Citrix XenApp 6 Sets New Standard in On-Demand App Delivery for Physical and Virtual Desktops

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 September 10th, 2010|Uncategorized|

citrix_logoCitrix Systems, Inc. announced Citrix® XenApp™ 6, the de facto standard for centralizing applications in the datacenter and delivering them as an on-demand service to both physical and virtual desktops. XenApp 6 offers major new enhancements that simplify computing for IT, including easier central management, enhanced enterprise scalability and seamless integration with Microsoft technologies like App-V and Windows Server 2008 R2. XenApp 6 also improves productivity for end users with extensive new high-definition HDX™ technology enhancements and simplified self-service access to apps from any device, including PCs, Macs, laptops and smart phones.

The new enhancements to XenApp 6 will also be available as an integrated feature of the company’s comprehensive desktop virtualization solution, Citrix XenDesktop™ 4. Mainstream adoption of desktop virtualization requires a proven, scalable solution with the ability to deliver any type of virtual desktop to any user on any device, and to be able to interchange delivery technologies at any time. With more than half the ROI of virtual desktops coming from centralized app management, this integration provides an unparalleled advantage over any other desktop virtualization solution on the market today. This powerful combination makes it easy for customers to deliver apps as an on-demand service to any user, on any device, across a broad range of both physical and virtual desktops.

Bill Burley, Group Vice President and General Manager, XenApp Product Group at Citrix

“Citrix XenApp 6 delivers an entirely new level of IT simplification and user experience that goes beyond anything we’ve ever done with XenApp. The new simplified management capabilities and increased scalability reduce the cost of application management by up to 50 percent for both physical and virtual desktop environments. Combined with Citrix Dazzle, the self-service enterprise app store, and broad new support for Macs, laptops and smart phones with Citrix Receiver, customers can now deliver apps as an on-demand service to any user in any location at a fraction of the cost of traditional application management.”

Garth Fort, General Manager of System Center Marketing, Server and Tools Business at Microsoft Corp.  

“With support for Windows Server 2008 R2 in XenApp 6 and new integration with Citrix XenApp and Microsoft App-V, we are providing increasing value to our customers and delivering a simplified yet powerful application delivery infrastructure. Customers can leverage their existing investment in Microsoft solutions while continuing to expand their ability to deliver applications on-demand.”

Key Facts and Highlights:

  • Simplified Management – XenApp 6 dramatically simplifies desktop computing with AppCenter™, a powerful new management console that makes it easy for IT to centrally manage all applications enterprise-wide from a single location.
  • Unparalleled Scalability – XenApp 6 has been verified to scale up to more than 100,000 concurrent users in a single farm, giving customers unprecedented levels of cost savings and datacenter efficiency.
  • Expanded Microsoft Integration – Seamless integration between XenApp 6 and Microsoft App-V makes it easy for customers to centrally manage applications using whatever mix of local and hosted solutions best fit their unique requirements. XenApp 6 also includes full support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, adding a broad range of platform enhancements including simplified provisioning, easier automation, and more efficient power consumption.
  • Self-Service Apps – Through its integration with Citrix Dazzle™, XenApp 6 gives users an entirely new level of flexibility and mobility, allowing them to choose the apps they need on-demand, without costly manual IT support. Apps available to users through the Dazzle “storefront” can include those delivered by XenApp or Microsoft App-V, as well as IT supported SaaS or web applications.
  • Mac and Smart Phone Support – In addition to supporting PCs, thin clients and laptops, XenApp 6 now makes it easy for users to access Windows apps from Macs and popular smart phones such as Apple iPhone, Google Android and Windows Mobile.
  • Enhanced High-Definition HDX™ Technology – XenApp 6 includes broad new HDX technology enhancements that allow customers to deliver real-time media applications like voice and CD-quality audio with a rich, high-definition user experience. New HDX enhancements in XenApp 6 also expand support for a broad range of USB devices, including webcams, microphones, digital cameras and scanners.

Video: Highlights of XenApp 6
Pricing and Availability:

The new XenApp 6 release will be available for download beginning on March 24, 2010, and will be offered as a free upgrade to all XenApp customers with current Subscription Advantage agreements. Suggested list pricing for new licenses of XenApp 6 will begin at $350 per concurrent user. More information on the new features in XenApp 6 can be found at

XenApp 6 will also be included as an integrated feature of the company’s broader XenDesktop 4 product line, which is available to customers at a suggested list price beginning at $225 per-user or per-device.

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Citrix Extends Client Virtualization

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 August 30th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Virtualization software maker Citrix Systems last week unveiled the word’s first bare-metal client hypervisor, announced a new version of its server virtualization platform and welcomed news from several partners.

Citrix used its annual Synergy show, held this year in San Francisco, to let partners and customers know that it is aiming to extend its ecosystem.

The new XenClient product is a “super fast, 64-bit, bad-to-the bone hypervisor — a true Type 1 hypervisor that bonds to the laptop and delivers a bare metal experience to the apps, OS and things that run on top of it,” said Citrix CEO Mark Templeton, speaking in his keynote address. The company made an “express kit” trial version available for download and promised general availability later this year.

“Desktop virtualization is going mainstream,” Templeton said. “It’s becoming more and more of the fabric of enterprise computing.” Computer makers Dell and Hewlett-Packard disclosed plans at the show to roll out new laptops designed to support the new XenClient hypervisor. The bare-metal client hypervisor is essentially the same technology used on servers, but designed for a client machine.

Although it’s possible to use a server hypervisor on a client machine, it’s not made for that hardware, hence it lacks support for USB devices, graphics accelerators and other features essential to the client. Templeton declared that XenClient would “change the game” by adding a local hypervisor to the laptop, allowing a single-client box to run multiple VMs.

The advantages of running multiple VMs on a single corporate laptop are myriad: A user can, for example, keep personal computing files and apps on a corporate laptop securely isolated in a separate VM. IT can provide a temporary employee or contractor with VM loaded with corporate apps.

And client-side hypervisors make provisioning to mobile client machines much simpler. “People forget that last

[point],” said Ovum senior analyst Tim Stammers. “But if you talk to IT departments, they’ll tell you making images for machines is a real pain. The local hypervisor solves that problem.”

Both Citrix and rival virtualization company VMware promised in 2008 to deliver a client-side hypervisor in 2009. “The fact that they were both late shows that this is very hard stuff,” Stammers said.

Native Bare Metal Hypervisor

XenClient is a Type 1 hypervisor, a native hypervisor that runs on bare metal. Existing Type 2 hypervisors, which have been around for a long time and allow users to do things like run Windows on a Mac (such as Player and Parallels), aren’t as secure as the native versions, Stammers said. Type 2s run on an operating system that can be hacked.

The XenClient was developed in collaboration with chip maker Intel, and optimized for Intel Core 2 desktops and laptops with its vPro technology. The hypervisor serves as “a foundation for centrally managed OS/user environments to be streamed, cached and executed locally on desktop/laptop devices, including off-network mobility,” the two companies said in a statement.

According to sources close to the company, VMware is concentrating on refining its Type 2 virtualization technology, rather than pursing a bare-metal client strategy. VMware had not returned calls for comment at press time. But Stammers believes that VMware will probably come out with a native client hypervisor later this year.

Conference attendee Larry Cohen, a systems administrator for a Silicon Valley manufacturer he preferred not to name, was impressed by the XenClient technology, but said he wished the company would focus more on XenCenter, the company’s XenServer management console. In particular, he’d like to see a better event viewer and logging capabilities. “It would make troubleshooting issues on the physical hardware a lot easier,” Cohen said.

Server Upgrade

Citrix also launched XenServer 5.6 at the show. The latest version of its server virtualization platform mainly fills in some gaps in the previous version, Stammer said. Memory management was one of the key enhancements, he said, but also pointed to new features in the Enterprise and Platinum editions, including automatic work-load balancing, power management and storage integration with StorageLink, Citrix’s platform for providing linking server virtualization to storage resources.

“This market has become a constant race to add tools,” Stammer said. “I often say that server virtualization gives you great flexibility, but flexibility can tie you in knots. So we do need these tools, and different shops need different tools.”

XenServer 5.6 comes in four editions: Free, Advanced, Enterprise and Platinum. Each edition provides additional features.

The free version of XenServer has become an “entryway for new virtualization customers” for Citrix, said IDC analayst Al Gillen. IDC is seeing a growing number of infrastructure vendors using the “free-plus-premium”offering strategy (sometimes called “freemium”) to build market share, Gillen said. 

Stammer applauded both Citrix releases, but said that the future of XenServer is uncertain. Increasingly, this market looks like it’s going to come down to Microsoft’s Hyper-V and VMware ESX, he said. He points to statements by Citrix executives, who as recently as 18 months ago, said that in the future most of Citrix’s business will come from the sale of tools used to manage Hyper-V.

HP Readies XenClient Notebooks

HP made a splash at the show with demos of the industry’s first Citrix-ready XenClient platforms. “Using a local hypervisor, the ability to bring the virtual machine down and run it locally, allows you to be productive whether you’re connected or not,” said Jeff Groudan, director of thin client solutions for HP’s person systems group. “So you have the mobility, but also a lot of the management capabilities inherent of VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure), such as being able to manage the image centrally.”

HP also gave a nod to Adobe’s recently beleaguered Flash technology with an enhancement of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 6. RDP 6 is one of the most common VDI protocols used by VMware View and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services environments, but it doesn’t Flash natively. The RDP Enhancements for Flash is a component that runs on the thin client machine and allows the server to redirect the Flash content down to the client, which also decompresses the file.

“One of the challenges of client virtualization, whether it’s Citrix or someone else’s VDI environment, is they don’t handle Flash very elegantly,” Groudan said. “The experience may not be very good, or it may overly load down the server when they do the decompression for the thin client. The RDP Enhancements fix that problem.

“It was clear to us that complexity of client virtualization has been an inhibitor of growth in this area, Groudan added. “So we have a laser focus on simplifying the process, but also on optimizing the end-user experience.”

HP also unveiled VDI reference architectures for XenDesktop and XenServer at the Synergy event. Joseph George, client virtualization business lead for HP’s infrastructure software and blades division, said the reference architectures are the fruit of his company’s ongoing strategy of “converged infrastructure.” HP believes that that strategy can accelerate the delivery of client virtualization.

“We’ve got the best portfolio out there when it comes to converged infrastructure and client virtualization,” he said. “And the expertise we have in our ranks has allowed us to put together these new reference architectures.”

The new HP and Citrix VDI reference architectures provide the functionality of a stand-alone desktop, George said, while enabling unified management of both physical and virtual infrastructures from the same centralized console.

The HP/Citrix VDI solution supports more than 1,000 users of XenDesktop 4.0, XenServer 5.5 or Provisioning Server 5.1, George said. It leverages HP BladeSystem’s c-Class or HP ProLiant servers with HP Flex-10 technology, HP storage and networking and a choice of HP t5740 or HP t5325 thin client machines.

The big gadget news at the event came from Dell CEO and founder Michael Dell, who surprised conference attendees by officially unveiling his company’s new mini-tablet PC during his keynote. It was actually more of a teaser than an unveiling of the device a MID (mobile Internet device) dubbed The Streak, which Dell casually pulled from his pocket while onstage.

“The device we use to access our information shouldn’t matter anymore,” Dell said. “Whether it’s a phone, or a notebook, a netbook or a desktop PC, your client image can follow you everywhere.” Dell then took the wraps off The Streak, which was loaded with the Android OS and Citrix’s virtual desktop software. Dell said The Streak would be available first in Europe in June, with a U.S. launched planned for later this summer. The carrier will be AT&T.

  • By John K. Waters
    • 05/17/2010



Top 10 Storage Virtualization Trends of 2010

2017-07-27T00:01:09+00:00 August 4th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The storage area network (SAN) is now an essential technology for many large and midsize enterprises. Over the years SANs have become more sophisticated as vendors have rolled out systems that deliver better storage utilization and functionality. Based on these positive developments, 2010 should bring new and interesting products in several key areas. Here are our top 10 trends to keep an eye on in the coming year — along with the insights of key IT managers who are looking to optimize their existing storage and virtualization strategies.

1. Integration of solid state with rotating media for higher performance and lower energy costs.
Product picks: EMC FAST, Fusion-io, Compellent Storage Center

In an effort to provide the best possible storage solutions, many storage vendors are looking for ways to marry the high performance of solid-data memory to the lower cost of rotating media. As prices continue to drop for all storage technologies — and as hard drives get faster and cheaper — vendors are specifically working to incorporate the latest solid-state drive technologies into traditional SAN arrays. EMC Corp. and Compellent both offer fully automated storage tiering, which is the ability to store data depending on the needs of the application. More-frequently accessed files are stored on faster-performing disks, while less-frequently needed files are moved to tape.

“We’re using the Compellent product as part of our new Savvis Symphony cloud infrastructure service offering,” says Bryan Doerr, CTO of St. Louis-based services provider Savvis Inc. “We like how it has a policy that sits between the application and the array to control how each block of data is written to the physical media, based on frequency of usage.”

Doerr is pleased that these decisions are made automatically. “We don’t have to map tables or keep track of what files are stored where, and that’s a very powerful benefit to us,” he says. “Compellent can move individual blocks from a low-cost and low-performing SATA drive to a solid-state drive for the most-frequently updated data.”

One of the more interesting products is a hardware accelerator plug-in adapter card from Fusion-io that can pre-cache data using solid data memory for SAN arrays and other large-scale storage applications.

2. De-duplication technology — on storage and backups — can help open unused space.
Product picks: EMC Avamar, Symantec/Veritas Netbackup PureDisk, IBM/Tivoli Storage Manager, NetApp FlexClone

De-duplication technologies can provide a powerful way to quickly reclaim storage and minimize backup jobs. When users first start applying these technologies, they’re frequently surprised at how much duplication actually exists. As depicted in Figure 1, with PureDisk software from Symantec Corp., users can drill into a backup job and see that they could save more than 95 percent of their storage by getting rid of duplicate data. This capability offers huge potential savings, particularly when backing up virtual machine (VM) collections and remote offices.

Part of the challenge when using VMs is dealing with the fact that they share many common files inside each virtual image — the boot files for the operating system, the applications and so forth. A de-duplication product can leverage this by making only a single copy of common files.

PureDisk is typical of de-duplication products in that it operates in two different ways. For starters, you can use a PureDisk client or agent that runs on each VM and reports the unique files back to the central PureDisk backup server. And PureDisk can also back up the entire VMware VMDK image file without any agents on the separate VMs. This offloads backup from the ESX server and enables single-pass backups to protect all the files — whether they’re in use or not — that comprise the VM.

“De-duplication gives us big storage savings,” says Chuck Ballard, network and technical services manager at food manufacturer J&B Group, based in St. Michael, Minn. “We have 30 machines, each with a 20GB virtual hard drive, on our SAN. Rather than occupy 600GB, we have about a third of that, and we can grow and shrink our volumes as our needs dictate. We use the

[NetApp] LUN copy utility to replicate our workstation copies off of a master image.”

Ballard stores his images on NetApp’s SAN arrays that have their own utility — called FlexClone — to make virtual copies of the data. “We had EMC and also looked at IBM, but both of them had limited dynamic-provisioning features,” he says, adding that a VMware upgrade that required 4.5TB on J&B Group’s old SAN now uses just 1.5TB on the company’s new storage infrastructure.

3. More granularity in backup and restoration of virtual servers.
Product picks: Vizioncore vRanger Pro, Symantec Netbackup, Asigra Cloud Backup

When combined with de-duplication technologies, more granular backups make for efficient data protection — particularly in virtualized environments where storage requirements quickly balloon and it can take longer than overnight to make backups. Backup vendors are getting better at enabling recoveries that understand the data structure of VM images and can extract just the necessary files without having to restore an entire VM disk image. Symantec Netbackup and Vizioncore vRanger both have this feature, which makes them handy products to have in the case of accidentally deleted configuration or user files. For its part, Asigra Cloud Backup can protect server resources both inside the data center and the cloud.

4. Live migrations and better integration of VM snapshots make it easier to back up, copy and patch VMs.
Product picks: FalconStor FDS, VMware vMotion and vStorage APIs, Citrix XenServer

VMware vStorage API for Data Protection facilitates LAN-free backup of VMs from a central proxy server rather than directly from an ESX Server. Users can do centralized backups without the overhead and hassle of having to run separate backup tasks from inside each VM. These APIs were formerly known as the VMware Consolidated Backup, and the idea behind them is to offload the ESX server from the backup process. This involves taking VM snapshots at any point in time to facilitate the backup and recovery process, so an entire .VMDK image doesn’t have to be backed up from scratch. It also shortens recovery time.

Enhanced VM storage management also includes the ability to perform live VM migrations without having to shut down the underlying OS. Citrix Systems XenServer offers this feature in version 5.5, and VMware has several tools including vMotion and vSphere that can make it easier to add additional RAM and disk storage to a running VM.

Finally, vendors are getting wise to the fact that many IT engineers are carrying smartphones and developing specific software to help them manage their virtualization products. VMware has responded to this trend with vCenter Mobile Access, which allows users to start, stop, copy and manage their VMs from their BlackBerry devices. Citrix also has its Receiver for iPhone client, which makes it possible to remotely control a desktop from an iPhone and run any Windows apps on XenApp 5- or Presentation Server 4.5-hosted servers. While looking at a Windows desktop from the tiny iPhone and BlackBerry screens can be frustrating — and a real scrolling workout — it can also be helpful in emergency situations when you can’t get to a full desktop and need to fix something quickly on the fly.

5. Thin and dynamic provisioning of storage to help moderate storage growth.
Product picks: Symantec/Veritas Storage Foundation Manager, Compellent Dynamic Capacity, Citrix XenServer Essentials, 3Par Inserv

There are probably more than a dozen different products in this segment that are getting better at detecting and managing storage needs. A lot of space can be wasted setting up new VMs on SAN arrays, and these products can reduce that waste substantially. This happens because, when provisioning SANs, users generally don’t know exactly how much storage they’ll need, so they tend to err on the high side by creating volumes that are large enough to meet their needs for the life of the server. The same thing happens when they create individual VMs on each virtual disk partition.

With dynamic-provisioning applications, as application needs grow, SANs automatically extend the volume until it reaches the configured maximum size. This allows users to over-provision disk space, which is fine if their storage needs grow slowly. However, because VMs can create a lot of space in a short period of time, this can also lead to problems. Savvy users will deal with this situation by monitoring their storage requirements with Storage Resource Management tools and staying on top of what has been provisioned and used.

Savvis is using the 3Par InServ Storage Servers for thin provisioning. “We don’t have to worry about mapping individual logical units to specific physical drives — we just put the physical drives in the array and 3Par will carve them up into usable chunks of storage. This gives us much higher storage densities and less wasted space,” says Doerr.

Citrix XenServer Essentials includes both thin- and dynamic-provisioning capabilities, encoding differentials between the virtual disk images so that multiple VMs consume a fraction of the space required because the same files aren’t duplicated. Dynamic workload streaming can be used to rapidly deploy server workloads to the most appropriate server resources — physical or virtual — at any time during the week, month, quarter or year. This is particularly useful for applications that may be regularly migrated between testing and production environments or for systems that require physical deployments for peak user activity during the business cycle.

Compellent has another unique feature, which is the ability to reclaim unused space. Their software searches for unused storage memory blocks that are part of deleted files and marks them as unused so that Windows OSes can overwrite them.

6. Greater VM densities per host will improve storage performance and management.
Product pick: Cisco Unified Communications Server

As corporations make use of virtualization, they find that it can have many applications in a variety of areas. And nothing — other than video — stretches storage faster than duplicating a VM image or setting up a bunch of virtual desktops. With these greater VM densities comes a challenge to keep up with the RAM requirements needed to support them.

In this environment, we’re beginning to see new classes of servers that can handle hundreds of gigabytes of RAM. For example, the Cisco Systems Unified Communications Server (UCS) supports large amounts of memory and VM density (see Figure 2): In one demonstration from VirtualStorm last fall at VMworld, there were more than 400 VMs running Windows XP on each of six blades on one Cisco UCS. Each XP instance had more than 90GB of applications contained in its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure image, which was very impressive.

“It required a perfect balance between the desktops, the infrastructure, the virtualization and the management of the desktops and their applications in order to scale to thousands of desktops in a single environment,” says Erik Westhovens, one of the engineers from VirtualStorm writing on a blog entry about the demonstration.

Savvis is an early UCS customer. “I like where Cisco is taking this platform; combining more functionality within the data center inside the box itself,” Doerr says. “Having the switching and management under the hood, along with native virtualization support, helps us to save money and offer different classes of service to our Symphony cloud customers and ultimately a better cloud-computing experience.”

“If you don’t buy enough RAM for your servers, it doesn’t pay to have the higher-priced VMware licenses,” says an IT manager for a major New York City-based law firm that uses EMC SANs. “We now have five VMware boxes running 40 VMs a piece, and bought new servers specifically to handle this.”

As users run more guest VMs on a single physical server, they’ll find they need to have more RAM installed on the server to maintain performance. This may mean they need to move to a more expensive, multiple-CPU server to handle the larger RAM requirements. Cisco has recognized that many IT shops are over-buying multiple-CPU servers just so they can get enough dual in-line memory module slots to install more RAM. The Cisco UCS hardware will handle 384GB of RAM and not require the purchase of multiple processor licenses for VMware hypervisors, which saves money in the long run.

James Sokol, the CTO for a benefits consultancy in New York City, points out that good hypervisor planning means balancing the number of guest VMs with the expanded RAM required to best provision each guest VM. “You want to run as many guests per host [as possible] to control the number of host licenses you need to purchase and maintain,” Sokol says. “We utilize servers with dual quad-core CPUs and 32GB of RAM to meet our hosted-server requirements.”

A good rule of thumb for Windows guest VMs is to use a gigabyte of RAM for every guest VM that you run.

7. Better high-availability integration and more fault-tolerant operations.
Product picks: VMware vSphere 4 and Citrix XenServer 5.5

The latest hypervisors from VMware and Citrix include features that expedite failover to a backup server and enable fault-tolerant operations. This makes it easier for VMs to be kept in sync when they’re running on different physical hosts, and enhances the ability to move the data stored on one host to another without impacting production applications or user computing. The goal is to provide mainframe-class reliability and operations to virtual resources.

One area where virtualized resources are still playing catch-up to the mainframe computing world is security policies and access controls. Citrix still lacks role-based access controls, and VMware has only recently added this to its vSphere line. This means that in many shops, just about any user can start and stop a VM instance without facing difficult authentication hurdles. There are third-party security tools — such as the HyTrust Appliance for VMware — that allow more granularity over which users have what kind of access to particular VMs. Expect other third-party virtualization management vendors to enter this market in the coming year. (To get an idea of how HyTrust’s software operates, check out the screencast I prepared for them here.)

8. Private cloud creation and virtualized networks — including vendor solutions that offer ways to virtualize your data center entirely in the cloud.
Product picks: Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, VMware vSphere vShield Zones, ReliaCloud, Hexagrid VxDataCenter

Vendors are virtualizing more and more pieces of the data center and using virtual network switches — what VMware calles vShield Zones — to ensure that your network traffic never leaves the virtualized world but still retains nearly the same level of security found in your physical network. For example, you can set up firewalls that stay with the VMs as they migrate between hypervisors, create security policies and set up virtual LANs. Think of it as setting up a security perimeter around your virtual data center.

Amazon has been hard at work with Elastic Computing — its cloud-based, virtualization-hosted storage — and last summer added Virtual Private Cloud to its offerings (see Figure 3). This enables users to extend their VPNs to include the Amazon cloud, further mixing the physical and virtual network infrastructures. It’s also possible to extend any security device on your physical network to cover the Amazon cloud-based servers. The same is true with Amazon Web Services, where customers pay on a usage-only basis with no long-term contracts or commitments.

Microsoft has a series of new projects to extend its Windows Azure cloud-based computing to private clouds. They can be found at here and include ventures such as “Project Sydney,” which enables customers to securely link their on premises-based and cloud servers; AppFabric, which is a collection of existing Windows Azure developer components; and updates to Visual Studio 2010.

Some of these are, or soon will be, available in beta. But like other efforts, more federated security between the cloud and in-house servers will require improvements before these new offerings can be dependably used by most enterprises.

Two new entrants to the cloud computing services arena are Hexagrid Inc. and ReliaCloud, both of which offer a wide range of infrastructure services, including high availability, hardware firewalls and load balancing. With these companies, all cloud servers are assigned private IP addresses and have persistence, meaning that users treat them as real servers even though they’re residing in the cloud. Expect more vendors to offer these and other features that allow IT managers to combine physical and cloud resources.

9. Better application awareness of cloud-based services.
Product picks: Exchange 2010, Sparxent MailShadow
It isn’t just about networks in the cloud, but actual applications too, such as Microsoft Exchange services. The days are coming when you’ll be able to run an Exchange server on a remote data center and failover without anyone noticing. Part of this has to do with improvements Microsoft is making to the upcoming 2010 release of its popular e-mail server software. This also has to do with how the virtualization and third-party vendors are incorporating and integrating disaster recovery into their software offerings. An example of the latter is MailShadow from Sparxent Inc. This cloud-based service makes a “shadow” copy of each user’s Exchange mailbox that’s kept in constant synchronization. There are numerous cloud-based Exchange hosting providers that have offered their services over the past few years, and Microsoft is working on its own cloud-based solutions as well.

10. Start learning the high-end, metric system measurements of storage.
If you thought you knew the difference between gigabytes and terabytes, start boning up on the higher end of the metric scale. SAN management vendor DataCore Software Corp. now supports arrays that can contain up to a petabyte — a thousand terabytes — of data. Savvis sells 50GB increments of its SAN utility storage to its co-location customers, which Doerr says has been very well received. “It’s for customers that don’t want to run their own SANs or just want to run the compute-selected functions,” he states. “There’s a lot of variation across our customers. You have to be flexible if you want to win their business.” Given that it wasn’t too long ago when no one could purchase a 50GB hard drive, he says this shows that, “we’re going to be talking exabytes when it comes to describing our storage needs before too long.” Next up: zettabytes and yottabytes.


Wyse Xenith™ – The zero client built for Citrix

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 May 17th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Meet Wyse Xenith

Zero delays, Zero management, Zero security issues – Citrix HDX.

Outfit your cloud with the fastest, easiest to manage, and most secure Citrix client we’ve ever built – and that’s saying something.

From the company that invented the category and built more zero clients than anyone.

Yes, anyone.


Zero Delays


Go from 0 to productivity faster than a Ferrari.

Wyse Xenith is ready to work in six seconds because its dynamically delivered firmware is smaller than a single digital photograph. Its efficient design is three times faster than competing devices and sports gigabit LAN and wireless-n, so it’s ready for serious tasks whether you’re wired in or not. With an industry first media decoder in hardware, Wyse Xenith will be able to deliver HD video without taxing your server, network or patience.


Zero Management


That’s right, no management. It’s a zero configuration client.

Most thin clients require you to add software, tweak settings, or configure them in some way before you can use them. Not Wyse Xenith. Just take it out of the box and connect it to your network – your Citrix XenDesktop server configures it to your preferences.

Wyse Xenith is completely configurable, yet no management software is needed. So unlike some clients, when a hot new feature is released, you won’t need to buy new ones to get it.


Zero Security Issues


It’s one less thing to worry about.

Wyse Xenith is the only dynamically configurable zero client that is virus and malware immune.

Yes, immune.

There are no Windows or Linux APIs for viruses to latch on to, so even network and memory-borne viruses can’t attack. Unlike other HDX compatible clients, Wyse Xenith needs absolutely no local firewall or anti-virus protection.


Zero Energy Use (Almost)


Save $70 a year in energy versus a PC*

Wyse Xenith draws less than 7 watts of power – in full operation.

That’s less than every PC on the planet. And no multimedia rich client on the market today uses less energy.

When you hug a tree – it might hug back.


Zero Compromise User Experience


Wyse Xenith is built for Citrix environments.

XenApp, XenDesktop, it’s what Wyse Xenith lives for.
It’s quite simply the best Citrix HDX client this side of Win32.
With HDX support that goes beyond any non-windows device on the market today.

The desktop just got a lot easier.


Processor: VIA 1GHz
Chipset: VIA VX855
Memory: 128MB Flash / 512MB RAM DDR2
I/O peripheral support: One DVI-I port, DVI to VGA (DB-15) adapter included
Dual-video Support with optional DVI-I to DVI-D plus VGA-monitor splitter cable (sold separately)
Four USB 2.0 ports (2 on front, 2 on back)
Two PS/2 ports
One Mic In
One Line Out
Enhanced PS/2 Keyboard with Windows Keys (104 keys)
PS/2 Optical mouse included
Networking: 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit Ethernet
Internal 802.11 b/g/n (optional) eliminates theft of external wireless adapters
Display: VESA monitor support with Display Data Control (DDC) for automatic setting of resolution and refresh rate
Dual monitor supported
Single: 1920×1200@60Hz, Color depth: 8, 15, 16, 24 or 32bpp,
Two independent full resolution frame buffers
Dual: 1920×1200@60Hz, Color Depth: 8, 15, 16, 24 or 32bpp
Audio: Output: 1/8-inch mini jack, full 16 bit stereo, 48KHz sample rate
Input: 1/8-inch mini jack, 8 bit stereo microphone
Physical characteristics: Height: 1.38 inches (34mm)
Width: 6.94 inches (177mm)
Depth: 4.75 inches (121mm)
Shipping Weight: 6 lbs. (2.7kg)
Mountings: Horizontal feet (optional vertical stand)
Optional VESA mounting bracket
Device Security: Built-in Kensington security slot (cable sold separately)
Power: Worldwide auto-sensing 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz. Energy Star V.5.0 compliant power supply
Average power usage with device connected to 1 keyboard with 1 PS/2 mouse and 1 monitor: Under 7 Watts
Temperature Range: Horizontal and Vertical positions: 50° to 104° F (10° to 40° C)
Humidity: 20% to 80% condensing
10% to 95% non-condensing
Safety Certifications: German EKI-ITB 2000, ISO 9241-3/-8
cULus 60950, TÜV-GS, EN 60950
FCC Class B, CE, VCCI, C-Tick
WEEE, RoHS Compliant
Warranty: Three-year hardware warranty

Wyse Announces the First Zero Footprint Software Engine for Cloud Client Computing

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 May 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Today at Citrix Synergy 2010, the conference where virtualization, networking and cloud computing meet, Wyse Technology revealed the Wyse Zero™ engine. Wyse Zero™ is software that simplifies the development of cloud connected devices. Wyse Zero™, which connects users to cloud computing services and virtual desktops with efficient communications and protocol technology, is already in use in millions of devices, including thin clients, handheld smart devices, and zero clients. Specifically, the Wyse Zero™ engine is currently powering all devices that are utilizing Wyse ThinOS, all implementations of Wyse PocketCloud and — as of today — all Wyse Xenith™ devices.

“Wyse Zero™ addresses the limitations with current embedded options and is already powering the next generation of smart devices connecting to the cloud to provide virtual desktop access.”
.For current users of Wyse ThinOS, the highly optimized, management-free solution for Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft Terminal Server and VMware View virtual desktop environments, Wyse Zero™ ensures that every Wyse thin client delivers flexible and secure user access, boots-up in seconds, updates itself automatically, and delivers IT managers with simple, scalable administration to suit their organization’s needs; all while featuring an unpublished API that delivers built-in protection from viruses and malware.

For the thousands of users of Wyse PocketCloud on Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Wyse Zero™ functionality expands the end user browsing capability to include Adobe Flash support, for example, by intelligently using cloud resources.

Announced today in conjunction with Citrix Synergy 2010, Wyse Xenith™ will also capitalize on the Wyse Zero™ engine. This technology foundation completely eliminates the management and security issues associated with traditional clients, while ensuring a high-definition HDX user experience. More information on Wyse Xenith™ is available at

“For cloud computing to continue to take hold in the enterprise, OEMs require a software ingredient that simplifies the development of cloud connected devices; one with a lightweight footprint that can perform at the speed of business,” according to Curt Schwebke, Chief Technical Officer at Wyse. “Wyse Zero™ addresses the limitations with current embedded options and is already powering the next generation of smart devices connecting to the cloud to provide virtual desktop access.”

The Wyse Zero™ engine delivers several benefits:

•Rich – includes networking, management, and protocol technology
•Fast – does not require an underlying operating system, starts instantly, and provides a fast user experience
•Secure – no attack surface, so no vulnerability to virus and malware threats
•Green – lowest carbon footprint, energy efficient
About Wyse Technology

Wyse Technology is the global leader in cloud client computing, leveraging its industry-leading thin and zero client computing-based desktop virtualization software, hardware and services. Cloud Client Computing is the ultimate client computing solution for our time. It replaces the outdated computing model of the unsecure, unreliable, un-green and expensive PC. It delivers the security, reliability, user experience with the lowest energy usage and total cost of ownership. It simply connects all the dots: Thin and zero client computing, unified communications, desktop virtualization and the web for users to reach the clouds – in a private, public, government or hybrid cloud. It is software. It is hardware. It is services. It is in business. It is at home. It is on the go. It is freedom – so users can focus on what is important. Wyse partners with industry-leading IT vendors, including, Cisco, Citrix, CSC, IBM, Microsoft, and VMware. Wyse also partners with globally-recognized distribution and service partners along with its award-winning partner programs to service any customer, anywhere and anytime, in the world. Wyse is headquartered in San Jose, California, U.S.A., with offices worldwide.

Source: Wyse via BusinessWire

Wyse – What is Thin Computing and Zero Client Computing?

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 May 7th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Thin Computing delivers the productivity people need, at a lower cost than traditional methods, all without compromising security or manageability. Thin Computing replaces the PC with a Thin or Zero Client, making it easier for IT to manage user desktops by moving their complexity to the datacenter. Analysts agree that this approach improves the reliability and security of information, dramatically lowers IT costs, reduces energy consumption, and is far better for the environment. Yet Thin Computing still provides the access to applications and data that people need in order to move the business forward. All while improving on the security, reliability, and availability of PCs.
People often make the mistake of thinking that Thin Computing is just another name for thin-client computing. Actually, Thin Computing includes hardware services and software that work with Thin Clients, Zero Clients, and PCs, as well as wireless devices and other systems. It gives everybody in the organization secure access to the information and the applications they need, without requiring the desktop systems to store them.

Why Thin Computing and Why Now?

Today, as much as 80 percent of IT’s budget is allocated to maintenance, making it very hard for any IT organization to add value to the business. Chief Information Officers have seen their titles evolve to Chief Infrastructure Officer, as they are totally consumed by the need to avoid regulatory problems and keep things running at the same time. Thin Computing not only reduces the cost to deliver desktop computing by as much as 40 percent or more, it also frees IT staff time to focus on more strategic initiatives.

Additionally, the increased availability of high-bandwidth network connections and the sophistication of datacenter architectures based on Microsoft Windows Terminal Services, Citrix Application Delivery, or VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, allow Thin Computing solutions to run at desktop speeds, and display rich multimedia like never before. This makes it easier and more acceptable for business professionals to use Thin Clients in mission-critical applications.

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What is Zero Client Computing?

The majority of today’s thin clients have a small OS in them that provides the functionality to securely connect to servers and display applications for workers. The small amount of software in these devices is why they’re called “thin” clients. Enterprises have successfully adopted this technology in the millions of units, and for some, there is an opportunity to make the desktop or mobile device even thinner – called a Zero Client. A Zero Client has no local OS pre-installed on the unit. This information is provisioned to the desktop (like a cell phone is provisioned when purchased) when it is powered up, based on the worker’s role in the organization. Zero Clients cost less, and don’t need to be managed, but require more network bandwidth than Thin Clients.

Why Wyse Thin Computing?

Wyse is the worldwide leader in Thin Computing, offering Thin and Zero Clients before anyone else. Wyse software makes it easy to provision, manage, update, and even service any Thin or Zero Client from one central location. After all, it’s much easier and more cost-effective to manage several servers than thousands of individual desktop PCs. And with no moving parts thanks to solid-state technology, Wyse Thin and Zero Clients deliver greater reliability, availability, and lower cost of ownership than other solutions.

Wyse Thin Computing solution includes:

Thin-Computing Hardware
Thin-Computing Software
Thin-Computing Services

This total solution allows Wyse to deliver improved:

Going forward, the world is only going to get thinner. And Wyse is already moving in that direction. Check back soon to see exactly how we’re getting thinner. Thin Computing delivers the productivity people need, at a lower cost than traditional methods, all without compromising security or manageability. Thin Computing replaces the PC with a Thin or Zero Client, making it easier for IT to manage user desktops by moving their complexity to the datacenter. Analysts agree that this approach improves the reliability and security of information, dramatically lowers IT costs, reduces energy consumption, and is far better for the environment. Yet Thin Computing still provides the access to applications and data that people need in order to move the business forward. All while improving on the security, reliability, and availability of PCs.
People often make the mistake of thinking that Thin Computing is just another name for thin-client computing. Actually, Thin Computing includes hardware services and software that work with Thin Clients, Zero Clients, and PCs, as well as wireless devices and other systems. It gives everybody in the organization secure access to the information and the applications they need, without requiring the desktop systems to store them.

Citrix – HDX Ready Thin Clients

2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 January 18th, 2010|Uncategorized|

The most frequent question IT managers ask Citrix regarding Thin Clients is: “Which devices do you recommend with XenDesktop and XenApp?”  Citrix established the Citrix Ready framework to answer this question.  Citrix Ready is a verification program for partners to demonstrate interoperability between their products and Citrix products. The Thin Client category of Citrix Ready allows partners the option to test their devices to achieve basic Citrix Ready status or the more stringent HDX Ready status. These options are designed to address market needs based on end user segments and useHDX_right_131x100r experience requirements.

What is an HDX Ready Thin Client?
The HDX Ready designation is reserved for thin client devices that have been verified to work with all of the XenDesktop and XenApp HDX features.  HDX refers to High Definition User eXperience – a term coined by Citrix to describe capabilities in XenDesktop that optimize the user experience when accessing hosted virtual desktops and applications. The HDX Ready category assists IT managers to easily identify thin client devices that deliver the best possible high definition user experience with XenDesktop and XenApp.  

What is a Citrix Ready Thin Client?
There is a trade-off between a thin client’s cost and its capabilities. Not all users require the functionality of all of HDX features of XenDesktop or XenApp.  Devices that are not deemed HDX Ready may still be useful for certain user types and use cases, generally at a lower price point than HDX Ready devices.  The Citrix Ready thin client designation exists for those devices that support connectivity to XenDesktop or XenApp but only a subset of HDX functionality.  Information regarding HDX feature coverage by a particular thin client device is available on the Citrix Ready website.

Feature Thin Clients HDX Ready
Thin Clients
HDX Broadcast
Out of the box Integration  
HDX Plug-n-Play:USB 2.0  
HDX Plug-n-Play:printing  
HDX Plug-n-Play:True Multi Monitor Support  
HDX Plug-n-Play:Smartcard Support  
HDX Plug-n-Play:Isochronous USB 2.0 (Webcam)  
HDX RealTime:VOIP on LAN  
HDX RealTime:Client Audio Recording  
HDX MediaStream:CD Quality Audio on LAN (Server Rendered)  
HDX MediaStream: 480×360 Quality Windows, Flash, QuickTime & Silverlight video on LAN (Server-Rendered)  
HDX MediaStream: 480×360 Quality Windows, Flash, QuickTime & Silverlight video on LAN (Client-Rendered)  
HDX MediaStream: 1280*720 Quality Windows, Flash, QuickTime & Silverlight video on LAN (Client-Rendered) – Optional

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.”