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  • Mar 5, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    One of the new topics we've been talking about recently is virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI). As Brian put it in a recent article, it's like VDI, but for remoting mobile OSes. In this video from Mobile World Congress 2015 Justin Marston, the CEO and co-founder of Hypori, gives a live demo of their VMI. It's running on poor conference-quality wifi, but still looks pretty good. Hypori came out of stealth mode in August 2014, but they have a previous experience working on classified mobility...
  • Mar 5, 2015 5:02:00 AM
    For several years now we've been talking about all sorts of mobile virtualization and dual persona Android devices. This conversation has mostly been in the enterprise context, with the goal to keep corporate apps and data secured and separated from personal apps and data. But now that Android for Work is rolling out with its own built in data separation, how do existing mobile virtualization and dual persona Android vendors differentiate themselves? In this video from Mobile World Congress...
  • Mar 4, 2015 5:05:00 AM
    In this video we hear from Todd Fryburger, the co-founder, president, and CEO of StarMobile, a company that has multiple approaches for transforming desktop and web apps into native mobile apps. Here at BrianMadden.com, we're huge fans of this product category in general. We've been saying for a while now that Citrix and VMware should get closer with one of these vendors, so it's great to hear that StarMobile has entered into a partnership with AirWatch. You can find all the latest...
  • Mar 4, 2015 5:01:00 AM
    Mobile World Congress is taking place this week in Barcelona. This huge conference covers absolutely everything related to mobility, and among the nearly 2000 exhibitors are just about every enterprise mobility management vendor you can think of. Our video producer Justin Meisinger is onsite in Barcelona to collect demos and videos, and I'll be providing our usual commentary and articles. This page will be updated throughout the week of the show as a sort of "live stream" of EMM announcements...
  • Mar 3, 2015 5:01:00 AM
    On Monday, TechTarget announced the opening of the submission period for the Best of Citrix Synergy 2015 Awards, which runs from March 2nd - April 3rd. Companies that would like to have their product evaluated by an independent panel of judges from SearchVirtualDesktop.com and BrianMadden.com can submit their products via this form (but please read the rules first). TechTarget has done this before at other industry conferences with outstanding results. The process begins with submissions,...
  • Feb 26, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    Yesterday Parallels announced that they have acquired 2X software. Who is Parallels? Parallels is a virtualization software company with offerings that are similar to VMware. They have Mac-based client-focused solutions, including Parallels Containers (which is like VMware Fusion), Parallels Access (like GoToMyPC which Gabe wrote about in 2013 ), and a plugin for SCCM that lets you manage Mac OS X clients ( which we also covered in 2013 ). On the server side, Parallels was originally known for...
  • Feb 25, 2015 7:42:00 AM
    I've given a "TS versus VDI" presentation several times in the past. It began at BriForum 2008 Chicago, where I co-presented the topic with Benny Tritsch. In that presentation, Benny dressed up as the mature, "proper" solution (as TS was in those days) and argued the case for TS, while I dressed up as the young scrappy VDI: Our general conclusion from 2008 was that VDI was too risky and complex. I gave the session again at VMworld 2008 ( video from vmworld.com ) and VMworld 2009 Europe ( video...
  • Feb 24, 2015 5:01:00 AM
    Last year we were embroiled in a project to purge Windows XP from our companies, a project that a more than a few people reading this are still dealing with. One of the methods that I've suggested over the years was to move the apps that only worked on Windows XP to Windows Server 2003, which is essentially XP Server, in order to buy some more time to figure out how to deal with those applications. If you took that advice, I hope you used your time well–Windows Server 2003 R2 is going End...
  • Feb 23, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    For the last few years, Mobile World Congress has meant major EMM-related announcements from Samsung. But Samsung, Android, and the enterprise mobility space have changed a lot in the last year and it’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen this time around. Samsung’s devices were always been known for having the best Android MDM. Under the SAFE (or Samsung for Enterprise) program, they not only went beyond native Android, but also beyond most other Android OEMs. If a...
  • Feb 19, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    If you are still running App-V 4.6, listen up. Maybe you wisely listened when I cautioned you to not immediately jump to App-V 5 when it was released two years ago.  And again six months later when SP1 was released.  But then maybe you didn’t take me seriously when Service Pack 2 came out and I said it was safe to start the switch to version 5.  But how did you miss what I said when SP3 came out in November?  So let me be very clear this...
  • Feb 18, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    For those few remaining readers who don't believe we've beat the DaaS horse to death, I would like to present this week's article about DaaS. It stems from a conversation I had during PEX with a financial analyst who asked me what was holding back enterprises from larger DaaS adoption. Here's the deal: It's not the technology. It's not the perceived issues with The Cloud. (trust, security, etc.) It's not the cost. It's not anyone's lack of vision. The real reason enterprises aren't flocking to...
  • Feb 16, 2015 9:18:00 PM
    Matt Heller, founder of Browsium, came on for a special edition of the BrianMadden.com podcast to talk about the never ending issue of browser incompatibility. You may know Browsium from their Catalyst or Ion products aimed at managing browsers and making legacy web apps run in modern browsers. We got into the history of both problems, where Browsium fits in, and learned something about how to deal with the mess that's caused by lots of new browsers combined with old applications.
  • Feb 16, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    2015 is expected to be the year Microsoft becomes a major player in the enterprise mobility management space, so naturally the question is how that will affect other vendors. To shed some light, I’m going to take a look some of the recent numbers that have come out, and in particular I’ll also look at how it could affect the Microsoft and Citrix relationship.  First, why is everybody talking about Microsoft and EMM right now? There are certainly some quirks and caveats to take...
  • Feb 13, 2015 5:01:00 AM
    During that same earnings call that I listened to last week to learn about the demise of VDI-in-a-Box, there was also a brief conversation (at around the 37-minute mark) about what Citrix will be doing with Octoblu, which I wrote about a few weeks ago. I learned that it was a “small, very small” acquisition, and that Citrix has no intention of becoming an IoT company. Rather, they want to become an IoE company–Integration of Everything. Here’s what Mark said on the...
  • Feb 11, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    Gabe, Jack, and I have started talking about VMI more and more on our podcasts and at our events, but it just occurred to me that we never actually wrote a “This is VMI” article for BrianMadden.com. So today’s topic is “This is VMI!" As you might surmise from the name, VMI is like VDI except it’s mobile instead of desktop . But we’re not talking about remoting Windows to mobile devices, rather, VMI is remoting mobile OSes to mobile devices. Umm… What?...
  • Feb 10, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    The last few times I’ve written about Good Technology (here and here), it’s been to cover their initiatives to provide split billing for BYOD phones. That’s interesting in its own right, but in the mean time, Good has reached another significant milestone: transitioning from Good for Enterprise to Good Work. Last week I caught up with John Herrema, Good’s SVP of product management and strategy, so today I’ll outline what they’ve been up to and what I...
  • Feb 6, 2015 7:30:00 AM
    Earlier this week VMware announced that they were buying Amsterdam-based Immidio. Friends of BrianMadden.com know Immidio well, as they were spun off of Login Consultants in 2008 to focus on selling software while Login remained focused on consulting. Many BriForum presenters worked at Login and/or Immdio over the years, including Jeroen van de Kamp, Rodney Media, Dennis Damen, Wilco van Bragt, Michel Roth, and Benny Tritsch. Immidio was a “consultants” software company, building...
  • Feb 5, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    In Citrix’s Q4 earnings call from last week (yeah, we listen to those), CEO Mark Templeton mentioned that as part of an overall objective to reduce the number of brands and make the remaining ones deeper, VDI in a Box would be put out to pasture. If you listen to the call, at 50:23 you’ll hear: “Another example would be VDI-in-a-Box. We’re going to end-of-sale that product and it will be replaced by a simpler and more price competitive version for VDI that we have...
  • Feb 4, 2015 10:05:00 AM
    Back in October, MobileIron announced a three phase plan for “securing the personal cloud.” At the time I focused on a particular caveat (which I’ll explain shortly). However, with Phase 2 coming out today, it’s a good time to take another look at the initiative with an eye towards the other benefits it can bring. First off, what does MobileIron mean by “securing the personal cloud”? Here’s how they described the initiative in October: “Phase 1:...
  • Feb 3, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    Disclaimer: I am not an I.T. professional. I don't know how to set up Active Directory nor do I dream of Linux terminals. So when we were sent an HP t310 Zero Client A.I.O. and asked to connect it to Amazon WorkSpaces via Teradici PCoIP, I probably seem like an unlikely candidate. But really – this is what the newest VDI solutions are all about, isn't it? Ease not only for the end user, but for the administrator setting it up? If I can do it, surely (almost) anyone can. Setting up Amazon...
  • Feb 2, 2015 5:03:00 AM
    This year, as in a few past years, I ventured down to Las Vegas for the yearly International Consumer Electronics Show. While CES never has a plethora of VDI-related content the likes of BriForum or Synergy or VMworld, there's usually at least a few juicy morsels. Let's preemptively get a few things out of the way: this is not an I.T. show, but it is a show that I.T. should pay attention to. Every year it becomes clearer and clearer that not only is B.Y.O.D. here, but that it has infiltrated...
  • 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...
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