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Use Desktop Virtualization to Control End-User Equipment Costs

Posted on October 11th, 2010 by rbrumpton | No Comments » |

The cost advantages of virtual desktop infrastructures aren’t limited strictly to IT operations. You can also use this technology to lower expenses in other areas, such as selecting and issuing equipment to your employees. With the ability to push a fresh desktop (including Windows 7) to any device – including mobile devices – desktop virtualization provides the backbone for a change in your “standard issue” equipment for your business users.

If you could find a way to issue less expensive devices to your average employee, the cost savings across your company would be substantial. Think about replacing all those laptops with thin-clients, for example. From capital outlay for procurement through ongoing maintenance and replacement, the potential reduction in TCO is enormous.

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Where Do You Turn for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Support?

Posted on September 1st, 2010 by rbrumpton | No Comments » |

In a best-of-breed virtual desktop infrastructure, where do you turn for help? At the enterprise level, there’s rarely one vendor involved, which means a variety of skills – and team members – may e involved in resolving a particular problem. For your IT managers, this can be frustrating. End users need support, and the IT manager’s reputation is on the line. Time spent hunting for the right people trims what’s available for remediation within standing SLAs.

To make the different virtualization layers work together, a variety of solutions may be necessary. The result is a streamlined infrastructure and improved business user experience, but it can create complications when something goes awry. This is the case when any environment relies on integrated systems for disparate technology vendors, and there are measures you can implement to protect your company.

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How Do You Make the Case for a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

Posted on August 16th, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

The hardest part of migrating to a virtual desktop infrastructure is explaining it to company executives. Central desktop management runs counter to what everyone knows, feels, and experiences about their desktops! It can be a challenge for those outside the datacenter to wrap their heads around this concept. Your job, when proposing a virtual desktop infrastructure, is to make it easy to understand.

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Citrix XenDesktop 4 First to Meet Burton Group’s SHVD Requirements

Posted on August 13th, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

Citrix XenDesktop 4 is the first virtual desktop solution to meet the Burton Group’s Server Hosted Virtual Desktop evaluation criteria. The new capabilities in XenDesktop 4 SP1 make it the first to address all 52 features required for SHVD. In addition to meeting the SHVD requirements, XenDesktop 4 SP1 hits 76 percent of the Burton Group’s preferred features.

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Citrix XenDesktop 4: Five Problems Solved

Posted on June 21st, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

A system doesn’t become a solution until it addresses a particular business problem. And let’s face it: IT departments and the businesses they support need solutions more than they need systems. So, what makes Citrix XenDesktop 4 a solution? There are many advantages to implementing desktop virtualization through this platform, spanning business units and functions. To get you started, though, let’s start with five:

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AppSense and Citrix Manage All User Details

Posted on June 10th, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

There’s a reason why AppSense was named the Citrix Ready Solution Partner of the Year back at Citrix Synergy. The solution drives end-user adoption and satisfaction in XenDesktop and XenApp environments, ultimately driving more ROI for your investment in desktop and application virtualization.

Specifically, according to a recent article in InfoWorld:

“The AppSense solution provides what is known as user virtualization, a technology that is still in its infancy; because of that, it doesn’t get a lot of airplay in the media. User virtualization isn’t discussed very often, so people may not have heard of the technology yet, let alone fully understand it or how it is used.”

With the AppSense Virtualized User Infrastructure, you can manage “everything specific to a user” – from user-based corporate policies to rights management and user-introduced applications.

Read the original article for a substantial review of how AppSense can help.

[Source: InfoWorld]

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Get Your Desktop Risk under Control

Posted on May 10th, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

You don’t know what’s going on with the desktops across your organization. It’s the Wild West out there. Non-standard software, personal website surfing and connections over public wireless networks after hours can lead to an accumulation of desktop risk that can spread to your enterprise as fast as … well, as fast as a virus can move from one computer to the next.

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Get an Edge on Viruses with Citrix XenDesktop 4

Posted on May 3rd, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

In the battle between IT departments and malware developers, victory for the “good guys” seems like a remote possibility. They are always a step ahead, and desktop support teams and security professionals are often forced to react to grave threats. Viruses don’t require much technical savvy to create, but protecting your enterprise from them does. It isn’t a fair fight. Further, the stakes are high. Your entire company is at risk – not to mention your customers and partners. Fortunately, you have a new tool in your arsenal of protective measures: Citrix XenDesktop 4.

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Harness the power of the mobile workforce with Citrix XenDesktop

Posted on March 24th, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

The era of the same people sitting at the same desks every single day is behind us. The workforce is now mobile, and the trend isn’t going away. For businesses, this means being able to hire the best talent regardless of location, being able to spend more time with clients and gaining an unprecedented level of flexibility. Yet, it also comes with the challenge of keeping employees connected with the company when they’re waiting in airports, standing in clients’ hallways between meetings and working from home.

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Compare Results: Blogs Dig Deep into Virtualization Performance

Posted on March 12th, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

The beauty and curse of the open and easy flow of information is that there are so many perspectives to consider. I came across an interesting article on Brian Madden’s blog about reports and blog coverage comparing Citrix XenDesktop 4 and VMware. The Miercom report came out with XenDesktop 4 as the leader in desktop virtualization, though VMware’s Mike Coleman doesn’t agree with the study. Madden does a great job of comparing the findings from these different assessments. It’s a long post, but definitely worth a look.

[Source Brian Madden]

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