Endpoint & Application Virtualization

  • blogs
    Apr 10, 2014

    My Two Cents on the Security and Market Implications of the End of Windows XP

    Could mean security woes and bad news for Microsoft while opening creative opportunities for security vendors and service providers.

  • blogs
    Mar 25, 2014

    Security Vendors Are Racing Toward a New Anti-malware Technology Model

    M&A activity foretells industry direction and new competitive segment.

  • blogs
    Mar 20, 2014

    Are Enterprise Organizations Ready to Use Free AV Software?

    Active debate with many remaining questions, but this option may impact the endpoint security market as we know it.

  • briefs
    Mar 7, 2014

    VMware Virtual SAN

    A Virtual Arrival That Cements Real Long Term Storage Industry Change

    VMware’s much heralded “Virtual SAN”—the hypervisor-managed provisioning of shared storage using pooled server storage capacity—is another line in the sand regarding the future of IT in general and storage in particular. VMware’s new product adds further clarity to the notion that convergence driven by software is a real direction—and a real choice—not only for the provisioning of business IT infrastructure, but also for the management of that infrastructure. While the functionality of the product still have room to grow, the simplicity and economy of Virtual SAN represents clear writing on the (software-defined data center) wall that traditional storage models are under threat.

  • blogs
    Jan 22, 2014

    AirWatch: VMware's Biggest Acquisition

    The days of IT handing out a standard device across the company and maintaining a perimeter fence with known holes are fading fast. Employee preferences and modern applications are driving alternative device types while data security makes national news on a nightly basis these days. The opportunity to embrace alternative computing devices is massive and the requirement to simultaneously tighten policy and control is a must have for organization that are serious about their mobility efforts.

  • blogs
    Jan 17, 2014

    The Target Breach: Another PR blow for antivirus software

    POS malware used for Target attack whistled past endpoint security.

  • blogs
    Dec 6, 2013

    Holiday Shopping? Android, Apple or Microsoft

    Every situation can have its uniqueness, but some basic questions about apps, form factor, and how they plan to use the device will quickly boil choices down for consumers.

  • blogs
    Nov 12, 2013

    Businesses Report Significant Use of Desktop Virtualization Technology

    As the diversity of applications continues to rise along with mobile device usage, it is important IT organizations plan through upgrade and migration strategies and leverage these events to explore and invest in desktop virtualization technology solutions.

  • blogs
    Nov 1, 2013

    The Power of 3: Citrix, Cisco, and NetApp Deliver Data Center to the Desktop

    The strength of these three companies is going to catch some vendors flat footed with existing capabilities and new innovation driving forward. IT decision makers should minimally invite Citrix, Cisco, and NetApp into the conference room to hear the collective vision and see how it may snap into exiting IT priorities, economic impact, and long-term strategy.

  • blogs
    Aug 30, 2013

    Impressions From VMworld '13 (Includes Video)

    As we close the first decade of VMworld events, what is this highly "industry-meshed" vendor up to? Read a few of my insights and then you can also watch the video of what my colleagues (Mark Bowker, Wayne Pauley, Bob Laliberte, Jason Buffington, Kevin Rhone, and Terri McClure) took away as their main thoughts....   

  • video
    Aug 30, 2013

    Video Overview: Impressions from VMworld 2013

  • research briefs
    Aug 29, 2013

    Server Virtualization Usage among SMB Organizations

    In spite of the fact that resource optimization is particularly important to SMB organizations when it comes to supporting technology requirements, server virtualization deployments are not pervasive at this end of the market. However, this dynamic shifts when server footprints and the manner in which technology is viewed come into play.

  • blogs
    Aug 28, 2013

    Fusion ioVDI - Cost-effective VDI Performance Where it Matters

    Using flash to accelerate virtual desktops is a hot topic, but at what cost? ESG Lab is testing Fusion ioVDI and is seeing some pretty exciting results.  So if you want to hear how to run thousands of FAST desktops without breaking the bank, read on!

  • blogs
    Jul 11, 2013

    Sprint’s and Clearwire’s completed acquisition by SoftBank will benefit US wireless consumers and the wireless industry

    Mobile operators are facing a category 5 hurricane of mobile bandwidth demand in the next few years that could wipe out profits or deflate the mobile bubble. Sprint was looking particularly vulnerable with its unlimited data plans, but what should we expect going forward?  

  • research reports
    Jun 28, 2013

    Trends for Protecting Highly Virtualized and Private Cloud Environments

    In spite of its many associated benefits, server virtualization can—and does—present numerous IT challenges, including the disruption of existing personnel, processes, and technologies. While deploying and maintaining the data protection solution(s) for a “simple” physical production infrastructure may be perceived as straightforward, server virtualization and private cloud management systems create extra layers of complexity that can be overwhelming and challenging. With these considerations in mind, ESG recently conducted an in-depth survey of 325 IT professionals concerning their organizations’ server virtualization environment, data protection processes, and approach towards business continuity and disaster recovery. Survey participants represented midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America (United States and Canada) and Western Europe (United Kingdom, France, and Germany).

  • lab reports
    Jun 25, 2013

    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V

    Virtualization Performance Analysis

    This ESG Lab Validation documents the results of expert, independent, hands-on testing of the new and improved virtualization capabilities of Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V on powerful HP server and storage hardware. Testing focused on comparing virtual machine scalability and density between Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2012.

  • Integrated Computing Platforms

    ESG defines an integrated computing platform (ICP) as a virtual computing infrastructure (VCI) solution that integrates hardware and software components into a single consumable IT system. ICPs combine independent pieces of IT infrastructure that are normally operated separately through policy and common functionality to form simplified computing platforms targeted at virtualized and cloud environments. In this report, ESG focuses on ICPs—specifically, what factors are continuing to drive adoption; how are vendors engineering ICPs and adding value beyond packaging and branding; and how are vendors bringing these solutions to market?

  • lab reports
    Jun 7, 2013

    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V and SharePoint 2013

    Virtualizing Tier-1 Application Workloads with Confidence

    This ESG Lab report documents the results of independent, hands-on testing of the performance, scalability, and efficiency of Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 with improved Hyper-V virtualization. ESG Lab tested with a tier-1 virtualized SharePoint 2013 application workload to confirm that Hyper-V can be used to increase scalability and maintain high levels of enterprise-class performance.

  • blogs
    May 24, 2013

    Citrix Synergy 2013 Delivers Mobility

    Citrix hasn’t solved the next five years of challenges that lie ahead for businesses, but wow are they focused on doing so. It warrants mentioning that the folks at Citrix are genuine people who have a passion to design and deliver the future of application, desktop, and data delivery. This is a top quality that starts with the CEO, Mark Templeton, and extends itself all the way to its customers. Very impressive to witness and hard to duplicate.

  • blogs
    May 2, 2013

    The Value Of A Reference Architecture

    So you’re going to fix all your company’s virtualization woes with your new architecture. You’re going to be the IT hero. The parts for the new solution show up on your loading dock and you start putting the pieces together, only to find out that the NIC cards you ordered don’t support a required protocol. Or worse yet, the expensive network gear you already ordered is missing a critical feature your users depend on. You persevere, scaling back your design, and exchanging components. It never seems to be an even exchange, but at least you are still within budget.

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