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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Real-World VDI (Part 2): Advanced graphics requirement: DirectX and OpenGL with HDX, RemoteFX, and PCoIP

Although most clients initially enthusiastically agree to address first the “low hanging fruits” of VDI, almost without exception I had the “dreaded question” come up consistently in the first meeting: “I have this user group with high-end graphics, video conferencing, 3D graphics, engineering application (replace this with your graphics intense application) requirements ... can we deliver this with our approach?

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The journey of the public cloud from the sky to the earth

An exploration of the journey public cloud has taken since its inception, and a look ahead to where it's going.

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Ten questions to ask your cloud provider

Although many of these providers might seem alike on the surface, there can be significant differences in the way they provide their service. Companies need to be aware of the differences among providers and conduct a thorough evaluation of the potential ones before contracting their services. Here are ten questions that might be useful to evaluate various public cloud providers.

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Get engaged with IBM through Cloud Computing Specialty (for IBM Business Partners)

Cloud computing presents new business opportunities for existing and emerging Business Partners. Whether it is about helping with the design, building and management of a private cloud, operating a public cloud infrastructure, or whether the need is for the deployment of applications or assets as a cloud service, there is always a chance to engage with the know-how of IBM partnership.

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#cloudchat October Recap

Recap of this month's #cloudchat discussion on "IaaS or PaaS--which is better for your business?"

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WebSphere Portal Hypervisor Edition for your business

Many years of experience in support tells me that more than 50% of customer cases arise during installation, upgrade, and configuration. When the WebSphere Portal and IBM Web Content Management Hypervisor Edition was available, it immediately attracted my attention, because it has shown so many promising features that can eliminate many headaches of portal customers.

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Link roundup: IBM launches next generation of SmartCloud services

Yesterday, IBM ushered in its next generation of SmartCloud services as well as new capabilities to enable its vibrant ecosystem of business partners. Here's a sampling of some of the chatter surrounding what these new services and capabilities mean for IBM and the industry.

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PaaS comes of age: Why platform as a service needs to be part of your cloud strategy

IBM made a number of cloud announcements today, advancing the capabilities for small and large businesses alike in the area of cloud computing. If you read through the announcements, you will find a new set of capabilities called “IBM SmartCloud Application Services.” These new capabilities for IBM SmartCloud provide, in essence, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution. […]

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