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. See VMware and Cisco and last month Microsoft and HP.
So, this acquisition will put Dell also in the virtualization market, KACE already has application virtualization as part of their management solution. With this move Dell has a great solution for the mid-sized market. What I didn’t know was that appdeploy.com is part of KACE and now part of Dell, don’t know what this deal means for appdeploy.com. Hopefully nothing will change on this.
VMware acquires RTO, well not completely but most parts. VMware will integrate the RTO profiles within their VMware View product. After this announcement some nice discussions started: on brainmadden.com and also about the impact for RES and AppSense.
With this acquisition VMware can better compete with Citrix XenDesktop (which already has a profile virtualization solution). For RTO it means they will go on with TScale, a product for Terminal Server\ Citrix market (which explains why VMware didn’t want that part ;))
Microsoft released App-V 4.6 , the release candidate was already there for a while and now finally it was released. A lot of information was available within a few days, an overview can be found at appvirtguru.com
RES released PowerFuse 2010, earlier in February I already has written a first impression . Also about this release a lot information is coming online, like some nice video’s.
This month I certified myself on Citrix XenDesktop. I followed an online course (CXD-200P-1WSUB) to prepare for the exam. The course is pretty straight forward and covers most of the installation and configuration options for XenDesktop 3 and 4!?
But as in most courses, the real life scenarios aren’t covered. No mentions about storage performance, no mentions about personalization. So, at the end you will be able to deploy XenDesktop, and get your certification. But for enterprise design skills you need some more experience and reading material.