Feed Details

Other Feeds

Pete Del Rey's Feeds

BrianMadden.com

Original Blogs on BrianMadden.com
  • Apr 18, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Over the last year, we’ve seen many of the largest software vendors move into enterprise mobility management, so naturally we’re all wondering how this will all shake out. Will EMM be an add-on product, with each solution pinned to the success of the larger software company that it’s part of? Or will just a few top players emerge? And if so, who will they be? Could one of them be Microsoft? Saying “Everybody’s doing EMM” brings a feeling of deja vu,...
  • Apr 17, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Of all the downsides of challenges of DaaS that we wrote about in our book, the most common theme throughout was trust. Trust in the provider, trust in the platform, trusting something that isn’t in your walls, the list of trust issues goes on an on. For many people, the issue comes from simply not having their resources in their own walls, be it for the personal connection to their IT solutions, fear of government raids, or anything in between. Then again, there’s a lot of...
  • Apr 16, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Microsoft recently revealed Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014 in San Francisco. While a lot of people were excited about Cortana and universal Windows apps, naturally I was most excited to dig into all the mobile device management updates. The verdict? Microsoft has taken what was a pretty basic set of MDM options and turned it into a much more powerful tool that should make Windows Phone 8.1 viable in a lot of new situations. Let’s dive in. Windows Phone 8 MDM background Microsoft was...
  • Apr 15, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Today, Moka5 is releasing version 4 of their suite, and while it’s not the huge splash we’ve grown accustomed to (us bloggers have been spoiled the last few months), it was good to get an update on what they’ve been doing. It’s been a while since I spoke to them, so I thought I’d write an abridged version of our call to catch up and describe what they’ve been up to. Not long ago, Moka5 was a company based solely on client hypervisors and layering. This was...
  • Apr 14, 2014 6:24:00 AM
    Many of us first heard about Doug Brown ten years ago with his "Project-in-a-Box" and "Methodology-in-a-Box" documents where he basically walked us through how to design and set up a Citrix MetaFrame environment step-by-step from scratch. Since then Doug has done a lot of things, including creating PaperShare , maintaining DABCC , and podcasting , but he hasn't sat down and created any comprehensive documentation in a long time. That changed last week when Doug released Volume 1 of his new "How...
  • Apr 11, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Isn’t competition awesome? Nobody will argue that Citrix hasn’t been a little lackadaisical in the XenApp department over the past few years. The reason, probably above all else, is that they had no reason to do anything game changing since they were the only players in the game. (Kind of like how the Madden NFL franchise from EA Sports hasn’t done anything since EA bought the exclusive license to make NFL games.) Last week I wrote an article speculating that the announcement...
  • Apr 10, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Now that Horizon 6 has been announced, the AirWatch acquisition has gone through, and we’re no longer questioning VMware’s commitment to end-user computing, the next question is what VMware will do to integrate AirWatch and Horizon? Today the two products are separate. You’ve got Horizon which combines VDI, RDSH, published apps, Windows desktop layers, and SaaS apps all via a web portal. And then you’ve got AirWatch which is used to managed mobile devices and apps using...
  • Apr 9, 2014 12:00:00 PM
    Well, it looks like we were all right about April 9, 2014 being big day! What we got wrong was the reason. Who knew that today would go down as the day VMware announced that they're attacking Citrix head on in the XenApp space by adding RDSH session support and published apps to VMware Horizon, all accessible via PCoIP? Amazing! VMware plans to sell this as "Horizon 6." In what's perhaps the most sensational part of the announcement, you can actually install Horizon 6 on an existing Citrix...
  • Apr 8, 2014 4:56:00 PM
    Virtualization industry experts Benny Tritsch, Ruben Spruijt, and Shawn Bass have produced a comprehensive and up-to-date document covering exactly what technologists need to know about "3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops." It’s a thorough, independent, and well-researched technical deep dive into strategy, vendors, solutions, features, qualifying questions, and much more. This will be an invaluable source of information for CTOs and technical architects looking to realize the many benefits...
  • Apr 8, 2014 6:10:00 AM
    So this is today: Do you care?...(read more)
  • Apr 4, 2014 7:31:00 AM
    I've been meaning to post this for awhile but haven't gotten around to it until today. A few months ago, Justin posted about 200 BriForum sessions from the past two years to YouTube. They're now available at youtube.com/briforum . While we've always had the session videos available on BrianMadden.com (there's a complete list of over 500 videos at briforum.com/videos.html ), but we figured that YouTube was more mainstream and more easy to use than our website with Brightcove-based video hosting....
  • Apr 3, 2014 4:17:00 AM
    Yesterday Gabe wrote an article questioning whether Citrix would be able to catch up to VMware if VMware extended Horizon View to support RDSH and/or app publishing. Many of the reader comments on that article were variations of, "XenApp has many features and it's more than just a protocol on RDSH. So Citrix has no need to worry." It's true that XenApp has a lot of features that are important for on-premises, traditional hardware-based deployments. But how many of those features matter in...
  • Apr 2, 2014 4:01:00 AM
    A few weeks ago, Brian wrote about how VMware’s evolution from View to Horizon DaaS might be an indicator that VMware is working on an RDSH-based solution that would compete directly with XenApp. We’ve been on VMware’s case about this for some time (as has just about every View customer, I’d imagine), so I surely hope it comes out sooner than later. In a recent interview with VMware’s new CTO for the Americas, Chris Wolf, he mentioned that it was something...
  • Apr 1, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Almost every week, another vendor offering ways to quickly “mobilize” existing enterprise apps comes to our attention. However, the question that always comes up is who is mobilizing their internal enterprise apps? Many options First, let’s look at all these different options for transforming older desktop and web applications in apps that work on mobile devices. For one, it goes without saying that we don’t have to worry about email because it’s already been...
  • Mar 28, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Yesterday Microsoft announced Office for iPad and an Enterprise Mobility Suite at a press event featuring new CEO Satya Nadella. There are plenty of articles covering Office for iPad, so for today I’ll concentrate more on how the new Enterprise Mobility Suite stacks up to the competition. Yesterday’s announcements It’s telling that Nadella’s first big event was focused on mobility and the cloud, not Windows or any of Microsoft’s other products. There was a lot of...
  • Mar 27, 2014 5:02:00 AM
    Yesterday Amazon Web Service launched their WorkSpaces DaaS platform to the general public. I've been using the preview of it for the past month, and now that the embargo is lifted I want to share my review of it. First, though, I have to say that after using it for a month, I'm a little confused about what my actual story angle is. I just spent the past 20 minutes taking screenshots, but now that I'm looking at them, they're all completely worthless. The desktop looks like a Windows desktop....
  • Mar 26, 2014 7:08:00 AM
    Yesterday at the GPU Tech Conference in San Jose, VMware announced that they're adding vGPU support to vSphere and that they're bringing Nvidida GRID technology to their Horizon DaaS platform. I thought this meant vGPUs for DaaS, but that's not right. Reading the press release is like decoding a grammatical logic puzzle, but thanks to the help of three or four VMware and Nvidia folks here at the conference, I've gotten it straightened out. The press release is starts out with, "NVIDIA and...
  • Mar 26, 2014 4:01:00 AM
    This article was original posted on January 24, but I'm re-posting it to put out the call again. I've already had had quite a few great conversations as a result, but I'd always like to have more. Thanks everybody! —Jack I’d love to talk to anybody who has been involved in implementing enterprise mobility mobility management and dealing with BYOD at their company. Why? Case studies are always a little bit frustrating. Sure, vendors have their reference customers, but the reports...
  • Mar 25, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    In my time spent writing and talking about about iOS, Android, MDM, MAM, and all the other things that make up enterprise mobility management, I hear a lot of questions about those new technologies. Most of the questions are reasonable, but sometimes people have pretty high expectations about what EMM technology should be able to do, and are then disappointed when there’s no good answer. (Or they just outright dismiss the value of EMM.) It’s not surprising that this happens....
  • Mar 24, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Here's a simple question for Monday: in today's world (and moving forward), has the persistent Windows VM become the new user profile? In the "old" days, the value of roaming profiles was that they packaged up all of the important bits and allowed us to run "our" environments on whatever Windows instance we happened to be connecting from. In today's world, it seems like we can do that with an entire VM, right? Like we don't need "just" the profile, rather we can just get "our" persistent VM on...
  • Mar 21, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    One of the mobility vendors that I spent time with last month at Mobile World Congress was Globo Plc. They don’t have have a very big profile in the space right now, but they’re busy bringing together all the components to become a full-featured player in the EMM space, including their own MAM and productivity apps, an app development platform, and MDM from their acquisition of Notify Technology. With all these parts coming together, it’s definitely worth taking a closer...
  • Mar 20, 2014 4:01:00 AM
    VMware’s DaaS product team must be high-fiving each other like the just landed on the Moon. Not only did they beat Amazon Web Services and Microsoft to the market with their own DaaS solution, but Amazon has been radio silent since the beginning of the year and Microsoft has yet to say anything publicly about “Mohoro”. Some would argue that VMware has a competitive leg up for DaaS early-adopters, especially when compared to AWS WorkSpaces because they leverage the same...
  • Mar 19, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Storage optimization for VDI is as hot a topic as there can be these days, and there are many solutions on the market. Picking one can be a challenge when faced with so many decisions (there are over a dozen companies with solutions just for VDI alone!). It's a good problem to have when you consider that just a few years ago we were forced to deploy expensive solutions in order to provide a near-local VDI experience, but today that no longer needs to be an excuse. With so many solutions...
  • Mar 18, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    We've written a fair bit on BrianMadden.com over the past year or so about VMware's lack of RDSH session-based desktop and application options for VDI & DaaS, including: Teradici does what VMware should have done years ago: PCoIP on RDSH (Aug 2012) Is VMware tricking customers into using more expensive VDI where RDSH would meet their needs for a lower cost? (Aug 2013) Why doesn't VMware include "real" RDSH support in Horizon View? (Oct 2013) Regardless of the reason they didn't offer it,...
  • Mar 17, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    A few weeks ago back at Mobile World Congress, Intel announced their latest Atom processor, codenamed Merrifield. This new processor is going to bring some significant new MDM-related features, including deeper access for McAfee Mobile Security, improved Android management APIs, and OS-level corporate data containerization. Intel is calling this Intel Device Protection Technology (DPT), and they first mentioned it back at CES in January. I talked to to Timothy Pettitt, a senior product manager...
0 comments