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Simplifying the Monitoring of Multi-Hypervisor Infrastructures Over the years, many enterprises have achieved tremendous cost reductions and management simplicity through virtualizing their IT infrastructure. According to Gartner, while some firms have virtualized over 90% of their servers, on an average, most firms have over 75% of their servers in a virtualized infrastructure, indicating the growth and maturity of the x86 server virtualization market. VMware dominated the virtualization market for several years but organizations are now also adopting other hypervisors such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Oracle VM Server, Red Had Virtualization, etc. Additionally, the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is an alternative for handling virtualization in Linux environments. And, the advent of hyper-converged infrastructures has introduced new hypervisors such... (more)

VDIworks Integrates With Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization

VDIworks announced it has integrated its solution with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, which provides management of physical and virtual deployments throughout the data center, desktops and devices. With a new VDIworks plug-in, called VDIvision for System Center, joint Microsoft/VDIworks customers can use System Center to manage a variety of VDIworks-driven features, including a highly configurable and scalable connection broker, leveraging the power of desktop virtualization to reduce costs and improve security, among other benefits. On the heels of Microsoft's release of Hyper-V, VDIworks is a virtual desktop management vendor to integrate with Hyper-V and the System Center management offerings. VDIworks delivers a comprehensive, flexible software management platforms for creating, deploying and managing virtual desktop infrastructure. Microsoft ... (more)

4th International Cloud Expo: Photo Album

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, held on November 2 - 4, 2009, in Santa Clara, attracted more than 40 sponsors with over 2,000 delegates, a record attendance. The three content-packed days emphasized value with a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing. Enjoy here our photo album of the show. Now held three times a year -- in New York, Prague, and Santa Clara -- the Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service. The event in Santa Clara, CA, was co-located with our 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo. Cloud Computing Expo 2010 East to Attract More Than 5,000 Delegates from ... (more)

Is the iPhone Now Enterprise Ready with Citrix Receiver 2.0?

If you run an IT shop today you probably fall into one of two categories: A. You already allow employee access from an iPhone ( supported or not ) or B. You are constantly barraged with employee requests to allow iPhone access ( and the employee might be your boss or the CEO ). If you are in camp A and already allow email access you may also be frequently scanning the net for the latest iPhone vulnerability and perhaps training employees on the use of Passcode Lock and Auto-Lock features. You are also probably getting requests for access to more company apps and data beyond just email. If you are in camp B. your probably comfortable with your existing BlackBerry or Windows Mobile support and can point to the 200+ security policies the BES server enables to assure security like remotely wipe the device and reduce the dependency on employees to assure compliance. Beyo... (more)

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Blending Cloud and Desktop Applications

Cloud Expo® New York Early Bird Savings here! In 2013, Adobe took the bold step of moving from a perpetual licensing model to a subscription-based model to sell its creative software. The world is becoming more connected, collaborative and mobile, and Adobe wanted to make the shift to meet those needs. The process began in 2012 when Adobe launched the first phase of Creative Cloud, which provided Adobe's full set of creative applications as a membership. In the year since, Adobe built the infrastructure to store and share files in the cloud, and acquired Behance, a thriving social network used by millions of people to connect, showcase their work, and discover other talent. For users, there is a blending of sorts of cloud computing and desktop applications: Customers will continue to install and use the creative applications on their desktop just as they always have,... (more)

Citihub to Present at SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference Europe 2009

Richard Croucher, Associate Partner for Citihub, will be presenting at SYS-CON's 6th International Virtualization Conference & Expo in Prague this coming May 18-19, 2009. As we host multiple Operating system guests onto a physical server infrastructure, the allocation of I/O capabilities to each guest becomes a constraint. I/O virtualization is a way of retaining flexibility whilst minimizing over configuring the physical I/O hardware. This paper will review the basics of I/O virtualization and its interaction with OS virtualization, the differing standards including iSCSI, FibreChannel over Ethernet and InfiniBand and then compare some of the leading product solutions available on the marketplace. Register Now and Save ! Request Sponsorship/Exhibitor Info Submit a Speaker Proposal Speaker Bio: Richard Croucher is an Associate Partner at Citihub where he is focus... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)

Citrix XenDesktop Goes 3D

Citrix is supposed to trot out a new 3D addition to its HDX Technology for high-definition virtual desktops today. HDX 3D is supposed to let the company’s XenDesktop deliver high-end professional graphics in real-time over any network. The company imagines users in manufacturing, engineering, automotive, defense, aerospace, graphic design, architecture, animation and the oil and gas industry availing themselves of the real-time collaboration widgetry to let globally dispersed design teams work from the same source files, while still housing the data, operating system and applications centrally, ensuring the security of critical IP. Citrix figures XenDesktop with HDX technologies can now deliver virtual desktops to all office-based users in an enterprise through a single desktop virtualization product. It claims that “other technologies being introduced to the market... (more)

Windows 7 Drives Desktop Virtualization

Several key events are occuring at the same time and will drive the adoption of desktop virtualization as Windows 7 rolls out. Following a major gathering like VMworld it is little surprise that a number of people come away with a similar take on a key area. The adoption of desktop virtualization to support Windows 7 roll outs is just such an area. I recorded a video interview on this last week and this week I have seen articles by Bernd Harzog and Jon Wallace both commenting on the same underlying point. http://www.virtualizationpractice.com/blog/?p=1316 http://www.insidetheregistry.com/content/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1768 The roll out of Windows 7 is going to be a key to the adoption of desktop virtualization for a number of reasons: The fact that most organizations did not roll out Vista has given IT departments time to reflect on how they want to manage client ... (more)

Cloud Computing - the Next Generation of IT: What, Why and How?

At SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), Barry X Lynn, Chairman and CEO of 3Tera, will present a general session entitled "Cloud Computing - the Next Generation of IT: What, Why and How?" He will also present a breakout session where he will discuss "Public, Private, Hybrid Clouds." 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo is taking place on October 6, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC., and you can attend both of Lynn's sessions and the entire event FREE by use of the guest code VIPguest here [case sensitive] FREE COUPON CODE FOR VIP PASS REGISTRATION: VIPguest (case sensitive) Register Today and Save ! View Full Conference Schedule Sponsor and/or Exhibit at GovIT Expo About the Speaker Barry X Lynn is Chairman and CEO of 3Tera, Inc. He has a storied career in data center innovation and a deep understanding of ... (more)

Three Core Technologies for Virtualization-Based Desktop Management

Virtualization changes the game of IT: now IT can deliver the full stack of PC software, including the operating system, to be run on say an employee's PC running Windows or Mac OS. According to Monica Lam, virtualization is an enabler and not a management tool per se. The 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo is co-located with the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo and will be taking place November 2-4, 2009 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Register Today and Save! Sponsor and/or Exhibit Today View Full Conference Schedule In this session, a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University will describe three core technologies to fulfill the promise of virtualization for mobile desktop management. About the Speaker Monica Lam is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and is the founder of Moka... (more)