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  • 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...
  • Dec 9, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    In this podcast Ashok Sankar, VP of Product Strategy and Development for Raytheon Cyber Products joined us to talk about Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI). We began by wrapping up what happened at the Raytheon conference, and talked in more detail about the use cases for Raytheon’s VMI solution. Oddly enough, they’re the same as RDSH–don’t worry about the endpoint being secure, just secure the mobile application running in the secure environment, apps are running in...
  • Dec 8, 2014 7:13:00 AM
    Last week Dell released Wyse vWorkspace 8.5 . Recall that Dell bought Quest, whose vWorkspace product (which they got when they bought Provision Networks) is a competitor to Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp and VMware Horizon View. Dell also bought Wyse, who had their own software products which enhanced Microsoft's RemoteFX protocol, including Wyse TCX (for protocol acceleration) and an HTML5 client. Since then, Dell combined the desktop virtualization assets of Quest and Wyse into a single group, and...
  • Dec 5, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    Microsoft has been putting a lot of work into Intune and the mobile versions of Office, and they clearly have the potential to become a major enterprise mobility management vendor. However as I wrote earlier this year, one of their sore spots is their mobile email clients. Fortunately, we’ve been getting hints that new email clients are on their way, and this week Microsoft announced that they’ve acquired mobile email app maker Accompli. In case you’re not familiar with...
  • Dec 4, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    I don’t claim to know much about Docker, but my overall feeling has been that if you’re not doing something with Linux, it’s not something that you care about. It seems cool, but I don’t understand why there is all this buzz around creating application containers today when this type of technology has been around for a long time. Perhaps I’m missing something, but I figure if I have these questions then someone else probably does, too. VMware couldn’t stop...
  • Dec 3, 2014 5:01:00 AM
    We just launched the website for our BriForum 2015 conferences . Can you believe this will be our 11th year, and our 17th and 18th BriForums? Who knew our crazy little idea would last so long! BriForum 2015 London will take place from May 18-19, 2015 , at ETC Venues near St. Pauls. (This is the same venue we've used for the past few years.) For the US, we're heading to Denver this year, with BriForum 2015 Denver being held from July 20-22, 2015 , at the Westin Denver Downtown. I'm excited about...
  • Dec 2, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    Better Mobile Security is one of a handful of vendors pioneering a new “third” category of mobile app management (MAM): getting in between apps and devices. These techniques have a lot of promise, but at the same time they’re still a long way from being mainstream. What is the “third” category of MAM? Over the last few years we’ve been talking about two main categories of mobile app management: (1) You can have specialized apps with built-in management...
  • Dec 1, 2014 5:28:00 AM
    We've written a lot this year about VDI being ready for prime time, about companies trying to figure out what they're going to do next now that they're on Windows 7, and about how the future of the enterprise desktop is not as simple as VDI. All that aside, there's a definite feeling in late 2014 that many organizations are moving to VDI because... well... they've got to do something, and they're not exactly sure what that something is, so why not do this VDI thing which has been around for...
  • Nov 25, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    As we’re getting close to 2015, there’s a debate that stands out: Should we use mobile device management to manage employees’ personal devices, or should we leave them unmanaged and use mobile app management instead? This debate stands out for a few reasons: It’s been going on for quite a while now; advances in EMM technology are affecting both sides of the debate; there are a lot of strong feelings involved. (Not to mention that BYOD is still a strong buzzword, as well...
  • Nov 24, 2014 8:15:00 AM
    On BrianMadden.com, we like to say that we focus on the broad space of "end user computing," though really that's just a fancy way of saying we cover desktop virtualization and enterprise mobility / EMM. We've put down a lot of words this year talking about how VDI finally seems to be picking up steam, and how many technologies that we've wanted for years (cheap and efficient storage, non-persistent app delivery solutions that work, virtualized and remote GPUs) in the VDI space are really...
  • Nov 21, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    As I’ve written in the past, there are a large number of software vendors that provide MDM functionality—way more than just the top handful of enterprise mobility management-oriented vendors. There was a surge of activity a few years ago when iOS MDM came on the scene and many different software vendors (in a range of categories) began layering MDM functionality on top of other products. I certainly don’t want to trivialize what any vendors did, but the bar for implementing...
  • Nov 20, 2014 9:42:00 AM
    We've been writing a lot in the past year or so about how VDI has started to turn the corner and people are actually starting to use it in a big way now. But I have to wonder—is this because VDI actually got better, or is it because our once-lofty expectations have come down? Consider each: Case 1: VDI is all grown up Last year I wrote the article, 2013 is the year that two of the biggest showstoppers to VDI adoption are finally solved. Here's how. My two main points were (1) modern...
  • Nov 19, 2014 6:27:00 AM
    When we talk about cloud service adoption in general (DaaS, SaaS, etc…), the overwhelming majority of arguments against such solutions has to do with corporate policy or trust issues rather than technical problems (not that those don’t exist). We spent a large portion of our DaaS book talking about them, and just about every conversation I’ve ever had with a potential DaaS customer centers on dealing with those issues of trust and availability.  It’s the kind of...
  • Nov 18, 2014 6:06:00 AM
    Last week in San Francisco, BlackBerry hosted an event to mark the arrival of BES12 and map more of their enterprise plans. There’s no doubt that a lot has changed at BlackBerry in the last year. They’re going in a unique direction with their devices; they’re much more enthusiastic about being a cross-platform EMM vendor; and they even announced a partnership with Samsung. (This event was also the one year anniversary of John Chen’s tenure as CEO.) However, even though...
  • Nov 17, 2014 8:38:00 AM
    Last Friday I wrote an article about the HP Moonshot (a modern day blade-like system) and why I like it for VDI. In one of the follow up conversations from that article, Gabe said to me, "Man, did you see that Citrix is doing XenApp bare metal on the Moonshot too?" While I did notice a XenApp option listed on HP's website when I was researching the article last week, I didn't look into it or think much of it. But today Gabe pointed me to a blog post from Citrix's Tony Sanchez about XenApp on...
  • Nov 14, 2014 12:01:00 PM
    Last week I briefly mentioned HP's Moonshot product in an article I did about VDI storage . After reading that article, Jack asked some questions and pointed out that we hadn't actually written a proper article on Moonshot, so that's what I'm doing today. What is Moonshot? If you haven't heard of HP's Moonshot hardware, it's essentially a modern day blade system. Like traditional blades, there are multiple cartridges that each have their own processors, RAM, and storage. The current Moonshot...
  • Nov 13, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    One of the main objectives of enterprise mobility management technology is to keep corporate data from leaking into users' personal apps. A few years ago a lot of people (including myself) were calling this "Dual Persona." The problem is that dual persona had a lot of bad connotations. It would bring to mind alternate sandboxed email clients for iPhones, which were severely limited by the fact that prior to iOS 7, iOS wouldn't allow third-party email clients to download full messages and...
  • Nov 12, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    A flare-up on twitter yesterday around Linux and VDI between AppDetective (@AppDetective) and Mark Lockwood (@_mlockwood) got me thinking a little bit more about the idea. Their conversation started because VMware recently announced that they will be building Linux support into Horizon View, which is not usually the kind of thing that gets old-school Windows guys-turned-bloggers all worked up. It is, however, something that the industry can support. For years the likes of Red Hat, Virtual...
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