Endpoint & Application Virtualization

  • 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.

  • market summary reports
    Jan 12, 2015

    Workplace Delivery: Desktop, Application, and Mobility Platforms for Hybrid End-user Computing Environments

    To reduce IT complexity while catering to the tractability of a flexible, self-service approach demanded by end-users, the IT industry requires a unified approach that aggregates delivery models, centralizes management and security, and supports a wide variety of endpoint devices. ESG defines this unified approach as Workplace Delivery Platform.

    Though current delivery models fall short of this business demand, a growing number of vendors have stated their intentions to innovate workplace delivery platforms that focus on the management and support of various delivery models and devices.

    This report addresses:

    • The market status of workplace delivery today, and related issues challenging IT. 
    • The workplace delivery platform, what it is, and how it addresses the IT security conundrum of securing corporate access while improving the end-user experience.
    • The current, planned, and future market vision and transition strategies.
  • blogs
    Dec 17, 2014

    Cisco: See No EVO, Hear No EVO, Speak New Partnerships

    It hasn’t been lost on the IT vendor community and IT professionals that Cisco is absent from the VMware EVO:RAIL partner program. With all of the powerhouses participating in the program, you’d think that Cisco would jump right into the mix. Considering Cisco’s growth in the server market and the fact that it doesn’t currently have its own storage play, this opportunity appears to be ideal for Cisco. EVO:RAIL with VSAN would make perfect sense—or would it?

  • blogs
    Oct 2, 2014

    The Internet of Things (IoT)

    I've been thinking about the internet of things (IoT) for a while, but am only now finally starting to grasp the magnitude of what is going to happen - in short, everything (literally) is going to change.  Everything.

  • blogs
    Aug 25, 2014

    End-user Computing with EMC VSPEX, XtremIO, Brocade, and VMware

    An exceptional desktop virtualization end-user experience is essential to the success of such projects, and is more challenging than ever before. The VSPEX reference architecture using EMC XtremIO and Brocade networking is designed to eliminate planning and configuration burdens and deliver in a big way on both IT and end-user requirements.

  • video
    Jun 3, 2014

    Lab Video Summary: The HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 Server with Microsoft SQL Server 2014

  • lab reports
    May 22, 2014

    The HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 Server with Microsoft SQL Server 2014

    Predictable Database Performance Scalability in Consolidated Virtualized Environments

    This ESG Lab Validation report documents the hands-on testing and validation of the HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 Server. Testing was designed to confirm the performance scalability, improved consolidation levels, and manageability that can be achieved when leveraging the server in virtualized, mission-critical database environments with Microsoft SQL Server 2014.

  • blogs
    May 16, 2014

    Enterprise Mobility and the Cloud highlight Microsoft TechEd Conference

    TechEd 2014 will be looked back on as an important point in time for Microsoft. If you are an avid follower of Microsoft or viewed TechEd from the sidelines, it was clear that Microsoft is charging hard toward a cloud-first and mobile-first strategy.

  • blogs
    May 9, 2014

    Fusion-io's VDI Reference Architecture Promises to Change the VDI Game

    Virtual desktop environments can present one of the most challenging workloads an infrastructure must deal with. Random, shifting I/O and bottlenecks in the storage domain will have a significant impact on performance. Delivering an exceptional user experience is essential to the success of desktop virtualization deployments because users are becoming conditioned to the performance of flash drives in their business and personal computers. Users demand performance equal to or better than what they already have.

  • lab reports
    May 8, 2014

    Fusion ioVDI and VMware Horizon View

    Reference Architecture for VDI

    This document outlines a tested reference architecture for ioVDI with VMware Horizon View desktop virtualization for organizations of all sizes. Included in this document are results of scalability, performance, and manageability tests that were validated by the ESG Lab.

  • blogs
    May 5, 2014

    Desktops and Apps On the Go

    I am headed off to attend Citrix Synergy and Microsoft TechEd with a sharp focus on these five topics.

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