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.
As I discussed in my last blog entry, providing business users with access to legacy apps through their tablets is great, and essential to business productivity today. However, apps are useless without access to the files users need to do their jobs. Like a car without gas, sitting uselessly on your driveway, apps are equally useless sitting on your desktop or tablet if you cannot get to important files in the many locations they likely exist. Some of my files are on prem at work in Windows file shares, while many others are in various cloud file share services.
Recently, a vulnerability known as “Heartbleed” was identified in OpenSSL. This vulnerability allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information from process memory via crafted packets that trigger a buffer over-read. This is also known as the Heartbleed bug.
If tablets are truly going to be productive tools for business users, we need to look beyond the device to the applications. The truth is, businesses still primarily rely on traditional desktop applications to be productive. So if users are moving to mobile devices, those apps need to be mobilized. But let’s stop for a moment and think about what that really means. The effort to extend desktop applications to mobile devices ranges from completely rewriting them into multiple mobile platforms to simply bringing them to a device through some form of virtual desktop.
I think we can all agree that tablets are rapidly gaining adoption among companies and organizations. If you need proof, just take a look around at the next conference, business event or meeting you attend outside of the office. Tablets have become a powerful, easy-to-use productivity tool for business – especially when traveling or otherwise away from the office. However, the use of tablets for business doesn’t come without its share of challenges.
Today Citrix™ continued to bolster their award-winning application and desktop virtualization portfolio by announcing the upcoming releases for XenApp® 7.5 and XenDesktop® 7.5. Thanks to our strong partnership with Citrix, NComputing™ is also proud to announce that we intend to deliver a future release of our N-series® Citrix® Ready HDX™ Verified line of thin clients that will support these new XenApp and XenDesktop releases.
Colyton Primary School in Devonshire is representative of many schools in the UK looking to optimise ICT in order to improve teaching and learning, whilst at the same time working within tightening budgets.
The school previously had in place desktop computers that were over 10 years old. This proved a serious hindrance to lessons, with each PC booting up at different times and server updates taking hours to implement. Nic Harris, the school’s headteacher, was even spending his evenings and weekends conducting ICT maintenance tasks and software updates.
Compared to PCs, tablets have faced severe limitations as a primary productivity tool for business. In fact, tablets have historically provided only a small fraction of the functionality businesses count on from desktop PCs and laptops.