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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Monthly Highlights – May 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 May 2010:

May is traditionally a month with several holidays. So, last month I took some time to have a few days off to have a holiday in France with my family. Had a wonderful time, throwing rocks in the water with my 6-year old son, can life be more beautiful?

Back to the real world, what happened at Citrix Synergy?
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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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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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7 things you need to know about Desktop Virtualization

If we believe the marketing war stories, desktop virtualization is ready for mass adoption by organizations. But what is desktop virtualization about? Before your project takes off you have to consider these 7 points:
1. Desktop virtualization is about separating the desktop (operating system, applications and user settings) from the physical machine. Desktop virtualization and VDI are not the same. VDI is just a flavor of desktop virtualization. Where the term VDI is used for Hosted (Virtual) Machine scenarios, Desktop virtualization has a broader range of use. Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is also in the category of desktop virtualization.
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