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8th Virtualization Expo New York My role allows me to speak with many different people (customers, technologists, coworkers, administrators, etc). I've been able to see presentations comparing the different desktop virtualization solutions out there.  One of the problems I see is that many of the solutions only focus on one aspect of desktop virtualization, and that is the VDI model. VDI is only one aspect of the entire desktop virtualization solution.  This is a concept that many fail to comprehend. For example, I attended Gartner ITExpo and was amazed at how many people I talked to only thought about the VDI scenario (you know VDI, allowing you to have a remote virtual desktop running on a hypervisor in the data center).  When I talked to people about the other options, I could see their eyes light up. If you are reading this and only know about the VDI version, the... (more)

Cloud Computing Is a Big Whiteboard

Daniel Feller's Blog Am I the only one who has trouble understanding Cloud Computing? Is Instant Messenger considered cloud computing? Is my company's enterprise deployment of XenApp on XenServer considered Cloud Computing? Is the iTunes store considered Cloud Computing? Why is Cloud Computing so hard to figure out? Well, look at it from a different perspective. Have you ever laid down on the grass and looked at the sky and tried to figure out what a cloud looked like? You might think one cloud looks like a puppy and another looks like an airplane while someone else thinks your pu... (more)

Windows 7 Migration Is Here

The migration to the new operating system was a challenge. We had a mass of people going to each user's desktop to copy their data and  rebuild the operating system.  We thought we planned appropriately but ran into all sorts of issues like: We didn't have the correct hardware drivers for some of the computers, which required searching the Internet and oftentimes using try and error until we found the right driver.  There were too  many occasions where we were unable to find a driver for the new operating system.  We just hoped the user wouldn't notice. We sometimes found out th... (more)

Estimate Bandwidth Requirements

Do you ever wonder how much bandwidth you need to do a desktop virtualization implementation? Regardless of the flavor of virtual desktop being implemented (hosted shared, hosted VM-based VDI, local streamed, etc), the network plays a critical role. That should not be surprising (if it is, we need to have an even bigger discussion). If you don’t plan your network bandwidth appropriately, you will have unhappy users, who will make you unhappy, which is one of the 10 biggest mistakes to avoid when doing virtual desktops As we would expect, the user experience degrades as the latency... (more)

Get Ready for Cloudbursting

Just about every customer I've ever talked with has a common challenge, "How do we plan for cyclical surges in user activity?"  Depending on your business area, this could be a critical area of planning. Take for example, the retail sector.  We just came out of the end-of-year holiday spending season where retail stores typically see more foot traffic  and Internet-based traffic.  The increase in web traffic is several multiples higher than during other times of years.  If these organizations don't plan the infrastructure appropriately, their sites will become unavailable and c... (more)