Virtual desktop infrastructure and architecture
- February 05, 2020
Workspot claims its new Cloud Desktop Fabric architecture will improve virtual desktop performance by connecting users to the cloud resources closest to them.
- July 31, 2019
Parallels added new capabilities to its Remote Application Server product, including better reporting and monitoring for management and easier access to daily applications.
- May 23, 2019
Citrix has laid out a path to move to cloud-hosted desktops and applications, but many organizations have to focus on their needs today and maintain on-premises hosting.
- April 30, 2019
VMware's integration into Dell devices and services as part of the newly unveiled Unified Workspace product could be a boon for IT admins.
- March 27, 2019
Citrix continues to add new capabilities to its cloud products, but getting consumers to adopt as-a-service offerings remains a hurdle.
- March 21, 2019
The highly anticipated release of Windows Virtual Desktop will provide a cloud-based desktop and app virtualization service, integrated with Office 365 ProPlus and built on Azure.
- September 24, 2018
Microsoft jumps onto the desktop-as-a-service bandwagon with its Azure-hosted Windows Virtual Desktop platform, but the service faces tough competition from market leader Amazon Workspaces.
- May 10, 2018
NComputing CTO Richard Sah discusses new opportunities for IT to take advantage of desktop virtualization, thanks to lower cost and the emergence of hyper-converged infrastructure.
- March 27, 2018
Multi-user Windows 10 could replace RDSH, which isn't in the first Windows Server 2019 preview. The move has ramifications for app compatibility, XenApp and Windows licensing.
- January 30, 2018
Moving virtual desktops to the cloud is complicated. To take some of the monitoring load off, one company adopted Liquidware software, making for an award-winning initiative.
- January 30, 2018
Desktop virtualization is notoriously difficult. With a unique approach, the University of Arkansas put together an award-winning project using Dell EMC VDI hardware and software.
- January 25, 2018
Organizations with VDI and RDSH will likely take a performance hit after patching Meltdown and Spectre, according to test results from Lakeside Software.
- January 11, 2018
Virtual desktop users are averse to downtime. A new capability from Citrix and Nvidia allows for live migration of vGPUs so VDI shops can keep graphics processing up and running.
- August 11, 2017
With VMworld 2017 fast approaching, the time is right to plan your agenda. VDI admins should consider attending these seven sessions on key topics, including HCI and Workspace One.
- July 20, 2017
All future Chromebook releases will support Android apps, which brings concerns regarding their security, management and overall usefulness as thin clients.
- June 13, 2017
With the right VDI monitoring tools in place, one hospital management company is able to identify issues and fix them before they affect doctors and nurses.
- May 26, 2017
As thin client vendor IGEL expands beyond hardware, CEO Jed Ayres sits down at Citrix Synergy 2017 to talk about the future of the desktop virtualization market.
- May 25, 2017
Find out who won at the Best of Citrix Synergy 2017 Awards in categories such as New Technology and Desktop and Application Delivery, as well as who took home the Best of Show award.
- May 05, 2017
Look back at all the updates to Citrix products such as XenApp, XenDesktop and XenMobile as well as news on emerging technologies at Synergy 2017, which took place from May 23-25 in Orlando, Fla.
- March 10, 2017
DaaS has a presence in the market, but adoption hasn't skyrocketed like some expected. Experts pondered the reasons in a roundtable discussion at IDC Directions.
- February 20, 2017
City Harvest uses Cisco HyperFlex for its back-end infrastructure to power VDI so the nonprofit can feed 1.4 million people in New York.
- July 12, 2016
Applications and data used to all live on Windows desktops, but today's users access many of their resources elsewhere. Workspaces might be the best way for IT to regain central management.
- May 27, 2016
Hyper-converged infrastructure can help VDI admins scale their deployments more easily, but many of today's offerings are too expensive.
- May 27, 2016
GPU virtualization is known for helping support graphics-heavy applications, but knowledge workers using Office apps and browsers can benefit, too.
- April 28, 2016
The value thin clients bring to businesses has dropped off, as new, inexpensive PCs dampen the appeal of thin client devices and offer better computing power.
- March 07, 2016
Get all the information you need about the Best of Citrix Synergy 2016 Awards, which will be announced May 26.
- January 19, 2016
The Microsoft Remote Desktop app could make mobile users more productive by allowing Windows 10 Mobile and smartphones that support Continuum to function as PCs.
- December 16, 2015
Hyper-converged systems are a big investment, but they also provide the flexibility to add or subtract resources to fit the demands of a VDI project -- from beginning to full implementation.
- September 02, 2015
Several IT pros from federal government agencies face the same dilemma as all IT: How to provide security and the freedom and flexibility to support a mobile workforce.
- June 16, 2015
Employees have mobile devices now, so they're not as tetchy about locked-down desktops at work. IT can finally reap the rewards of tightly-controlled desktops.
- March 23, 2015
One college group in need of a desktop infrastructure refresh found sending workspaces to the cloud instead of implementing VDI was its best bet.
- March 12, 2015
Unidesk 3.0 includes support for Microsoft VDI, giving some VMware Horizon users reason to consider a move to Hyper-V.
- February 27, 2015
Parallels acquired 2X Software to add app publishing, but faces a difficult battle with entrenched virtual desktop vendors Citrix and VMware.
- October 24, 2014
When older PCs were causing management and compliance headaches, Tickets.com turned to NComputing thin clients for an easier experience.
- April 16, 2014
Cloud desktops can help shrink the very high price tag that comes with VDI because companies don't need to pay for storage and infrastructure costs.
- April 16, 2014
Desktop as a Service providers say their offerings are a cheap and easy way to implement virtual desktops, but if you put DaaS vs. VDI head to head, who really comes out on top?
- April 02, 2014
Network, storage and server technology are now mature enough that they help VDI environments scale and perform well without outrageous expenses.
- January 02, 2014
One DaaS supporter sounds off on unfair Microsoft Windows licensing rules for cloud service providers and the cloud desktop industry in 2014.
- December 20, 2013
Desktop as a Service and storage stood out on the list of top trends in VDI for 2013.
- December 18, 2013
Catch up on the top 10 VDI news stories of the year and learn how the virtual desktop and DaaS markets changed in 2013.
- December 02, 2013
Hyper-converged infrastructure offerings give a boost to VDI through their simplicity and ability to scale easily.
- November 12, 2013
Microsoft loses out big time if people move off Windows, so it would do well to join the DaaS market.
- October 07, 2013
Speakers and attendees at Interop shared several interesting facts and figures about desktop virtualization deployment.
- September 17, 2013
Windows licensing for virtual desktops is a tax that increases VDI costs, particularly for BYOD. Calls for Microsoft to #FixVDA haven't been met.
- August 27, 2013
VMware upped its VDI storage game with Virtual SAN, while storage vendors disclosed new flash and converged storage appliances for virtual desktops.
- August 02, 2013
Storage is no longer a major obstacle to VDI adoption, so will desktops really go all-virtual?
- July 09, 2013
You can use VDI to give workers desktop access and make some parts of endpoint management easier, but VDI is costly and won't solve all endpoint woes.
- May 14, 2013
BriForum London 2013 focuses on Remote Desktop Services 2012, tips for IT to embrace the mobile era and more.
- April 19, 2013
An update to HBGary's malware analysis tool will allow IT pros to make virtual desktops more secure without taxing resources.
- April 04, 2013
Companies that want VDI but lack the expertise or the Capex look to Desktop as a Service, but cloud-hosted desktop costs vary.
- March 29, 2013
Companies that want to deliver virtual desktops but can't justify VDI costs see cloud-hosted desktops as a viable -- if not better -- alternative.
- March 20, 2013
VDI storage bottlenecks don't have to mean extra SAN; Atlantis Computing lets virtual desktop customers use server RAM instead.
- March 15, 2013
A recent survey showed that VDI adoption is slow among small businesses. See what else it can teach you about your environment.
- January 10, 2013
IT pros dealing with the influx of consumer devices hope Desktone's Windows as a Service offering will alleviate the desktop management burden.
- July 02, 2012
Dell will pay $2.4 billion for Quest Software and get much more than desktop virtualization software. Long-term, it could lower the cost of VDI.
- June 25, 2012
The next version of RemoteFX offers the improvements that Microsoft remote desktop customers requested, but don't get too excited: It won't work with Windows 7.
- June 15, 2012
Former Citrix CTO Simon Crosby hasn't provided much detail about what he's been up to at Bromium -- until now. In this Q&A, Crosby discusses how micro-virtualization could change the industry.
- May 23, 2012
VMware's acquisition of Wanova gives View shops software to centrally manage virtual and physical desktops and a way to support departmental and user installed apps with VDI.
- May 16, 2012
VDI isn't known for delivering high-end graphics with great performance, but NVIDIA's virtualized GPU is about to transform virtual desktop graphics.
- May 10, 2012
Citrix is on a roll. The company flooded VDI shops with news of updated offerings and detailed the future of acquired competitor Virtual Computer.
- May 09, 2012
Hewlett-Packard and Dell have their eyes on the virtual desktop market, and both introduced new client technologies that hinge on VDI at Citrix Synergy 2012.
- May 08, 2012
Sources close to Virtual Computer say Citrix acquired the company for its client hypervisor and desktop management product, NxTop.
- May 02, 2012
New features in VMware View 5.1 improve VDI management and lower storage costs. And that's not all: BYOD shops get new mobile app tools with Project Octopus and Horizon App Manager 1.5.
- April 04, 2012
Microsoft App-V 5.0 offers a native app experience. It also gives IT pros a way to reduce storage requirements and more flexible management options.
- April 04, 2012
Microsoft has finally delivered a new version of its roaming user profiles tool called UE-V, providing profile management for virtual desktops.
- March 09, 2012
Microsoft illuminated Windows licensing rules for cloud-hosted virtual desktops, putting OnLive's free Windows app for iPad in the crosshairs.
- February 27, 2012
BYOD shops that use VDI to give end users access to virtual desktops from iPads and other devices say the benefits outweigh the downsides.
- February 21, 2012
If your enterprise has a VMware-centric VDI initiative, why not pair it with Mitel's virtual softphone application and kill two birds with one stone?
- January 03, 2012
ATMs hold data and software that can be compromised by sophisticated criminals. Diebold will blunt threats by transforming ATMs into VDI-based zero clients.
- December 22, 2011
In 2012, VDI will be just one way to deliver desktops. IT pros will use various forms of desktop virtualization to deliver enterprise apps to mobile end users.
- November 29, 2011
Virtual desktop adoption remains slow and low and some IT managers in Windows shops say they aren't interested in the technology at all. Web-based applications are partly to blame.
- October 26, 2011
To broaden VDI adoption, Citrix must reduce the cost of VDI. With its App-DNA acquisition and other advances, it's closer to achieving this goal.
- October 24, 2011
Citrix XenDesktop costs too much for the average SMB, but the company's newly branded and refreshed Kaviza's VDI-in-a-Box offers these shops a good option.
- October 19, 2011
IT pros that deliver VMware View virtual desktops can expand their VDI environment to power users once View supports NVIDIA 3D graphics.
- October 04, 2011
VDI isn't the dominant way to deliver Windows 7 desktops -- not by a long shot. These IT pros mix it up with traditional PCs, VDI, app virtualization and other remote desktop technologies.
- September 22, 2011
Windows 8 is an evolution of Windows 7 with a touch-enabled UI and "Metro" style applications. Could delivering this richer OS be a problem for IT pros using server-hosted VDI?
- August 17, 2011
Makers of client virtualization products love that Intel supports their model over server-based VDI, but the chipmaker really doesn't care.
- August 05, 2011
Virtual Computer's chief discusses client hypervisors, industry trends, server-based VDI and why Microsoft, Intel and Lenovo support client virtualization.
- August 03, 2011
Citrix's User Profile Manager and Microsoft's Roaming Profiles are both long in the tooth and in dire need of a refresh. An acquisition could be near.
- July 19, 2011
The source of VDI performance problems can be tough to isolate. Here are some VDI monitoring tools available that give granular views into issues with back-end components.
- July 15, 2011
VMware's plan for VDI adoption is to sell View for cheap or give it away. The company now offers vSphere 5 Desktop to make its new licensing policy affordable for VDI.
- June 09, 2011
Choosing the right thin client in a sea of devices built for specific virtual desktop environments is a balancing act that involves much thought and a long term plan.
- June 01, 2011
One Citrix executive says the company's client hypervisor is closer to the future of desktop delivery than what is offered by the company's flagship VDI products.
- May 26, 2011
See how IT experts analyze vendor claims and industry trends at the Citrix annual confab. It's fun to see some get blown to bits!
- April 21, 2011
Apple doesn’t condone using desktop virtualization to abstract its Mac OS X, but some IT pros say reasons for having that option have grown.
- March 17, 2011
Two college CIOs explain that when used in the right situations, and with proper planning, VDI does deliver on its promise of easier management, flexibility and efficiency.
- March 10, 2011
Microsoft's virtual desktop line got a mini refresh. There is management integration for MED-V and Package Accelerators for App-V 4.6. Thin PC also got a status update.
- March 09, 2011
VMware introduced a View Client for the Apple iPad, a device more consumer- than enterprise-driven. IT pros wonder when VMware will tackle more important enterprise needs.
- March 09, 2011
Some virtual desktop products integrate with enterprise management suites, but most VDI relies on its own consoles. Is that so bad?
- February 16, 2011
A new version of VMware View will arrive next week. And déjà vu! A certain key feature remains among the missing.
- February 01, 2011
Citrix XenClient only supports Intel vPro, but vPro isn’t necessary, and other bare-metal client hypervisors are compatible with various AMD and Intel chips.
- January 10, 2011
Microsoft doesn’t support IE6 virtualization, but some IT shops violate their EULAs to run virtual Internet Explorer because the benefits outweigh the risk.
- December 22, 2010
A Citrix instructor from the MetaFrame days takes a tour of XenApp 6 and finds impressive new features, including integration with Active Directory.
- December 15, 2010
If a Hyper-V client and MinWin, a stripped-down OS, appear in Windows 8, they could resolve Microsoft's argument against licensing virtualized Internet Explorer.
- December 15, 2010
Despite slow corporate adoption of desktop virtualization this year, Citrix is looking to updated products such as XenClient and XenDesktop for a better 2011.
- December 06, 2010
Microsoft prohibits virtualizing Internet Explorer, but is the company reading its own application virtualization rules correctly?
- December 01, 2010
In early 2010, Microsoft’s position on virtual desktop technology was one of benign neglect. In 2011, it has a much different story to tell.
- November 22, 2010
Cloud-based virtual desktops from Kaviza, Desktone and others have some benefits, but not everyone is convinced that this approach trumps on-premise models.
- November 18, 2010
Microsoft won't support virtualizing IE even with its own App-V tool and recently irked developers by stopping one application virtualization company from offering IE on the Web.
- November 16, 2010
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