When in conversations about the EFSS market, I'm often asked where Microsoft, Amazon, and Google (MAG) fit in the overall landscape. Usually it takes the form of, "isn't [insert MAG vendor name here] going to run away with this market when they get serious?"
To inaugurate ESG's expanded coverage of IoT, I recently sat down with my colleague Nik Rouda to discuss our 2016 predictions for the Internet of Things. In the video, Nik and I discuss the potential for unleashing business value from IoT, how wearables can fit into enterprise IoT and app initiatives, and the expanding role of industrial technology players in the IoT ecosystem.
According to the hyper-connected world in which we operate, it appears that as part of VMware’s layoffs, the company let go a handful of engineers dedicated to its personal desktop products. No disrespect to these VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion engineers, but this looks like a sound business decision based on the overarching VMware EUC strategy and timing of the pending Dell acquisition.
I’m thrilled to be joining ESG and leading their focus on the Internet of Things. While I’m new to ESG, I’m not new to the analyst community nor the world of mobile and disruptive technology.
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.
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.
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.
In this ESG Video Capsule, ESG Senior Analyst Mark Bowker reviews IT's transformation from PC (personal computing) to PCS (Productivity, Communication, & Security).
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:
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).
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.
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.
ESG Lab Analyst Kerry Dolan discusses ESG's recent testing of Dell Foglight for Citrix XenDesktop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Here are some topics ESG will be monitoring closely this week at Citrix Synergy.