A FlexPod Brief…

2012-05-02T22:31:06+00:00 May 2nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

With the rise of virtualization over the last several years, there’s one large segment of Information Technology that has been struggling to keep up with the demand – your organization’s data center. 

Not So Long Ago…

IT infrastructure used to be built and deployed using distributed technology and components on an application-by-application basis.  That philosophy worked well because most IT teams were organized in silos that segmented applications, servers, local area networks, and storage groups.

As more applications were required across multiple departments, that infrastructure development strategy became far less efficient.  Server sprawl become a serious concern as more and more servers were required to deliver software solutions.  It took longer to build and deploy environments.  It also turned the data center into one of the least “green” places in an organization due to the immense power requirements needed to power the core infrastructure.

Virtualization changed much of that in the last few years by re-imagining a consolidated data center that significantly reduced the number of servers required to deliver Tier 1 applications for the enterprise.  The result is a more flexible, easier to manage environment that has reduced power demands.  Building this type of infrastructure can be very simple when you use a building-block solution like FlexPod.

A New Approach…

Introduced a little over two years ago, FlexPod offers a set of validated infrastructure designs that allow you to build a robust data center with a very dense infrastructure footprint confined in a small amount of space.  The FlexPod system is built around a baseline configuration that includes servers and switches from Cisco, high-performance storage from NetApp, and virtualization components from Citrix, VMware, or Microsoft, depending on your Hypervisor preference.

All FlexPod solutions begin with a standard – but flexible – blueprint which can be modified to suit your organization’s unique needs.  This base configuration can be scaled quickly to meet any number of infrastructure needs, but FlexPod truly shines in the virtualization space.

Because all three components of FlexPod are tightly integrated, supporting FlexPod is considerably simpler than with a traditional server model.  All patches, upgrades, and enhancements are pre-tested to ensure they work seamlessly during implementation.  This reduces risk during critical updates and time required when performing basic maintenance tasks.

What Cisco Brings…

Cisco has done a phenomenal job of leveraging their popular Unified Computing System (UCS) platform to serve as the backbone of the FlexPod environment.  Cisco’s new B- and C- Class series servers significantly increase performance and capacity for large data-heavy virtualized environments by serving up a whopping 384GB (and even more in some models) of memory per blade server.  Cisco’s UCS M81KR Virtual Interface Card improves network throughput performance by 38% over similar software-based switches, and reduces cost by performing as both a network interface care and a host bus adapter.  The result is the elimination of key bottlenecks that directly impacted performance on virtual servers.

Cisco also includes the Unified Computing System Manager (UCS-M) as part of the FlexPod environment.  This provides for management of all software and hardware in the stack.  UCS-M also offers flexible role and policy-based management of the entire environment using services profiles.  Resources can be placed in pools, and service profiles can be used to help speed up time to market for key deployments.

The NetApp Piece…

NetApp provides a huge boost to the FlexPod environment by offering a wide array of software aimed at maximizing storage.  NetApp’s de-duplication process drives the cost of storage down dramatically by intelligently writing only truly unique data to its drives.  Using its FlexClone technology, users can quickly provision new environment for use in development, testing, or disaster recovery.  Innovations like NetApp’s FlexCache technology allow high-demand data to be segregated from data in its main repositories to ensure for quick access and maximum performance.

Greater Than The Sum…

Add this all up and it’s clear that FlexPod is a real game changer.  Whether your organization is looking to reduce its footprint in the data center, drive better performance it its virtualized environments, or simplify the management of the data center, FlexPod’s certainly a technology worth keeping an eye on.

Application Strategy in the New Enterprise…

2017-07-27T00:01:08+00:00 December 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Why is the right application strategy important?

Whether it is physical or virtual, the endpoint device won’t matter if you can’t get to your data; and it’s through applications that you get to your critical data.  But management of applications can be an administrative burden.  How can you take applications administration to the next level?

 The right application virtualization tool will:

  • Decrease your time to market by 20-40%
  • Decrease your software license spend by 30-50%
  • Reduce or eliminate your need to rewrite legacy applications
  • Allow central management of all your apps
  • Increase Software license management and compliance

For example, in the common case of having to reset a hung application, the average cost of a help desk ticket to reset an app is $345 without an application virtualization tool.  With the proper tool, an app reset can be done in 18 seconds; virtually eliminating that cost.  This has a two-fold benefit – decreased end user downtime, and decreased IT support costs.  But just having a tool to handle these situations does not — by itself — solve all your problems; you must have a strategy.

The right application strategy requires a 3-pronged approach

To arrive at an optimized virtual user-centric experience requires a three-part strategic focus that encompasses the following:

  1. Desktop Strategy
  2. Application Strategy
  3. User Strategy 

Each of these pieces is equally important.  While in some cases you can have an application strategy without a desktop strategy, you should never have a desktop strategy without an application strategy.  From this perspective, it becomes clear that an application strategy can actually be more important than a desktop strategy.  

How it can go wrong

My thoughts based on what I see from a sales and trending perspective:

  • Over time, server virtualization created such a positive ROI for both capex and opex, that it was assumed that desktop virtualization would be another no-brainer to implement.  Companies who have embarked on VDI pilots and initiatives have quickly become disillusioned; realizing that the same efficiencies that were gained at the server level do not necessarily apply at the desktop. Eventually, they are forced to rethink their strategy.
  • Companies that embark on Win7 migrations – and do not take the time to make a strategic decision about how they will manage their applications – may become disillusioned as well, as they are feeling the pain of long cycles to virtualize their applications for a new OS and new endpoint device.  And in addition to the long cycles to prepare the applications, there are the inevitable challenges with legacy apps and conflicting apps.
  • Aging infrastructures and desktop devices create projects driven by choosing an “endpoint strategy” (translated as endpoint device only) where the only thing taken into consideration is the device.  Their whole strategy is around making decisions about thin client, zero client, fat client, etc.; all without thinking about the delivery method or the user profile.

Overall, as companies make strategic decisions about their Virtual Desktop Strategy, there can be tunnel vision about the desktop piece as the only strategic piece, with applications and users being an afterthought.

How to make it right

Herein lies my mission:  To educate those embarking on a VDI initiative about the importance of choosing the right application strategy.

 

Recognition From Symantec

2017-07-27T00:01:08+00:00 November 2nd, 2011|Uncategorized|

Symantec recently posted an item to their Endpoint Virtualization Community Blog, calling attention to a couple very nicely-done instructional videos done by fellow Coretek team member, Jeff Blakely (a.k.a. on YouTube).

Of course, we couldn’t be more proud of this recognition of Jeff’s talent by such a valued partner as Symantec; but we knew it all along.

😉

 Check out the Symantec blog item here:

http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/symantec-workspace-virtualization-youtube-videos?om_ext_cid=biz_con_email_2011_oct_26_news_youtube_videos

Thanks Symantec, and thanks Jeff!

Symantec Workspace Streaming / Virtualization Overview

2017-07-27T00:01:08+00:00 May 24th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Understanding Workspace Streaming (SWS)

Symantec Workspace Streaming

Symantec Workspace Streaming is an application streaming solution that enables on-demand application provisioning, offline cache, license recovery and instant application upgrades. Symantec Workspace Streaming increases end user productivity with controlled, guaranteed access to any Windows based applications from any location at any time, including remote and mobile users.

Key Features

  • On-demand application streaming – simplifies OS image management by reducing the number and size of images
  • Dynamic license management – proactively insures license compliance by avoiding over-deployment and optimize software costs by re-harvesting licenses when they expire or after a period of disuse
  • Single-click application upgrades – upgrade and patch applications quickly and painlessly, or roll back applications to the previous version if required
  • Disconnected Usage Capability

Key Benefits

  • Reduce software license costs
  • Simplify Application delivery
  • Reduce application support costs/disruption
  • Improve utilization of existing hardware and software resources

 

Symantec Workspace Virtualization

Symantec Workspace Virtualization provides application virtualization that helps reduce application conflicts, testing requirements and support calls. Symantec Workspace Virtualization helps IT organizations improve management and control over endpoints to reduce the total cost of ownership of laptops and desktops.

Key Features

  • Virtual application layers – patented filter driver technology enables virtual layers that are transparent to the base operating system and other applications
  • Selective isolation – provides a solution for incompatible Windows 7 apps and insures system and application compatibility under any circumstance
  • Endpoint Management integration – Workspace Virtualization is a standard component of Symantec’s Client Management Suite (CMS), Total Management Suite (TMS), Symantec Workspace Streaming (SWS), Software Management Solution

Key Benefits

  • Eliminate conflicts between applications and base operating system, such as incompatible Windows 7 applications
  • Reduce application pre-deployment testing requirements
  • Provide instant reset for broken applications

Xen.org Unveils Ultimate Cloud Development Environment with First Xen Cloud Platform Release

2017-07-27T00:01:08+00:00 March 13th, 2011|Uncategorized|

» Xen.org, the home of the open source Xen hypervisor, today announced the availability of Xen® Cloud Platform (XCP) 1.0.  Developed as part of the Xen Cloud Project introduced in 2009, XCP 1.0 provides a full-featured solution for small and medium size enterprises wanting to build private clouds, as well as open source enthusiasts, universities and researchers wanting to experiment with cloud computing.  It represents a shift in enterprise usability for Xen.org, which has traditionally released software as source code only.  XCP enables developers to create and “play” with new and innovative technologies and techniques against a mature, stable and scalable virtualization stack.  

Facts and Highlights:

  • XCP is an open source server virtualization platform in a single, tested installable image that features the Xen hypervisor, network and storage support, a management stack and tools, as well as support for a range of guest operating systems including Windows® and Linux®.  
  • As a result of the close alignment between the Xen.org and OpenStack communities, XCP 1.0 integrates seamlessly with the OpenStack Bexar release, providing an end-to-end open source software stack covering everything from the bare metal to cloud orchestration software.  This integration will significantly help progress the vision of Xen.org and OpenStack to enable widespread ubiquity of virtual and cloud computing.
  • XCP 1.0 includes a fully featured, enterprise-class Xen API Management tool stack with features such as disaster recovery support, security, real-time performance monitoring, support for multi-host resource pools, and upgrade and patching capabilities.
  • XCP 1.0 provides support for virtual networking capabilities via Open vSwitch and a range of open source GUI management tools.
  • The Xen community will also be enabled to test features with XCP 1.0 that could offer future value to enterprise products such as Citrix XenServer® and Citrix OpenCloud.

Quotes:

  • Margaret Lewis, Director of Commercial Software Solutions, AMD:  “2011 is set to be the year when cloud deployments become even more widespread, and tools like XCP 1.0 will prove critical in developing the mature and secure cloud services of tomorrow.  AMD is committed to supporting the open-source Xen Community. The powerful combination of  AMD Opteron™ processors, with high core counts and outstanding power efficiency, and the Xen Cloud Platform can enable innovative, end-to-end solutions that deliver the features, scalability and performance that cloud providers require.”
  • Andrew Warfield, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia:  “XCP gives my students the opportunity to explore interesting new applications of virtualization – things like high-availability, next generation storage, and enhanced software development tools – all against a mature, stable, and scalable virtualization stack.  It’s a fantastic resource!”
  • Stephen Spector, Community Manager, OpenStack  “We are pleased the Xen.org and OpenStack communities are working together to advance open source cloud standards.  The OpenStack mission is to build the open standard cloud operating system with broad technology contributions and industry support, and support from the Xen.org community progresses that mission.”
  • Dan Kakinoki, President and CEO, VA Linux Japan:  “As a Xen.org advisory board member, VA Linux is excited to see XCP 1.0 and the new functionalities it offers.  It provides our clients an excellent opportunity and we expect it will continue to be the largest cloud platform. VA Linux continues to deliver high-quality consulting services for the Xen-based cloud technology in Japan.”

Source: Citrix

How the Cloud Is Transforming IT

2017-07-27T00:01:08+00:00 March 13th, 2011|Uncategorized|

In a business world where first movers gain the advantage and IT is central to every decision, IT responsiveness and agility provide a competitive edge. Yet many IT organizations aren’t quick enough on the uptake because their infrastructures are exorbitant to manage and too complex to easily adapt.

Cloud computing provides a vastly more efficient, flexible, and cost-effective way for IT to meet escalating business needs: IT as a service. VMware offers you an evolutionary and practical path to this new model, with solutions that harness the power of the cloud while ensuring security and preserving the value of your existing technology investments.

VMware’s Approach: Enabling the Journey to Your Cloud

Virtualization is the essential catalyst for cloud computing. As the virtualization leader, VMware builds on this solid foundation with platforms and solutions to pow

er your cloud infrastructure, build and run robust cloud applications, and supply end-user computing as a cloud-based service.

Our approach is comprehensive, but unlike other cloud offerings, it’s not one-cloud-fits-all. To deliver competitive advantage, cloud computing must be flexibly tailore

 

d and aligned to your individual needs. For your enterprise, that could mean a cloud that’s internal and private, one that leverages external services, or a hybrid cloud that combines both.

Whichever cloud option suits you best, only VMware offers a complete solution stack for building and managing it, plus a broad partner ecosystem to ensure that everything in it works seamlessly and securely. The result is not just any cloud, but your cloud—where accelerated IT delivers accelerated results for your business.

VMware’s tailored approach delivers flexibility and security while protecting your existing investments, by enabling:

  • Efficiency Through Utilization and Automation
    Resource pooling and a self-managed, dynamically optimized environment dramatically increase IT performance—leveraging existing resources to avoid unnecessary infrastructure investment and technology lock-in. The result is lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
  • Agility with Control
    Cloud computing aims to empower end-users while ensuring security and preserving IT oversight and authority. The VMware solution interweaves all three, greatly simplifying IT services provisioning and deployment while maintaining IT control, protective safeguards, and regulatory compliance. The IT organization can thus respond more quickly and securely to evolving business needs.
  • Freedom of Choice
    IT retains the ability to support traditional systems and gains the flexibility to deploy them internally or externally, without being restricted to any single technology or vendor. Developers can build applications that are portable among hybrid, private, and public clouds within a common management and security framework.

 Our Solutions. Your Cloud. Key Advantages.

VMware solutions are engineered and integrated to equip your cloud with a unique combination of benefits:

Security

VMware solutions deliver always-on, virtualization-aware security that adapts to the dynamism of cloud-based deployments while simplifying the protection of endpoints, applic

ations, and the network edge.

Automation and Management

Once IT resources are virtually pooled, business rules, policies, and defined service levels are mapped to them, creating a highly efficient, self-managing i

 

nfrastructure where IT is available as a service.

Interoperability and Openness

With a shared management and security model based on open standards, VMware solutions free you from vendor lock-in, ensuring application portability between internal datacenters and external service provider clouds hosted by VMware vCloud partners. Additionally, the </LINK 34657>VMware cloud application platform lets developers build robust modern applications that are portable, dynamic, and optimized for elastically scalable deployment on popular public clouds such as VMforce and Google App Engine.

Self-Service for the Cloud

Our approach delivers a new level of IT efficiency by standardizing and automating IT services provisioning and management. Rather than having to wait for manual provisioning, line-of-business units can deploy standardized, preconfigured IT services from a Web-based catalog available via a self-service portal. Business units receive tailored services right when they need them, IT administrators are relieved of the bulk of their maintenance burden, and IT preserves control over policies, compliance, and internal chargeback.

Pooling and Dynamic Resource Allocation

Your IT resources are pooled and abstracted into logical building-blocks of storage, network, and server units—effectively creating virtual datacenters. These resource containers are then dynamically allocated to your various applications, governed by defined business rules and user demand.

 

Join the Evolution to Your Cloud

Cloud computing holds the very real promise of agile, efficient IT service delivery with dramatically lower complexity, significantly reduced costs, and much greater business responsiveness. The key to realizing these advantages is tailoring the cloud model to work for your business and your approach to IT.

As the acknowledged leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, VMware is uniquely positioned to help you transition to your cloud—the private, public, or hybrid c

 

loud environment that’s best fits your business needs and goals. Thousands of enterprises have already achieved exceptional results with VMware solutions. And because our approach is open, flexible, a

 

nd geared to addressing individual needs, they’ve done so without a heavy customization burden.

 

VMware offers a 3-layered solution stack to supports your evolution to the cloud:

  • Cloud Infrastructure and Management. The foundation for your cloud, based on virtualization and the ability to unify private and public cloud resources with consistent security, compliance, management, and quality of service.
  • Cloud Application Platform. Enabling developers to rapidly build and run modern cloud applications while deploying on premises or off for maximum flexibility.
  • End-User Computing. Creating a modern, user-centric approach to personal computing, delivering secure access to applications and data from any device, anytime and anywhere.

Source: VMware

Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 Delivers Unrivaled Security with Fastest Performance

2017-07-27T00:01:08+00:00 March 2nd, 2011|Uncategorized|

Symantec announces new versions of Symantec Endpoint Protection and Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition (currently in beta), providing businesses of all sizes with advanced protection while improving system performance. Complete with advanced features to secure virtual infrastructures and powered by Insight, Symantec’s award-winning community and cloud-based reputation technology, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 is designed to detect and block sophisticated new threats earlier and more accurately than any other security product.

Security threats have become more sophisticated and more widespread, creating a challenge for traditional signature-based security solutions. Last year, attackers unleashed more than 286 million distinct malicious programs, an average of more than nine new threats every second of every day. This explosion in malware scope and complexity is due in large part to the proliferation of easy-to-use attack toolkits—such as Zeus—which lower the barrier of entry in cybercrime. These toolkits enable hackers to continuously generate new mutated malware variants, each targeting a different victim, making traditional discovery and fingerprinting of these threats nearly impossible. According to Symantec’s Attack Toolkits and Malicious Websites Report, at least 61 percent of threat activity can be attributed to attack toolkits. As these toolkits grow in popularity, the trend towards millions of narrowly distributed, high impact threats will continue. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 leverages Insight to provide unmatched protection against this new threat landscape.

Key Benefits

  • Unrivaled Security: Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 blocks new and unknown threats missed by traditional signature, heuristic, behavioral and HIPS-based security solutions. All of the product’s security engines are now reputation-enabled, leveraging Insight’s online reputation database to identify and block malware attacks. Symantec’s Insight has analyzed the anonymous software adoption patterns from more than 175 million customer computers to automatically derive highly accurate security ratings for more than 2.5 billion unique software files—Insight has ratings for virtually every software file, good or bad in existence. In addition, SONAR 3, the world’s first hybrid behavioral-reputation engine, blocks zero-day and highly targeted threats based on their joint behavior-reputation profile. As part of a commissioned test, the leading security testing organization, AV-Test.org, recently compared a number of major endpoint security products on their effectiveness in blocking new threats as well as cleaning up pre-existing infections. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 (beta) received the top score against all tested competitors in both categories.
  • Fastest Performance: Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 leverages cloud-based community intelligence to reduce the overhead of virus scanning by as much as 70 percent by using Symantec Insight to automatically identify and whitelist trusted high-reputation files, resulting in fewer, faster and smarter scans. The new, Insight-driven compatible scan engine is also designed to do most of its work while computers are idle. In the latest roundup of PassMark Software’s performance test of enterprise and small business security solutions, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 reported the fastest scan speed and was found to be twice as fast as the average security solution. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 also used the least memory,57 percent less memory usage than the average security solution.
  • Built for Virtual Environments: Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 offers comprehensive defense against all types of attacks and is optimized for performance on virtual systems. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 can whitelist baseline images, maintain a local Insight cache, randomize scans and updates, and automatically identify and manage virtual clients. This is above and beyond the performance improvements gained with Insight. Together these innovations dramatically reduce the load on virtual hosts, alleviating ‘AV Storms’/concurrent scans from bogging down system resources and allowing for faster, more responsive systems, which can in turn support greater density of virtual instances. Symantec is working closely with VMware to take full advantage of virtualization awareness and introspection capabilities based on VMware vShield™ technology and Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 is the first step along the optimization path for virtual environments.
  • Small Business Edition: Leveraging Insight and Sonar 3, Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition offers enterprise-class threat detection technologies and performance improvements with simple to use features such as an installation wizard, pre-configured policy settings and automated notifications and reports for small business customers. Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition meets small business needs with the fastest, most effective anti-malware capabilities in the industry. Small businesses will have peace of mind that their data is safe from cybercriminals, so that they can stay focused on growing their businesses.

Beta Registration and Availability

Presently, Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 is in an invitation-only beta and is expected to be available for public beta in April 2011. The new versions of Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 are scheduled to be generally available later this year and can be purchased through Symantec’s worldwide network of value-added authorized resellers, distributors and systems integrators or directly. For more information on Symantec Endpoint Protection and to register for the public beta, please click here.

 Quotes:

“Cyber attacks are increasing in size, scope and sophistication and companies of all sizes are at risk. Symantec Endpoint Protection 12 leverages our award winning Insight technology to give our customers —from small businesses to large enterprises—the strongest protection and fastest performance available.”
— Francis deSouza, senior vice president, Enterprise Security Group, Symantec

“As virtualization plays an increasingly critical role in the enterprise, we see a growing need for security solutions designed to secure the virtual infrastructure. We are collaborating closely with Symantec so that VMware vShield™ Endpoint technology and Symantec Endpoint Protection will work together seamlessly, further ensuring that our customers have the security solutions they need for running business-critical applications on the VMware vSphere® platform.”
— Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware

“The reporting capabilities are much improved, and that means a lot less time we have to spend monitoring and addressing threats to our network and systems. Symantec has developed endpoint security software that is effective against the more insidious, targeted attacks without negatively impacting system performance.”
— Christian Sosa, network security engineer, 20th Century Fox

“We’re a growing small business and our security needs become more complex each day. Since participating in the new Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition Beta program, we are seeing improved performance on our machines and more importantly, we feel relieved to know we don’t have worry about the threats out there.”
— Robert Lantrip, Owner, Ourco Welding and Industrial Supplies

“Symantec is delivering a product that will help us identify and block the new threats that are created every day. I’ve also seen dramatically improved scan times because the reputation-based security technology does not waste time scanning files with good reputations. That means our users are able to work without being slowed down or interrupted by our security software.”
— Seth Shestack, associate director of information security, Temple University

“I was particularly impressed with the Intrusion Prevention Scanning. It improves the speed of scans, significantly reducing the impact on the performance of users’ computers. Additionally, the installation time for Symantec Endpoint Protection is really fast, and with the amazing new features, I am anxious for it to be released to install for our clients as soon as possible.”
— Alex Solovyev, Network Support Technician, Networking Solutions

About Business Solutions from Symantec

Symantec helps organizations secure and manage their information-driven world with endpoint security, messaging security, web security, data protection, identity authentication and security management solutions.

About Security Technology and Response

The Security Technology and Response (STAR) organization, which includes Security Response, is a worldwide team of security engineers, threat analysts, and researchers that provides the underlying functionality, content, and support for all Symantec corporate and consumer security products, including the new Insight and SONAR 3 technologies. With Response centers located throughout the world, STAR monitors malicious code reports from more than 130 million systems across the Internet, receives data from 40,000 network sensors in more than 200 countries, and tracks more than 25,000 vulnerabilities affecting more than 55,000 technologies from more than 8,000 vendors. The team uses this vast intelligence to develop and deliver the world’s most comprehensive security protection.

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

Note to Editors: If you would like additional information on Symantec Corporation and its products, please visit the Symantec News Room at http://www.symantec.com/news. All prices noted are in U.S. dollars and are valid only in the United States.

Symantec and the Symantec Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward-looking Statements:Any forward-looking indication of plans for products is preliminary and all future release dates are tentative and are subject to change. Any future release of the product or planned modifications to product capability, functionality, or feature are subject to ongoing evaluation by Symantec, and may or may not be implemented and should not be considered firm commitments by Symantec and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions.

 Source: Symantec

Dell’s EqualLogic has been awarded “Best Storage System

2017-07-27T00:01:08+00:00 January 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Dell continues to blaze new ways to deliver better iSCSI SAN performance and scalability. The market leader (in terms of delivered performance) added dynamic storage tiering to the Dell EqualLogic PS6010XVS iSCSI SAN via solid-state disks (SSDs), whose data is determined by firmware I/O analysis. This firmware tracks accesses to blocks and moves the most frequently accessed sectors to the SSD, in much the same way hybrid disks do on PCs. Our benchmarks showed this design brought improved performance that matched particularly well with the needs of virtualization. Improved support for VMware vSphere added to the superior performance of the Dell SAN, which peaked at an eye-popping 250MBps on writes.

http://www.infoworld.com/d/infoworld/infoworlds-2011-technology-the-year-award-winners-285&current=5&last=1#slideshowTop

Source: Infoworld.com

Citrix XenClient – What is XenClient?

2017-07-27T00:01:08+00:00 December 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|

What is Citrix XenClient?

Virtual desktops… to go

XenClient is a client-side hypervisor that enables virtual desktops to run directly on client devices. By separating the operating system from the underlying hardware, desktop images can now be created, secured, deployed and moved across any supported hardware, greatly reducing the maintenance burden on IT and simplifying disaster recovery for laptop users. Optimized for Intel vPro XenClient delivers the high definition experience that users expect.

XenClient Video

Learn how XenClient can bring security performance and flexibility to both IT and your laptop users extending the benefits of desktop virtualization to users that need to work from anywhere at anytime.

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 http://www.citrix.com/xenapp6.

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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