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Mark Lockwood
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
20 years IT Industry

Mark Lockwood is a Research Director in the Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) team. He works in the Cloud and Virtualization Strategy group, specializing in end-user computing. Current areas of focus include hosted virtual desktops, application delivery and virtualization. Read Full Bio

Administrator Experience Matters!

by Mark Lockwood  |  September 10, 2015

In the world of end user computing, the refrain that everyone – including VDI vendors, DaaS providers, ecosystem partners, and even thin client manufacturers – is singing at the top of their lungs is about user experience.  And for good reason: good user experience is the foundation for not only user satisfaction, but also user […]

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Can DaaS Replace VDI?

by Mark Lockwood  |  January 22, 2015

In the movie “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, there is a scene near the end of the film where Thranduil enters and sees Tauriel weeping, leaning over the prone figure of her love interest.  She looks at Thranduil and says, “If this is love, I do not want it.  Take it from […]

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Is VMware’s Horizon FLEX the answer to BYOD?

by Mark Lockwood  |  October 14, 2014

At VMworld 2014 in Barcelona today, VMware announced Horizon FLEX, which is essentially a marriage of multiple existing VMware technologies that, together, provide an interesting client-hosted virtual desktop option.  FLEX utilizes Fusion, Player, Mirage, and some technology from AirWatch to allow fully-managed virtual desktops to exist on Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs. Why would VMware, […]

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The Secret Bottleneck of VDI

by Mark Lockwood  |  October 10, 2014

For years, organizations deploying VDI for the first time have felt the sting of the most common issue that plagues virtual desktops: inadequate performance from shared storage.  The storage infrastructure that has worked well for decades when used for servers is found to be dramatically lacking when virtual desktops are deployed to it; for that […]

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