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Citrix Systems and NetApp announced a global, strategic partnership to deliver a complete server virtualization solution capable of leveraging the power of NetApp storage solutions. Citrix XenServer Adapter for NetApp Data ONTAP enables customers to unlock the power of virtualized storage in Citrix XenServer environments. This jointly developed certified solution simplifies virtual machine creation and management by allowing customers to centrally manage storage configuration and provisioning from a single console, making it one of the few virtualization solutions optimized for storage environments. Citrix and NetApp are building on their existing relationship and extending virtualized data management environment capabilities included in Citrix XenServer 4.1, which began shipping today. The growth of virtual servers has complicated the way in which many IT professi... (more)

IGEL Delivers Thin Clients Supporting Citrix XenDesktop Virtualization

IGEL announced a broad range of thin client models supporting the important Citrix XenDesktop virtualization standard.  With all of its 22 models now supporting Citrix XenDesktop, IGEL’s digital services approach allows organizations to offer the best user experience combined with desktop resilience and remote management. The IGEL Technology range includes traditional desktop designs, PC upgrade cards, 17” and 19” LCD integrated units, wireless tablets and quad screen units. The wide variety of choice allows organizations of all types to deploy the Citrix XenDesktop virtualization solution to almost any part of the business, including office workers, mobile users, space constrained point-of-sale areas and multi-screen environments such as dealing rooms. “The arguments for virtualizing PCs are becoming overwhelming,” said Dirk Dördelma... (more)

Redhat's KVM provides better consolidation ratio than VMware ESX

At a journalists' roundtable in London this week, Benny Schneider, Qumranet CEO, said his - now Red Hat's - company's KVM (kernel-based virtualisation machine) hypervisor runs 52 VMs in a physical server, in which ESX can host a maximum of 35 VMs. Citrix Xenserver is worse: it can only host 30. There are two reasons why KVM is better than ESX, according to Schneider. First, KVM is newer code: when it started being designed four years ago Intel and AMD were already extending their processor instruction sets to add virtualization-supporting instructions. Early hypervisors like ESX had to cope with the previous generation of CPU chips, which had no virtualisation support, and so were larger and made less efficient use of server resources. In other words, VMware is held up by legacy code baggage, and Qumranet is not, or so Red Hat says. Second, Windows needs lots of memory an... (more)

Microsoft Announces 2009 Partner of the Year Awards Finalists and Winners

Microsoft Corp. has announced the winners and finalists of its 2009 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards. The annual awards honor Microsoft Registered, Certified and Gold Certified partners for delivering exemplary solutions for their customers during the past year. Award winners and finalists were chosen from nominations from around the world. 2,000 entries were submitted by partners worldwide; the award finalists and winners were selected from a group of nominations based on their dedicated use of Microsoft technologies to provide solutions for their customers' needs. "Partners are the key to igniting business innovation through great technology as well as helping customers drive down costs," said Allison L. Watson, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft. "Congratulations to the 2009 Partner Award winners, who have demonstrated a su... (more)

Wyse Technology to be Platinum Sponsor at CitrixLive! Secrets, Lies and VDI - Customer Virtual Event

Wyse Showcases Client Virtualization, End User Experience and Windows 7 Solutions LONDON, UK. – 19 October 09 – Wyse Technology, the global leader in thin computing and client virtualization, today announced its key sponsorship in Citrix's Virtual Event, CitrixLive! Secrets, Lies and VDI.  CitrixLive! and Wyse will show you how client virtualization is more than just VDI. It's about desktops, applications, personalisation, high-definition user experience and much more. WHAT:  CitrixLive! Secrets, Lies and VDI - Customer Virtual Event WHO: Citrix Systems, Inc. is the host of CitrixLive! and is a leading provider of virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions for more than 230,000 organisations worldwide. WHEN:  Tuesday, October 20th             10:00am – 5:00pm CET (Europe)             12:00pm – 7:00pm EST (Americas)             Sessions available on-deman... (more)

Citrix & Carpathia Hosting Team Up

Enterprise Cloud Computing Track at Cloud Expo Carpathia Hosting, which reportedly has over 24 petabytes of storage under management and nearly 1% of all Internet traffic traversing its network, has built a second generation of its InstantOn enterprise cloud, on Citrix's XenServer technology. The first version was based on open source Xen. The rev is based on the freebie Citrix XenServer 5.5, which is supposed to give it more flexibility, scale and management. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! The widgetry is meant to deploy production-ready apps and storage in the company's 12 data centers in North America, Canada and Europe; blend dedicated and cloud resources in a single hybrid solution; or set up virtual private data centers and clouds. Carpathia's good for multi-tenant or private clouds and claims to meet security and complianc... (more)

Viewfinity Launches Cloud Computing Systems Management

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer In a move that will reduce the cost and time companies spend on IT, Viewfinity (www.viewfinity.com) on Tuesday announced the release of version 2.5 of its cloud computing systems and privilege management solution for laptops, desktops and servers. Viewfinity’s cloud computing model offers companies a cost-effective approach to systems and privilege management. Based on its foundation in application encapsulation, the Viewfinity solution is purposely architected to provide capabilities that focus on reducing the cost and time related to IT operations and support by providing the most flexible, secure and manageable environment for in-house and mobile workforces. “Our cloud computing software delivery model and extended privilege management features allow us to supplement or replace traditional systems management with no specialized IT expe... (more)

Storms Can Kill Your Virtual Desktop

Rush hour. Something we all can relate to. Way back in time when I used to go to an office daily, I hated rush hour.  If I left home at a certain time, it would take me 45 minutes just to get to the office. But if I left just 15 minutes earlier, that same 45 minute trip would only take 15 minutes.  You might be asking yourself what this has to do with virtual desktops. Well, it’s all about managing a storm. I managed the rush hour storm by changing the time I left for work in the morning.  With virtual desktops, we need do something similar. If you don’t, you will encounter the fifth mistake in my list of top 10 mistakes to avoid 10.  Not calculating user bandwidth requirements 9.    Not considering the user profile 8.   Lack of Application Virtualization Strategy 7.  Improper Resource Allocation 6.  Protection from Anti-Virus As you know, most organizations have us... (more)

CTRM Cloud Vendor Aspect Enterprise Solutions Posts Another Record Year For Revenue Growth

Commodities Trade And Risk Management Customer Base Grows by 30% London, February 15, 2012 - A rush of new sales for its commodity trade and risk management solutions made 2011 another record year of growth in software revenues for CTRM/ETRM vendor Aspect Enterprise Solutions. The company's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), delivered in the Cloud applications are used by energy and commodity professionals to manage deals and market information together with supply chains and storage, all in real time. During 2011, Aspect signed major deals with companies across the globe increasing its flagship AspectCTRM customer base by 30%. The new signings include a state-owned gas company, a key UK road fuels supplier and an $8.5Bn petrochemicals group. Paralleling this success, sales of Aspect's multi-commodity market information and decision support portal, AspectDSC, grew by 12% ... (more)

This Week in Cloud, August 30, 2012

This Week in Cloud on the go! Download the This Week in Cloud iPhone app. Now it’s even easier to get your weekly cloud news and perspectives. Cloud News Andrew R. Jassy, the head of Amazon Web Services, believes that Amazon’s cloud services can be as big, if not bigger, than its retail business, according to this New York Times article. The article reported that Amazon currently has over 600 AWS related job openings posted on their website. A recent IDC study predicts that the Indian cloud computing market will grow 70% this year to reach $909 million, according to this The Hindu Business Line article. From 2013-2016, IDC predicts that the Indian cloud market will grow 50% per year. American consumers still don’t understand cloud computing, according to a recent Citrix survey. Only 16% of the 1,000 people surveyed correctly identified the definition of “the cloud,”... (more)

vCloud Automation Center -vCAC 5.1 – Conifiguring Multi-Machine Services

A Multi-Machine service is a Blueprint that is configured to deploy multiple blueprints/machines from one request. Essentially let’s say you have a blueprint that is configured to deploy a Windows 2008 Server with SQL, and you have another blueprint that is configured to deploy a Windows 2008 Server with an application installed such as vCAC. You can create a Multi-Machine service blueprint that contains both blueprints. You Multi-Machine service can be vCAC Server and when it’s requested it will deploy both blueprints each with their own configuration as well as overall multi-machine configuration that can be laid on top. If you think about it vCAC can manage different hyperervisor such as vSphere through vCenter or vCD, Hyper-V, XenServer, it can manage Physical Servers, and external Amazon EC2 resources. So you can have individual blueprints configured to deploy... (more)