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3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown

Yesterday, Ruben Spruijt (@rspruijt), Shawn Bass (@shawnbass) and I published our brand new whitepaper “3D Graphics for Virtual Desktops Smackdown”. Our intention is to provide an independent overview of GPU-accelerated desktop virtualization solutions and products. Like Ruben and Shawn, I’m absolutely convinced that accelerating the remoting of 3D graphics by hardware is a game changer in our industry. Running high-end CAD/CAMContinue Reading

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GPU Accelerated VDI

A little while ago, VDI expert and community fellow Ruben Spruijt (@rspruijt) asked Shawn Bass (@shawnbass) and me if we want to join him to write a new “smackdown” whitepaper on hardware accelerated graphics solutions for VDI. In the past, Ruben has published a number of such comparison whitepapers covering various topics, and they enjoyContinue Reading

Written on January 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm, by

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VDI Market Constellation 2.0

For so many years we took it for granted that when it comes to End User Computing and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Microsoft and Citrix are close friends and VMware is their enemy. This rather simple view of the world allowed IT consultants and IT architects to make equally simple statements about hypervisors and desktop brokers.Continue Reading

Written on November 18, 2013 at 2:56 pm, by

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Remoting Protocol Testing Methodology

Over the last couple of weeks and months, Shawn Bass and I have presented the latest findings of our remoting protocols comparison tests at several industry events, such as Citrix Synergy, BriForum and VMworld. Even though I have already published a blog article on “How to Compare Remoting Protocols”, session attendees are still asking usContinue Reading

Written on September 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm, by

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XenServer 6.2 Goes Open Source

A couple of days ago, Citrix released XenServer 6.2. The new version provides improved scalability and promises improvements around cloud-readiness. But most importantly, Citrix moved XenServer back to Open Source. Is this good or is this bad? After interesting conversations with some of my community peers (like Shawn Bass, Thomas Koetzing and Gunnar Berger), IContinue Reading

Written on June 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm, by

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Return of the Terminal Server

While at Citrix Synergy in Barcelona and at AppSense Management Summit in Daresbury over the last two weeks, I had many opportunities to exchange thoughts with customers, community peers and colleagues. One of the topics discussed most was the announcement of Citrix Excalibur as part of project Avalon, which is a solution designed to deliverContinue Reading

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Windows Server 2012 Licensing

Only days after I have published my blog articleon Azure and Windows Server, Microsoft officially announced their Windows Server 2012 licensing model including pricing. You can check it out at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/2012-editions.aspx. The interesting thing about this Microsoft announcement is that it fits nicely into what I have predicted: Microsoft is getting ready for the cloudContinue Reading

Written on July 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm, by

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My TechEd 2012 Thoughts

After being a speaker on the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow and an attendee of Microsoft TechEd in Amsterdam, I want to share with you what my thoughts are on Microsoft’s current strategy. I get the impression that the more people are complaining and bitching about the Windows 8 user interface, the more relaxedContinue Reading

Written on June 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm, by

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The VDI Party is Over

When looking through some of the documents I have collected over the last years, I found an interesting statement made by Yankee Group. Their prediction was that VDI will get mainstream in 2009. Well, this prediction is a couple of years old and we all know that it didn’t happen. I don’t want to putContinue Reading

Written on May 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm, by

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Client of the Future

A couple of months ago, Citrix invited me to join a GeekSpeak Live panel session about the client of the future. I was on stage with three other virtualization experts, and we were having a lively conversation about what we think where remoting clients will be going. One of the other speakers on the panelContinue Reading

Written on March 26, 2012 at 7:40 am, by

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