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.
Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) invented one of the world's first and best search engines, AltaVista, in 1995. Altavista was designed to use the new Alpha 64-bit RISC processor.
One of the biggest challenges when upgrading to Windows 7 is in testing and preparing applications. This blog puts together a few conclusions that might assist you in planning the work.
Intel announced on 19 Aug 2010 that it will buy McAfee for around $8bn. This has caused some surprise. Intel does not sell directly to the end-user, and it does not develop application software. It is not obvious what it achieves by acquiring a software vendor. Here's my guess as to why Intel is doing it.
A colleague was talking to me yesterday about his recent experience in implementing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for a customer. He is using the System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP) to deliver Dell firmware and software to clients. This got me thinking again about the best tools to use for keeping your non-Microsoft software up to date.
Until recently it has been possible to automate the installation of most software on a Windows computer using Group Policy. Group Policy is a standard component of a Windows domain and so there is no additional cost. Starting with version 11.2 Citrix no longer recommend using Group Policy to install the Citrix Online plug-in. Are they off their trolley?
The standard user desktop can be delivered in radically different ways. While this is interesting technically, what difference does it make to your business? Some of the claims are just plain confusing or misleading.
Microsoft Forefront Client Security (FCS) server components do not run on 64 bit servers. OK, that's no problem, we will have a dedicated 32 bit server. It should be simple enough, shouldn't it?
There are several different tools for installing drivers in Windows 7. This blog aims to describe them and show how they differ.