We weres recently asked to provide evidence that virtualising an application would not affect its performance.
I have been working on a large End User Computing programme for a while, and not found the time to blog, so now it is time to catch up with a few snippets.
This one is about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and the BIOS settings of the physical servers. Here's the summary: VDI depends on high performance hosts, but by default hosts are typically configured for a balance of performance and energy efficiency. Check your BIOS. It may not be what you think.
This article is about managing the replacement for the traditional Windows XP desktop. It may sound like a straightforward upgrade of the desktop OS, or it may already seem like a complicated upgrade because of the business applications that don't run on Windows 7. But in my view it is more than that. The old desktop paradigm that has been in place for more than twenty years is coming to an end. Without a paradigm we face a bundle of difficult choices.
Cloud is a great marketing concept. It creates an impression of something new and better. But is it really new and better, or is it for the birds, up there in Cloud Cuckoo Land?
The idea of a Cloud Desktop is appealing, but can it exist?
Cloud is a brilliant marketing concept, but it can be difficult sometimes to pin down exactly what it means. This post looks at what Microsoft is offering in Office 365.
In a previous post I said I thought that problems in IT are caused by complexity, and not by the pace of change, poor management or lack of skills (although any of those may contribute).
Here are some interesting thoughts from David Gelernter. Gelernter is Professor of Computer Science at Yale.
A friend of mine, a very experienced and senior non-executive director, asked me why, in all the organisations he knows, IT is the area that causes the most difficulty. There are several common explanations, but I am not sure they add up. This leads me to a different explanation, with interesting consequences.
Versatile Desktop is the ability to run different business desktops on the same client device. We can already do this easily through terminal services, but only if we are online, and without the full features of the client device such as enhanced graphics or audio.
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) makes it easier than before to run different desktops locally, with the full features of the device. This post looks at how widespread and practical UEFI is as a means of achieving the Versatile Desktop.
There is a lot of industry talk about Virtual Desktops at the moment. This is the desktop OS running as a virtual machine on a server in the datacenter. It sounds like the solution to all those difficult desktop problems, but it is more like a niche within a niche. Much more interesting is the Versatile Desktop. The Versatile Desktop is a personal computing device that is able to run different desktops at different times.