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Local virtual desktops may be the (old) new thing in BYOD

As an increasing number of IT organizations become interested in enabling bring-your-own-PC programs for their employees, an old idea may be gaining fresh adherents: desktop virtualization.

Rumored Windows update plays into Nadella's dual-user vision

Rumor has it that Microsoft is adding a virtual desktop feature to Windows to let users create separate desktops for different tasks.

Uncovering the virtues of virtual desktops

Can you name a single activity that consumes more IT staff time and presents more potential exposure to enterprise security risks than maintaining desktop and laptop computers across the enterprise? Despite the widespread use of...

CIO turns to data analytics to hunt down VDI ghost

A few years ago, Seattle Children's Hospital embraced virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in a big way. Not long after, an elusive "ghost in the machine" began causing major headaches for the IT organization, says CIO Wes Wright.

VMware extends Horizon beyond virtual desktop infrastructure

VMware is about to release a new version of its Horizon VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) software that will allow administrators to manage VDI and non-VDI deployments in a unified manner, by using multiple VMware technologies.

Google partners Citrix to deliver Windows in enterprise Chromebooks

Citrix has partnered with Google to deliver business-critical Windows apps to Google Chromebooks, and has already pulled in major clients, such as Woolworths.

VMware, Nvidia revolutionizing secure cloud desktop

The thin client has been largely disappointing from the beginning, but a partnership between VMware and Nvidia may finally give the thin client the performance, scalability, security and price it needs to catch on.

Amazon's WorkSpaces becomes generally available

Amazon Web Services' hosted virtual desktops have become generally available, priced from $35, but the company and its competitors have a lot of hurdles to overcome before this sort of technology is widely used by businesses.

VMware releases Virtual SAN software defined storage system

Targets VDI deployments as plan to virtualize entire data center continues.

VMware unwraps hybrid cloud desktop virtualization

With the new VMware Horizon DaaS offering, IT organizations can deploy enterprise-class virtual desktops to a public cloud, private cloud or seamlessly mix the two with a hybrid cloud deployment.

Chromebooks getting VMware virtual desktop service

VMware will offer virtual desktop services for Google's Chromebooks, allowing them to run Windows applications on the pared-down laptops based on the Chrome OS.

Has Dell created the perfect thin client?

Many have tried to create a marketable thin client, let alone a perfect one. So far, all have failed. But the Dell-Wyse Cloud Connect might be close.

Dell finally ships Android-based PC on a stick

Dell has started shipping the Android-based Wyse Cloud Connect, a $129 device that is slightly larger than a USB stick and can be used by consumers to watch movies in HD or by enterprises as a virtual desktop client.

Citrix buys Framehawk to give virtual desktops a boost

Citrix Systems has acquired Framehawk for an undisclosed sum, and will use the company's technology to improve the performance of virtual desktops and applications over wireless networks.

Cisco teams with VMware, Citrix to counter Amazon's new cloud-based desktop

Expect a whole wave of new cloud-based desktop offerings in the market next year.

Desktop as a service solves some, but not all virtualization issues

Cisco is the latest to make an announcement in the market, offering a new desktop-as-a-service platform for service providers

Virtual desktop infrastructure offers risks and rewards

After years of false starts, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) products are here. They work, and if implemented correctly they can deliver substantial cost savings to enterprise IT shops. What are the risks and rewards involved in...

10 top tests of 2013

We tested hundreds of products in 2013, but here are our top 10 tests of the year.

Parallels 9 and Fusion 6 run neck and neck in virtualization contest

In my head-to-head review of VMware Fusion 5 and Parallels Desktop 8 last year, I said that "the two programs have evolved into near twins of each other." Both were highly capable virtualization programs that shared many similar or...

VDI technology better, faster and cheaper, but adoption still slow

Virtual desktop infrastructure has come a long way since the terminal service days of the 1960s. Heck, VDI has come a long way since the 2000s thanks to plummeting prices for clients, better graphics cards and improved administration....

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