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Alpine ISD Chooses VDIworks for Virtual Desktops

Texas School Chooses Austin Firm to Upgrade Desktops While Reducing Costs Austin, TX Thursday 25th June, 2015 VDIworks, a leading provider of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions, today announced that [...]

June 25th, 2015|Newsroom|

Virtualization on your Smartphone? Engadget pooh-poohs VMware’s plans…

VMware recently bought a small, privately-held french virtualization company, Trango, that specialized in hypervisors for smartphones and small mobile devices. While many questioned whether it was a little extreme to virtualize a cell phone, VMware felt the time for this technology was nigh. In a recent article about VMware’s plans, the popular tech blog, Engadget, rips the virtualized cell phone idea to virtual – no pun intended – shreds: The company pledges it’ll be a seamless experience, but we’re doubtful given how even stepping out of HTC’s SenseUI into the OS below can occasionally result in mild nausea. The bigger question is who would want this, and it’s easy to think the answer is “basically nobody” Engadget […]

December 7th, 2009|Industry Analysis, VDI News|

Is “Virtual” truly optional for VMware?

Virtualization.info has an interesting post today about the future of troubled virtualization giant, VMware. Having pioneered the virtualization industry, the long-term prospects for VMware now look to be increasingly questionable. The issues VMware is contending with are significant: the commoditization of the Hypervisor, the emergence of multiple significant competitors, top-level management troubles, the good old downturn, the alienation of erstwhile ecosystem partners and finally, the inability to innovate as quickly as necessary. With this as the backdrop, Virtualization.info proposes that VMware is finally moving beyond its old virtual haunting grounds into the physical realm. It seeks to reinvent itself as a company looking to provide physical (and virtual) systems management. The questions must be asked: Is VMware finding the commoditization and competition from Microsoft and Citrix too hot too handle? Is VMware simply rushing into another battle with an even greater number of significant incumbents? What will Tivoli, CA, BMC, Symantec and others think of VMware, the Systems Management Company? Partnerships, one fears, will begin to crumble. The lack of focus will be a challenge. So will the fact that not much of the Hypervisor/VM management skillset directly translates into physical systems management. Where is the leverage of established core-competencies? […]

March 5th, 2009|Industry Analysis|

VDIworks2Go combines Endpoint Virtualization with Hosted VDI

We┬áwouldn’t have led with that headline on the press release to avoid the ‘huh?!’ effect, but I can take liberties here. We’re coming out with an awesome product called VDIworks2Go and it’ll be shipping before the end of the year. This is┬áan extension to our current Virtual Desktop Platform (VDP) which already provides full end-to-end management in a hosted VDI environment. With VDIworks2Go, we’ll be able to support seamless virtual machines check-in and check-out. In effect, VDIworks2Go installed, VDP’s connection brokering interface will let you inform the system that you are about to disconnect from the network┬áand hence need a checked out copy of your VM. The VM gets streamed over to you and executes locally using a virtual machine player.┬á When you reconnect to the network, you can check the VM back in so that it can execute on a fast server, without taking up your local resources. […]

November 24th, 2008|User Experience, VDI Architecture, VDI News|

Microsoft announces they’ll have their own connection broker… in 2010

We’ve all been wondering exactly when Microsoft would finally come out and validate the virtual desktop market by announcing their own connection broker. Well, no need to wait anymore, it just happened.┬á We have an announcement for sure, but we’ll still need to wait until 2010 to actually buy and deploy the product. So what does this mean for the other connection broker vendors? Well, for one, they need to get moving with the innovation, which, at the end of the day, is the only real way to stay ahead. Clearly, the announcement is great validation for virtual desktops in general, because Microsoft wouldn’t be investing in an enablement component if they didn’t see promise. Any lingering doubts in that area should now evaporate. Virtual Desktops are a reality and they present a tremendous opportunity for vendors and customers. […]

November 6th, 2008|Industry Analysis, VDI News|

VDIworks Interview with Virtual Strategy Magazine

Carryl Roy of Virtual Strategy Magazine recently spoke with us about VDIworks technology, our plans for the future, differentiation and pricing. If you have a few moments, you might find this podcast interesting. Perhaps somewhat compulsively, I say some controversial things, such as Virtualization being an architectural necessity in a world where multicore CPUs are proliferating… The podcast can be accessed at: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/All-Podcasts/VDIworks-No-Longer-Bound-To-The-Box.html The audio index and topics covered are as follows: […]

Implementing VDI? You might as well use a free Hypervisor!

That’s what we find ourselves saying to an increasing number of customers looking to deploy small pilots, or who are just more acquisition cost sensitive than the typical F500 enterprise. While this may be considered heresy by server virtualization experts, let me walk you through our logic here. First, free hypervisors are pretty functional. And there’s plenty of them. They cover pretty much every base OS permutation you could be interested in. Microsoft’s Virtual PC can run 4-6 users comfortably on an inexpensive Windows system with XP Pro as the host OS. VMware Server 2 is now available as an alternative that would happily handle an even larger number of desktop VMs, and it runs on both Linux and Windows. Sun’s openxVM Virtual Box (obtained via their innotek acquisition) is pretty decent performance wise and relatively easy to install on Linux. Finally, Xen on Linux comes pretty close to ESX functionality… for free. […]

July 18th, 2008|Learning about VDI, VDI Architecture|

Diane Greene out. VMware warns on revenue. Stock tumbles 30%.

To most, this was a bombshell: Diane Greene has been removed as CEO of VMware amidst warnings on lower-than-expected┬árevenue. Wall Street reacted harshly, sending VMware’s shares tumbling by 30%. But should this really have been that big of a surprise? Have industry watchers not been talking about VMware’s impending, shall we say, “challenges”, for many moons now? Undoubtedly, the company did some great selling early on, and created the server virtualization segment. Alas, as we’ve noted before, the Hypervisor is a commodity. You can do with Xen for free, albeit 4-5% less efficiently, what you can do with ESX for $1,200 per socket ($2,500-5,000 per server). That ROI doesn’t make sense any more. […]

July 8th, 2008|Industry Analysis|

The Future of VMware

You gotta love provocative titles such as the one plastered on this article! But I really don’t mean the content itself to be provocative. There’s recently been a lot of discussion about how VMware will fare now that Microsoft has released Hyper-V and is committing its considerable resources and energies to win in the Hypervisor space. I just figured I’d share my perspectives with you. The timing seems to be good┬ábecause this exact question – the future of VMware – has been coming up quite a bit in customer conversations and is clearly an important┬áconsideration for companies looking to invest large amounts of time and capital in virtualization rollouts. First off, I feel compelled to share a little bit of software industry history. Back in 1986/87, the revolutionary Intel 80386 chip came out. It brought to market several important innovations, such as virtual mode (yes, being “virtual” is not a new concept!) and access to extended memory. The 386’s virtual 8086 mode essentially allowed you to emulate a large number of concurrent 8086 processors with several performance and robustness (partitionining) optimizations. If Intel’s marketing dept could see the future, they would probably have called this feature “Virtual Cores”, but apparently the DeLorean wasn’t working properly that day! […]

July 3rd, 2008|Industry Analysis|

Comparing User Experience

One of the biggest customer concerns with Virtual Desktops is the lacklustre user experience typical of many implementations. And before we get too far into this post, I don’t mean user experience hinged on Hypervisor performance. From the VDI point-of-view, that’s a myopic area of focus that’s a carryover from┬áserver virtualization.┬áBy the user experience, here, I mean interactivity levels, refresh rates, and the quality of the graphics experience. In a nutshell, stuff the display remoting protocol takes care of. Today, with VMware VDM (Virtual Desktop Manager), what you get is essentially an RDP experience.┬áAnd with VDM’s arch nemesis,┬áCitrix XenDesktop, you get ICA. How do the two compare? Well, now that competition between these companies is heating up, some interesting visual comparisons are surfacing that show side-by-side performance. There’s no other way to say this: VMware VDM performs poorly. This is amply evident when you watch the video below: […]

June 29th, 2008|User Experience, VDI Architecture|