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Client Virtualization As A Strategy To Support BYOD

One approach to support multiple devices in a manageable and secure fashion is to leverage client virtualization. Our Softchoice Advisor Team asked Jon White, Solutions Architect for Client Virtualization here at Softchoice for his insights on helping customers understand the considerations involved.

Softchoice Advisor:  What are the steps for building out a client virtualization strategy to support BYOD?

Jon:  Client Virtualization can be broken down into 3 layers. First is Client OS Virtualization. Next is application virtualization, and then finally profile virtualization. All three of these layers represent the movement from the desktop to the data center. Ultimately, this movement allows our customers to access these resources from any device any time

SA: What’s the first step in assessing the impact to my data center?

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Isn’t It Time You Hopped on the Virtualization Bandwagon? – UPDATED

Isn’t It Time You Hopped on the Virtualization Bandwagon?

Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below.

You’ve probably researched how virtualization will simplify your IT infrastructure and allow you to do more with less. The benefits of virtualization seem almost too good to pass up: lower costs, less complexity and faster maintenance. Yet, we were surprised to learn that 61% of organizations still virtualize less than half of their IT environments and 46% of organizations still have no hybrid cloud capabilities. So, why hasn’t everyone hopped on the virtualization bandwagon?

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Surviving (and Thriving) in the BYOD Client Computing Revolution [Infographic]

Whether we like it or not, the revolution is here. The consumerization of IT – or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – is transforming client computing as we know it.

More and more companies are finding that employees want the freedom to choose the devices they work with. This is putting additional pressure on IT to find ways to safely and securely integrate a variety of  new devices into their infrastructures. And while BYOD does present challenges, the one thing everyone does agree on is that ultimately, it benefits users and organizations by creating better work-life balance, improved productivity and greater flexibility.

As our infographic points out, this revolution is happening quickly. By 2014 mobile will outpace desktop internet usage. So it’s best to start addressing the challenges now – to ensure that you have a plan and policies in place to survive and thrive as the workplace environment changes.

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The Revolution of Client Computing

This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here.

The future of client computing has a very different look and feel.  There are a couple of driving forces and they are driving hard and fast.

Always on connectivity is actually finally pervading.  Smartphones with 8MB/s data connections have been here for approximately a year. Tablets with similar connectivity are here.  And now ultabook laptops will include this capability too.  We will have access to our data wherever and whenever we want.

The force behind this persistent connectivity is ubiquitous data. We want our information, the same information, on our phone, on our tablet, on our PC. There are many examples of this becoming common in life and work today.

I frequently write the bulk of a grocery list in Evernote on my PC.  Then get home to realize a few more things are missing, so open Evernote again on my tablet and update the list.  Finally when I get around to going to the grocery store I consume the information from my phone and get things done.  I do use Evernote for other things but this is definitely my favorite as benign as it may be. [Read more…]

Storage Virtualization: An attempt at making the complex simple.

Want to extend the life of your IT assets? SAN virtualization might be for you.  

 The explosion of data growth over the last decade put a lot of demands on IT in an era when budgets, particularly IT budgets, were under great strain.  While it was good news for all of us that most of the predictions of the Y2K era did not come true, IT suffered a setback in many organizations when it came to their ability to make sweeping changes in infrastructure. 

 While data continued its rapid growth, many IT departments suffered staff reductions.  With organizations operating at minimal staffing, the question of the day moved from, “How do I do more with less?” to, “How do I do more with the same?”  This still holds true today.

 Because most organizations in the early 2000’s were not looking at making big technology investments IT departments dealt with their growth in storage by implementing storage tiers and integrating additional discreet storage arrays.  Each array became a new point of management adding increased management complexity. 

All of the incremental complexity added up and the idea of storage virtualization was born.

 With storage virtualization you put an appliance with a layer of abstraction in front of the various discreet storage arrays in the environment.  The benefits, when done right, are tremendous.  Some of the benefits provided by storage virtualization include:

  •  Simplifying storage management by providing a single storage interface for all storage devices
  • Adding new software functionality (replication, cloning, snapshots, etc.) that adds to or improves on a storage asset’s capabilities.
  • Extending the life of older assets by allowing capacity to be redeployed.
  • Reducing the overall storage spend.

 You may ask, if it is so great, then why isn’t it everywhere.  I’m glad you asked.  Some of the earliest products in this space had [Read more…]

Dealing with the complexity that virtualization brings

Bringing it together with Unified Network Management.

There have been a ton of changes recently in network security on the consolidation and virtualization front, changes that have brought with them a slew of benefits from admin and cost points of view but changes that have also increased complexity – and with it, decreased the ability for organizations to fully innovate and collaborate. And so one of the things to look for when it comes to security management is whether you can maintain consistency around the things you do while still eliminating some of the devices within your environment to achieve the innovation and collaboration you want.

Maybe, for instance, you can have virtual firewalls supporting multiple different domains but still running discreetly on the same physical box. Part of the challenge here, from a security standpoint, is to give you the capability to keep the bad stuff out and good stuff in but also to keep information from crisscrossing when it shouldn’t. Can you, if you will, create that firewall, maintain data integrity and separate, manage and secure very different domains even though they’re running on the same physical equipment? [Read more…]