • Dec 11, 2014 9:50:00 AM
    Earlier this week VMware released App Volumes , the new name for the CloudVolumes product they bought in August . If you're not familiar with App Volumes, it's essentially a read-only VMDK disk that's mounted into a desktop (virtual / VDI, RDSH, or physical) which is then merged into the existing desktop's disk image. Any apps in the volume (with they call an "AppStack") look like native apps, and they can use contain per-user data and settings for the apps in each specific volume. The key is...
  • Dec 10, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    Nearly seven months after Microsoft announced Azure RemoteApp (and about 2 years after we started thinking they would do something like this), the offering will be going live tomorrow, December 11, 2014. For me, the concept of Azure RemoteApp is a home run. Instead of worry about the desktop, it lets organizations focus on what really matters today: the applications. Applications are what determine the OS we use, and increasingly there are applications that don’t leverage Windows. Of...
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