Major Citrix Recognition!

2017-07-27T00:01:02+00:00 January 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Our team just got back from Citrix Summit in Orlando, and we just couldn’t wait for the formal news release…

We are incredibly excited that Citrix chose Coretek Services as the winners of “Central Partner of the Year” and “Top Virtualization Deal” for 2013!  So excited, in fact, that we just couldn’t wait to show you the couple camera pics that we snapped at the announcement…

Coretek Citrix Awards 2014 

A huge, huge, thank you goes out to all the folks involved; and there are/were many, many people on all sides of the table that come together to make this happen.  And of course, thank you to Citrix for the love!

The full listing can be found here.  More details to come…

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

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 XenDesktop

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

What is Citrix XenDesktop?

Citrix XenDesktop transforms Windows desktops into an on-demand service that can be accessed by any user, on any device, anywhere, with unparalleled simplicity and scalability. Whether workers are using the latest tablets, smartphones, laptops or thin clients, XenDesktop can quickly and securely deliver virtual desktops and applications to them with a high-definition user experience.

Why use XenDesktop to transform your desktop computing environment?

Innovative technologies in XenDesktop enable you to turn your vision for a more flexible, mobile and agile desktop computing environment into a reality.

Citrix Receiver, a lightweight universal client, enables any PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet or thin client to access corporate applications and desktops—easily and securely.

Citrix HDX technology delivers a rich, complete user experience that rivals a local PC, from optimized graphics and multimedia, to high-definition webcam, broad USB device support and high-speed printing.

Going far beyond the limitations of VDI-only solutions, Citrix FlexCast delivery technology gives each type of worker in your enterprise the virtual desktop that’s right for them—hosted or local, online or offline, standardized or personalized—through a single solution.

Members of your workforce can access any Windows, web or SaaS application on demand through a single interface. Simple, self-service provisioning reduces desktop management costs and complexity.

Built on an open, scalable, proven architecture, XenDesktop gives you the simplicity, flexibility and scalability to meet any requirement, while fully leveraging current and future investments.

XenDesktop Video

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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About Citrix
Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) is a leading provider of virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions for more than 230,000 organizations worldwide. Its Citrix Delivery Center™, Citrix Cloud Center™ (C3) and Citrix Online product families radically simplify computing for millions of users, delivering desktops and applications as an on-demand service to any user, in any location on any device. Citrix customers include the world’s largest Internet companies, 99 percent of Fortune Global 500 enterprises, and hundreds of thousands of small businesses and prosumers worldwide. Citrix partners with over 10,000 companies worldwide in more than 100 countries. Founded in 1989, annual revenue in 2009 was $1.61 billion.

For Citrix Investors
This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance.  Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with revenue growth and recognition of revenue, products, their development and distribution, product demand and pipeline, economic and competitive factors, the Company’s key strategic relationships, acquisition and related integration risks as well as other risks detailed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Citrix assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.

The development, release and timing of any features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion and is subject to change without notice or consultation. The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not a commitment, promise or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions or incorporated into any contract.

Source: Citrix

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

 

Source: Redmondmag.com

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