Twelve Money-Making Reasons for Workspace Virtualization

2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 October 28th, 2009|Uncategorized|

symantec_logo tranDesktop virtualization is the second-fastest growing of all virtualization technologies. According to EMA research, around 26 percent of respondents had adopted or were planning to adopt desktop virtualization in 2006; but that number has almost doubled to 46 percent by 2008.

For institutions, the technology has valuable applicability: fault tolerant endpoints for the trading floor; single sign-on application access for the call center; easy desktop management for branch and remote workforces; productive workspaces for telecommuters and mobile workers; and guaranteed anywhere access for disaster recovery applications.

But the real business case lies in the impact workspace virtualization can have on an institution’s top- and bottom-line. Here are 12 reasons that should make this IT investment a done deal for financial institutions looking to thrive (not just survive) in a tough economy

1. On-demand access to applications from any location.
With streaming technology, users can access their workspaces and applications from anywhere, anytime. That access drives user productivity and is a direct contributor to the top line.

Business Impact:
A Day in the Life of a Power User – In the virtual reality, a user isn’t tied to her desk to be productive. Take Kelly, for instance, who is stuck in Aruba on a vacation gone awry – with no chance of getting home in time to finish an important business plan for this quarter’s board meeting. She finds her way to a local Internet café and logs in to the portal. Her workspace is waiting for her there, just the way she left it in the office. She has instant access to all the applications and data she needs. Instead of taking precious time to install specific applications, she’s productive from minute one. Kelly completes her plan and forwards it to the board members. She might not make the meeting, but her plan will.

2. Save time with delta-only updates.
Less downtime has its own impact on the top line. Delta-only updates ensure that users always have the right version of the right application, without surrendering their systems for upgrades—so they’re always ready to work.

3. Proactive license compliance.
A streaming platform manages application licenses and user authorizations. That means institutions will always be in compliance, avoiding surprise license consumption come end-of-year inventory.

4. Reduce license costs by eliminating unnecessary deployments.
For even deeper cuts, institutions no longer pay for licenses that may never be used. By deploying only icons, applications are only installed when they’re actually used.

5. Optimize license costs.
Additionally, institutions can proactively recover licenses for unused applications. If an application goes unused for an unusual amount of time, that unnecessary cost can be recouped.

6. Instant endpoint configuration based upon domain login.
As users move from endpoint to endpoint, the system configures applications based on their login. That means a common OS image can be used across the masses for untold IT efficiencies.

7. Increase the stability of endpoints.
Application virtualization separates applications from other applications and the OS so there are no dependencies or conflicts, resulting in greater availability of the workspace and less downtime for users.

8. Save time by eliminating pre-deployment testing of new and updated applications.
Pre-deployment testing is a necessary albeit time-consuming task that can delay installs or updates. With virtualization, there are no conflicts, so testing isn’t required, and installs and updates happen instantaneously to free IT resources and users alike.

9. Allow for instant application repair without redelivery.
Broken applications are a huge drain on IT resources with tasks like troubleshooting, testing, remediating, and redeploying software. Virtualization can reset applications to their “known good state” so folks can put those fixes behind them and get to work.

10. Central management of users, applications and workstations.
A desktop connection broker can dynamically allocate traditional and virtual computing resources like information, user profiles and applications to the endpoint regardless of device—thus reducing IT workloads.

11. Use Single Sign On to simplify and secure user access.
User access can be a one-step process, leveraging various authentication methods. They don’t have to re-authenticate as they move from application to application, so they’re more productive.

12. Simplify endpoint management.
A single, centralized management system is used across all platforms—local or remote, virtual or not. There’s one setting per user, per application no matter the endpoint, yielding much less resource-intensive management and huge cost savings.

Info/Security Impact:
A Day in the Life of an IT Staffer – Virtual workspace management frees IT resources from the many challenges that plague traditional desktop environments. Consider Steve, a harried IT guy who is hit with a particularly nasty virus that’s corrupting Microsoft Word—a popular application that can potentially impact all employee workstations, local and remote. In the old world, Steve would have had a busy morning, traipsing from desktop to desktop reinstalling the application. But in virtual reality, Steve sits back and in a matter of a couple of keystrokes he reverts Word back to its last known working state—on all 350 workspaces. Crisis averted, and his users remain unawares.

“Security can be a tough sell, regardless of the economy,” concludes Enterprise Management Associates’. “And risk management is not always a top priority.” But when you consider the impact that workspace virtualization has on an institution’s top- and bottom-line, as outlined in these twelve sound business points, then you might agree: A well-managed workspace is a secure workspace. And what price do you put on that?

Source: Symantec.com

Key Considerations for Hospitals Making the Move to EHRs

2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 October 27th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Will the economic stimulus package signed into law by President Obama in February accelerate the broad adoption of electronic health records? The expected impact of the bill has been widely discussed since it was enacted.
 
According to a study that appeared last year in the New England Journal of Medicine, only 17% of office-based physicians are using some sort of EHR. Hospitals have also been slow to go electronic. Another study appearing in the NEJM found that just 1.5% of non-federal hospitals have a comprehensive EHR system across all clinical units.
 
So while many hospitals and physicians have taken initial steps with automation, they have yet to adopt comprehensive systems. High costs, the difficulty of changing the clinical culture from a paper-based workflow, and the current economic downturn (resulting in reduced budgets, layoffs, a drop in patients, and difficulties in getting credit) have all impeded caregivers’ ability to invest in new systems.
 
But the reluctance to embrace EHRs could dissolve soon as a result of the stimulus package and healthcare reform, observers say.
 
The $787 billion package, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), sets aside $17 billion in direct incentive payments to physicians and hospitals that adopt EHRs, plus significant indirect funds to enable adoption and remove technology barriers. Some analysts put the complete number as high as $36 billion. Efforts to reform healthcare have focused on improving the quality of patient care and reducing costs through information technology.
 
This article looks at some of the special challenges hospitals face as they make the move to electronic health records.
 
The bottom line: Do more with less
Under the new law, a hospital that adopts certified EHR technology will be rewarded with increased Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements. Incentive payments will go to hospitals that demonstrate “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology during each incentive payment year starting in 2011. To encourage hospitals to adopt EHR technology early, the total possible amount of incentive payments will decrease the longer a hospital waits to become an EHR user and eventually will turn into “penalties” by ways of decreasing Medicare reimbursement..
 
To qualify as a meaningful user of EHR technology, a hospital must demonstrate that its EHR technology enables it to prescribe electronically, exchange data with other providers, and generate reports on how it performs on certain “clinical quality measures.” Also, the EHR system in use must be certified. (These are the proposed criteria, which have yet to be finalized.)
 
The federal government estimates that the conversion to digital records will save $12 billion in healthcare spending over 10 years, which presumably would result in lower Medicare and Medicaid outlays, as well as positive impacts for employers and citizens alike.
 
But a new study finds that the current economic conditions are making it difficult for hospitals to adopt “meaningful” EHR systems.
 
According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute report, “Rock and a Hard Place: An Analysis of the $36 Billion Impact From Health IT Stimulus Funding,” healthcare providers are struggling to find money to implement EHR systems because the economic recession has depleted capital resources and forced them to make cuts in their IT budgets.
 
A separate PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of 100 hospital CIOs found that 82% of hospitals already have cut their IT budgets by an average of 10%, while 10% have cut their budgets by more than 30%. Two-thirds of the CIOs surveyed said they anticipate making additional cuts in IT spending by the end of this year.
 
In such an environment, it is clearly difficult to commit to large projects like the implementation of an EHR. For many hospitals, it’s a matter of having to do more with less. Hospitals need to be efficient in their IT systems to reduce costs so that they can invest in clinical automation and EHRs, and support them cost-effectively.
 
More stringent privacy and security requirements
Under the health IT provisions of the stimulus package, all entities that handle protected health information must comply with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) security and privacy regulations. Under the new Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information; Interim Final Rule, which becomes effective September 23, the stimulus law also calls for health care providers to:
  • Notify all affected patients within 60 days of a security breach
  • Report security breaches to the HHS secretary and prominent local media outlets if the incident affects more than 500 individuals
  • Track all personal health information disclosures
  • Upon patient request, provide an account of every disclosure for the previous three years
In addition, the new law expands HIPAA regulations to business associates, tightens rules on when patient information can be used for marketing, increases penalties for noncompliance, and enables significantly more aggressive enforcement.

Today’s distributed business environment

The push for more widespread adoption of EHRs comes at a time when the requirements for a secure infrastructure are more challenging then ever, especially given today’s distributed business environment. Increasingly, hospitals’ IT networks are connected to clinics, physician remote offices, remote contractors, suppliers, university networks, and other external parties. At the same time, managed and unmanaged endpoints, including laptops and other mobile devices inside and outside the hospital, are proliferating. As a result, security perimeters must expand beyond the internal network to numerous critical endpoints.

 
In this constantly evolving environment, traditional security measures alone, such as firewalls, antivirus, and intrusion detection systems/intrusion prevention systems, are no longer sufficient.
 
Hospitals must also comply with multiple standards and regulations regarding patient data privacy, including those issued by The Joint Commission, HIPAA, and individual states. As a result, they are implementing methods to monitor and report access to critical systems and information.
 
Security best practices
Symantec recommends that hospitals adopt a comprehensive and automated enterprise security plan, beginning with the creation of a roadmap that includes best practices such as:
  • Performing comprehensive risk assessments
  • Identifying critical endpoints based on criticality of uptime, importance to business processes, and susceptibility to a security or privacy incident
  • Defining cost-effective measures to secure critical endpoints, including mobile devices and databases, and minimize data leakage
  • Implementing automation for ongoing measurement of existing security effectiveness, adherence to security policies, and regulatory compliance
  • Implementing automation for monitoring, quickly identifying and responding to policy violations, and reporting on security and privacy on multiple levels—from executive dashboards to detailed reports for IT staff
  • Protecting sensitive patient information from breaches by implementing data loss prevention

Managing storage complexity

As can be imagined, the adoption of EHRs also has profound implications for hospitals’ storage systems. EHRs summarize and organize patient information, including digitized images of scanned paper documents and electronic data from patients, payers, and pharmacies. They can contain vast amounts of form-based information that must be copied into backup and disaster recovery versions. 

Managing storage complexity

As can be imagined, the adoption of EHRs also has profound implications for hospitals’ storage systems. EHRs summarize and organize patient information, including digitized images of scanned paper documents and electronic data from patients, payers, and pharmacies. They can contain vast amounts of form-based information that must be copied into backup and disaster recovery versions.

 
For many hospitals, storage demands are already growing more than 70% each year, and current data storage systems aren’t scalable to meet the demands of exponentially increasing amounts of retained data.
 
The rapidly growing storage in hospitals translates to more IT staff resources required to manage it, and the demand is especially burdensome due to the use of disparate storage systems that are based on different technology platforms and have to be managed individually.
 
Without an enterprise-wide storage strategy, providers are continuing to purchase and deploy additional storage islands—each of which requires even more individual management. Implementation of a solution that automates and centralizes the management of stored data using a single interface would maximize the utilization of these various storage systems to accommodate growing amounts of data, thereby reducing costs for purchasing additional storage hardware and relieving demands on IT.
 
Conclusion
Dr. David Blumenthal, the Obama Administration’s National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said recently that electronic technology will soon be considered “as fundamental to medicine as the stethoscope.” Federal incentives for the meaningful use of such technology, he added, will propel the nation.
 
As hospitals and their IT departments increasingly apply automation to improve patient care quality, attract and retain talent, and reduce costs, traditional IT infrastructures are being pushed to the limit. Factor in the budget cuts brought about by the economic recession, and it’s clear that many hospitals find themselves having to do more with less.
 
Symantec can help healthcare providers attain their EHR goals by delivering best practices and industry-leading products and services for security, storage management, and compliance. To learn how the Symantec Healthcare Provider Solution addresses these critical IT issues, go to the Symantec Healthcare website.
 
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Source: Symantec.com

The Windows Optimized Desktop

2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 October 27th, 2009|Uncategorized|

windows-7-logoWith the Windows Optimized Desktop, Microsoft has created the single client infrastructure framework that will empower the new diverse workforce by supporting the execution and administration of multiple desktop and worker scenarios.

The building blocks of the Windows Optimized Desktop are:

Windows 7

The next release of Microsoft’s venerable desktop operating system, Windows 7 is faster, more reliable, and features better performance. It boasts an intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interface, including the enhanced Windows Taskbar, and offers new scripting and automation capabilities based on Windows PowerShell™ 2.0.

Windows Server® 2008 R2

The latest version of Microsoft’s time-tested 64-bit server operating system, Windows Server 2008 R2 supports network-oriented management frameworks such as Active Directory® and the .Net Framework. Windows Server 2008 R2 incorporates tried and-true management capabilities such as Microsoft System Center as well as Hyper-V™ virtualization hypervisor, which facilitates desktop virtualization.

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)

A suite of best-of-breed desktop management and virtualization technologies, MDOP is an integral part of the Windows Optimized Desktop. It includes Microsoft’s exciting new Application Virtualization technology, App-V, and Enterprise Desktop Virtualization technology, MED-V.

Other MDOP tools are Microsoft Asset Inventory Service for centralizing desktop inventories, Advanced Group Policy Management for managing administrative rights, Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset for identifying desktop problems, and System Center Desktop Error Monitoring to enable proactive problem management. 

System Center

A set of server-based technologies, System Center helps IT administrator’s aggregate information related to infrastructure, processes and policies. Using System Center, they can better manage systems and automate operations, which helps reduce cost, improve application availability and enhance service delivery.

Forefront™ Client Security

A client-server application designed to view and manage security settings and configurations across an enterprise, Microsoft Forefront Client Security provides unified virus and spyware protection, simplified administration and critical visibility and control. From an administrative point of view, the Windows Optimized Desktop is both a blueprint and a toolset intended to help technology managers address issues related to desktop productivity, security and manageability.

Source: Microsoft.com

Variety In Desktop Virtualization

2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 October 26th, 2009|Uncategorized|

dell_ultra_small_desktopWill one single type of desktop accommodate the needs of this complex workforce? Simply put, it can’t. These workers require a multitude of desktop experiences. That means either a plethora of desktop products, or a single framework that can be configured and extended to support a variety of workplace scenarios.

A powerful technology that affords flexibility and manageability, and can enable these new workforce scenarios to come to life, is virtualization. Most IT managers are aware of the power of virtualization technology, specifically as it applies to servers and consolidation. However, many may not be aware of how virtualization can be applied to the desktop.

There are four areas of virtualization that enable flexibility at the desktop level:

1. User-state virtualization separates an end user’s data and settings from a specific desktop machine. This enables IT to store those user elements centrally and at the same time make them accessible to other PCs in the organization. It enables a user to employ a variety of PCs (or mobile devices) as if each were that person’s unique PC.

2. Microsoft® Application Virtualization (App-V) turns an application into a self-functioning entity. It allows IT administrators to store an application centrally and stream it to a desktop based on user access privileges. It isolates applications from each other, allowing them to run in concert even if they require the same resources from the OS.

3. Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) decouples the location of the user interface from where the application is executing. This allows the execution of a desktop environment at one place (a server) and presentation of that environment or user interface at a different location (a desktop or mobile computer).

4. Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) centralizes virtual PCs inside the datacenter while allowing users to remotely access their desktops. Being server-based, it requires hardware and storage that can be costly. Before you start evaluating VDI, rationalize your VDI deployment, outline your VDI scenarios and explore the licensing implications.

Microsoft has incorporated powerful virtualization technology as a key element in its strategic blueprint, the Windows Optimized Desktop.

Source: Microsoft.com

Business Infrastructure Virtualization

2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 October 25th, 2009|Uncategorized|

VMware diagram_freeupmoneyGive IT a break. Imagine the day when IT can shift its focus from maintenance to driving efficiency and innovation — and help grow the business. And imagine doing this while fully optimizing financial resources throughout IT, shifting human energy and conserving the earth’s energy. 

Rest assured. VMware gets you there. From the datacenter to the desktop, out to the cloud, VMware delivers the world’s most trusted, flexible and dynamic solutions for Business Infrastructure Virtualization.

Only VMware is the proven leader in virtualization. How can we say that? The proof is in the numbers.

  • 89% of all virtualized applications in the world run on our software.
  • All 100 of the Fortune 100 companies use our software.
  • Over 150,000 customers rely on our industry-leading virtualization platform.

Our proven solutions can help you reduce capital and operating expenses, boost efficiency, improve agility, ensure business continuity and strengthen security. From the datacenter to the desktop to the cloud, VMware delivers the world’s most trusted, flexible and dynamic solutions for Business Infrastructure Virtualization.

Most business infrastructures today are complex and rigid, preventing IT from being able to keep up with business demands. Why bog down IT resources in routine maintenance tasks? Let IT staff focus on delivering services that drive business agility.

With VMware Business Infrastructure Virtualization solutions, IT organizations can:

  • Optimize financial energy by reducing capital and datacenter costs to get more done with less. VMware virtualization can reduce capital costs by as much as 60 percent.
  • Shift human energy from servicing hardware to driving the business. VMware virtualization reduces time spent on routine administrative tasks by about a third.
  • Save the Earth’s energy by using less power, cooling and real estate, and using it more wisely. VMware virtualization reduces power, cooling and real estate needs in the datacenter, cutting energy costs by up to 80 percent.

The Business Value of Virtualization from Forrester Consulting

Virtualization isn’t just a hot technology; it’s a valuable business solution that increases IT efficiency and makes IT services more predictable according to this study from Forrester Consulting. Find out why virtualization is the top spending priority for executives and how they are achieving a full return on their investment in less than 12 months with VMware. Download the whitepaper.

Transform Your Business with VMware

Today’s economic times are transforming the way we do business, and information technology is critical to keeping pace with these changes. Simply put, business agility depends more than ever on IT agility. This vision paper explains how VMware is helping thousands of customers transform the way they do business by making it possible to virtualize all IT assets—from the desktop to the datacenter and into the cloud—using a common platform to design sustainable IT solutions based on a flexible architecture that provides unprecedented support for business goals. Download the vision paper.

Source: VMware.com

Reduce Costs By Streamlining PC Management

2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 October 25th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Microsoft PC ManagementThe cost and administrative challenges in managing a modern desktop infrastructure are daunting. Envisioning the desktop infrastructure as a strategic asset rather than a cost center can benefit both users and the organization as a whole. Microsoft, in collaboration with IDC and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has created a strategic roadmap for desktop infrastructure optimization that characterizes an organization’s desktop management practices along a curve that moves from simple and reactive to mature and optimized:

Basic Desktop Infrastructure

Characterized by manual, localized processes with minimal central control, the basic desktop infrastructure is fundamentally reactive—both in terms of process and security—and  a highly dependent cost center.

Standardized Desktop Infrastructure

Standardization of desktop technology— hardware and software— results in an increasing degree of coordination between management and end users, making administration of the standardized desktop infrastructure more efficient.

Rationalized Desktop Infrastructure

Consolidation and coordination of desktop and server assets, combined with a significant degree of automation, make the rationalized infrastructure highly effective and a business enabler.

Dynamic Desktop Infrastructure

Dynamic resource usage combined with fully automated functions and processes, which allow for business-linked service-level agreements, make the dynamic desktop infrastructure a strategic business asset.

An optimized desktop infrastructure can lead to greater business continuity, enhanced compliance, and better, more secure access to network resources. Organizations can increase agility and achieve notable improvements in the ability to provide faster, more responsive it service.

Higher levels of optimization can result in savings of up to 80 percent in it labor costs, according to a 2009 idc study. Standardization alone pays dividends. According to idc, companies that maintained a standardized desktop strategy for three years or longer decreased

Pc labor costs by an additional 34 percent over the initial short-term gains.

The Windows optimized desktop is intended to support an organization’s effort to optimize its overall desktop infrastructure. it does this first by facilitating standardization and consolidation through the use of a single, stable, familiar and well-integrated client-server architecture. But it also offers technology managers capabilities and tools that facilitate coordination, automation and dynamic resource allocation, including:

Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) this reduces the application deployment effort because technology managers no longer need to test how different groups of applications work together every time one is upgraded. it removes an application from the desktop footprint, which allows it to deploy a smaller master Pc image across a variety of business groups.

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) this resolves application-compatibility problems by letting legacy applications run in a virtual environment.

Windows 7 Advanced Image Management and Deployment Tools these enable it to ease os deployments and reduce the cost and complexity of managing PCs and virtual machines.

The DirectAccess network access technology so effective in supporting mobile workers works both ways: it not only allows users to access corporate resources directly, it enables administrators to configure and manage Pcs remotely across the internet, especially when used in conjunction with these tools:

  • Group Policy Management Console, which allows it administrators to centrally manage Pc and application settings.
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0, which enables technology managers to automate repetitive tasks.
  • Internet Explorer Administration Kit, which can be used to configure an initial internet explorer setup or manage user settings after internet explorer has been deployed

Return on investment can be measured two ways: Lower costs and more effective use of resources. the Windows optimized desktop helps lower the cost of desktop administration and increase dynamic resource usage by providing tools that help both users and administrators resolve problems faster—and therefore return to productive work quicker:

Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset this tool helps technology managers and administrators identify and repair Pcs that have become unusable by offering tools that analyze and solve the problem.

System Center Desktop Error Monitoring through agentless crash-monitoring technology, this tool identifies the impact, probable cause, and resolution of application and operating system failures, which helps to make desktop Pcs more stable and reliable.

Windows Troubleshooting Platform the Windows troubleshooting Platform can reduce calls to the help desk by diagnosing and resolving common Pc issues, and by providing built-in troubleshooting help, including audio, video, and networking, for several different types of problems.

Virtualization may be intimidating to it managers unfamiliar with the technology. the Windows optimized desktop provides tools to manage both physical and virtual assets.

System Center Configuration Manager

System center configuration manager 2007 assesses, deploys and updates software on servers, clients and mobile devices across physical, virtual and distributed environments. Organizations leveraging Microsoft system center configuration manager will benefit from internal end-to-end hardware and software inventory and metering capabilities. The solution’s asset intelligence component translates the inventory data into information, providing rich reports that it administrators can use to optimize hardware and software usage.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

System center Virtual machine manager enables dynamic and responsive management of a virtual infrastructure, rapid provisioning of new virtual machines, and unified management of physical and virtual machines. These days, lowering cost is imperative, and most organizations are looking for short-term return on any investments they make, including technology. The

Windows optimized desktop provides a cost-effective way for it administrators to begin the upgrade and optimization of desktop infrastructure by serving both short-term goals—for instance, by providing a platform to test the efficacy of desktop virtualization technology—

and long-term needs, by being able to implement new desktop technology quickly and recycle used equipment efficiently.

Source: Microsoft.com

Wyse Technology Extends its Leadership in Thin Computing-centric Client Virtualization with Advanced Solutions Ready for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 October 23rd, 2009|Uncategorized|

Wyse Windows 7Wyse Technology, the global leader in thin computing and client virtualization, today announced Day One support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, the latest version of Microsoft Windows which was made available today.

Wyse thin client hardware and virtualization software now supports Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.  This level of support allows users of Windows to immediately embrace Microsoft’s extended virtualization technologies from the datacenter to the desktop.

In fact, there are six compelling reasons for businesses to look to Wyse to deploy their virtual environments on Windows Server 2008 R2:

• VDI.  Wyse’s broad support for Microsoft’s virtualization platform make Wyse solutions the best test bed for virtualizing Windows 7 on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 R2.  Wyse thin client hardware and virtualization software is immediately capable of integrating with Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and the new version 7 of Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).  Wyse thin clients provide the perfect end-point for Microsoft VDI offering and complement the Microsoft VDI Suites.

• Energy and Power Efficiency. In support of Windows Server 2008 R2 improved power efficiency and management capabilities, Wyse delivers the broadest portfolio of Energy Star Windows 7 capable thin devices, including:
      o R class – The most powerful and flexible thin client in the market
      o V class – The most popular thin client in the industry
      o X class – Best in class mobile thin device
      o NEW! C class – The best performing and energy efficient thin client in the market

• Enhanced User Experience.  Wyse thin clients and virtual desktops will immediately deliver a superior Windows 7 end user experience in a virtual environment.  Wyse clients based on Windows Embedded Standard® can now run RDP 7 client immediately, while Wyse’s forthcoming award-winning TCX Suite 4 virtualization software assures that Windows 7 will perform better on existing and prior generations of the RDP client. 

• Streaming Capabilities.  Wyse WSM already powers Zero Clients and legacy desktops to become fully fledged diskless computers running Microsoft Windows XP Pro or Vista.  Now that support is extended to Windows 7 for streaming to a virtual machine, thin client or PC.  In addition, Wyse WSM is now supported on Windows Server 2008 R2.

• Global Reach.  Soon to be validated on Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS and on Windows 7 virtualized on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, Wyse Virtual Desktop Accelerator (VDA) software accelerates Microsoft RDP by up to 20 times on networks subject to latency and packet loss.

• Mobile Computing.  Wyse’s innovative PocketCloud app, which delivers complete access to a PC or virtual machine from an iPhone or iPod Touch, will immediately support desktop access for clients running Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS or Windows 7 virtualized on Hyper-V.

“Businesses around the world are preparing for Windows 7, and that includes enterprises that have deployed or are preparing to deploy virtual desktops,” according to Charles King, President and Principal Analyst at Pund-IT.  “Wyse Technology is taking a leadership role in assuring that the end user experience is a superior one for individuals accessing Windows 7 via a thin client or repurposed PC.”

According to Manlio Vecchiet, director of Windows Server marketing at Microsoft, “Microsoft and Wyse offer enterprise customers considering VDI the software and hardware to support their needs and have been working closely together to improve the experience of VDI desktops.  Microsoft is excited about the prospects of Wyse bringing the benefits of thin computing to Windows Server 2008 R2.”

“The combination of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008 R2, together with Hyper V and RDP7 deliver a very compelling offering for enterprises to embrace VDI,” said Ricardo Antuna, Senior Vice President, Product Management, at Wyse.  “Wyse’s portfolio of energy efficient devices and virtualization software provide the best solution to further the reduce the cost of deploying virtual desktops with Windows 7.”

Source: Wyse.com

Wyse Virtual Desktop Accelerator

2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 October 19th, 2009|Uncategorized|

Improves user experience for virtual desktop infrastructure, including public and private clouds

Wyse Virtual Desktop AcceleratorWyse Virtual Desktop Accelerator (VDA) is a software-only solution for Wyse thin clients and supported PCs. Wyse VDA delivers the best user experience for the network bandwidth allocated to users, neutralizes the effects of network delays (latencies) and errors (packet loss) for thin computing, making it suitable for more remote-site, branch, or field-based users.
Today, poor network performance for thin computing protocols can reduce user experience, forcing organizations to limit deployment scope, deploy additional datacenters, use higher cost networks, purchase expensive hardware accelerators and even fall back to costly legacy techniques (client-server). In addition, Public Cloud centers are sparsely distributed today, only providing low latency access in limited markets.
Wyse VDA means organizations can deploy thin computing to more remote users – while minimizing additional network costs, and avoiding the need for regional datacenters. Organizations that have already deployed thin computing using regional datacenters will be able to achieve significant cost-savings through datacenter consolidation.
Wyse VDA accelerates Microsoft RDP and Citrix ICA protocols by up to 3 times on networks with up to 300ms latency and at least 768 kbps downstream bandwidth

  • Software-only acceleration of virtual desktops and applications
  • Accelerates Citrix ICA and Microsoft RDP protocols
  • Works on high bandwidth wide area networks (FLP – Fat Long Pipes)
  • Accelerates connections to Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, VMware View and Microsoft Terminal Server and Microsoft Hyper-V VDI
  • Enhances Wyse TCX software suite functionality across wide-area networks
  • Enhances Wyse Collaborative Processing Architecture performance
  • Enables per connection maximum bandwidth usage control
  • Leverages built-in security of underlying protocols (e.g. 128-bit encryption for RDP and ICA
  •  Remote offices and branch offices

    Centralizing data and installing only endpoints in branch or remote offices significantly reduces costs, and improves data security. When network performance limits experience, rather than installing servers, install Wyse VDA.

    Mobile workers

    Wyse thin computing addresses security and management issues for mobile workers by replacing PC laptops with thin laptops. Adding Wyse VDA improves performance for Wi-Fi connected users.

    Home workers

    Home working enables a more flexible workforce and can reduce HQ costs. Wyse VDA enables home workers connected over slow broadband connections to have improved experience.

    Offshore workers

    Increasingly organizations are using staff located all around the world. Management, security and intellectual property issues make centralized infrastructure and thin computing an ideal solution for remote sites. Wyse VDA improves desktop and application performance so local datacenters are not required.

    Cloud computing

    Cloud computing delivers cost-effective and flexible IT infrastructures. With Wyse VDA, sites with receive an enhanced user experience for cloud-hosted applications and desktops

    Source: Wyse.com

    Citrix Offers Trade-up to XenDesktop 4 Program

    2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 October 12th, 2009|Uncategorized|

    A unique opportunity for customers to add desktop virtualization to their proven XenApp implementation and save up to 80%.

    The Trade-up to XenDesktop 4 Program gives XenApp customers a simple and cost-effective path to the most complete desktop virtualization solution— XenDesktop 4. With XenDesktop 4, customers can do everything they do today with XenApp and deliver high-definition virtual desktops to every user across the enterprise.

    Customers who trade-up all their licenses at once can receive two XenDesktop 4 user licenses for every one XenApp license they trade-up. This 2-for-1 offer gives customers an 80% savings compared to buying new desktop virtualization licenses. The Program enables customers to leverage their existing investments to add desktop virtualization now, for an unbeatable price. 

    Program options:

    • Trade-up 100% of your active XenApp licenses:  
      • Get 2 XenDesktop 4 licenses for each XenApp license
      • Save up to 80%
    • Trade-up a sub-set of your active XenApp licenses:
      • Get 1 XenDesktop 4 license for each XenApp license
      • Save up to 70%
    • Trade-up any XenApp license without Subscription Advantage:
      • Get 1 XenDesktop 4 license for each XenApp license
      • Save up to 50%

    Leverage existing investments

    • Trade-up XenApp licenses to get XenDesktop 4 at a fraction of the cost
    • Use XenApp skills and best practices to simplify desktop virtualization adoption
    • Leverage existing hypervisor, storage and Microsoft infrastructures  

    Add desktop virtualization

    • Continue to use XenApp functionality as you always have
    • Add the most comprehensive set of virtual desktop technologies
    • Deliver virtual applications and desktops as on-demand services to any user

     Save on XenDesktop 4

    • Trade-up all active XenApp licenses at once, get 2X the XenDesktop 4 licenses
    • Trade-up your XenApp licenses, save between 50%-80% on XenDesktop 4
    • Trade-up includes 12 months of Subscription Advantage on XenDesktop 4

     Act now. This program is only valid until June 30, 2010! 

    Citrix XenDesktop 4 – The Virtual desktop revolution is here…..for everyone

    XenDesktop 4 includes the key features fundamental to extending the benefits of virtual desktops to every user in your organization.

    Any device, anytime, anywhere

    Today’s digital workforce demands the flexibility to work from anywhere at any time using any device they’d like. Leveraging Citrix Receiver as a universal client, XenDesktop 4 users can access their virtual desktops and corporate applications from any PC, Mac, thin client or smartphone.

    HDX™ user experience

    XenDesktop 4 delivers an HDX™ user experience on any device, over any network, with better reliability and higher availability than a traditional PC. With Citrix HDX™ technology, users get an experience that rivals a local PC, even when using multimedia, real-time collaboration, USB peripherals, and 3D graphics. XenDesktop 4 offers the best Flash multimedia performance while using 90% less bandwidth compared to alternative solutions.

    Citrix FlexCast™ delivery technology

    Different types of workers across the enterprise need different types of desktops. XenDesktop 4 can meet all these requirements in a single solution with our unique Citrix FlexCast™ delivery technology. With FlexCast™, IT can deliver every type of virtual desktop – each specifically tailored to meet the performance, security and flexibility requirements of each individual user.

    On-demand apps by XenApp™

    To reduce desktop management costs, XenDesktop 4 offers the full range of Citrix application virtualization technologies with on-demand apps by XenApp™. With application virtualization, IT can control data access, manage fewer desktop im-ages, eliminate system conflicts, and reduce application regression testing.

    Open architecture

    XenDesktop 4 works with your existing hypervisor, storage and Microsoft infrastructures, enabling you to leverage your current investments – while providing the flexibility to add or change to alternatives in the future. Whether you use XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware ESX or vSphere, XenDesktop supports them all and simplifies management of networked storage using StorageLink™ technology.

    Leveraging Open Source to Solve the Windows 2000 End-of-Life Dilemma

    2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 October 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|

    Many companies are facing the challenge of how to transition from Windows 2000.  While the default reaction to this challenge is to move to a newer Windows release this approach can lead to other concerns:

    • Am I licensed for the new OS (especially when using the OEM supplied license)?
    • Do your applications and peripherals work with the newer Windows OS versions?

    Despite these challenges, in most scenarios, with proper planning, the transition can be managed effectively.  However, in some cases IT departments should take the time to evaluate the progress that Open Source platforms have made in being a viable alternative.

    If you are still using Windows 2000 it is likely that these systems are being used in a limited capacity.  When the systems needing to be replaced are ‘task oriented’ terminals and a thin client is a good alternative but the cost of replacing hardware may be prohibitive, there are a variety of Linux Distributions and Open Source applications that can prove to be a valuable alternative.  Take, for example, a scenario where a Windows 2000 system is used for a limited set of applications with specific hardware and peripheral requirements.  Even better, let’s assume the Windows 2000 system is being used as an RDP terminal.  A Linux desktop may be the perfect solution waiting to be discovered.

    With the recent Linux distributions it’s easier than ever to develop a custom Linux image that can meet the challenge.  Take, for example, Puppy Linux 4.3.  This small yet powerful distribPuppyLogoution is packed full of hardware device support, tons of the most typical applications, a streamlined installation experience, and flexible deployment options.  All with a 110 MB footprint! 

    Check out the goals of the Puppy Linux distribution here:

    http://www.puppylinux.com/about.htm

    As with any IT project, don’t assume or accept marketing slicks in place of due diligence.  Do your homework, test and validate potential solutions, and plan for the full life cycle management of an approach.  If done properly your organization will be successful whether the answer is Windows  7, Puppy Linux, or something off the ‘beaten path’ altogether.  With the technology advancements of today’s operating systems, taking the time to re-evaluate the options may surprise you!

    Source: Coretek Services –  Sr. Systems Architect

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