XenApp is Back, and Citrix With It

Citrix’s new CTO for desktops and applications, Gunnar Berger, has made the most important announcement about Citrix of 2014. Yes, even more important than the news that CEO Mark Templeton is returning to the hot seat. In a Wednesday blog post, Berger admitted in public what many inside and outside Citrix have known for years: “we over rotated and SBC* became a second class citizen to VDI.” He followed up with the almost joyous shout:...

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Making Virtual Server Recovery-In-Place Viable

Generically referred to as “recovery-in-place”, this feature gives administrators the option to point a VM to the backup data residing on a disk partition (typically a backup appliance) so that a failed VM can be more quickly recovered. The idea is to use the backup data as a temporary boot area until a full data restore can be completed on to a primary storage resource. Storage IO Mismatch On its face, this looks like a great idea –...

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Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference: Cloud First

Have you ever heard the expression “a rising tide raises all ships?” Well, last week, at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), it was very clear that Satya Nadella and Microsoft are “raising the tide” with their “Cloud first, Mobile first” messaging. The theme resonated in every session and every speech, so if you were a partner even slightly on the fence about where the market is headed, it was made clear that: Now is the...

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Dell Goes Full Steam Ahead on Software-Defined Storage

The relationship of software and hardware is intricate and complex. Software creates the intelligence that enables hardware to deliver to its full potential. Both are critical, but the focus in systems today tends to be on the software. Hence software-defined solutions are receiving a lot of attention and software-defined storage is part of that broader movement. Dell is not only abstracting the traditional storage management software...

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People & Relationships Just as Important as Data for… CDOs

Organizations are increasingly coming to the realization that data is a core strategic asset, the new source of competitive advantage. Success in today’s economy is predicated on how organizations leverage data as much as any other corporate function. The challenge organizations face, then, is how to leverage this asset to its maximum potential in ways that are as efficient as possible and also minimize risk. This is no small feat. It...

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