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Now held three times a year, in New York, Prague, and Silicon Valley, the organizing principle of each International Virtualization Conference & Expo remains the same: our aim is to ensure, through an intense and carefully chosen program of technical and strategic breakout sessions, that attending delegates leave each Conference with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging Virtualization, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the efficiency and flexibility of their Enterprise IT endeavors. The Call for Papers for the 7th International Virtualization Conference & Expo, which will be held in Santa Clara, CA, on November 2- 4, 2009, is currently still open. The submissions URL is here, and the deadline for submissions is June 30, 2009. Topics welcomed include every aspect of virtualization. For example: ... (more)

I Was at the Taping Of Cloud Computing Expo Power Panel in Times Square

I arrived in New York City this morning to attend the Cloud Computing Expo for the next three days. SYS-CON folks invited me on Sunday for the taping of the Cloud Computing Expo Power Panel which was taped at the Reuters Studios in Times Square. The live taping of the show was a blast. I met the panelists at the studio as well while watching the SYS-CON.TV show in the green room. The green room is actually gray and brown. The Cloud Computing Power Panel will be broadcast at the Cloud Computing Expo, March 31 - April 1, 2009, Roosevelt Hotel, in New York City. Two Cloud Computing Expo Power Panels taped today at SYS-CON's Times Square Studios featured rtghe following panelists: Werner Vogels - VP & CTO, Amazon.com; John Engates - CTO, Rackspace; Rod Fontecilla - Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton; Hal Stern - CTO of Sun's Global Sales Force; John Engates - CTO, Rackspace;... (more)

Big Data Kills 30-Year-Old Market

Data Services Journal If you’ve got simply scads of data – and why wouldn’t you? – it’s doubling every 18 months – and are shuttling it to an application for analysis, you’re doing it wrong. That’s so…so, well, 1980. According to Aster Data, applications need to go to “Big Data,” not the other way around. And to do that the company’s got a massively parallel data-application server that can embed applications inside a massively scalable MPP data warehouse and analyze petabytes of data – or terabytes, if that’s all you’ve got – ultra-fast. Apps are automatically parallelized for scale; users can take their existing Java, C, C++, C#, .NET, Perl and Python applications, MapReduce-enable them and push them down into the data. The widgetry runs on a cluster of commodity boxes. Figure five servers to start although parallelized applications can utilize terabytes of memo... (more)

AppSense Webcast Reveals Desktop Virtualization Secrets

Successful virtual desktop rollouts can only be realized if user acceptance is equivalent to that of a local PC. Standardized virtual desktops must be ‘personalized' on-demand by treating the user as another ‘layer' of the desktop...this is user environment management. In his session at Virtualization Conference & Expo 2008 West, Jon Wallace of AppSense discussed how to manage the most important component of the desktop - the user personality. Click here to view Jon Wallace's presentation. Jon Wallace is a Principal Technical Consultant for AppSense with over 10 years of experience. Having begun his technical career with an ASP before moving to AppSense, he has a well-rounded understanding from the end user, reseller and software company perspective. It is for this reason Jon runs a technical evangelism program to technically develop the AppSense channel and transf... (more)

Accelerating the Move to Cloud-Based Client Computing

For a long time we have known that corporate use of PCs is inefficient and overly expensive: analysts estimate that a typical PC costs around three times as much as its purchase price to manage over the PC's lifetime. But, until recently, there has been little that organizations could do to change the situation while still delivering acceptable service. Virtualization has changed this in a number of important ways: the physical PC need no longer be the key delivery mechanism and, hence, images can be hosted pretty much anywhere. Essentially, we can host copies of a client operating system and deliver a display protocol to users over the network. However, as with many things, the devil and the opportunity are in the details. Let's look in more detail at how cloud-hosted clients can work today and how changes underway will improve the situation in the future. Today, ... (more)

Citrix Makes Virtual Desktops Enterprise Ready

Citrix Systems today launched the new Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization program to further accelerate large-scale enterprise virtual desktop deployments with Citrix® XenDesktop™. The Citrix Ready Open Desktop Virtualization program includes more than 10,000 products from over 200 vendors that have been validated as ready to deploy in production environments with the recently launched XenDesktop 4. The Open Desktop Virtualization program helps make virtual desktops a safe choice for enterprise-wide deployment by eliminating the guess work and ensuring customers that XenDesktop 4 has been tested to work with the software, hardware and services they already uses in their IT environments today. Products that have been verified to work with XenDesktop 4 include thousands of applications, servers, storage systems, backup solutions, client devices, printers, deskt... (more)

AppSense Supports Citrix XenDesktop Virtualization

AppSense announced that AppSense Environment Manager, the user environment management solution, supports Citrix XenDesktop desktop delivery solution. AppSense complements XenDesktop functionality by enabling desktop policy and personalization management, accelerating and simplifying enterprise migration and management of VDI environments. User environment management provides the only scalable and cost-effective solution for delivering corporate policy and personalized settings on-demand to large groups of users and computers. “Citrix has been working closely with AppSense for many years, and we are delighted to extend this relationship into the desktop virtualization market,” said Sumit Dhawan, senior director of product marketing, Citrix Systems. “Policy and personalization are critical to delivering on our vision of a dynamically assembled desktop... (more)

AppSense Answers Critical Desktop Virtualization Need

AppSense announced 8.0 version of AppSense Environment Manager. An enterprise solution that enables standardized virtual desktop environments to be fully – and automatically – personalized, AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 accelerates virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) adoption by rapidly configuring desktops and applications with a user’s personal and policy settings without administrator intervention and independent of virtualization technology. By allowing companies to apply both personal and policy attributes without complex profile management or labor intensive scripting, AppSense Environment Manager enables IT staff to provide users with personalized desktop environments. For instance, with Environment Manager 8.0, IT can seamlessly move users from physical to virtual desktops or from one operating system to another, while ensuring that each user’s personal... (more)

The Cloud-Based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market 2012-2017

NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: The Cloud-Based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market 2012-2017 http://www.reportlinker.com/p01027065/The-Cloud-Based-Virtual-Desktop-Infrastructure-VDI-Market-2012-2017.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=IT_Hosting Report Details For enterprises, traditional desktop computing is nearly extinct. Most workers now carry laptop computers to and from their desks, and the 21st century trend towards a mobilised workforce means many workers no longer have desks at all. Traditional desktop computing consumes excessive time and resources.  Virtualised servers and desktops hold the key to more efficient IT management. Although virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has historically been deemed too expensive, the recent surge of ... (more)

AppSense Makes XenDesktop Virtualization More Sensible

Citrix is supposed to trot out XenDesktop – its virtual Windows desktop trick – any minute now and when it does the UK firm AppSense is supposed to be there to make the Xen widgetry useful. See, the way it works every time you restart XenDesktop you start with a clean slate, according to AppSense VP of corporate and product strategy Martin Ingram. You’ll lose your personalized settings and corporate policies but for the intervention of AppSense Environment Manager, used before with other Citrix products and extended to support the XenDesktop Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. It separates the so-called personality from the virtual desktop – essentially abstracting the user’s policy and preference settings from the operating system and applications – and applies them on-demand as each fresh desktop is provisioned, AppSense says. It&r... (more)

Everything Channel's CRN Unveils the 2010 Channel Chiefs

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Everything Channel, a UBM company, today announced the 2010 CRN Channel Chiefs. The CRN Channel Chiefs are influential executives who consistently defend, promote and execute effective channel partner programs and strategies. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100222/NY58513LOGO ) For the eighth consecutive year the top Channel Chiefs were chosen by Everything Channel editorial based on criteria including policy and program innovations made during the past year, the amount of revenue their company generates through partners, their willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the channel and the number of years they have dedicated to channel activities. "Being named a Channel Chief is one of the most prestigious honors in the IT industry. This year's Channel Chiefs offer tremendous insight into the who's w... (more)