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

Windows 2008 R2 1-to-1 via XenDesktop

What many enterprises may not be aware of is that Citrix offers Windows 2008 R2 desktops on a 1-to-1 basis instead of Windows 7 desktops as an option for Citrix Service Providers. This feature was introduced with the Citrix Cloud Provider Pack back in March of 2012 and was featured in a blog post recently

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

RemotePC solves mobility needs…and you can deploy it tomorrow

Citrix RemotePC was released as part of Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Feature Pack 1. RemotePC is the secure brokering of a physical endpoint (desktop or laptop) that is in your office (typically) via Citrix HDX technology. Much has been written already by some of my twitter friends: http://jariangibson.com/2012/05/10/xendesktop-remote-pc-feature/ http://andrewmorgan.ie/2012/06/25/citrix-xendesktop-remote-pc-this-has-the-potential-to-be-a-winner-what-do-you-think/ http://www.dgfallon.com/2012/05/what-is-citrix-remotepc.html Think of it as GotoMyPC but

High Availability – Citrix Machine Creation Services vs Provisioning Services

My blog post from last week on Machine Creation Services, Provisioning Services, and vSphere Content-Based Read Cache caused quite a few tweets back and forth between those in the Citrix community and I thought I’d continue our discussion with a tweet I posted last week, “PVS less highly available than MCS“. So what do I

VMware vSphere CBRC removes the need for Citrix Provisioning Services

I know this will be a sensitive topic among some Citrix folks…but I personally dislike the product (Citrix Provisioning Services). I dislike it because it’s not the most straightforward product, it’s had its share of challenges (E1000, vmxnet3 for example), and even with n+1 Provisioning Servers I’ve still seen bugs that crash the stream service,

Reasons to do Desktop Virtualization

There seem to be no lack of reasons not to do Desktop Virtualization and plenty of people on twitter can be found daily shooting holes in the solutions that make up this category so I thought I’d be different and talk about the reasons I’ve seen that organizations take on Desktop Virtualization, whether that be

The CPU scheduler and VDI

Something for those of you considering VDI to chew on. First start off with a good read about the vSphere CPU scheduler http://www.vmware.com/resources/techresources/10131 and what you’ll learn is that CPU scheduling on a hypervisor is all about proportional share, not priority as is the case in unix/linux/windows. Quoting here from the whitepaper “when making scheduling decisions,

My upcoming presentation at Citrix Summit and BriForum London

I’m excited an honored to be speaking this May at both Citrix Summit (partner conference prior to user conference – Synergy) and BriForum London.  My session at Citrix Summit is session SUM120 and it’s titled: “Flag on the VDI play; sure-fire warning signs of impending doom and how to mitigate”.  My session at BriForum London