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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)

Changing App Delivery Strategy? by @LMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

One of the more popular methods of dealing with not just with the explosion of devices but the growing challenge of dealing with growth of compute devices under management in general is virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). While VDI has been overshadowed of late by newer and shinier TLAs like SDN and IoT, it remains nonetheless a critical component of most organizations growth strategy. As the technology behind VDI has matured, many organizations have begun to reconsider their initial, early decisions to go with one technology over another. That's natural, as it often takes time after adopting early technologies to really understand the long term costs (TCO) and ability of that technology to scale along with the business. It's also natural because at some point, all solutions end up in the "end of life" category, which means no more vendor support. That's true of ... (more)

IBM and Canonical Launch Cloud Computing Software in Africa

IBM and Canonical are introducing a new, flexible personal computing software package for netbooks and other thin client devices to help businesses in Africa bridge the digital divide by leapfrogging traditional PCs and proprietary software. This is the first cloud- and premise-based Linux netbook software package offered by IBM and Canonical. Part of IBM's Smart Work Initiative, the new package targets the rising popularity of low-cost netbooks to make IBM's industrial-strength software affordable to new, mass audiences in Africa. Businesses that could not afford traditional PCs for all employees can now use any type of device and low-cost software to enable all workers to work smarter anywhere using a variety of devices, regardless of the level of communications infrastructure. The IBM Client for Smart Work is now available across Africa and is being piloted for o... (more)

Citrix Receives High Rating for Enterprise File Synchronization & Sharing

Citrix on Thursday announced it has received the highest possible rating of “Strong Positive” in Gartner Inc.’s “MarketScope for Enterprise File Synchronization & Sharing (EFSS).”¹ The report assesses Citrix ShareFile™, the foundation of the company’s follow-me data strategy. Citrix was evaluated for its corporate viability, product, business and product strategy, innovation and customer experience. "We're seeing strong customer adoption of Citrix ShareFile, with 300 percent growth in enterprise licenses over the past six months," said Jesse Lipson, VP & GM, Data Sharing, Citrix. According to report authors, Monica Basso, vice president at Gartner and Jeffrey Mann, vice president at Gartner, “File synchronization and sharing is a critical capability for mobile workforces whose organizations have ongoing mobility initiatives with media tablets and BYOD programs. We ... (more)

Virtualization Start-up Wanova Launches with $13M A Round

SAN JOSE – August 19, 2009 – Wanova, Inc. has exited stealth mode and launched a new era in desktop virtualization with $13 million in A-round funding from Greylock Partners, Carmel Ventures, and Opus Capital. Founded by experienced entrepreneurs, the company has launched an entirely new architecture called Distributed Desktop Virtualization (DDV), which addresses the need for enterprises to improve the management, support and protection of distributed endpoints. [See related news release at www.wanova.com/new-architecture] Industry analysts have estimated that desktop virtualization is a multi-billion dollar market. Gartner forecasts that licenses for hosted virtual desktops, which numbered 300,000 in 2008, have the potential to grow to 50M by 2013. One of the obstacles to broad adoption is network latency issues. Further, traditional desktop virtualization techno... (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)

Citrix Adds Virtual Machine-based Delivery to Citrix XenApp

Citrix Systems announced significant new enhancements to Citrix® XenApp™ 5 that add the ability to deliver on-demand applications from virtual machines (VMs) running desktop operating systems such as Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP. The new VM-based model complements delivery methods already included in XenApp, including the ability to host shared applications centrally via Windows Terminal Services or stream them to a PC or laptop to run locally. With the addition of VM hosted applications, XenApp 5 now offers 100 percent application compatibility with minimal testing and validation requirements – making XenApp the fastest, simplest and most cost-effective way to deliver Windows applications to any user in any location. In addition to VM hosted applications, XenApp 5 also features new capabilities for power and capacity management as well as Citrix® HDX™ Technolog... (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)

Citrix Makes Virtual Desktops Enterprise Ready

Citrix Systems today launched the new Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization program to further accelerate large-scale enterprise virtual desktop deployments with Citrix® XenDesktop™. The Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization program includes more than 10,000 products from over 200 vendors that have been validated as ready to deploy in production environments with the recently launched XenDesktop 4. The Open Desktop Virtualization program helps make virtual desktops a safe choice for enterprise-wide deployment by eliminating the guess work and ensuring customers that XenDesktop 4 has been tested to work with the software, hardware and services they already uses in their IT environments today. Products that have been verified to work with XenDesktop 4 include thousands of applications, servers, storage systems, backup solutions, client devices, printers, deskt... (more)

Indian Social Security System to Use NComputing Virtual Desktop

Healthcare Innovation Journal NComputing Inc. announced that it has won a massive computerization contract from Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) alongside Wipro for deploying 31,000 NComputing virtual desktops in ESIC offices and clinics across the country. ESIC will use 31,000 NComputing thin-client workstations and vSpace Virtualization Software to outfit all ESIC offices and clinics with state-of-the-art green IT systems. ESIC is the Indian Government Chartered insurance and healthcare organization delivering Social Security benefits to employed individuals and their families. It provides health insurance and delivers medical care through over 2,200 facilities across India. ESIC and Wipro selected NComputing's proven virtual desktops for 'Project Panchdeep', the largest e-governance project in India, to streamline insurance and healthcare services th... (more)

Citrix XenServer Helps Rankin County Go Virtual

Click Here for Instant Virtualization! XenServer. Enterprise-class. Cloud-proven. Free. Join the rapidly growing community of IT professionals who choose Citrix XenServer for their virtualization platform. Citrix Systems, Inc. announced that Rankin County, which ranks among the top 10 percent of fastest-growing U.S. counties, has deployed Citrix XenServer to upgrade, consolidate and maintain the county's server infrastructure. XenServer is an open and powerful server virtualization solution that helps reduce datacenter costs by transforming static and complex datacenter environments into more dynamic, easy to manage IT service delivery centers. The IT team for Rankin County, Mississippi serves more than 20 departments across disparate locations. Technology support across the county includes the 911 emergency call center, police officers on patrol and county government ... (more)