Moving the needle on VDI

Perhaps you heard that last year, or the year before that, or the year before that…that it was going to be the “year of VDI”. The saying has become a joke among those in the desktop virtualization space. The high expectations of analysts, consultants, or the vendors who pimp their products has never reached theĀ broad

Local Storage and Desktop Virtualization

Why are so many people unwilling to challenge traditional buying patterns and instead use critical thinking to solve problems? First a joke…but one that I see all to often and not just related to this discussion but in all areas of life. Start with 5 monkeys locked in a cage. Hang a banana from the

The vSphere CPU Scheduler and VDI part 2

Today I saw that an updated version of a VMware whitepaper discussing the CPU scheduler in VMware ESX/vSphere was published, The CPU Scheduler in VMware vSphere 5.1. I have used the previous whitepaper written for ESX 4.1 in a few presentations I’ve given and I frequently reference it when discussing VDI/Server Hosted Virtual Desktop solutions

Commonly forgotten upgrade component, the Clients!

I work with many customers in the course of my job on Citrix upgrade projects. Common scenario, Presentation Server 4.5 to XenApp 6.5 upgrade. One thing I see often overlooked by the customer in their planning (beside app compatibility with Windows 2008 R2) is the clients that are connecting to this infrastructure. In typical server

Upgrade of vCenter and vSphere 5.1 to 5.1a strangeness

I recently installed 2 new vSphere 5.1 hosts and deployed a new instance of vCenter 5.1 in our lab environment. Inevitably shortly thereafter VMware released version 5.1a to address some upgrade issues and to support View 5.1 on top of vSphere 5.1. KB article on this upgrade here. From VMware Update Manager I was able

Why VDI projects fail

First, I’m using VDI as a catch all term in this post for all Desktop Virtualization choices…I despise the term VDI, but I’m using it here because it’s the term I hear from customers most. I wrote a post earlier this year that was quite popular, “How to Fail at VDI”. The first reason I

The “Post-PC” Era is about the “Workspace”

I’ve heard a lot of discussion in the last two weeks since VMworld 2012 San Francisco about Horizon Suite, View, Horizon Data, etc… how they’ll be combined or replace each other, which one is the broker, blah blah blah..and what I can’t help but scream to myself is, “You’re missing the point!”. What I believe