• Buying guide: Application virtualization tools

    XenApp, ThinApp and App-V are very similar tools for application virtualization. Check out this buying guide to find out which one can meet your needs and work with your existing infrastructure.

  • Guide to buying zero clients

    There are lots of client options to choose from for VDI. Get the details on four of the most popular zero clients and how they can meet your needs in this buying guide.

  • Virtual mobile infrastructure is like VDI for apps

    New kid on the block virtual mobile infrastructure lets you run VMs with Android applications in the data center and then deliver those apps to any endpoint.

  • Data gravity attracts desktops, drives DaaS

    Light speed dictates how fast data in the cloud can reach a desktop -- aka latency -- and as more data is stored in the cloud, it only makes sense that desktops get pulled loft ward, too. DaaS is r...

Tips

  • Three ways to use GPUs to improve VDI

    It's OK to give in to application demands with GPU sharing, pass-through and vGPU. They render graphics on the back end rather than on users' devices, which means better performance on virtual desk...

  • Lower Microsoft VDI licensing costs with Windows Server VMs

    Microsoft VDI licensing costs can get really high when you're using Windows client OSes. DaaS providers deploy Windows Server OSes instead to help cut costs, and you can do the same thing on-prem.

  • Improving VDI performance with a hybrid storage system

    Hybrid storage lets you keep costs reasonable but still reap the rewards that come with flash. There are three ways you can implement your hybrid approach: use solid-state drives or a shared flash ...

  • Using VMware's Cloud Pod Architecture in Horizon 6

    VMware's Cloud Pod Architecture in Horizon 6 lets VDI deployments span multiple data centers and makes managing large deployments easier. But if you have persistent desktops, you'll need a replicat...

  • VDI software breakdown: XenDesktop vs. Horizon View

    If you're thinking about buying VDI software, you're probably looking at XenDesktop and Horizon View. Both products do pretty much the same thing, but with different hypervisors, protocols, storage...

  • Using PowWow for application refactoring

    Many app-refactoring tools have catches: They either don't work on Web apps or they need source code access. But with a new product from startup PowWow, you can deliver Windows and Web applications...

  • Features of VMware Horizon 6 with View -- and what's missing

    What's new in VMware Horizon 6 with View? App remoting, two kinds of hardware graphics acceleration and the Cloud Pod Architecture to name a few. But View Client with Local Mode and built-in profil...

  • Get your VDI for free

    Free VDI? It might sound crazy, but don't dismiss the idea too quickly. There are free VDI products out there for Windows and Linux environments, some of which have the same features as tools from ...

  • Mobility, remote access affect zero client rollout

    It's important to consider mobile enablement and users' needs during zero client and VDI rollout. You might want to deploy tablets for mobile workers and thin clients for remote employees to give t...

  • Plan for zero client firmware updates

    Zero clients are usually set up to update automatically, but it's important for you to make sure those updates will play nice with your existing settings. And be prepared for a rollback, just in case.

  • Frown upon uniqueness in zero client configuration

    To get the best ROI, you should make sure that zero clients all have the same settings with as few exceptions as possible. If you have a lot of exceptions, the standard zero client configuration pr...

  • VDI shops relatively unfazed by Windows XP end of life

    On the run-up, Windows XP end of life was a big deal. Now that the OS is pushing up daisies, many shops still run it, and virtualization lets them do so without security and hardware compatibility ...

  • How DaaS helps crisis and support teams, peak load performance

    It's easy to scale DaaS quickly, which makes it ideal for crisis and support teams that need desktop and application access for a short period of time. Tapping a cloud provider's resources during p...

  • What you can do with RDS in Windows Server 2012

    If you're considering deploying Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012, you should know about its capabilities and features -- including as RemoteApp and RemoteFX -- that can help you deliv...

  • How does XenDesktop 7.5 stack up?

    XenDesktop 7.5 comes with XenApp, hybrid cloud integration and HDX enhancements, as well as an improved experience for workers who use mobile devices to access desktops and apps. But is there room ...

  • Need-to-know info on VDI and end-user experience monitoring tools

    Infrastructure and end-user experience monitoring are critical to the effectiveness of your VDI deployment, but it can be hard to know what to look for in a monitoring tool. Products from Liquidwar...

  • Even your DaaS provider thinks you need an exit strategy

    Part of planning to move to DaaS involves planning to move away from it. That might seem counterintuitive, but your DaaS provider can disappear without any warning. Without a contingency plan, you'...

  • How to fix your broken VDI implementation

    It's easy for your VDI implementation to start off on the wrong foot or break once it's in place. Ask yourself a few questions and find out if your VDI is broken, then take five steps to fix it.

  • Picking hardware vs. software storage optimization is easy

    Hardware and software storage optimization tools accomplish the same goal in different ways. With software optimization, you get a tool that works with your hardware. If you buy a hardware product,...

  • Two kinds of end-user perspective performance monitoring

    Passive and synthetic end-user perspective performance monitoring tools show you how VDI is working for workers. But passive tools don't give a comprehensive look at how VDI is working, and synthet...