Windows 7 Migration – Using App Virtualization

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

Windows 7 will impose many challenges to organizations having to migrate to this new operating system. Ensure application compatibility of your mission critical desktop applications using VMware ThinApp to virtualize applications. Then centralize and simplify desktop management using VMware View and virtualize your complete desktop environment.

  • Virtualize your desktop applications with VMware ThinApp to build in compatibility
  • Virtualize your desktops with VMware View for centralized management of your user environment
  • Ensure delivery of the best user experience with VMware View PCoIP

Minimize the Cost and Disruption of Windows 7 Migration

Get the benefits of upgrading to Windows 7 without endless testing and troubleshooting of integration issues.

IT organizations are faced with the daunting task of having to migrate their desktop environment to Windows 7 as Windows XP support approaches its end and Windows XP availability squeezed with impending complex licensing.

But upgrading 100s or 1000s of desktop devices is costly and time consuming. Windows XP applications will not automatically be compatible with Windows 7. For example Web-based apps that work great on Internet Explorer 6, may not run on Internet Explorer 8 with Windows 7. Additionally, many organizations have custom applications driving their businesses, recoding and recertification their applications for Windows 7 is a time-consuming and costly endeavor. Most of them will have to rely on external vendors to provide the new compatible applications. And the clock is ticking.

Start the transition to Windows 7 today by virtualizing your existing Windows applications with VMware ThinApp. Application virtualization removes the dependency of applications from the underlying operating system so you can run a single application across multiple Windows operating systems. This helps to streamline application migration, ease the burden of cost and complexity for IT and create a seamless transition for end users.

Once your applications are virtualized, consider moving to a complete Virtual Desktop environment using VMware View and further separate the operating system from the underlying hardware and deliver as a secure managed service from the datacenter.

Separate desktop environments from the underlying hardware and run a single image of the operating system on a variety of machines with VMware View. Desktop operating systems, applications and data can be isolated and managed independently in the datacenter.

The VMware virtual desktop solution lets you:

  • Minimize costly application porting and reduce regression testing
  • Reduce conflicts and support calls by providing application isolation and portability using VMware ThinApp, an integral part of VMware View
  • Deliver next generation desktop architecture with modular desktops
  • Enhance image and application management
  • Extend the life of your application and hardware to maximize and protect your investment

Minimize Costly Regression Testing

Applications virtualized with VMware ThinApp are contained in single image formats such as .EXE and .MSI. These images can simply be deployed to end point device or delivered as a secure managed service using View. There is no need for costly deployment downtime and disruption to end user activities.

Since virtualized applications are fully isolated images that do not require installation and commit no changes to the registry, this removes any potential conflict that can be introduced to the environment and greatly reduces the need for regression testing.

You can even deploy a single image of an application to multiple OS versions. Complete a company-wide Windows 7 migration quickly and easily, without costly application porting and lengthy regression testing. Using VMware desktop virtualization, you will:

  • Run a single image of the Windows 7 OS across your virtual environment on a variety of hardware types
  • Maintain user productivity by enabling Windows 7 migration across many systems without rebooting
  • Reduce management costs and power consumption by encapsulating older systems and running them in a more efficient, server-based environment
  • Ensure application compatibility on all endpoint devices

 

Fast to Deployment and Minimize Support Demand on IT

Migrating an entire desktop environment to a new operating system is a time-consuming and costly endeavor for IT and a disruptive event for end users. With VMware desktop virtualization solutions, you can continue to deliver the same applications your end users are accustomed to along with their profiles to Windows 7 quickly and seamlessly. By first virtualizing the applications with VMware ThinApp into single image files, then using VMware View to virtualize the desktops and isolating the desktop environment from the OS. The resulting combined stack helps IT to streamline deployments of both applications and virtual desktops to end point devices. The virtualized applications and desktop environments eliminate direct dependencies on the underlying Windows 7 environment. This helps to reduce conflicts and reduces demand on IT and helpdesk support.

  • Maximize worker productivity and dramatically reduce support calls and maintenance overhead with VMware View. Images of the desktops reside in the datacenter and are deployed to each end user‘s machine. Virtualizing applications isolates them from the OS so they remain unaffected during OS upgrades and migrations, lessening support costs and frustration.
  • Eliminate conflicts and reduce helpdesk support calls.
  • Migrate application and desktop as a single “stack” to minimize disruptive end user downtime.

Source: VMware

Citrix Receiver for Windows & Mac

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 April 5th, 2010|Uncategorized|

On-demand applications from any Windows & Mac device

Citrix Receiver for Windows and Mac is a lightweight software client that runs on laptops, desktops, Macs and netbooks – turning any device into a powerful business tool to access virtual applications and desktops. With Receiver installed on a device, IT can rapidly deliver virtual applications and desktops people need to do their jobs. Receiver for Windows and Mac, along with its innovative console, Merchandising Server, enables faster roll-out of virtual applications and desktops, simplified client management and update, and a single unified user experience for everything Citrix.

Flexible Client Software Configuration
Built with a browser-like ‘plug-in’ architecture, Receiver for Windows & Mac enables flexible client software configuration ideal for every user in your organization.  IT administrators can select from plug-in functions for hosted applications, secure VPN access, communications services and self-service applications with Citrix Dazzle.  Receiver also supports 3rd party plug-ins to further simplify client software management.

Safe, Secure, High Definition Experience
Receiver includes built-in HDX technologies to bring a high definition user experience for virtual applications including document-oriented, data-intensive, graphics-rich and multimedia applications – on any network connection.  Receiver supports high performance, standards-based encryption security for all data from the datacenter, over the network to users anywhere.

Zero-Touch, Silent Updates
Receiver allows the use of enterprise computing services without the need to understand or worry about the underlying complexities. Installs are a simple point and click, and once Receiver is installed, it’s pretty much ‘lights out’, with zero-touch, silent updates from there forward.

Auto-Updating with Targeted Deliveries
Receiver is completely under centralized administrative control to allow the entire Receiver setup, including plug-ins, to be kept up-to-date, with scheduled automatic download to users based upon user preferences for update checks, or IT-controlled mandatory updating.  Receiver enables IT to deliver client software updates to users using a rules-based system based on group credentials, IP addresses, machine names, login IDs, or operating systems. This provides the flexibility to ensure plug-ins are delivered to only appropriate, authorized users.

Receiver for Windows & Mac is free and is available immediately for any Windows or Mac-based device, including PCs, Laptops, Macs and Netbooks. Receiver is also available for smartphones and iPad.

Microsoft’s – Remote Desktop Services

2017-07-27T00:01:11+00:00 April 5th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is an emerging architectural model where a Windows client operating system runs in server-based virtual machines (VMs) in the data center and interacts with the user’s client device such as a PC or a thin client. Similar to session virtualization (formerly known as Terminal Services), VDI provides IT with the ability to centralize a user’s desktop; instead of a server session, however, a full client environment is virtualized within a server-based hypervisor. With VDI, the user can get a rich and individualized desktop experience with full administrative control over desktop and applications. However, this architecture, while flexible, requires significantly more server hardware resources than the traditional session virtualization approach.

Key benefits of VDI are:

  • Better enablement of flexible work scenarios, such as work from home and hot-desking
  • Increased data security and compliance
  • Easy and efficient management of the desktop OS and applications

VDI Standard Suite and VDI Premium Suite

Microsoft provides two suite offerings to purchase and deploy VDI: Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Standard Suite (“VDI Standard Suite”) and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Premium Suite (“VDI Premium Suite”). These two suites make it simple for customers to purchase the comprehensive Microsoft VDI infrastructure and management software, while providing excellent value amongst competing VDI offerings.

The Microsoft VDI Standard Suite is a complete VDI offering which offers the following features:

Desktop Delivery:

  • Basic connection broker to deliver personalized and pooled virtual machine-based desktops in low-complexity environments
  • Web-based remote access and full-fidelity end user experience

Application Delivery:

  • Separation of application layer from image with app streaming
  • Reduces app-to-app conflicts and need for regression testing
  • Easy application life cycle management via policies

Virtualization Platform:

  • Reliable, micro-kernelized hypervisor with small footprint
  • Supports live migration

Management:

  • Integrated, end-to-end management
  • Dynamic provisioning of apps to physical, virtual and session-based desktops
  • Rapid VM provisioning with cloned VHD’s
  • Support for failover clustering and storage migration
  • Patching, updating and monitoring of physical VDI host

For customers that want additional functionality, the Microsoft VDI Premium Suite is a comprehensive desktop centralization offering: It includes all the features of the VDI Standard Suite, but it also leverages the full capabilities of Windows Server Remote Desktop Services to provide greater flexibility for desktop and application delivery. Specifically, it offers the following desktop and application delivery features and benefits on top of the VDI Standard Suite:

Desktop Delivery:

  • Single brokering, discovery and publishing infrastructure for VDI and session-based desktops and applications
  • Higher user density with session-based desktops than with virtual desktops

Application Delivery:

  • Separation of hosted applications from the image
  • Isolation of incompatible applications and consolidation of Remote Desktop Session Host server silos

In order to enable the above mentioned features, the Microsoft VDI Suites incorporate a package of specific use rights of the following Microsoft infrastructure and management products; please contact your Microsoft licensing specialist for details:

  • Remote Desktop Services Client Access License (RDS CAL)
  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) including App-V
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Client Management License
  • System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Standard Server Management License
  • System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Standard Server Management License

Both the VDI Standard Suite and the VDI Premium Suite are licensed per client device that accesses the VDI environment, and thereby allow for flexibility of server infrastructure design and growth. The subscription based license will ensure that customers always have access to the latest versions of software. The VDI Standard Suite and the VDI Premium Suite are designed to complement the per device subscription model of VDA, further simplifying the buying experience for Microsoft VDI customers

VDI is best suited for contract and offshore workers and for users who need access to their work environment from home, including from a non-company owned PC. For complex deployments which require enterprise-level VDI capabilities, Microsoft is partnering with third party vendors such as Citrix Systems to provide a complete and scalable end-to-end solution to customersMS RMD Chart

 MS RMD Diagram

Remote Desktop Services’ RemoteApp virtualizes a processing environment and isolates the processing from the graphics and I/O, making it possible to run an application in one location but have it be controlled in another.

Remote Desktop Services makes it possible to remotely run an application in one location but have it be controlled and managed in another. Microsoft has evolved this concept considerably in Windows Server 2008 R2, and renamed Terminal Services to Remote Desktop Services (RDS) to better reflect these new features and capabilities. The goal of RDS is to provide both users and administrators with both the features and the flexibility necessary to build the most robust access experience in any deployment scenario.

To expand the Remote Desktop Services feature set, Microsoft has been investing in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, also known as VDI, in collaboration with our partners, which include Citrix, Unisys, HP, Quest, Ericom and several others. VDI is a centralized desktop delivery architecture, which allows customers to centralize the storage, execution and management of a Windows desktop in the data center. It enables Windows and other desktop environments to run and be managed in virtual machines on a centralized server. RDD and VDI addresses all these challenges with the following features:

 
For both virtual and session-based desktops, the quality of user experience is more important than ever before. Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services improves the end user experience significantly for VDI and session virtualization (fka Terminal Services) through new Remote Desktop Protocol capabilities. These new capabilities, enabled with Windows Server 2008 R2 in combination with Windows 7, provide for a richer user experience and improve end user productivity. Microsoft RemoteFX, a new set of remote user experience capabilities being developed by Microsoft for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, will enable a full-fidelity, local-like desktop environment for virtual and session-based desktops and applications. RemoteFX will complement the enhancements made to RDP in Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services and will extend the benefits of a rich remote desktop or application to a wide array of client devices, from the most powerful PC to low-cost thin clients and other access devices.
  • Extends Remote Desktop Services to provide tools to enable VDI
  • Provides simplified publishing of, and access to, remote desktops and applications
  • Improved integration with Windows 7 user interface
  • Multimedia Redirection
  • True multiple monitor support
  • Audio Input & Recording
  • Aero Glass support
  • Improved audio/video synchronization
  • Language Bar Redirection
  • Task Scheduler

 New RemoteApp & Desktop Connection (RAD) feeds provide a set of resources, such as RemoteApp programs and Remote Desktops. These feeds are presented to Windows 7 users via the new RemoteApp & Desktop Connection control panel, and resources are tightly integrated into both the Start menu and the system tray. The improved RemoteApp and Desktop Connections features in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 provide the following improvements:

Improved RemoteApp and Desktop Management

 

While RAD improves the end-user experience, RAD also reduces the desktop and application management effort by providing a dedicated management interface that lets IT managers assign remote resources to users quickly and dynamically. Windows Server 2008 R2 includes the following RAD management capabilities to help reduce administrative effort:

  • RemoteApp & Desktop Connections control panel applet
  • Single administrative infrastructure
  • Designed for computers that are domain members and standalone computers
  • Always up to date
  • Single sign-on experience within a workspace
  • RemoteApp & Desktop Web Access

Improved RemoteApp and Desktop Deployment

 

Administrators faced with larger RAD deployment scenarios will also find additional management features in Windows Server 2008 R2’s Remote Desktop Services aimed at improving the management experience for all existing scenarios previously addressed by Remote Desktop Services as well as the new scenarios available via RAD. These improved management features include:

  • PowerShell Provider
  • Profile Improvements
  • Microsoft Installer (MSI) compatibility
  • Remote Desktop Gateway

 Source: Microsoft

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

Citrix Dazzle 1.1 – Empowering Users

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

 

 Citrix Dazzle — the first self-service “storefront” for enterprise applications gives corporate employees 24×7 self-service access to the applications they need to work. Dazzle offers a rich, intuitive user experience that requires no training. If you’ve used DirecTV or Apple iTunes, you already know how to use Dazzle. Dazzle makes self-service IT a reality for the first time ever, giving users simple access to apps and IT services, and bringing the economics of the web to enterprise IT.

Empowering Users with an Enterprise App Store
It’s easy to choose exactly what you need, when you need it – apps, your desktop, or any IT delivered service. Simply browse or search for the app or IT service you need. Subscribe or unsubscribe with one click. Organizing selected apps into user-defined “playlists” is easy and intuitive. Users decide the folders that appear in their Start menu (or, in the future OSX Dock). Simply click to create, then drag and drop any app or IT service.

Self-Service Storefront for XenApp
For the more than 200,000 enterprise customers already using Citrix Delivery Center products like XenApp and XenDesktop, Dazzle effectively acts as a storefront to their existing delivery infrastructure. IT is in control, instantly and easily advertising the existing offline and online Windows applications and Web applications with XenApp’s “app publishing” interface. Adding, updating and removing apps and IT services takes minutes – not days, weeks or months.

Zero-touch install and configuration
Dazzle is fully integrated with Citrix Receiver, so getting users started is easy. IT just loads the Receiver plug-in for Dazzle into Merchandising Server, schedules it for delivery, and it’s silently pushed to every PC or Mac that has Receiver installed. When users launch Dazzle, the store will be fully stocked with all the apps IT has to offer. It’s that easy.

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One-click live help
Users get one click to talk to a service agent that can remotely assist them with any enterprise IT service question allowing IT to provide a “first call resolution” service at low cost that keeps users productive and satisfied. GoToAssist – the industry’s gold standard for remote support – can be fully integrated with third party trouble ticketing systems such as Remedy.

Source: Citrix

VMware Leverages VMware vSphere(TM) Platform, New PCoIP Protocol and Rich Partner Ecosystem to Deliver Complete Desktop as a Managed Service Solution

2017-07-27T00:01:12+00:00 November 9th, 2009|Uncategorized|

vmware_logoVMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, today announced VMware View(TM) 4, enabling rapid adoption of virtualized desktops and establishing a desktop as a managed service model. VMware View(TM) 4 is the industry’s only purpose-built desktop virtualization solution, setting a new quality, cost and scale standard for desktop virtualization environments. Built on VMware vSphere(TM), the industry’s leading virtualization platform, VMware View 4 is a complete desktop virtualization solution featuring a rich, flexible desktop user experience while delivering dramatic efficiency, security, performance, scalability and management improvements — all while reducing desktop total cost of ownership by as much as 50 percent.

Desktop virtualization has long remained a top IT goal because of the added security, manageability and compliance capabilities delivered. Adoption, however, has been limited due to high acquisition costs, insufficient user experience, scalability issues and limitations on the use cases that could benefit from virtualized desktops. With VMware View 4, VMware and its ecosystem of partners eliminate these barriers, enabling broader, mainstream enterprise adoption of desktop virtualization. (more…)

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

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

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.

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