IBM and Atlantis Computing join forces to deliver optimized solutions for Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp (Part two)

In part two of the series, the authors discuss the technical details of the three solution approaches, including test results.

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IBM and Atlantis Computing join forces to deliver optimized solutions for Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp (Part one)

IBM has identified five key challenges faced by their customer base in VDI deployments and teamed up with Atlantis Computing to address the most critical obstacles to successful desktop virtualization implementations.

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A virtual desktop analogy: Part two – The private property

How is the dedicated virtual desktop like a home?

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A virtual desktop analogy: Part one – The hotel

Understanding virtual desktop infrastructure is easy as checking into a hotel.

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IBM and VMware jointly validate Branch Office Solution based on IBM System x and IBM Flex Systems

Shortly after announcing the IBM SmartCloud Desktop Reference Architecture with VMware View, we are reinforcing our commitment in this space.

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How to enable IBM SmartCloud Entry for email notifications

This 3-step quick tip is provided because we’ve received a few questions about enabling email notification for IBM SmartCloud Entry.

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Private cloud on IBM BladeCenter with SCVMM 2012

Summary and PDF download describing the process of upgrading an existing System Center 2008 environment to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 and explores the following new features provided by SCVMM 2012.

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Is there really a market for entry-level cloud solutions?

Many, many years ago I was sent some test code for a very basic web interface allowing self-service requests for virtual machines, developed by a single VMware employee in his spare time; looking back, this was the first time I actually "did cloud." And I liked it because it was exactly what I wanted at the time – a simple way to enable, control, and streamline resource requests.

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Real-World VDI (Part 1): Multi-vendor stacks with Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, and others

In this series of blogs, I’ll share my experience as IBM practitioner – simply based on recent client engagements where desktop virtualization, private desktop cloud, and desktop as a service (DaaS) were target environments (I will collectively refer to it as virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI”). It is therefore a reflection of what customers actually implement, mixed with my comments and evaluations.

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Real-World VDI (Part 5): End-user computing, the vision – Horizon, AppBlast, Octopus, and Should I skip the VDI bubble?

As I said, the announcements at VMworld caused me to adjust my view of VMware’s end-user capabilities, but more important on VDI as a whole. I’ll try to cover this in more detail in future posts but let me outline it on a high level.

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Real-World VDI (Part 4): Rethinking my view of VMware’s user capabilities – the impact of VMware’s recent announcements

The announcements at VMworld caused me to adjust my view of VMware’s user capabilities and vision. So what did VMware announce and why will it impact the current pattern and future directions?

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Real-World VDI (Part 3): Cost case challenge: Help, I’m losing money with my virtual desktop offering

Why do we increasingly see cost concerns in VDI environments? As I mentioned, many of my recent customers already have an existing POC, pilot or (smaller) production environment in place and are considering moving to their phase 2. Some of those also use it as external or internal desktop clouds and desktop as a service (DaaS) offerings. And yes, having proven that the concept technically works means that they are exploring to include more complex user categories. But more importantly, moving forward many realize that optimization is needed to make viable the cost cases for desktop virtualization.

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