The rise of the client hypervisor

Last month the client hypervisor gets more and more in the spotlight. This is good news, because it is time for some innovation. What options do we have today when talking about client hypervisors?


Most of us are already familiar with the type 2 client hypervisor, running an additional (virtual) client on top of your operating system. Think about VMware Player or Microsoft Virtual PC. While this is a good solution for IT Pros, it has some management challenges. Microsoft pushes its type 2 client hypervisor via MED-V for application compatibility issues when migrating to Windows 7. For now this might be a good solution, assuming you are using it on a small scale base and with the intention to use it temporary, but on the long term the type 2 client hypervisor will not bring us the ultimate IT experience. What I mean is that the ultimate IT experience needs to deliver the whole package, it’s said before but there are no one-size-fits-all products. We need different flavors to fill in the different use cases. The gap between a traditional PC and the type 2 client hypervisor at the moment is about offline and manageability.
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Is Internet Explorer 6 the reason why you’re still running Windows XP?

So, you’ve started your proof of concept for your new desktop environment, because your organization is demanding for improvement. You are testing the different flavors; VDI, RDS, fat client… (assuming it is based on Window 7 or Windows Server 2008 RDS). You get very excited on all the new features and you’ll see a lot of advantages for your management and deployment of the systems. Next to that you’ll see the advantages for your organization; rich media experience, application availability and remote access. But then…testing your mission critical applications point out a dependency with Internet Explorer 6. Now what? IE6 can’t be installed on the latest operating systems, are you stuck with Windows XP?
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First impression: InstallFree Bridge

My main experience with Application Virtualization is based on App-V (formerly known as Softgrid) and a bit of VMware ThinApp and Citrix Streaming Applications. With the release of InstallFree Bridge 2.0 it’s time to spend some time on this product too. So, how to get a quick hands-on experience? Well, I just signed up for an online hands-on lab. After contact with an InstallFree representative I’ve had access to a 7-day lab environment including some exercises. Which was a great way to get some hands-on experience with the product. Thank you, InstallFree.

My first impressions on InstallFree Bridge are based on this hands-on lab. Next to that I’ve also read some available documents. Because I’ve not installed the product I will not have an impression on the installation phase.
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Monthly highlights – March 2010

Every month I will try to wrap up some highlights about virtualization news, personal experience or other IT related items which had my attention, this time March 2010:

Ongoing discussions about VDI; Desktop Virtualization is hot, 2010 will be the year of desktop virtualization. Last month a lot discussion about the display protocols, ICA (HDX) vs PC-over-IP. The discussions are a nice read. There will be use cases for both products. User Experience will be an important part in terms of user adoption. That’s why the display protocols are important.
Citrix developed HDX for ICA and are a step ahead of VMware, just because VMware doesn’t own PC-over-IP. What if Teradici will be acquired by another company? As a VMware View customer, should you switch back to RDP?
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The ultimate IT experience – part 2 of ?

This site is searching for solutions/products which will contribute to an ultimate IT experience. But what is the ultimate IT experience? The view from an IT administrator will be different than the view from the business (end-user). In the first topic I described the view from the business. Now it’s time to view the infrastructure from an IT administrators point of view.


An IT infrastructure is used to transport data from the datacenter to the end-user (via network) and to convert this data to information (via applications). This process needs to be managed by an Information Management team. An ultimate IT experience should produce happy and high effective IT administrators, with enough time for knowledge development and focus on the business applications rather than balancing between hope and panic on the IT infrastructure.
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Microsoft APP-V and Citrix XenDesktop – Better Together?

When you think about Desktop Virtualization you will also think about Application Virtualization. This blog post will analyze whether if Microsoft App-V is a good partner for Citrix XenDesktop.
App-V and XenDesktop - better together?
Why this product combination? Well, I think, at the moment these products are both top products in their category. What if we combine these products, keeping in mind the latest release of App-V (4.6) and the upcoming release for XenApp (6)? Will this combination contribute to a better solution?

First I will give a short overview of each product and after that I will describe the combination of both products.
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Monthly highlights – February 2010

Every month I will try to wrap up some highlights about virtualization news, personal experience or other IT related items which had my attention, this time February 2010:

February was a month with several tweet peaks about virtualization and application delivery news. Actually it was a pretty busy month with some nice releases and good discussions.

Dell acquires KACE, there was already some movement on the hardware market where you could see hardware vendors were looking for virtualization cooperation in combination with systems management. KACE-logoSee VMware and Cisco and last month Microsoft and HP.
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App-V is now more ready to step into desktop virtualization

Microsoft released App-V 4.6 earlier this week. With this release Microsoft Application Virtualization will be brought to the next level: support for 64-bit applications. This release will contribute to a broader adoption of application virtualization in combination with desktop virtualization. Think about Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS which is 64-bit only or VDI scenario’s where storage usage is an issue.

With App-V 4.6 it is now possible to design well scalable desktop virtualization solutions based on Microsoft Virtualization products (and of course products of other vendors).

While you may think it’s a minor release from 4.5 SP1 to 4.6, the new features are great:
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The ultimate IT experience – part 1 of ?

This site is searching for solutions/products which will contribute to an ultimate IT experience. But what is the ultimate IT experience? The view from an IT administrator will be different than the view from the business (end-user). In this topic I will first describe the view from the business.

An IT infrastructure is used to transport data from the datacenter to the end-user (via network) and to convert this data to information (via applications). This process leads to some expectations from the business (end-user). An ultimate IT experience should produce happy and high effective end users, which will make your business more profitable.
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