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Features, prices and install requirements for Amazon WorkSpaces

Amazon WorkSpaces has gotten a lot of lip service in the DaaS market. It doesn’t require a long-term commitment and its pricing is competitive. But it's SLA-free and doesn't let you host Windows client OSes.

News and analysis from BriForum 2014

Attendees at BriForum 2014 in Boston learned about the hottest topics in end-user computing: desktop as a service hype, how Google Chromebooks fit with VDI, evaluating mobile operating systems and management vendors and more.

Overheard at BriForum 2014

Desktop virtualization and end-user computing experts shared tips and tricks while vendors offered insight at BriForum 2014. Check out some of the best quotes from the conference here.


What you can do with VMware Horizon DaaS

With VMware Horizon DaaS, you can host Windows client OSes and Server images in the cloud or in your data center. If you decide to use Windows XP, 7 or 8 desktops, however, remember that you'll have to supply licenses and factor in those costs.

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    Desktop and server virtualization aren't the same

    Desktop and server virtualization are different beasts, and not knowing the difference can put your VDI deployment in hot water.

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    Citrix Workspace Services negates VDI vs. DaaS dilemma

    Forget about VDI vs. DaaS. With Citrix Workspace Services, desktops can live in the data center, a colocation facility or in the cloud. You can mix and match where they reside and manage them through one console.

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    Deciphering GPU virtualization options

    GPU virtualization lets you deliver graphics-intensive applications without sacrificing performance, but the options on the market from VMware and Citrix differ. XenServer natively supports GPU virtualization, but VMware's offerings don't.

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    Market predictions, vendor hype lead to wasteful IT spending

    If you go by big analyst firm predictions and vendor hype, you'd think every IT shop has virtualized desktops, implemented BYOD and uses MDM software. But that's far from reality.

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    VMware Horizon 6 gives XenApp shops an out

    VMware Horizon 6 includes remote app publishing similar to XenApp, and the company launched an incentive program to seduce Citrix shops over to its side. The grass may not be greener in Palo Alto, however.

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    Citrix CTO offers data security insight

    Citrix's new desktop CTO has brought the focus back to the company's tried and true XenApp platform, and has concerns about loose data security practices in the cloud and within organizations, where Snowden-like breaches can occur.