Items tagged with Virtual Desktop

Microsoft has been working hard to make Windows 10 more appealing to consumers and business users alike. The software giant wants the masses to ditch Windows 7 and move on to Windows 10 as the former nears the end of support.  A feature that will appeal to enterprise users wanting easier to manage desktops is now in public preview after first being unveiled last year: the Windows Virtual Desktop service. Originally that service was a private preview that was by invite only; the service is now available for any enterprise user to try out using a virtual Windows 10 desktop hosted in the Azure cloud. Note that enterprise users are the target here; this isn't a feature aimed at the average PC... Read more...
Amazon is taking on an IT unicorn: virtual desktops for enterprises. As Amazon is quick to point out, virtual desktops are fairly rare in large companies at the moment, due to the logistics of managing the hardware and software necessary to pull off the feat. If the cheering stick figures at the end of Amazon’s new promotional video are to be believed, Amazon WorkSpaces will solve your virtual desktop problem. On the face of it, Amazon WorkSpaces sounds fairly easy to use and very scalable. Once you sign up for the service, you have a dashboard you can use to assign desktops to employees, and they can access those desktops on PCs (or Macs) or mobile devices running Android (including the... Read more...
In the last few years Virtualization has gone from a buzzword to a platform of choice in the world of Information Technology. Consumers already reap its benefits on a day to day basis as Banks, Internet Service Providers, online merchants, and many other companies have adopted the technology all the while transparent to the end user. The reasons why virtualization is attractive to companies are many but, to put it succinctly, it all boils down to efficiency which then translates to lower cost and higher availability. In an article on the Intel/IBM sponsored VirtualizationConversation.com, HotHardware.com's Editor in Chief, Dave Altavilla reinforces this point:"...server consolidation to provide... Read more...
The virtualization of operating systems began many years ago as a means to test applications across multiple platforms without having to build dedicated machines or even leave the developers desktop. Now virtualization has evolved into a necessity to eliminate server and datacenter sprawl and make more efficient use of computing resources. Gone are the days where a new box was necessary for every OS and once in production it only used 20% of resources for the most part. Now the big iron can be loaded with ram, quad processors, and superfast SAS drives (or data offloaded to storage appliances) and host all of your platforms via virtual machines. Deployment, administration, and disaster recovery... Read more...
IBM and Business Partners Introduce a Linux-Based, Virtual Desktop Customers Significantly Lower Costs by Combining the Power of IBM, Virtual Bridges and Canonical for a Linux-Based, Security-Rich, Microsoft-Desktop Alternative ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - December 4, 2008) - IBM (NYSE: IBM), Virtual Bridges and Canonical today announced general availability of a Linux-desktop solution designed to drive significant savings compared with Microsoft-desktop software by amplifying Lotus collaboration software and Ubuntu to a larger user base through virtualization.This solution runs open standards-based email, word processing, spreadsheets, unified communication, social networking and other software... Read more...
It's hard to say if Adobe is saying "me first," or "me too." They've launched new applications for their suite of web-based document generation software at Acrobat.com that goes head to head with Google Docs and Microsoft's Office Live Workspace. Now you can have a virtual typing pigpile hosted by Adobe, too. At the heart of the new launch is Buzzword, the web-based word processor that Adobe acquired last year. Buzzword’s full functionality is integrated into Acrobat.com, allowing users to create documents and collaborate on them with others. Different permissions can be assigned to each collaborator, and edits all tracked and saved with version control. Of course, since this is all done over... Read more...