I just got off a vendor briefing with Amazon Web Services on their Workspaces product and I compiled a list of frequently asked questions that I thought I’d post in my blog. I hope it helps those of you that are looking for answers. If there are any I didn’t ask please let me know in the comments or on twitter. [Read more →]
by Gunnar Berger | November 20, 2013 | 2 Comments
by Gunnar Berger | November 15, 2013 | 4 Comments
Amazon announced this week that they are offering their own Desktop as a Service (DaaS) offering. Before I dig into this let’s set the record straight: technically speaking there was absolutely nothing new in this announcement. [Read more →]
by Gunnar Berger | October 23, 2013 | 5 Comments
It’s time for me to admit something; while I have been sharing quite a bit in blogs and research lately around high end graphic technologies with virtual desktops, I’ve been quiet on some fronts, specifically shared graphics technologies. The reason I haven’t said much is that I haven’t been impressed by most of the technology that’s been out there. I have known for the past two years that better technology is coming so I decided to focus on the good news (typically GPU pass through technologies) as it became public and not blog or tweet, or just rant about what I really want, because up until now what I want didn’t exist.
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by Gunnar Berger | October 15, 2013 | 2 Comments
At the stroke of midnight last night Desktone was acquired by VMware. I realize this is a smaller vendor that many people don’t have much knowledge of so I’ll share with you the high level value this acquisition gives VMware, then I’ll do my typical thing and talk about what I’m excited about. [Read more →]
by Gunnar Berger | October 11, 2013 | 6 Comments
I take a lot of heat about my view of virtual desktops. I don’t think a week goes by that I’m not involved in some public debate about which should I use RDS or VDI. In fact a large part of my job is in helping our clients make that decision. The long and the short of it is (and this is a fact most people will agree with) you use either of these depending on your needs and use case. The devil is in the details which is why I do a lot of research about this. There is one detail that I don’t talk about too much and that’s my view on RDS over the long haul verse VDI over the long haul. [Read more →]
by Gunnar Berger | October 8, 2013 | 3 Comments
Last night Microsoft put out a blog “Microsoft unleashes fall wave of enterprise cloud solutions” buried in that long announcement is this little gem:
Further, with Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft is introducing the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, available for download in application stores later this month, to provide easy access to PCs and virtual desktops on a variety of devices and platforms, including Windows, Windows RT, iOS, OS X and Android.
As some of you may recall one of the big mistakes I’ve called Microsoft out on is that its RemoteApp platform lacks good clients (see: Wanted: Client Development for Microsoft VDI). In fact in that blog I called out three paths I foresaw Microsoft taking, the third potential path for Microsoft was for them to get in the game and not lean on others to build upon the RemoteApp “framework” and instead turn RemoteApp into a “product”. Last night’s press release from Microsoft sends a very clear signal: they are in the game.
I hope this makes a lot of organizations start to ask the question: Can Windows Server 2012′s RemoteApp Replace Citrix XenApp? after all if you ask the question you’ll want to see my research . In all seriousness, I think its a very important question to ask and that’s why I wrote the research about it early this year. I do plan on updating that paper next year as Microsoft continues to build out its RemoteApp strategy so Gartner clients stay tuned to that. The fact is if RemoteApp is “good enough” this has the potential to displace a lot of Citrix XenApp (now XenDesktop) licenses.
One final note on this: A challenge that still needs to be addressed is how to make Windows applications work well on a touch device, I discussed that in: The Good, the Bad and the Right Way to Deliver Windows Apps on iPads and Androids. Shameless plug I know but all of this is interrelated in our virtual desktop and application delivery strategies (plug!).
by Gunnar Berger | September 6, 2013 | Submit a Comment
Understanding the difference between RDS and VDA licenses
I spent too much time this week digging into RDS and VDA. I shot a lot of videos had a lot of long conversations all because I once and for all wanted to understand licensing as it pertains to VDI. In the end… I still don’t 100% get it but I think I’m 90% of the way there. In any case here is a short video I did explaining the differences: [Read more →]
by Gunnar Berger | September 3, 2013 | 12 Comments
I’ve been out and about a lot this year presenting my researching on “Attacking the High Costs of Desktop Virtualization” and although I could give this presentation in my sleep I realized after my presentation at Gartner Catalyst that I needed to address a question that has come up in every presentation during Q/A:
What about the license cost for Microsoft? [Read more →]
by Gunnar Berger | August 23, 2013 | 3 Comments
Persist or not to persist that is the question… and the debate over which is better is happening “off the grid” next week at VMworld. [Read more →]
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by Gunnar Berger | August 6, 2013 | 2 Comments
Imagine this; you’re fresh out of college where you used an Android, iOS, and maybe even a Chromebook for the past four years. Your first day on the job you are given a laptop that weighs more than most of your other devices combined, it’s running Windows XP (an OS you haven’t used in years), and when you log in (which takes 5 minutes) you are presented with a desktop experience that is completely locked down so you can’t install any software. To make matters worse, to use your phone for work you have to accept a set of rules/polices that give you a sub-par experience and leaves you with the feeling that your new company is playing big brother every time you use your phone. As a fresh college grad, you have just entered the twilight zone (actually as a fresh college grad you probably don’t get that reference and are wondering why I’m talking about vampires). This story is all too familiar for young employees and due to consumerization it’s becoming endemic across the majority of employees, not just the young ones. [Read more →]