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Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:10:10 +0000


Microsoft Ignite Session Video: A guided tour of Microsoft Planner and recent updates

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:10:10 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2125 See the recent updates to Microsoft Planner including, the updated look and faster web interface, deeper integration into the Office 365 app experiences such as Microsoft Teams, assigning multiple users to a task, new ways to access your plans on the go in mobile and how you can automate your plans […]

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Office 365 demopalooza of the latest and lesser known features

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:20:11 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2132 Office 365 apps continually add new intelligent capabilities and integration across Microsoft 365 experiences and beyond. In this show, we filmed live, we highlight the coolest and most impactful updates from recent months. This video is from the fine folks at Microsoft.

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Azure Cloud Shell: Access Azure resources in via Bash or PowerShell via the browser

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:50:36 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2127 Cloud Shell is a new way for managing your resources in the Cloud. In this show, we’ll cover you how within the browser, can use BASH or PowerShell to troubleshoot or automate your most common management tasks and manage on the go by keeping your favorite scripts in the Cloud so […]

VMware Security Solutions Video: Intrinsic Security for the Digital Enterprise

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:49:19 +0000

(image) VMware security solutions secure user identities, endpoints, the Internet of Things (IoT), networks, datacenters and the cloud to deliver end-to-end-security from the device to the data center From the fine folks at VMware TV.

Nutanix Video: Nutanix XPowered Cloud Services for Enterprises

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:34:19 +0000

(image) CDW, a Fortune 200 company, chose Nutanix for their Managed Services and Corporate IT. Hear how Nutanix XPowered Cloud Services are helping CDW differentiate their managed and cloud services. This video is from the fine folks at Nutanix.

How to use Citrix Smart Tools – Smart Scale to reduce your XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure Cloud resource costs

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:10:18 +0000

(image) Most of the Citrix Architects and Consultants out there in the field, nowadays looking to (or already are) partitially moving to the Public Cloud. The most approach that I’ve seen throughout the year, are first choosing for a hybrid and/or Proof-of-Concept Cloud scenario. Lifting and shifting small pieces of their resources to the Cloud, just […]

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Office 365 updates for admins – from multi-geo support to new dashboards and more

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:02:07 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2134 In this show, we’ll take a look at the latest for Office 365 admin, from reporting insights available with the new Power BI Adoption Content Pack and reporting dashboards to new options to manage Office 365 users across multiple geographies and more. This video is from the fine folks at Microsoft.

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Real tales of attacks and the defenses in Windows 10 to stop them

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:05:03 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2238 We’ll explore three real and recent attacks in detail, how they worked and the platform defenses in Windows 10 to block and mitigate against them. From containing a spear-phishing attack to defeating targeted intrusions using macros and investigating a possible breach. We’ll look at the new approaches for virtualization-based security to […]

VMware Workspace ONE BitLocker Management End-User Experience Video

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:30:01 +0000

(image) VMware Workspace ONE, powered by VMware AirWatch unified endpoint management, simplifies BitLocker management and allows for a seamless end-user experience. Learn more here: This video is from the fine folks at VMware Airwatch.

Citrix XenMobile Education Configuration Video: Configure XenMobile for Apple Education Features

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:10:15 +0000

(image) This is the second of two videos about integrating Apple Education features with XenMobile. The first video can be viewed here: This video is from the fine folks at Citrix

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Understanding GDPR and the tools in Office 365 and beyond to help meet its requirements

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:58:09 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2137 The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposes new obligations on companies and other organizations that offer goods and services to people in the EU or that collect and analyze data tied to EU residents. This show discusses how to position Office 365 with the GDPR and the relevant capabilities that help […]

New Citrix Cloud Simulation for Citrix Partners

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:21:58 +0000

(image) We just released a new training available on ECC ( that will help familiarize you with the setup of XenApp and XenDesktop Service of Citrix Cloud, leveraging both on-premises resources and resources in a public cloud. You will also be able to setup external access via NetScaler Gateway Service and launch applications using the Citrix […]

VMware Video: vSAN Operations Guide: Deduplication and Compression

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:40:27 +0000

(image) This video demonstrates the process for enabling deduplication and compression in a vSAN cluster. You can check the results of deduplication and compression by viewing the Deduplication and Compression Overview in the vSAN Capacity monitor. This video is from the fine folks at VMware Storage.

What’s new in Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 17.3

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:32:13 +0000

(image) We are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 17.3! Download SSMS 17.3 and review the Release Notes to get started. SSMS 17.3 provides support for almost all feature areas on SQL Server 2008 through the latest SQL Server 2017, which is now generally available. In addition to enhancements and bug […]

Cisco: Tips for Securing Your Network

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:14:09 +0000

(image) Cisco Stealthwatch and Identity Services Engine (ISE) are key components required to transform your network into a sensor capable of enforcing your security policies. But how do you incorporate automation on your network to full advantage? How do you validate that the existing policy aligns with the company’s overall security posture? And how can you […]

Cisco: Introducing a New Era in Branch Routing

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:13 +0000

(image) Today Cisco is introducing a new addition to the Integrated Services Router (ISR) portfolio of branch routers. The ISR 1000 Series follows the new sleek design popping up across Cisco platforms, so it looks sexy, but that’s not why it’s so important. What’s so remarkable about the ISR 1000 Series is that for the first […]

Citrix: Delivering the Most Secure & Efficient Web Apps to Your Users

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:51:03 +0000

(image) As a Master Citrix Certified Instructor (CCI), the conversation around security and monitoring inevitably comes up very early from students and is a core focus of mine around any conversation I have during my classes. Security is at the top of every organization’s list as a priority in today’s world. By leveraging NetScaler ADCs, Citrix […]

Gartner: Virtual Reality and the Virtual Workplace

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:45:07 +0000

(image) At Oculus Connect, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced Oculus for Business and it’s about time. Virtual reality (VR) opens up many opportunities in the enterprise today specifically in the areas of training, data visualization, and product development. But the true “killer app” for business may be in collaboration and the virtual workspace.Although, it’s going to […]

HPE + Veeam Customer Experiences at HPE Discover 2017

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:30:26 +0000

(image) Discover how customers who have adopted joint HPE + Veeam solutions have ensured data Availability and improved their businesses, whichever their sizes or industries. Learn more about Veeam and HPE solutions at This video is from the fine folks at Veeam.

How Digital Transformation Fundamentally Altered the Role of the CIO

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:28:05 +0000

(image) The digital transformation has been firmly entrenched in our lives for seemingly a decade now. It is all-encompassing and everywhere to be seen. The whole thing got started with IT-specific topics like cloud computing and big data; it has gone on to change practically every business process, and entire business models, too. Business is Changing […]

IoT Is as Good as the Infrastructure That Supports It

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:52:19 +0000

(image) Think of IoT as a set of ‘things’ that should be stitched together to benefit from data collection to data mining. What is widely understood is that IoT is about data collection, dataflow and data analysis; but it is not common knowledge that the IoT substratum is an end-to-end secured infrastructure solution with sensors at […]

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Office 365 ProPlus updates for admins: new ways to deploy and manage your Office clients

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:48:34 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2133 Office 365 ProPlus has streamlined and aligned the update model between Office and Windows 10 and continues seeing deeper integration with deployment and management tools for IT admins. In this show, we’ll highlight new tools to configure Office 365 ProPlus, management of add-in compatibility, and new tech to improve network efficiency […]

VMware vSAN Operations Guide: Managing Disk Groups

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:54:56 +0000

(image) This video demonstrates the options for creating and managing disk groups in a vSAN cluster. This video is from the fine folks at VMware Storage.

Citrix Secure Mail Video: Working with multiple mail accounts within iOS

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:02:17 +0000

(image) With this version of the Secure Mail, we have enhanced the functionality to allow users to add multiple email accounts. This video shows how to setup and configure multiple accounts within iOS. This video is from the fine folks at Citrix

Making it Easier for Customers to Successfully Implement IoT

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:22:16 +0000

(image) A lot of companies say they are focused on their customers, yet very few have a dedicated function specifically focused on the customer experience that advocates for customers and applies a customer lens to all areas of the business, from product development to go-to-market and from pricing and operations to post-sales service and support.Every day, […]

Introducing VMware Security Solutions Video

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:11:18 +0000

(image) VMware security solutions secure user identities, endpoints, the Internet of Things (IoT), networks, datacenters and the cloud to deliver end-to-end-security from the device to the data center From the fine folks at VMware TV.

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Azure AD Pass through authentication

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:55:32 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2126 Harness the power of secure cloud authentication using Azure Active Directory. We’ll explore your options with Azure AD and introduce the new Pass-through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on capabilities. We’ll walk through the experiences and setup using the Azure AD Connect tool. This video is from the fine folks at Microsoft.

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Surface Hub: New integrated experiences with Microsoft 365 and admin updates

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:50:07 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2270 We take a look at Surface Hub as a Microsoft 365 connected device that enables new ways for teamwork with hub to hub Whiteboard coauthoring capabilities available with OneDrive and Windows 10 as well as single sign-on into your Office 365 experiences. We’ll also look at how you can easily get […]

Microsoft Video: Experience Windows Mixed Reality

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:55:18 +0000

(image) Windows Mixed Reality is an amazing new experience combining the thrill of virtual reality with a phenomenal sense of presence. Now, you can travel the world. Get inside the games you love. Even move across time and space. Choose from a wide selection of great content and immerse yourself in a new reality, with you […]

Nutanix Video: Nutanix Xtract for VMs Demo

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:00:24 +0000

(image) Businesses adopting new IT infrastructure have to choose how they handle existing applications and workloads and VMs. Do you rebuild or migrate? This video demonstration of Nutanix Xtract for VMs shows the ease and speed at which workloads can be migrated to Nutanix Enterprise Cloud powered by AHV. Learn more: This video is from […]

Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop Component Architecture Poster

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:20:34 +0000

(image) In a recent blog post, I took the family on a road trip to watch the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. With every place we went and everything we saw, one question kept popping up over and over again… Are we there yet? No Are we there yet? NO Are we there yet? NO!!! I also […]

Login VSI method achieves official patent status

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:19:01 +0000

(image) Login VSI (, the industry leader in VDI and SBC performance testing, is proud to announce that the unique Login VSI methodology is now officially patented. After a four-year filing process, the formal patent has been awarded as of October 10, 2017. In addition to the method the patent protects widely used metrics such as […]

Citrix NetScaler Master Class Video – October 2017

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:02:29 +0000

(image) Welcome to the Citrix NetScaler Master Class. Get details on latest features of NetScaler, tips and tricks for easy configuration, and interact with our NetScaler product experts. Learn more at Agenda “101” – NetScaler Management and Analytics System “In the Spotlight” – Troubleshooting NetScaler Management and Analytics System – News and views – What’s going […]

Citrix XenServer – Octoblu – SNMP Integration: The Sum of the Parts

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:58:18 +0000

(image) Indeed, one of the key themes of Citrix Synergy 2017 was integration. Citrix products were designed to work better together and Octoblu is no exception. The Internet of Things (IoT) offers way more than just that, for it can be seen as the glue not only among Citrix products, but the stepping stone to practically […]

Introducing VMware Security Solutions Video

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:28:52 +0000

(image) VMware security solutions secure user identities, endpoints, the Internet of Things (IoT), networks, datacenters and the cloud to deliver end-to-end-security from the device to the data center From the fine folks at VMware TV.

Virtual Expo – Microsoft Azure and Citrix Cloud: A Digital Workspace Match Made in Heaven…

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:02:18 +0000

(image) As you probably have seen on my socials, I’ve presented last Friday on the Virtual Expo event, which is great online Community event what take place twice a year. I’m very honoured to be part of the impressive line-up of people who have spoken last Friday and in the previous years! With an total of […]

Vembu BDR suite – Unlimited features for Limited environment

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:30:57 +0000

(image) Vembu a leading BDR solution provider has something new that I think I should share. BDR solutions are important but can also be pretty expensive. Vembu understood this very well and created a free edition of their solution for a limited environment. The free edition has unlimited features for 3 virtual machines. Three virtual machines […]

Forrester: Mobile-First Is Not Enough

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:22:17 +0000

(image) Over the past few years, “mobile first” has become the new marketing imperative. However, few B2C marketers are good at executing this concept. More importantly, focusing solely on mobile-first doesn’t truly put mobile at the heart of the customer experience and business transformation. Apple is celebrating the iPhone’s tenth anniversary this year, just as an […]

Meet New Dell Technologies IoT GM Ray O’Farrell

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:00:14 +0000

(image) At Dell Technologies we have a vision for how the new world of IoT comes together – how our businesses can help drive human progress by transforming IoT into IQT or the IQ of Things. To enable this vision, we unveiled a new IoT division that will help our customers navigate across all the Dell […]

VMware Security Solutions Video: Intrinsic Security for the Digital Enterprise

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:38:51 +0000

(image) VMware security solutions secure user identities, endpoints, the Internet of Things (IoT), networks, datacenters and the cloud to deliver end-to-end-security from the device to the data center From the fine folks at VMware TV.

Content Management using ManageEngine MDM

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:20:17 +0000

(image) You can distribute documents to managed devices over-the-air, silently from the MDM console in a jiffy using MDM. This video demonstrates how to easily distribute documents remotely through Mobile Device Manager Plus. Learn more at This video is from the fine folks at ManageEngine

Data protection laws in action, Microsoft breaches law with Windows 10

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:02:32 +0000

(image) In a couple of months the world will have to deal with the European GDPR law. Many companies have not even started working to comply with that new law. I even heard stories of companies wondering if they could move data outside Europe to evade the law. Next to this law there are several other […]

Shared Computer support Office365 and Citrix with AD PTA

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:58:21 +0000

(image) One of the issues that has been with delivering Office 365 on a non-persistent Citrix environment is how to manage licensing and activation. Previously we needed to have a ADFS infrastructure in place with Group Policy to allow “Automatic Activation with federated credentials” to allow for seamless activation without the end-user to need to do […]

Citrix NetScaler Pooled Capacity – Video

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:32:49 +0000

(image) This video is from the fine folks at Citrix

How to configure the Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service using Azure Managed Disks and Citrix Optimizer

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:20:17 +0000

(image) In addition to one of my previous blogs about Smart Scale, that I’ve posted 2 weeks ago. I already wrote about the advantages of Smart Tools: Smart Scale. I’ll now would like to share my insights on the XenApp and XenDesktop service from the Citrix Cloud. This will be a blog series of 4 articles in […]

Microsoft Licensing on AWS – Video

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:02:16 +0000

(image) You have a variety of options for using new and existing Microsoft software licenses on the AWS Cloud. By purchasing Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) or Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) license-included instances, you get new, fully compliant Windows Server and SQL Server licenses from AWS. Your existing licenses may be used on […]

A New Dawn in Alienware Aurora with Intel 8th Gen Six-Core CPUs

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:44:16 +0000

(image) The pantheon of ancient Roman goddesses had plenty of high-concept girl-power: Venus (love), Diana (hunt), Fortuna (luck) and Pax (peace), among others. But let’s not forget Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn, whose name today still evokes the image of a glowing sky, the radiant promise of good things to come. And so it the […]

Gartner: The Era of Microsoft on Windows-Only Is Over – OMG

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:30:19 +0000

(image)   On 25-Sep-2017 at Ignite, Microsoft announced general availability of SQL Server 2017, now supporting both Windows and Linux platforms, as well as support for containers. It can now book revenue for a product already widely used by early release customers. What does this imply for the $34.4 billion database management system (DBMS) Market? Over the years, Microsoft has grown SQL Server […]

Citrix Video: App Delivery Networking for a cloud-first World featuring IDC

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:18:45 +0000

(image) Join us for an On-Demand Webinar, “App Delivery in a Cloud First-World” featuring guest speaker Brad Casemore, Research Director at IDC and learn about Rethinking Application Delivery for Hybrid Cloud. Attend this on-demand webinar and discover: – How your peers adapt application delivery network and infrastructure for cloud – Data to support what’s working and […]

Citrix XenMobile Education Configuration Video: Integrate Apple Education features with XenMobile

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:16:45 +0000

(image) Get started with using XenMobile Server as your mobile device management (MDM) solution in an Apple Education environment. For more information, see This video is from the fine folks at Citrix

Citrix Announces Azure Active Directory Integration for XenApp Essentials

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:28 +0000

(image) Citrix is announcing a tech preview of Federated Authentication using Azure Active Directory for XenApp Essentials users. With this new tech preview, XenApp Essentials administrators can now configure the XenApp Essentials Workspace UI to authenticate users using Azure AD. Since Citrix announced at Synergy in May 2017 that Azure is our strategic and preferred cloud […]

Citrix NetScaler Integration with Safenet HSM

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:50:50 +0000

(image) Citrix NetScaler recently added support for Safenet external hardware security modules (HSM.) The Safenet HSM is an separate network appliance that stores private keys used for SSL communication. The Safenet HSM is FIPS-compliant and can be used to store private keys for various network devices including the NetScaler appliance. In many cases the Safenet HSM […]

Gartner: Will Artificial Intelligence make us dumber?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:39:19 +0000

(image) In a recent Fortune interview, renowned futurist and director at Google Ray Kurzweil says as a response to a question about AI impact on jobs: “Well, don’t worry, for every job we eliminate, we’re going to create more jobs at the top of the skill ladder.”There is a huge flaw in this argument! Let’s do […]

Amazon EC2 instances now support Microsoft SQL Server 2017

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:25:02 +0000

(image) Amazon EC2 now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2017, the most recent release of Microsoft SQL Server. With this release, your Microsoft SQL Server 2017 workloads can take advantage of the scale, performance, and elasticity of the AWS Cloud. You can deploy SQL Server 2017 Always-On Availability Groups across multiple AWS Availability Zones (“AZs”) for enhanced […]

Microsoft Announces Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android, Microsoft Launcher

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:14:14 +0000

(image) You’re standing in line at a coffee shop. Your right thumb is stre-t-ch-ing to drag out words on your phone’s keyboard while you squint to read the text on the web form you’re filling out. It’s amazing what’s possible today—but don’t you wish your phone could magically send that task to your Windows 10 PC […]

2 Clicks to Microsoft Azure cloud with Commvault – Video

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:04:51 +0000

(image) This quick technical demonstration showcases how quick and easy it is to connect to the Microsoft Azure cloud with Commvault. This video is from the fine folks at Commvault.

VMware: Dell EMC VxRail 4.5 – A Few Notes

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:47:16 +0000

(image) VxRail 4.5 was announced in May by Dell EMC and I’ve been a bit slow in going through my enablement on the platform. The key benefit (beyond some interesting hardware permutations that were announced), is support for VMware vSphere 6.5 U1 and vSAN 6.6. I thought I’d cover a few of the more interesting aspects of […]

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Conditional access and information protection for your SaaS apps through Cloud App Security

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:46:24 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2270 Do you know which cloud services your people use and how to protect your data wherever it’s stored? Join Asaf Kashi to explore what’s new in Cloud App Security to easily discover the apps and services people use, how to control access to trusted devices and users, and what you can […]

Increase Backup and Replication Speed with Network Acceleration

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:35:19 +0000

(image) Network infrastructure and bandwidth are crucial factors when thinking about data protection and recovery tasks, such as VM backup, replication, backup copy, and recovery in VMware, Hyper-V, and AWS EC2 environments. The network is the “plumbing” that carries packets including VM backup and replication packets to and from business-critical systems. WAN links are often used […]

DataCore Webcast – Hyperconverged & Parallel IO + Lenovo Announcement Video

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:32:06 +0000

(image) Learn more about the DataCore Hyperconverged & Parallel IO + Lenovo, watch the announcement video. This video is from the fine folks at DataCore Software.

Gartner: Predicting What Technology Will Do Is Much Easier Than Predicting What Humans Will Do With It

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:25:16 +0000

(image) Here at Gartner we make a lot of predictions. I jumped in feet first as co-lead author of our Software Adoption predicts and have been closely watching the predictions on AI. I’ve noticed a single factor that divides these predictions: whether they depend on the human element or not. If the topic is purely technical, […]

Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users in 2018 and Beyond

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:09:16 +0000

(image) Analysts Explore the Accelerating Pace of Technology Innovation at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017, October 1-5 in Orlando Gartner, Inc. today revealed its top predictions for 2018 and beyond. Gartner’s top predictions will enable organizations to move beyond thinking about mere notions of technology adoption to focus on the issues that surround what it really means to […]

Introducing Turbonomic 6.0: Pre-Paid Capacity Control

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:02:12 +0000

(image) Today, a common initiative across the industry is increase agility and delivery while simultaneously decreasing infrastructure spend. As a result, we are seeing a massive amount of undeniable momentum building up behind the journey to the public cloud as providers like AWS enable organizations to unlock a more elastic and development-ready environment with the promise […]

Introducing Ivanti Automation 10.2

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:47:15 +0000

(image) Hello automaters, and welcome to the first feature release from our new home here at Ivanti! And what a busy few months it has been. We are more focused and committed to automation than ever before, and rest assured, we will continue to bring you exciting new features and innovations. In this 10.2 release, you’ll […]

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 4 is now available

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:39:16 +0000

(image) The SQL Server team is excited to bring you the final service pack release for SQL Server 2012. The service pack is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center and will be coming soon to Visual Studio Subscriptions, MBS/Partner Source, and VLSC. As part of our commitment to software excellence for our customers, […]

Microsoft Windows 10 IoT enables the complete IoT lifecycle

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:29:59 +0000

(image) Microsoft recently announced the public preview of the Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service. The Device Provisioning Service is a new service that works with Azure IoT Hub to enable “zero-touch” device provisioning to an IoT hub. Using this service, devices can be created with a common image, and when booted for the first time […]

Red Hat Debuts Versatile Software-Defined Storage for Cloud-Native Applications in Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:20:46 +0000

(image) Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced Red Hat Container-Native Storage 3.6, with support for containerized applications and infrastructure in Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform clusters. Red Hat Container-Native Storage 3.6 comes on the heels of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.6, the latest version of Red Hat’s […]

Gartner: Gen AI — Artificial Intelligence Empowers a Generation of Radical Thinkers

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:14:20 +0000

(image) The generation born after 2010 only knows a world with artificial intelligence technology. Prepare for Generation AI family members, consumers and workers who are creative, empowered and radical thinkers. Maverick* Research: Gen AI — Artificial Intelligence Empowers a Generation of Radical Thinkers breaks new ground. The report introduces the idea that the generation born from 2010 […]

Citrix CSPs: A new campaign to take SMBs to the cloud

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:00:14 +0000

(image) Small businesses are ready for the cloud. And we’re getting the cloud ready for them. That starts with you. Today, we’re launching a new cloud campaign aimed at SMBs — a collection of 17 pieces of digital content from blogs to listicles and eBooks, as well as emails, banners and social media content to promote […]

Gartner: 2018 Planning Guide for Security and Risk Management

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:44:13 +0000

(image) Our team has just released our annual security planning guide: “2018 Planning Guide for Security and Risk Management.” Every Gartner GTP customer should go and read it (in fact, the above link requires just such a subscription…)The abstract states: “Although security has been a major challenge for digital business for many years, recent events mark […]

Microsoft: DHCP 2016 and 2012 R2 Management Pack Release

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:28:13 +0000

(image) We are listening to customers’ requests on User Voice. The issues reported on DHCP MP have been rectified and we have released a new version of the MP. You can download the Microsoft System Center Management Pack for Windows Server DHCP 2016 here and DHCP 2012 R2 MP here. The MP has below fixes DHCP […]

Cisco: Three Questions to Ask About Hybrid Cloud

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:21:12 +0000

(image) Many hyperconverged buyers have infrastructure responsibility in their data center. And if you are an infrastructure manager, Cisco HyperFlex make you job easier by combining hardware and software into a pre-integrated solution that scales out network, storage, and compute resources in the data center. But what should you think about when extending hyperconverged to hybrid […]

Physicists Win Nobel for GPU-Powered Gravity Wave Detection

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:11:18 +0000

(image) Thanks to an experiment powered in part by GPUs, three American physicists — Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne — have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. The award cites the contributions the three physicists made to Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or “LIGO,” a breakthrough experiment that detected gravitational waves for the first […]

Microsoft Video: Introducing Windows Mixed Reality

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:08:47 +0000

(image) Windows Mixed Reality is an amazing new experience combining the thrill of virtual reality with a phenomenal sense of presence. Now, you can travel the world. Get inside the games you love. Even move across time and space. With quick, easy set-up you’ll jump from wonder to wow—and be exploring a wide selection of games, […]

Nutanix Video: Nutanix Xtract for VMs Demo

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:59:42 +0000

(image) Businesses adopting new IT infrastructure have to choose how they handle existing applications and workloads and VMs. Do you rebuild or migrate? This video demonstration of Nutanix Xtract for VMs shows the ease and speed at which workloads can be migrated to Nutanix Enterprise Cloud powered by AHV. Learn more: This video is from […]

Navigating the Seven Key Principles of GDPR

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:48:28 +0000

(image) The job of a ship captain is to safely navigate their vessel – whether it is a fishing boat, cruise ship or an ocean barge – through rough water or stormy seas to ensure they get to their destination in the end. Even with today’s unbelievably accurate radar technology, they can never be totally sure […]

Explore Power of NVIDIA GPUs at Adobe MAX

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:32:19 +0000

(image) Creative pros test the limits of our imagination. But for them to do so, they need the fastest, most responsive tools at their fingertips. They need an NVIDIA GPU. At Adobe MAX, which runs Oct. 16-18 in Las Vegas, you can see how the speed of our GPUs enable creativity — whether it’s real-time 8K […]

What’s New with AWS – #AWS Video

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:27:25 +0000

(image) Learn What’s New with AWS at – Find out what’s new this week (10/9/17) with Amazon EC2 Container Registry, EC2 and AWS Lambda@Edge. This video is from the fine folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Getting Started with a vSAN Assessment – Video

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:58:13 +0000

(image) This video provides a quick overview of the vSAN Assessment Tool – how it works, the components of the tool and the process for running a vSAN Assessment. It also goes over some of the upcoming enhancements to the tool. To get started, visit or simply email This video is from the fine […]

Tapping into the full power of your hyperconverged infrastructure

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:48:13 +0000

(image) Let’s say you are planning a BBQ and you need to buy the beer. You do some quick math and determine you either need seven 24-packs (168 bottles total) or a 15.5 gallon beer keg (equal to about 165 bottles). If you buy the cases, you’d get a little more for your money and everyone […]

Cisco: Extending the Reach of IoT – 4G LTE Secure Connectivity for Power and Space Constrained Deployments

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:30:46 +0000

(image) The spotlight at the European Utility Week conference is focused on the newest member of the Cisco 800 Series Industrial Router family. The Cisco 807 Industrial Integrated Services Router fits in space constrained areas and consumes minimal power while delivering high performance secure connectivity over LTE networks. For utilities this means pushing grid reliability and […]

VMware: Allocab drives its mobility initiative with VMware AirWatch

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:19:21 +0000

(image) Allocab uses VMware AirWatch to manage and facilitate the deployment of the business app on the drivers’ phones, as well as create a corporate apps store within the smartphone, whether it corporate enabled or BYOD. This video is from the fine folks at VMware.

Comply with EU GDPR, Extend Data Protection and Avoid Steep Fines

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:10:17 +0000

(image) The EU General Data Protection Regulation is coming soon and promises severe financial penalties. To avoid millions in fines, make sure your company is protected all the way down to the firmware level with HPE Gen10. The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming soon, and this compliance mandate really packs a punch: […]

Gartner: Will Apple’s new face recognition replace fingerprint verification?

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:06:13 +0000

(image) In its recent iPhone X announcement, Apple introduced the TrueDepth camera for use in various applications including Face ID, Animoji, Apple Pay and selfies.3D sensing technology is the next big thing on smartphones for three reasons. The tech offers smartphone users a more convenient and accurate option for unlocking their phones; on average, the success-rate […]

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Quantum Computing – Top 3 Microsoft Breakthroughs with Krysta Svore

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:22:18 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2273 Microsoft Quantum Compute, thought leader and engineer Krysta Svore, walks through her team’s critical breakthroughs and their potential for solving the worlds biggest problems, with computationally-intensive tasks now resolved at record speed This video is from the fine folks at Microsoft.

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Windows Autopilot explained – Cloud-based deployment and more

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:56:33 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2112 Windows 10 introduces new modern deployment capabilities, called Windows AutoPilot, that leverage the cloud to automate the configuration of new PCs without any need for IT to even touch the computer. In this session, you’ll learn about Windows AutoPilot and the key cloud-based scenarios that it enables. This video is from […]

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: Microsoft 365 powered device deployment and management with CVP Brad Anderson

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:18:15 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2245 Join Microsoft CVP, Brad Anderson, to take a look at deploying and managing Microsoft 365 powered devices. We’ll show you new capabilities that make it possible to automatically provision new devices using Windows Autopilot and deliver apps including Office 365 ProPlus and Win32 line of business apps. Learn about integrated, modern […]

Technical Overview Video of the Citrix NetScaler Plugin for VMware vRealize Orchestration

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:20:32 +0000

(image) How to use the VMware vRealize Orchestrator plugin for NetScaler. This is a brief technical overview of the plugin and a few of the ways it can be used. This video is from the fine folks at Citrix

Amazon EC2 Per Second Billing

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:40:23 +0000

(image) Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs and Amazon EBS volumes will also move from per hour billing to per second billing with a minimum of 60 seconds. As with EC2 instances, the list prices will continue to be displayed as it is today in GB-month for capacity, IOPS-month provisioned for io1 IOPS and per Million I/O requests […]

Nutanix Xtract Introduces VM Migration Simplicity to Hyperconverged Infrastructures

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:19:35 +0000

(image) During .Next 2017, held in Washington DC in June, Nutanix announced Xtract for VMs beta release, a key component in simplifying organizations’ Nutanix Enterprise Cloud adoption when there are existing workloads that need to be migrated. Following three months of beta testing, and many successful Nutanix and customer migrations, we are proud to announce that […]

DataCore CEO talks MaxParallel at MSIgnite 2017 – Video

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:02:02 +0000

(image) This video is from the fine folks at DataCore Software.

Microsoft Ignite Session Video: OneDrive and SharePoint updates powering collaboration in Office 365 with CVP Jeff Teper

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:47:00 +0000

(image) Microsoft Ignite Session: THR2121 Join Microsoft CVP Jeff Teper to take a look at recent and coming updates to SharePoint and OneDrive, and how they power collaboration experiences across Office 365. This video is from the fine folks at Microsoft.

UEM Is Dead. UEM Is Reborn. UEM Never Died. UEM Was Just Misunderstood. UEM Was Just Misused. Long Live UEM!

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:27:57 +0000

(image) For the last 15 years, I have used the three letters “UEM” more times than any other industry acronym. In the world of Citrix and VDI, “User Environment Management” has typically referred to the solutions and technology associated with managing a user’s persona to deliver a consistent experience across Windows desktops. Over the years, the […]

Bart Jacobs’s Toolbox: Monitoring Part 2

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:14:17 +0000

(image) Promises, promises… I like to keep mine, so after Part 1, let’s continue with Part 2. Originally, it wasn’t my plan to have a Part 2 in the first place. When I started writing the script, it was my goal to include all checks into a single script. I rather quickly abandoned that idea because […]

Bart Jacobs’ Toolbox: Monitoring Part 1

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:10:21 +0000

(image) It’s been a while since I posted something. To make it up to you, this is part 1 of a 2-part series on monitoring. Part 2 will be following soon, I promise. More specifically, monitoring XenApp with Powershell. Since many of my customers are still running 6.5 (yeah, I know), I’m focussing on that version […]

VMware vSphere 6.5 features summary to increase Availability

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:50:18 +0000

(image) It’s been nearly a year since VMware released vSphere 6.5 which marked the 12th major release of VMware’s hypervisor and hypervisor management product suite. And while VMware has been focusing on more recent products like vSAN and NSX, it shouldn’t be forgotten that vSphere still remains at the core of the virtualization platform on top […]

Nutanix: 3 Quick Questions with .NEXT Speaker John McAdam

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:45:14 +0000

(image) John McAdam has served as a member of the board of directors at Nutanix since 2015. He also currently serves on the board of F5 Networks, the company for which he was president and CEO from 2000 to 2017. Under his leadership, F5’s annual revenue grew from $100 million to $2 billion. Prior to F5 […]

Application Availability Monitor for Citrix, VMware Horizon, Microsoft RDS, and more

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:29:13 +0000

(image) The Goliath Application Availability Monitor is an application monitoring tool that monitors the availability and performance of Citrix, VMware, Microsoft RDS, and more, as well as any/all of its hosted applications or desktops. This tool is meant to help IT departments from all industries — including healthcare, where we have built-in integration into Cerner Millennium, […]

Recovering VMware Infrastructure Management Stacks Like a Champ! Under 20 Minutes with Cohesity

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:18:41 +0000

(image) When was the last time your organization was able to safely and successfully test and validate the recoverability of all the management components of an enterprise size VMware infrastructure under 20 minutes? Maybe never? If so why? The reality is that this is a difficult task to achieve especially when having to adhere to strict […]

ScaleArc on Google – Hitting the Cloud Trifecta

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:00:55 +0000

(image) AWS, Azure, and now Google! ScaleArc now supports all three of the leading cloud platforms. We’re super excited that ScaleArc’s software for enabling continuous availability and simplifying the move to the cloud now supports Google Cloud Platform. We’ve also helped a customer already take advantage of our software on GCP – double win! By supporting GCP, […]