Endpoint & Application Virtualization

  • blogs
    Oct 14, 2015

    Amazon Workspaces Delivery Compelling Usage Scenarios

    I use Amazon Workspaces on my iPad Mini and have been impressed with its usability. While I admit that it is not my primary workspace, it works great for when I am using my iPad and need to get something done in a Windows environment. If I could use a mouse with the workspace like you can with Citrix Receiver, then I would significantly increase my usage of the environment.

  • blogs
    Oct 14, 2015

    Amazon's Strategy of Operational Excellence

    In the wake of the 4th annual Amazon Web Services (AWS) user conference, AWS has finally emerged as a leader in cloud infrastructure and platform services. AWS now has over 1 million active customers and year-over-year growth in EC2 instances, data transfer, and database use that is close to 100% as of 2015 Q2.

  • lab reports
    Sep 4, 2015

    Consolidating Workloads with VMware and Pure Storage

    Tested Workloads: Desktop Virtualization using Horizon View and Server Virtualization for E-mail and Databases

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing and validation of the Pure Storage FlashArray//m storage system. The goal of the report is to prove that tier-1 application workloads such as desktop virtualization, databases, and e-mail can be run on a shared, consolidated storage array without compromising service levels, while delivering consistent sub-millisecond response times. A 5,000-user enterprise was simulated to validate this premise, running on a single all-flash storage array. In addition, failure scenarios were introduced to test resiliency.

  • esg video capsules
    Aug 26, 2015

    ESG Video Capsule: PC To PCS Transformation

    In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Mark Bowker reviews IT's transformation from PC (personal computing)  to PCS (Productivity, Communication, & Security).

  • blogs
    Aug 13, 2015

    Supporting Enterprise Mobility: An End-user’s View into the Workspace

    From a user’s perspective, a workspace is a window into an environment that includes all the necessary tools and information for performing her job. In some sense, this is akin to the consumer view of an app store, but there is more to the story in a business setting. We covered the details of Supporting Enterprise Mobility: How to Create a Workspace in a previous blog and discussed the options IT has to create Supporting Enterprise Mobility: Cloud Assembled Workspaces. Let’s cover two of the key ingredients that a user should expect:

  • blogs
    Aug 11, 2015

    Supporting Enterprise Mobility: How IT Vendors Are Helping Create Workspaces

    In my recently posted blog, Supporting Enterprise Mobility: Cloud Assembled Workspaces, I touched upon how IT vendors are taking the ingredients that include multiple delivery models, identity and access management controls, device management, and granular persona management to create policies and assemble workspaces for end-users. The idea can be compared to how we interact with our TVs today via smart TVs (or TV add-ons like Roke and Apple TV).

  • blogs
    Aug 5, 2015

    Supporting Enterprise Mobility: Cloud Assembled Workspaces

    The demands of mobile are driving change at an incredible pace inside businesses. As a result, IT organizations are tasked to deliver applications securely and without compromising the end-user experience. It’s also extremely likely that all the applications are not neatly lined up in a row inside the data center, ready to be broadcast out to a variety of devices. The reality is that applications are going to be hosted and executed from a variety of locations—some corporate-owned and some publically hosted. This very real scenario creates a bit of a dilemma for IT.

  • lab reports
    Aug 4, 2015

    HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual

    Rapidly Deploying an Easy-to-Manage, Reliable Virtualized Infrastructure

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents the hands-on testing and validation of the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC StoreVirtual hyper-converged appliance. The report highlights the ability of the CS 200-HC StoreVirtual to meet the workload, budgeting, and mobility needs of the business. Special attention will be paid to ease of deployment, manageability, efficiency, high availability, recoverability, and scalability.

  • video
    Aug 3, 2015

    ESG Lab Video Summary: Dell Foglight for Citrix XenDesktop

    ESG Lab Analyst Kerry Dolan discusses ESG's recent testing of Dell Foglight for Citrix XenDesktop.

  • blogs
    Jul 30, 2015

    Supporting Enterprise Mobility: How to Create a Workspace

    In my previous blog, What’s a Workspace?, I helped put some structure around workspaces and highlighted the key attributes. Now that we have a better understanding of what goes into a workspace and provisioning based on identity, we turn our focus to creating a workspace.

  • blogs
    Jul 27, 2015

    Workspaces and Identity Management

    The user should be at the nucleolus of a mobility strategy. In the past, we have really managed everything from a device perspective, but with the onslaught of businesses embracing mobility to enhance their employee productivity, the swing toward putting the user at the center of the workspace is upon us.

  • esg video capsules
    Jul 22, 2015

    ESG Video Capsule: What’s a Workspace?

    In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Mark Bowker reviews the parameters of a workspace, which is comprised of a set of applications, communication tools, and policy based on an employee’s role and responsibilities.

  • blogs
    Jul 22, 2015

    What’s a Workspace?

    We are all aware of the PC era when desktop computing made massive waves inside businesses and truly transformed the way employees worked. Today, we are headed into a very similar situation with mobility as it relates to new devices, new roles, and an interesting balance between corporate and personal computing. The days of being tethered to a desktop or laptop are rapidly changing. Heightened awareness concerning security, the many threat vectors being injected into every instantiation of the corporate computing environment, and the opportunities to unleash the potential inside smartphones and tablets are fascinating subjects.

  • blogs
    Jul 10, 2015

    Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager – WaaS?

    ESG has been tracking cloud-delivered desktop and applications closely and while we don’t see businesses making massive shifts to this delivery model, it certainly has its benefits...

  • blogs
    May 11, 2015

    Topics to Catch at Citrix Synergy 2015

    Here are some topics ESG will be monitoring closely this week at Citrix Synergy.

  • blogs
    Apr 27, 2015

    Can Oracle’s VCA Wrest Share from VCE?

    Larry Ellison and Oracle have EMC’s VCE and Cisco’s UCS square in the crosshairs. The question is, can Ellison's “highest performance, lowest purchase price” converged infrastructure value proposition be enough to sway IT buyers to adopt Oracle’s Virtualized Computing Appliance (VCA)?

  • blogs
    Mar 18, 2015

    Cutting Through Endpoint Security Marketing Hype is a Challenge for Buyers and Vendors Alike

    Endpoint security is a fast-paced, dynamic market right now. The amount of funding, M&A, and general product development is moving at what can feel like a blurring speed, and separating the facts from the marketing language can be a challenge.

  • research reports
    Feb 24, 2015

    2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey

    In order to assess IT spending priorities over the next 12-18 months, ESG recently surveyed 601 IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America and Western Europe. All respondents were personally responsible for or familiar with their organizations’ 2014 IT spending as well as their 2015 IT budget and spending plans at either an entire organization level or at a business unit/division/branch level.

  • video
    Feb 6, 2015

    ESG 360: ESG 2015 Predictions - Cloud & IT Transformation

    ESG Founder and Senior Analyst Steve Duplessie interviews Senior Analyst Mark Bowker on his 2015 predictions for the Cloud and IT Transformation segment.

  • briefs
    Jan 28, 2015

    Citrix: Pre-engineered Solutions Streamline Mobile Workspace Deployment

    Citrix recently acquired software-defined storage from Sanbolic and teamed up with technology partners, including global technology leader HP, to announce a new converged infrastructure solution line up targeted at simplifying and streamlining the deployment of mobile workspaces. These pre-engineered offerings include integrated compute, storage, and networking in converged “pods,” which have the ability to reduce the time, cost, and complexity of delivering applications and virtual desktops to end-users. The converged infrastructure appliances will be available in three offerings, which focus on differently sized deployments—from small to mid-sized to large organizations. While reducing the cost and complexity of application delivery and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments, this new solution also adds sophisticated new storage capabilities and positions Citrix side-by-side among the converged infrastructure players in the mobile workspace arena today—as long as Citrix can provide the architectural differentiation, economic advantages, and go-to-market awareness and execution to get prospective customers on board.

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