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Simplifying the Monitoring of Multi-Hypervisor Infrastructures Over the years, many enterprises have achieved tremendous cost reductions and management simplicity through virtualizing their IT infrastructure. According to Gartner, while some firms have virtualized over 90% of their servers, on an average, most firms have over 75% of their servers in a virtualized infrastructure, indicating the growth and maturity of the x86 server virtualization market. VMware dominated the virtualization market for several years but organizations are now also adopting other hypervisors such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Oracle VM Server, Red Had Virtualization, etc. Additionally, the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is an alternative for handling virtualization in Linux environments. And, the advent of hyper-converged infrastructures has introduced new hypervisors such... (more)

The Cloud’s Hidden Costs

Surveys say…and many companies believe...that moving architecture, resources or other IT infrastructure pieces to the cloud will save them money.  That’s been one of the biggest selling points of cloud computing – pay as you go, metered service, pay what you use – the internet as a utility offering.  And while simple deployments can be cost effective, complete architectural maneuvers often put pressure on the cloud’s main value proposition according to a recent Information Week article. Burning through metered service when you think most everything is off can easily happen, as any of us are aware with lights, water, electricity and gas in our own homes.  In the IT world, a development team may have spun up some servers for testing and forgot to decommission; another group may have commandeered some servers for a specific campaign; or, the overflow/burst/DR model we... (more)

VMware Announces Broad Customer Adoption of VMware View

VMware has announced broad customer adoption of VMware View, a desktop virtualization solution. With more than 1 million seats estimated across 7,000 customers, VMware View is establishing itself as the standard of choice to centralize desktop management, lower costs and deliver rich, personalized user experiences. VMware View(TM) has been widely adopted across industries -- including financial services, healthcare, education, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and the public sector. In addition, organizations are accelerating large scale deployments across broader use cases as they may realize strong total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of $600 or more per end user in less than six months. "We have deployed 600 desktops and are planning to deploy about 6,000 in the next 18 months to meet the needs of our employees across our 700 branches," said Ph... (more)

Beta Availability for Mirage Distributed Desktop Virtualization Software

Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer Wanova, Inc. released the beta version of Mirage, its Distributed Desktop Virtualization (DDV) software. A new way of virtualizing desktops, Mirage transforms PC lifecycle management processes such as provisioning, image management, desktop support, and OS and hardware migration by centralizing desktop contents in the data center in a Centralized Virtual Desktop (CVD) while providing full support for offline use and mobility. Streamlined OS Migration and PC Refresh Cycles Many IT organizations are focusing their attention on OS migrations and PC refresh cycles. Migrating users from one OS to another, or from one hardware type to another, can be an expensive, time-consuming, and painful process. With Mirage, the CVD - including OS, corporate applications and user personalization - can be streamed in minutes to any physical or virtual PC ... (more)

HTC Licenses Intertrust Patents, Takes 20% of SyncTV

HTC Monday licensed patents from Intertrust Technologies, which has developed a trove of fundamental DRM and so-called trusted distributed computing IP. Then it went a step farther than other Intertrust licensees and bought 20% of Intertrust's SyncTV subsidiary for an undisclosed sum. SyncTV is a cloud-based video service that delivers video over the Internet to a broad set of devices, including Android, Windows Phone, Xbox, iOS and Internet-enabled televisions. HTC has also licensed Intertrust's broadly deployed open standards-based Marlin DRM software. Marlin DRM is used to protect and manage content in various national video distribution ecosystems in Japan, China and Europe. The broad patent arrangement is for HTC's Android and Windows Phone mobile devices. What the SyncTV business is all about is still unclear. Samsung, Motorola and Microsoft are Intertrust licen... (more)

Lightboard Lessons: Secure & Optimize VDI

Virtualization continues to impact the enterprise and how IT delivers services to meet business needs. Desktop Virtualization (VDI) offers employees anywhere, anytime, flexible access to their desktops whether they are at home, on the road, in the office or on a mobile device. In this edition of Lightboard Lessons, I show how BIG-IP can secure, optimize and consolidate your VMware Horizon View environment, providing a secure front end access layer for VMware’s VDI infrastructure. ps Related: Simplify VMware View Deployments ... (more)

Distributed Desktop Virtualization to Transform Enterprise Desktops

SAN JOSE -- August 19, 2009 -- Wanova, Inc. today announced Distributed Desktop Virtualization (DDV) - an entirely new architecture that transforms how companies manage, support and protect desktops and laptops, particularly remote and mobile endpoints. The Wanova DDV solution centralizes the entire desktop contents in the data center for management and protection purposes while distributing the execution of desktop workloads to the endpoints for superior user experience. In related news, the company has emerged from stealth mode and announced $13 million in A-round funding. [See related news release at www.wanova.com//launch-news] “Despite its promises, adoption of desktop virtualization has been limited, largely due to the constraints of today’s point solutions. The problem can’t be solved solely by targeting the client, the server or even the WAN,” said Issy Ben... (more)

Glenn Rossman Launches "Distributed Desktop Virtualization" Topic on Ulitzer

Glenn Rossman launched today "Distributed Desktop Virtualization" topic on Ulitzer, covering technology to better manage desktop infrastructure while optimizing user experience. Glenn Rossman has more than 25 years communications experience working at IBM and Hewlett-Packard, along with startup StorageApps, plus agencies Hill & Knowlton and G&A Communications. His experience includes media relations, industry and financial analyst relations, executive communications, intranet and employee communications, as well as producing sales collateral. In technology, his career includes work in channel partner communications, data storage technologies, server computers, software, PC and UNIX computers, along with specific industry initiatives such as manufacturing, medical, and finance. Before his latest stint in technology, Glenn did business-to-business public relations on... (more)

Wyse Launches New Class of Virtual Clients

New Wyse C class Thin Clients Combine Breakthrough Performance, Compactness, and Energy Efficiency while Integrating PC, Phone and TV Functionality into One Single Platform for the Enterprise Users LONDON, UK. – 8 Sept 09 - Wyse Technology, the global leader in thin computing and client virtualization, today announced the release of the Wyse C class, the new standard in compact, high-performance thin clients.  A new benchmark in thin computing has been set by its small size, low TCO and excellent performance.  Wyse's new C class thin clients feature innovative, rich multimedia using a separate hardware graphic accelerator for unparalleled performance in its class.  Its local multimedia performance also ensures a lighter load on the central server, enabling Wyse's original Collaborative Processing Architecture™ to deliver the best user experience using VMware View 3... (more)

Arrow ECS Expands GSA Schedule to Enterprise Market

IT Strategy Further assisting resellers with increasing sales opportunities in the government space, Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc., is expanding its General Services Administration Schedule 70 across its North American operations and adding enterprise technology to its program. A GSA Schedule 70 includes prenegotiated contracts to public-sector agencies for information technology solutions that are available at a set price and have been approved by the GSA to be compliant with specific laws and regulations. The Arrow ECS GSA schedule (previously managed by Arrow ECS’ Alternative Technology Group) is in the top 4 percent of Schedule 70 contractors. “Expanding the GSA program that the Alternative Technology Group established in 2005 across Arrow ECS’ entire North American operations enables us to make the progra... (more)

VMware View Delivers “Follow Me Desktop” for Healthcare Practitioners

Virtualization Magazine VMware, Inc. the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud announced that healthcare providers are using VMware View to furnish medical staff with reliable access to their desktops, applications and information as they roam from room to room and floor to floor within hospitals to care for patients. Healthcare organizations including Norton Healthcare, St. Vincent’s Catholic Hospital and Riverside HealthCare are using VMware View to help deliver cost-effective, flexible, highly available IT services, ultimately improving patient care. Healthcare provider “follow me” desktops deliver the medical information they need to care for patients, while giving IT staff the ability to easily provision, secure and manage desktops and applications from the datacenter. VMware View lets businesses run... (more)