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  • 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...
  • Oct 15, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    In Barcelona yesterday at VMworld, VMware announced their latest attempt at creating an enterprise-class Type-2 client hypervisor. VMware hasn’t had a whole lot of success in this department in the past–you might recall ACE having been a thing for a while a few years back–but the demand has always been there. Recently, editions of Fusion Pro (and its PC counterpart Player Pro) have been available that have given administrators control over the hypervisor and the ability to...
  • Oct 14, 2014 4:47:00 AM
    Moka5 is known for their bare metal and type-2 client hypervisors, Windows layering technology, and their file syncing and remote access app for iOS. Now they’re planning to add to that with an Android version of their mobile app and—most interesting—a containerized file syncing and remote access application for Windows and Mac OS X called Project SkyNet. You can think of Project SkyNet as a lighter version of Moka5’s type-2 hypervisor (since it doesn’t include a...
  • Oct 10, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    These days there’s no shortage of rhetoric declaring that your company needs some sort of “strategy” for mobility, the cloud, big data, or consumerization. But what do these really mean? While a stock photo of an group of executives along with the words “Enable” “Strategy” “Mobility” and “Security” may make impressive marketing materials, we’re still not really sure what an “enterprise mobility management...
  • Oct 9, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Earlier this week HP announced that they were going to split into two companies: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise for IT software and services, and HP Inc. for personal computing, including desktops and laptops, tablets, and printers. (Follow up story idea: Apparently HP makes tablets.) I would imagine this split won't affect most of us in the enterprise IT world, as servers, storage, OneView, and the cloud stuff will all be in the same company. I do wonder how they'll handle thin clients though. It...
  • Oct 8, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Back in May Citrix announced that they would be releasing a Windows version of their Desktop Player software that, as of now, is only available for Mac. This would be big news to anyone interested in running local corporate desktops on unmanaged endpoints or ones that they simply cannot wipe to install XenClient. So far, though, we’ve just been waiting. The wait started back in May of 2013 when Citrix announced the Citrix Desktop Player for Mac, a type-2 client hypervisor built upon...
  • Oct 7, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Today Symantec is announcing that it has completed the integration of MDM, MAM, and mobile threat protection—a major milestone for its mobile efforts. The combined offering is now called Symantec Mobility: Suite and is based on the Odyssey and Nukona acquisitions from back in 2012, along with Norton Mobile Security. There were some intermediate steps getting to this point: App Center (the old name for the Nukona/Symantec MAM platform) had some MDM features, so there actually was a way...
  • Oct 6, 2014 5:56:33 AM
    I've loved Ardence since I first learned about them in 2006 . If you don't know Ardence, they basically did disk block "streaming" where you take the hard drive out of a computer, do a PXE boot, and it connects to a central image which is run locally on the desktop. You get bare metal (i.e. no hypervisor) performance on your desktop, and with 100MB or 1GB networks and a bunch of drives and cache in your server, you can actually get better performance than a local disk. The real advantage though...
  • Oct 3, 2014 6:31:00 AM
    You could say that yesterday a new vendor entered the EMM space. Juniper Networks announced that it completed the process of selling Junos Pulse—its SSL VPN, security, and network access control business—to Siris Capital, creating a new company called Pulse Secure. At the same time, the newly-formed Pulse Secure announced that it’s acquiring EMM startup MobileSpaces. The result is that we have a new enterprise mobility management/network access control/VPN company. How does...
  • Oct 2, 2014 6:13:00 AM
    Yesterday VMware announced that they're going to release VMware Player 7 Pro . I'm curious as to whether anyone's actually using this in an enterprise setting? If you've never heard of Player Pro, it helps to take a look at all of VMware's desktop products for Windows. Everyone knows about VMware Workstation—desktop software that lets people run multiple VMs on their Windows desktops. This is what we all use for lab testing on our laptops and stuff. You probably also know that VMware has...
  • Oct 1, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Yesterday Microsoft pulled the covers off of one of the most anticipated requested demanded...they showed off Threshold. While there’s not a huge amount of information to go around, I wanted to compile a list of features and impressions that I found interesting about the upcoming release. Twitter was absolutely remarkable during the announcement, so I’ll include some of my favorite tweets from the event, too. They skipped Windows 9 The most surprising thing about the announcement...
  • Sep 30, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    These days you can’t go long without running into another product intent on making it easier to convert legacy applications into some new mobile-enabled form. These are interesting products that no doubt will have a place in our future, but today there are a lot of questions. Will they be the next “big thing” in our space? Is this industry ripe for acquisitions and consolidation? Or will the complexities of application transformation slow everything down? Many...
  • Sep 29, 2014 5:44:00 AM
    By now you've all seen that Apple plans to release a series of wristwatches next year which will be like an even smaller iPhone with a 2-inch screen. Even as the Apple announcement event was happening, people were Tweeting things like, "When will Citrix release a Receiver for Apple Watch. lol." But now that the announcement fairy dust has settled, we realize it's not actually that crazy of an idea. Seven or eight years ago, (before the iPhone), the idea of a serious Citrix client for mobile...
  • Sep 26, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    A few weeks ago I was asked to give a 20-minute overview of enterprise mobility management (EMM) for a Dell Software-sponsored event here in San Francisco. This was a pretty interesting challenge because I had to think, “Wait a second, what are the most important things I would tell someone about EMM in 20 minutes?” This post is a written version of that talk. Frequent readers will probably familiar with the material, but I thought it would be a good way to cover all of my most...
  • Sep 25, 2014 6:34:00 AM
    This past June, NComputing launched their oneSpace product which brings together Windows applications, file services, and touch-based clients in a solution that can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid way bridging both. After looking at their stuff off-and-off for the past six months, I realized that my conception of them as a cheap thin client maker for third world countries and educational institutions isn't really accurate anymore. Furthermore, the oneSpace solution that...
  • Sep 24, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    In a blog post last week, Sumit Dhawan announced that VMware had hired both Shawn Bass and Mark Margevicius, two people that many of us know. I first crossed paths with Mark at Key Bank in Cleveland during the late 90’s (though it’s so long ago that I can’t remember exactly when). I’m reasonably sure that I did a Lotus Notes rollout on MetaFrame 1.8 rollout as a consultant for his department, but we may not have even met. Deploying Lotus Notes on MetaFrame back then...
  • Sep 23, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Everybody loves to complain about email. There are a ton of social networking services, apps, and collaboration platforms that claim (or that their users claim) can “solve” our email problems by providing an alternative communication channel. But there are all sorts reasons why many of these alternatives are never quite as successful as promised: They’re not universal. You often have to have special accounts. If your company sets up an account for you, great. But what...
  • Sep 22, 2014 12:45:00 PM
    iOS 8 is out, so it’s time to talk about how it affects enterprise mobility management. Naturally there are many new enterprise and consumer-oriented features, but despite all that I think it’s somewhat of a mixed bag. For organizations that are able to commit to doing everything the “Apple way,” there’s a lot to like. For the rest of us, though, it’ll be business as usual. Management the “Apple way” The previous version of iOS introduced several...
  • Sep 19, 2014 4:06:14 AM
    Last week during the podcast we did with Raytheon, we got to talking about VMI (like VDI, but instead of desktop clients connecting to remote virtual desktops, it's mobile clients connecting to remote virtual mobile apps). The topic of "user experience of VDI" came up, with most people agreeing that the user experience of VDI on a tablet was not good. But why is that? It's not because of the "VDI-ness" of things. It's not because you're remoting your applications. (Heck, the entire web is...
  • Sep 18, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    When a rumor gets as hot as the one that broke on TechCruch yesterday about an acquisition, you know something is in the works. Today, we got confirmation from Citrix that they have acquired a little-known company called Virtual, or Virtu.al depending on who you talk to. Virtual is a company that makes thin clients. Just kidding. As the name so bluntly suggests, Virtual makes an ARM-based hypervisor that allows them to virtualize both Android and iOS hardware. The stated purpose is to help...
  • Sep 17, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    Last week, Reddo Mobility, formerly called Gizmox, released the latest in a flurry of app-refactoring platforms. If you’ve heard of Gizmox before last week, you’re probably a developer. Their claim to fame for the last seven years has been a Visual Studio plugin that allows you to build web apps with rich, HTML5 driven UIs. Recently, though, they’ve restructured and spun out the “old Gizmox” products into other entities while creating Reddo Mobility. There’s...
  • Sep 16, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    During my work life of the last decade at Login Consultants I have come across many large-scale RDSH and VDI environments. From my point of view, a lot of these environments suffer from similar structural issues. Over and over again, I see RDSH and VDI projects that do not live up to the sky-high expectations of the IT organization. Projects are over time, over budget and the resulting environments are way more complex and time consuming to manage than expected. It is peculiar that this still...
  • Sep 15, 2014 4:03:00 AM
    In our final video from VMworld 2014 in San Francisco last month, I stopped by AppSense's booth to get a demo of their latest features. (You may recall that Gabe wrote the new 8.5 release last month, so this video is a demo of some of those features.) The big thing for AppSense in 8.5 is that they're focusing on the little features that make AppSense more useable at scale. (I love that they continue to focus on physical desktops in addition to VDI and RDSH sessions.) One new thing is they...
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