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Unidesk jumps into Hyper-V VDI

Unidesk is a company that's well-regarded in desktop virtualisation (VDI) circles because its layering and one-virtual-disk-for-many-guest-desktops technologies do some nice things like allowing one golden master of a virtual desktop and then delivering custom combinations of apps to individual users. That's a handy trick …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2015
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New VDI recipe: Pinch of Cisco, spoon of VMware, mix with X-IO arrays

X-IO, maker of the sealed ISE and HyperISE storage enclosures, has come up with a reference architecture for VDI using Cisco and VMware kit. The X-Pod for VDI template uses Cisco's UCS servers and networking hardware, VMware's Horizon View, and X-IO's own flash-disk ISE 740s. This validated design should support up to 1,500 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2014
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Converge THIS: Network titan Cisco on how to VDI in 10 days

HPC Blog Thinking about virtualising your desktops? Want to run all those sessions in your data centre and simply broadcast the screen and UI out to whatever device your users desire? There are a lot of vendors out there who are looking to ease your shift into VDI (virtualized desktop infrastructure), helping to figure out how much …
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VDI is heading for a minor DAAS-aster

Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) services are getting good enough, fast enough, that organisations need to consider them as an alternative to desktop virtualisation (VDI). So says analyst tribe Gartner in a new emission, Is DaaS Ready for the Enterprise?, in which it answers in the affirmative, certainly for low-end applications, but …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jan 2015
X-IO Emergency VDI response

X-IO offers emergency RACK IMPLANT treatment for moaning hosted VDI users

Does your VDI performance suck? X-IO is hoping you'll call the VDI doctor and bag yourself a treatment in as little as 72 hours. The company claims its response can be implenented in as little as 72 hours after diagnosis, which itself is up to 24 hours after the customer's call. If your Citrix or VMware VDI performance is a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2014
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VMware puts VDI in the woodchipper

VMWorld 2014 VMware has outlined a new way to do desktop virtualisation (VDI) that aims to greatly reduce the amount of storage required to deliver desktops from the data centre. Many current VDI arrangements require each virtual desktop to be stored as a discrete virtual disk. By the time organisations get to hundreds or thousands of such …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2014
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Licensing changes mean Redmond's IoT plan brings cheap VDI

Microsoft has just posted some advice on how to do Windows desktop virtualisation (VDI) on the cheap. Redmond is infamous for insisting that if you use a thin client to run virtual desktops, you'll have to send it $US100 a year for the privilege. That charge is called the Virtual Desktop Access licence and comes over and above …
Simon Sharwood, 09 May 2014
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Diamonds are forever, Fujitsu Eternus now for VDI

Fujitsu has added a bunch of new variants to its Eternus TR storage arrays, targeting large scale desktop virtualisation environments. The models are the Eternus TR820, TR850 and TR880, with the last in the list claiming the ability to connect 3,500 VMs, which the company says is nearly double the scale of its previous models. …
Team Register, 20 Jan 2015
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Atlantis furtles furious flash-DIMM VDI scorcher

VMworld 2014 Atlantis reckons it can make servers fly faster than anybody else when running virtual desktops. All you need is its USX software and SanDisk flash DIMMs running in an x86 server, an IBM xSeries one in this case. Combine all that and you get Atlantis's first all-flash, server-based hyper-converged architecture. USX DIMM charts …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014
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Nexenta beats off rivals as Citrix testlab rates its VDI offering 'cheapest'

Nexenta provides the cheapest VDI, according to data collected in a Citrix testlab by Gartner. Gartner research director and blogger Gunnar Berger has written an article - The real cost of VDI storage – in which he sorts suppliers on their costs. The data comes from a Citrix Ready VDI Capacity Validation Program for Storage …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2014
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The magic storage formula for successful VDI? Just add SSDs

Every pure solid-state disk (SSD) and hybrid storage vendor on earth would like you to know how brilliant it is at handling virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) workloads. VDI may be a niche, but it is a miserably difficult niche, in which storage plays a huge role. There is a lot more to making VDI work well than just throwing …
Trevor Pott, 02 Oct 2014
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VDI a 'delightful' experience... Really?

GPU Technology Conference The VDI talk was the kind of GTC session I love. It’s where a real-world expert talks about how a difficult task is actually accomplished. Not the theory, not how it should work on paper, but what it takes to actually move a project from Point “A” to Point “We’re done with this”. Ken Fingerlos from Lewan Technology delivered in …

Simplivity shows off VDI configs with Nvidia... Doh! VMware, what are you doing here?

Server virtualisation firm Simplivity has decided that virtual desktop infrastructure is a special use case and has partenered with Nvidia on "plans to provide solutions and reference architectures for new optimised, graphics- and compute-intensive VDI application workloads and cloud infrastructures." Its latest offering is its …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2013
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Another day, another VDI appliance: ScaleIO intros Nytro-driven kit

VDI is becoming a vendor obsession. Just days after Fusion-io's ioVDI product we have an another VDI appliance using EMC's ScaleIO technology with LSI flash, Supermicro servers and Mellanox networking which they claim can boot 1,000 virtual desktops in 12 minutes at a price per desktop of an entry-level business PC. EMC bought …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2014

Solidfire unfurls MAP to corporate WALLETS, large-scale VDI rollouts

SolidFire claims to have cracked a problem that so many have tried and failed to solve before. It has produced a reference architecture that it hopes will make large-scale corporate VDI rollouts practicable. SolidFire produces a highly scalable, multi-tenant, clusterable all-flash storage array with compression and in-line …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2013
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Speaking in Tech: We hope your VDI job doesn't suck so bad you want to quit every day

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise In this week's podcast, the whole Speaking in Tech gang are here to talk you through the past seven days in enterprise IT: Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela drill into lighter side of technology, from Daft Punk to Big Blue punting its x86 server biz to Lenovo. …
Team Register, 30 Jan 2014
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Flash fettler Fusion-io on VDI: Veni, vidi ... not sure about the last bit

Server flash fettler Fusion-io is the latest supplier to try to crack the make-VDI-popular nut with its ioVDI software, which combines server-side flash with shared storage. The ioVDI software is typical, in one sense, of many VDI-accelerating products, using server-side flash caching to speed the system's responsiveness. Fusion …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
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Violin: We know VDI scares you, biz boss... But what if it was cheap?

Flash array biz Violin Memory claims it has found the lowest cost virtual desktops in the industry in Atlantis Computing. It's partnering with Atlantis Computing to deliver its ILIO virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) software running on Violin's flash arrays and says this provides the lowest total cost of ownership for virtual …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2013
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These old PCs want some VDI loving. But what about the server?

Readers' corner A request from The Register Forums where David Dawson writes: This is a question for a potential project I'm about to embark on. There's a charity that I have some association with, they've got around 30 windows desktops that are fast approaching the end of their working life. They have to use windows for various reasons, but …
Drew Cullen, 20 Jul 2013

Microsoft's VDI deals make Windows Server cheapest desktop OS

Microsoft's licensing policies for virtual desktops (VDI) include two anomalies that make it cheaper to provide Windows Server to end users. Those hoping to adopt desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) have problems because hosting companies cannot rent out Windows licences and must serve desktops from dedicated hardware. Hosting …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2013
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Sun sets on Oracle VDI products

Oracle has let it be known that the sun will soon set forever on desktop virtualisation (VDI) products including some it acquired from Sun. After an internal support document bearing the news made it into the public eye, the company has blogged to confirm a raft of Sun-derived VDI kit will soon be pining for the fjords. Big Red …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jul 2013
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VMware's new VDI play is self-destructing virtual desktops

VMware has announced a new end-user computing product at its VMworld Europe gabfest. Horizon Flex allows admins to define virtual machines (VMs) and deploy them to Macs or PCs, where they run in desktop hypervisors even when those devices are offline. VMware would prefer you use its own Player on PCs rather than desktop Hyper-V …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2014
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Pure Storage to VDI players: Flash array trounces the platter

Pure Storage has announced its FlashArray is ready and waiting to accelerate virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) applications at scale, ready to support thousands of skinny and full-fat desktops. It also join the rest of the flash start-up brigade - Greenbytes, Nimble Storage, Tintri, Tegile, Violin Memory and Whiptail - in …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2012
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Nimble, Cisco gang up to hammer out VDI ref template

Hybrid flash/disk array startup Nimble Storage has effectively joined Cisco's server partner channel with a VDI reference architecture promising low-cost VDI serving off its arrays. The architecture supports 1,000 VDI users, takes up a trivial 3U of rack space, and costs $43,000 – $43 per desktop. That contrasts with a Tintri …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2012
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Citrix soothes frustrated Mac fanbois with Windows VDI tech

Citrix has started the new year with a product to help admins manage Windows desktops on errant Macs, tightening competition between the virtualization company and Parallels and VMware. The "DesktopPlayer" product was announced by Citrix on Thursday and sees the company allow admins to deliver policy-laden Windows images to …
Jack Clark, 09 Jan 2014

Everything you always wanted to know about VDI but were afraid to ask (no, it's not an STD)

Feature So you know your way around a data center just fine, but you've been told to roll out VDI – aka that highly riveting technology, virtual desktop infrastructure. This is your first time juggling virtualization on this scale. What do you need to worry about? How will you test and benchmark it? Our sysadmin blogger Trevor Pott …
Trevor Pott, 28 Apr 2014

Citrix weaves together XenClient hypervisor and XenDesktop VDI stack

IT shops that are worried about security – think healthcare, government, and financial services – still want to have a hypervisor on their PC clients. This makes it easier to isolate malware and control what users have on their machines, particularly if that PC hypervisor is linked to and coordinating with a virtual desktop …

Dell tweaks Foglight virty management to control freak VDI, storage

Quest Software ate Vizioncore and VKernel, and Dell bought Quest. Now their products have to be rationalized, so in conjunction with the launch of what would have been a rev of the VKernel Operations Suite, Dell has decided to put the Foglight brand on its server, storage, and network monitoring and management tools, and thus …
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VDI down under with Infosmack

Episode 93 Infosmack is back and the discussion this week is mostly about VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure). Joining the fray for episode 93 of the world's leading enterprise tech podcast are:Andre Leibovici, senior consultant at VMware and blogger at myvirtualcloud.net, and hosts Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley with the Diva of …
Team Register, 05 Apr 2011

GreenBytes brandishes full-fat clone VDI pumper

VMworld Barcelona GreenBytes, a flash-array storage vendor, appears to have re-focused on virtualised server I/O offload – and most punters here at VMworld on the Catalonian shores are asking themselves why. It all started when Stephen O'Donnell became GreenBytes' chairman in July this year, with an executive aspect to the role we understand. Up …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2012
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VDI is not the only fruit

Video Thinking about virtualising your desktop? Virtual desktop infrastructure isn't the only option, says Trevor Pott, arch-sysadmin and El Reg contributor. In this podcast with Danny Bradbury, he discusses the alternatives to VDI, such as application virtualisation. Which model should you choose if you want to stop one user …
Trevor Pott, 10 Jun 2011

VMware seeks patent for VD-eye-tracking tech

Delivering a virtual desktop to a mobile device is easy to do these days, but once it lands in a mobile device the experience can be horrid. Touch screens make poor substitutes for mice and the smaller screen of a fondleslab or smartphone makes user interfaces designed for monitors unpleasant. Citrix's answer to this problem is …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Apr 2015

How many VMs can you stuff in that box? How to get into the VDI biz

Greenbytes and Pure Storage are both start-ups well under way with fast and ground-up designed all-flash arrays. Both have a strong VDI focus and say that serving virtual desktop images from their flash arrays is consistently and reliably fast, affordable and secure, and makes hard disk drive arrays look like sluggards. They …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2012

Trevor works out on VDI roll-outs

Deploying virtual desktop integration may save you lots of money (or not). It may increase your employees' mobility (or not). But if you stream the footie match in high definition on 30 virtual machines, it will definitely do a number on a single Gig-E interface. In this webcast systems administrator Trevor Pott reveals some …
Danny Bradbury, 03 Nov 2011
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Avere attacks filer VDI boot slowdown

NAS accelerator supplier Avere can make NetApp VDI boot storm delays go away, and it has the numbers to prove it. By placing a multi-tiered, solid state and hard drive caching Avere FXT filer accelerator in front of a NetApp filer, VDI boot storm files are transferred to the FXT and served up to booting devices faster and at a …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012
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Infosmack has VDI cake and eats it

And hello to you from Infosmack, here with a brimful of VDI. As per, hosts Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley with the Diva of Disruptive Technologies, Christina Weil, get to do the talking, with special guest Don Bulens, former CEO of Equallogic and current CEO of Unidesk. Episode 98 show notes Don and Marc have a flashback Don …
Drew Cullen, 10 May 2011

Desktop Linux users beware: the boss thinks you need to be managed

Desktop Linux users beware: IT has noticed you and decided it's time you were properly managed. So says VMware, which yesterday at its vForum event in China let it be know that it will deliver a desktop virtualisation (VDI) solution for Linux desktops. Virtzilla says it hasn't bothered doing so before now because so few people …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2014
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HPC ace grills vendor over virtual desktop flavours: What about the POWER USERS?

HPC blog The idea that you can run a bunch of user desktop sessions on servers isn’t new. The benefits promised by desktop virtualisation are pretty profound, including large reductions in enterprise tech costs, better support for users, improved security and even increased user happiness. That last promise, the increased user happiness …
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UK air traffic controller lands 6,000-seater VDI on flashy Violin arrays

The UK's national air transportation service is basing a 6,000 seat private cloud VDI system on flash arrays from VIOLIN Memory. NATS is the UK's provider of en-route and other air navigation services. It is separate from the Civil Aviation Authority which is the UK’s aviation regulator with responsibilities for airspace policy …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012
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2016 might just be the year of Linux on the (virtual) desktop

Come November, some “pundit” will declare that next year is the year of Linux on the desktop. This November, expect a twist on that prediction, as 2016 could just perhaps conceivably be the year of virtual Linux desktops now that Citrix has taken kit capable of delivering it into Beta. That kit is called the “Linux Virtual …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2015

VMware releases XenApp to Horizon porting tool

VMware has released a tool to migrate apps made virtual and portable by Citrix's XenApp into its own Horizon View product. The tool is a little bit naughty because VMware has released it as a “Fling” - a term Virtzilla applies to code from its labs that consist of “Apps and tools built by our engineers that are intended to be …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2014

Desktop Virtualisation beyond VDI

Interview Desktop virtualisation isn't just about the client, and it isn't all about VDI. Intel’s Stuart Dommett explains to Tim Phillips why there are more options for the virtual desktop than before, what Intel has been building in to its products to make those options more viable, and why he thinks it’s one of the top two or three …
Tim Phillips, 28 Apr 2011

Riverbed Cascade appliances peek into VDI, SDN, CIFS

Riverbed Technology's Cascade network monitoring appliances, which come in physical and virtual form, have been flying a bit blind on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and software-defined networks (SDN), but with the Cascade 10.0 software stack, the network busybody is being tweaked so it can peer inside of the protocols …
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Tintri's VDI flash disk mix: The kit that booted 1,000 virtual desktops

VMWorld Barcelona Tintri and VMware showed the virtualisation players how it's done at VMWorld today when they tested a Tintri hybrid storage array booting 1,000 virtual desktops in two-and-a-half hours – nine seconds per desktop. Tintri hybrid flash and disk drive arrays are purpose-designed to support virtual server operations. The test set up …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2012

Microsoft now licensing Windows by the user, across multiple devices

Microsoft has changed the way it licences Windows so that it is now possible to buy licences on a per-user basis. Explained here, the main effect of the new policy is that a single licence can now apply to different devices. As Microsoft explains, this new arrangement means it's now possible for employees of organisations that …
News team, 03 Nov 2014
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Citrix goes into the mouse business

Citrix is getting into the mouse business. The company threw a Summit this week where it shoved new versions of XenServer and XenMobile out the door. It also revealed the “X1”, a mouse that works with its Citrix Receiver app. Receiver is the client needed to access applications and/or desktops groomed by XenApp or XenDesktop. …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2015
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Amazon whisks desktop apps into cloud bazaar in virty PC push

AWS Summit Amazon Web Services cut its teeth providing data center infrastructure in the cloud, but lately it's made some coin serving up virtual desktops, too. Now it has expanded that offering with new services that allow IT admins to purchase and manage desktop applications via AWS. Amazon first jumped into the virtual desktop …
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2015

Oracle buys desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes

Oracle is buying desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes, which uses ZFS technology, for an undisclosed sum. GreenBytes VDI software is based on ZFS and includes its own, highly rated deduplication engine and replication. It can run on flash hardware and, originally, GreenBytes sold a VDI flash appliance but got out if hardware …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014
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Citrix clambers aboard GPU-powered app-delivery bandwagon

Desktop virtualisation's year has been marked by a growing number of insistences that the technology is now mature, doesn't require more storage than you first planned for and can handle even graphics-intensive, workstation-grade workloads. Hence announcements like Google and Nvidia suggesting Chromebooks can run anything if …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Nov 2014
EVO: RAIL

What the Dell? Big Mike and co join Nexenta for EVO: RAIL file access

Dell is using Nexenta's software to bring file access to VMware's EVO: RAIL virtual SAN. It is shipping NexentaConnect and NexentaStor software with its EVO: RAIL kit, its pre-configured, fully integrated, hyper-converged appliance. NexentaStor is Nexenta's ZFS-based storage software which runs on certified server/storage …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2014