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  • 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...
  • Nov 11, 2014 3:04:00 PM
    Fresh back from Storage Decisions 2014 in NYC last week, we continued our storage discussions by welcoming Bala Narasimhan of PernixData to the show. In this sponsored podcast, we talked about how the PernixData FVP product works, how it's implemented into environments, the benefits of buying software-only solutions over hardware/software solutions, and about how FVP is more of a performance solution than a straight-up storage solution. A large part of the conversation focused on the importance...
  • Nov 10, 2014 5:35:00 AM
    It's been six months since Windows XP expired, and even though there are a few XP systems floating around here and there, it's safe to say that, in general, our Windows 7 migrations are done. (Can you believe that Windows 7 has been around for more than five years now? Seriously! When that brand-spanking-new OS you just got finished deploying was released, there was literally no such thing as an iPad!) So I'm curious. What are you doing with your time now? Are you looking at "transforming" your...
  • Nov 7, 2014 6:54:00 AM
    By now you’ve seen all the great news about Microsoft Office on mobile devices. You can use the mobile Office apps to edit and create documents for free; they plug directly into Dropbox; they work on the iPhone now; there’s a public beta of the Android version; and on a related note, Dropbox is finally coming to Windows Phone. This is awesome news for consumers. Everyone agrees that a new Microsoft has arrived over the last several months, and we all benefit. I marveled yesterday...
  • Nov 6, 2014 6:45:00 AM
    A lot of companies use VDI and RDSH technologies as part of their disaster recovery plans, with the idea they can just redirect a bunch of users to some datacenter-hosted desktops if some kind of disaster renders their primary work site unavailable. (Of course I'm not quite sure what kind of disaster would take down an entire corporate campus while leaving the employees state of mind where they actually want to go to work...) That's actually kind of the point of this article. I was at VDI event...
  • Nov 5, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    Earlier this year, mobile security vendor Bluebox released an app wrapping product with a twist: Unlike just about every other product in the space, it can do app wrapping with apps that come directly from the Apple App Store or Google Play. This upends the conventional wisdom around app wrapping, and that alone would make Bluebox a notable player. However on top of that, Bluebox’s app wrapping is also best-of-breed. Bluebox came out of stealth in February of this year. The conventional...
  • Nov 4, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    Yesterday, Microsoft did what many of us were thinking they would never, ever do: they fixed VDA. Windows can now be licensed on a per-user level instead of per-device. I even wrote about how I didn’t think the #FixVDA movement would work, but I was wrong. There’s no more restrictions on whether or not you have a Surface tablet, or an company-owned iPad being used off-premises versus on-premises. There’s no more having to roll out Windows Server instead of a desktop OS to get...
  • Nov 3, 2014 5:03:00 AM
    Storage Decisions 2014 is taking place this week in NYC. I have a session today called "10 ways storage can make your VDI project fail," and I figured this would be good topic for an article. (If you're here at Storage Decisions , you can see my presentation live at 11:45 in the Track 2 breakout room.) Much of this content should already be familiar to regular BrianMadden.com readers, though it's nice to have everything in one place. Here are the ten points I’ll make in the presentation,...
  • Oct 31, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Ever since VMworld, there’s been chatter that VMware is looking to make a move in the UEM space. VMware bought RTO Software (well, select assets) for their Virtual Profiles product back in 2010, but that languished in OS support limbo for a long time before being partially included in VMware View. This was also back in the era when VMware didn’t want anything to do with Windows or Windows applications. But VMware’s attitude has changed since then, so it makes sense for them to...
  • Oct 30, 2014 11:33:00 AM
    Over the last few months we’ve been watching momentum build around the application transformation space. Today the latest news is coming from Capriza, which is announcing that it has received a $27 million round C of funding. It’s been over a year since we first covered them, so I figured now was a good time to check in. Capriza You can head back to our post from last year for more information, but essentially Capriza is one of the more light-weight and fast ways to transform...
  • Oct 29, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Yesterday at TechEd Europe Microsoft unveiled more of its plans for Intune, the Enterprise Mobility Suite, and Office 365. There’s a lot to like—especially with regards to mobile app management and the Office mobile apps—but naturally to get the greatest benefits out of it, companies will have to be dedicated to doing everything the Microsoft way. There are still a few more announcements pending in the coming weeks and months, but now is a good time to take stock of...
  • Oct 28, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    “What if Apple launched its own EMM platform?” This question comes up every now and then—most recently it was last week on Twitter around another article on iOS MDM. The idea is extra interesting right now because of Apple’s partnership with IBM. For today I’m just going to look at this question from the Apple-only perspective—i.e. What if Apple created an EMM platform entirely on its own, without partners? I’ll follow up next week with another...
  • Oct 24, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    This week MobileIron MobileIron announced an updating their file syncing app, Docs@Work, so that it can be used as a client to access consumer file syncing products. But that’s only part of the story. MobileIron also laid out plans for a new, more flexible way of doing enterprise mobility management: Instead of attaching policy to devices or to apps, they want to make it possible to attach policy directly to documents. Here’s the plan in their own words: “MobileIron Outlines...
  • Oct 23, 2014 11:10:00 AM
    For the past five years or so, I've said again and again that I don't like non-persistent / shared / locked down images for VDI. In fact that was a core tenant of our 2012 book, The VDI Delusion. Why I didn't like persistent in the past If you go way back to 2008, I was actually a fan of non-persistent / layered desktop images . I believed that the management, security, and headache savings of just delivering apps "on demand" into a shared base image was the way to go. The main think that...
  • Oct 22, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    If you’re not familiar with Aqua Connect, they came on to the scene with a product that let you connect to Macs via the RDP protocol through the standard RDP client (they even demoed this at BriForum 2010). This feature still exists (you can also connect with VNC if you’re into that sort of thing), but they’ve put a lot of energy into building up their own protocol called Aqua Accelerated Protocol (AAP) to deal with some of the gaps in performance that the other protocols...
  • Oct 20, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    For years Apple has been steadily advancing the enterprise mobility management features in iOS. The next steps should be to let devices connect to multiple MDM servers, and to do so in a way that emphasizes app management, not device-wipe policies. Why we need another way to do MDM Everybody was really excited about the mobile app management features that came out with iOS 7, and rightly so: they let IT use MDM to apply granular policies to specific apps. This meant that instead of using just...
  • Oct 17, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    A few days ago a colleague asked me what I thought was big in the enterprise mobility management space right now. Thinking about the question, I realized that even though there are new trends coming up, it’s the whole “big picture” that’s impressive and important right now. A year and a half ago, I wrote “It’s official! All MDM vendors are now also doing MAM. (Even BlackBerry!) Welcome to the new world of EMM.” Back then it I was often reporting on...
  • Oct 16, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    We learned at VMworld Europe that VMware sees disaster recovery as a problem that they can address with cloud services. Currently, customers build elaborate colocation sites or offsite DR facilities with PCs and servers (sometimes the previous generation of each) that they then have to patch and maintain. To alleviate this, VMware wants their customers to leverage the Horizon Air solution for desktop disaster recovery. They’ve even created a standalone offering called Horizon Air Desktop...
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