There are two technologies available to SMBs to deliver a centrally hosted Windows desktop experience to their users: Remote Desktop Services (RDS) or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). RDS uses session virtualization to allow many users to log into the same instance of a Windows server OS and get a Windows desktop experience. VDI uses machine virtualization to allow multiple copies of a Windows desktop OS to run concurrently on the same physical server using a hardware abstraction layer called a hypervisor.
NComputing has named co-founder and longtime board member Young Song as its new CEO. Young brings over 20 years of technology vision and entrepreneurial leadership with a focus on products that deliver life-enhancing value to education, business and consumers.
Fall is upon us again, and in North America that means one thing: playoff season in Major League Baseball. At NComputing, we’d usually be watching on the sidelines like (almost) everyone else, but this year we began working on an exciting project with our friends at Tickets.com who provide ticketing for all the Major League Baseball clubs (and many other sporting and arts venues).
There are still lots of organizations using Windows XP on user desktop computers. According to NetNarketShare.com, a service of Net Applications, market share of Windows XP just recently dropped below 25%. But this means there are still lots of Windows XP PCs in the field.
According to users who participated in a poll during our recent webinar on XP migration, half of those users are in organizations where 26% or more of their desktop PCs are still running Windows XP.
Desktop virtualization can be expensive. Everyone knows and understands that. But in spite of the often hefty price tag, we deploy it because we know that at the end of the day it’s going to yield more benefits than staying with the status quo of distributed PCs. But, what happens when organizations take the plunge into desktop virtualization but leave those distributed PCs as glorified thin clients to access a user’s virtual desktop and applications? Well, they’re basically throwing money down the toilet.
We recently celebrated our NComputing vSpace platform taking Bronze in the “Best IT Software” category of the Network Products Guide’s 9th Annual Hot Companies and Best Products Awards. The Network Products Guide’s Hot Companies and Best Products Awards is a premier information technology awards program that honors the world’s best in performance, products and services, hot technologies, executives and management teams.
The end of support for Windows XP has come and gone. Everybody knows that. Still, according to NetMarketshare, a remarkable 25% of PCs currently still use Windows XP as their operating system. Organizations have delayed conversion from the 10-year old operating system simply because they didn’t have to. Windows XP became a very stable computing platform and users became comfortable with its functionality. Unfortunately, IT managers also became complacent to the rising cost and complexity that comes with managing PC’s.
Poland just celebrated its tenth anniversary as a member of the European Union. Since then and the end of the Cold War, the country has transformed into a major economic power with a stable democratic government.
Desktop-as-a-Service, also known as DaaS, has been getting a lot of attention lately as a cost-effective and viable alternative for the delivery and management of virtual desktops. Given this, I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk a little bit about DaaS and some other technologies that are evolving within the end user computing world.