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Free Alternatives to 1Password!

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:50:33 +0000

(image) Do you know the old expression, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? Well, sometimes IT companies ignore this wisdom, and in their efforts to improve something they actually make it worse. Unfortunately, the latest example of this appears to be 1Password. As you probably know, 1Password is one of the most popular password management […]



The Power of deviceTRUST – Microsoft GPO & GPP Video

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:22:01 +0000

(image) In today’s video we would like to show you, how you can extend the Microsoft Group Policies (GPO) and Group Policy Preferences (GPP) with the information about the context of the connected device within the users’ virtual session. This will enable you to extend your condition set used within your GPO and GPP with the […]



This Week on Windows Video: Minecraft, OneNote, Marvel’s The Defenders

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:00:21 +0000

(image) This week’s highlights include the announcement of Minecon Earth, great tips for OneNote, the arrival of Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix and much more. For more information, check out the Windows Blog: http://msft.social/ZTvmo1 This video is from the fine folks at Microsoft.



VMware OS Optimization Tool – New App Volumes Packaging Machine Template

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:52:16 +0000

(image) The VMware OS Optimization Tool is a VMware Fling that helps optimize Windows 7/8/2008/2012/10 systems for use with VMware . The optimization tool includes customizable templates to enable or disable Windows system services and features, per VMware recommendations and best practices, across multiple systems. Because most Windows system services are enabled by default, the optimization […]



Citrix: The Usual Suspects – The Security Pitfalls of Data At Large

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:21:10 +0000

(image) Data is the crown jewel of an organization – its high value must be protected at all costs. Data fuels the modern-day economy; the work of the present and the work of the future demand that we share it more than ever before. But while data mobility is reaching new horizons, many of the controls […]



Citrix: Available Now: Linux VDA 7.15 LTSR!

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:00:05 +0000

(image) Since Citrix released the first version of Linux Virtual App and Desktop support in 2015, our Linux VDA has evolved dramatically to enable more and more use cases and support various Linux platforms and versions. Therefore, the number of new customers and customers who have expanded their Citrix deployment using our Linux VDA is increasing […]



Raspbian Stretch has arrived for Raspberry Pi

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:28:39 +0000

(image) It’s now just under two years since we released the Jessie version of Raspbian. Those of you who know that Debian run their releases on a two-year cycle will therefore have been wondering when we might be releasing the next version, codenamed Stretch. Well, wonder no longer – Raspbian Stretch is available for download today! Debian […]



Microsoft Video: Brad Anderson’s Lunch Break / s6 e6 / Jacob Morgan, Author, Futurist (Part 2)

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:02:40 +0000

(image) In part 2 of Brad’s discussion with Jacob Morgan (best-selling author, futurist) they discuss the ramifications of investing IT and its impact on retaining or driving away talent. They also talk about fake business advice books, and how to intelligently and strategically select which emerging technologies are worthy of investment. To Learn more about Microsoft […]



Cisco UCS delivers industry leading GPU density on blade servers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:43:24 +0000

(image) GPUs are becoming ubiquitous in the data center. On one hand, if you’re running virtual desktops you know that modern apps and newer operating systems such as Windows 10 make use of a lot more graphic power than their predecessors. Which means that you need to provide more graphic power when you deliver these apps […]



Securing your enterprise from cyber attacks – Webinar Series Part 2

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:30:22 +0000

(image) ManageEngine’s two-part webinar series deals with tools and techniques that help secure your organization against cyber threats. This video is from the fine folks at ManageEngine



Nutanix ESG 2017 .NEXT Video Part 2: How to get started with IoT

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:53:54 +0000

(image) Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at ESG attended the Nutanix 2017 .NEXT conference in D.C. While there she talked with IoT luminary Dr. John Bates, author of the book “Thingalytics,” and Satyam Vaghani, the Vice President of Technology at Nutanix. This two part video series covers their thoughts on where IoT is headed, just what’s possible, […]



Nutanix ESG 2017 .NEXT Video Part 1: What is IoT

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:48:53 +0000

(image) Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at ESG attended the Nutanix 2017 .NEXT conference in D.C. While there she talked with IoT luminary Dr. John Bates, author of the book “Thingalytics,” and Satyam Vaghani, the Vice President of Technology at Nutanix. This two part video series covers their thoughts on where IoT is headed, just what’s possible, […]



Citrix: Transformation – The New Business as Usual

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:39:45 +0000

(image) Transformation is a constant element that organizations must deal with. In today’s digital world, transformation is moving faster than ever. From new technologies to the adoption of business models, transformation is forcing organizations to explore new approaches to stay competitive. To explore this topic, The Churchill Club hosted a breakfast panel discussion at Citrix made […]



Colby Sawyer College Delivers Continuous Data Availability with DataCore Software

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:33:22 +0000

(image) College institutions are meant to shape the minds of our youth and should have full focus on. Agreed? But at Colby-Sawyer College, a private comprehensive baccalaureate college in New London, New Hampshire, storage related started to put a damper on education DataCoreTM, Colby-Sawyer College had fully replicated its data storage across two server rooms with […]



Datrium 3.0 – Surviving all Host SSD failures!

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:02:20 +0000

(image) I recently wrote about the new Datrium 3.0 release with blogs here and here, including the support for Red Hat Virtualization and mind-boggling performance numbers. However, during my writing, I forgot to include a new and critical feature that adds enhanced resiliency to the platform and protect the applications even is the last local flash device fails. […]



Microsoft Announces Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL availability in India

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:54:46 +0000

(image) We’re excited to announce the public preview availability of Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL in India data centers (Central and West India). The availability of Azure Database for MySQL and PostgreSQL services in India provides app developers the ability to choose from an even wider number of geographies, and deploy their […]



Nutanix: ESG 2017 .NEXT IoT Teaser Video 3

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:47:55 +0000

(image) Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at ESG attended the Nutanix 2017 .NEXT conference in D.C. While there she talked with IoT luminary Dr. John Bates, author of the book “Thingalytics,” and Satyam Vaghani, the Vice President of Technology at Nutanix. This two part video series covers their thoughts on where IoT is headed, just what’s possible, […]



Nutanix: ESG 2017 .NEXT IoT Teaser Video 2

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:43:45 +0000

(image) Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at ESG attended the Nutanix 2017 .NEXT conference in D.C. While there she talked with IoT luminary Dr. John Bates, author of the book “Thingalytics,” and Satyam Vaghani, the Vice President of Technology at Nutanix. This two part video series covers their thoughts on where IoT is headed, just what’s possible, […]



Nutanix: ESG 2017 .NEXT IoT Teaser Video 1

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:38:43 +0000

(image) Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at ESG attended the Nutanix 2017 .NEXT conference in D.C. While there she talked with IoT luminary Dr. John Bates, author of the book “Thingalytics,” and Satyam Vaghani, the Vice President of Technology at Nutanix. This two part video series covers their thoughts on where IoT is headed, just what’s possible, […]



NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation Software Turns Tesla GPU Servers into Powerful Workstations

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:30:57 +0000

(image) Available from Major Server OEMs, Quadro vDWS Streams Any Workstation or HPC Application from the Data Center; GRID vPC Optimizes Digital Workplace TCO NVIDIA today introduced new virtualization software capabilities that turn NVIDIA® Tesla® GPU-accelerated servers into powerful workstations and provide IT departments the resources they need to address the demands of an enterprise-wide virtual workspace. Certified […]



VMware vSAN Operations Guide Video: Converting a Hybrid to All-Flash vSAN Cluster

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:15:11 +0000

(image) This video demonstrates the process for converting a hybrid to an all-flash vSAN cluster. This video is from the fine folks at VMware Storage.



Microsoft: Azure Content Spotlight – Blockchain

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:02:07 +0000

(image) Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community.Microsoft is committed to bringing blockchain to the enterprise and Azure provides the building blocks for this initiative.  This week’s highlight spotlights two recent posts: Introducing Enterprise Smart Contracts In enterprise application […]



Unified Endpoint Management (UEM): How to Meet User Wants and Enterprise Needs

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:50:28 +0000

(image) For its recent study, “Unified Endpoint Management: Simplifying the Security and Support of PC and Mobile Devices,” Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA™) surveyed more than 100 IT directors. The results of that survey indicate multiple points of confluence between user desires and enterprise requirements that can be addressed by modern UEM. Users Want Freedom of Choice EMA […]



4 Hybrid Data Storage Strategies for Healthcare Providers

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:49:59 +0000

(image) The cloud is a tried-and-true way to make IT more efficient and save money. Companies of all sizes and in all industries rely on the cloud for storing data and running applications. Well, almost all industries. Healthcare has unique challenges when it comes to utilizing the cloud, which have proven inhibiting for many. This makes […]



VMware: Delivering a Seamless Digital Workspace Experience with Horizon Cloud

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:30:50 +0000

(image) VMware Workspace ONE integrates with VMware Horizon Cloud to provide a simple and secure enterprise platform that allows end users to access their applications, data and services from any device, anywhere. Both platforms were built to integrate with each other, which provides a single user interface (UI) through the Workspace ONE enterprise catalog, to deliver […]



An IoT Framework for Healthcare Monitoring System Book

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:18:47 +0000

(image) Internet of things (IoT) is a quick growing, a user-friendly technology. In an exceptionally short span, it has covered almost every field of life. Health is the fundamental domain of human life. Traditional approach to healthcare is now left behind. Healthcare field has accepted the Internet of the Things and Health informatics and it is […]



Red Hat: Speed is Good. Speed is right. Speed works

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:11:45 +0000

(image) We’re proud to announce that one of our partners, HPE, posted results to the SPECvirt_sc2013 benchmark that affirms the leadership position for Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) and the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server. RHEL with KVM has held several performance records for 2, 4, and 8 socket results over the last few years and as […]



Citrix: Q&A featuring Forrester Research: Powering the Future of Work with Digital Workspaces Video

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:55:26 +0000

(image) The way people work is transforming at a rapid pace. This is driven by a desire to increase engagement with colleagues, remote and flex working needs, automation and productivity drains. Digital workspaces enable organizations to accelerate workplace transformation to address these needs, as well as reduce facility costs, improve talent recruitment and retention and remain […]



Hybrid Cloud Performance is More Than a Balancing Act

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:43:51 +0000

(image) Today’s IT environments are growing at a rapid pace.  Not only are they growing in size, but in complexity.  All of the buzzwords rolling around will have you and your CIO reeling while trying to solve the true business challenges which is what we should focus on. Having had a background in IT environments of […]



Flexera’s Changing the Software Asset Management Game – Reducing the Risk and Waste of Buying and Managing Software

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:20:37 +0000

(image) Flexera Is the Only SAM Provider Bringing Together Software Suppliers & Buyers to Solve SAM’s Biggest Challenges Flexera, the company that’s reimagining how software is bought, sold, managed and secured, laid out a game-changing Software Asset Management (SAM) vision today during a global Live Streaming Event. The company is pioneering a new collaborative plan to repair […]



Gartner Releases “Hype Cycle for the Digital Workplace, 2017”

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:03:36 +0000

(image) Digital business execution is requiring more frequent and complex decision making, continuous problem solving and rapid pattern recognition, all of which require workforce digital dexterity. In most organizations, however, responsibility for helping employees develop the desire and ability to exploit a wide range of transformative technologies — highlighted in the Gartner, Inc. Hype Cycle for […]



VMware: CenturyLink SAP Solutions Powered VMware

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:28:30 +0000

(image) CenturyLink, founded in the 1930s, has long been a leader in the telecommunications industry. Today, CenturyLink is helping customers manage SAP business applications, essential digital tools in managing business operations. But running these applications can be time consuming when they’re not on a compatible platform. CenturyLink uses a VMware-based cloud platform to make data migration […]



Who Said Only One Technology Could Sit on the IT Throne?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:02:52 +0000

(image) There have been six thrilling seasons of Game of Thrones, and now, after what feels like the longest wait, season seven is finally here. Throughout the show and especially in this season, we’ve seen many families forging alliances, albeit shaky alliances at best, to meet common goals and increase their power. What does this vastly popular […]



Nutanix Video: Multicloud Strategy: A CIO’s Perspective

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:45:15 +0000

(image) Watch as Wendy Pfeiffer, CIO from Nutanix, John Koester, CISO from HD Supply, Robert Doty, VP Infrastructure at Servicemaster, Dalia Soliman-Powers, Division CIO/CTO/VP of Engineering at Capital One and Duc Trinh VP of Innovation and Emerging Technologies at Wells Fargo discuss their experience building and implementing a successful cloud strategy – from identifying the elements […]



Auto Scaling in Amazon DynamoDB – 2017 #AWS Online Tech Talks Video

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:49:31 +0000

(image) Recently, DynamoDB announced Auto Scaling, to help automate capacity management for tables and global secondary indexes. Previously, customers had to manually provision read and write capacity based on anticipated application demands. This could result in underprovisioning or overprovisioning capacity. Underprovisioning could slow down application performance, and overprovisioning could result in underutilized resources and higher costs. […]



Microsoft: A walk-through of Azure Data Lake Store file system operations in R

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:12:30 +0000

(image) Earlier this year (2017), my Microsoft colleague Ramkumar Chandrasekaran published a blog post about performing Azure Data Lake Store (ADLS) file system operations using the R language. After working through that for a recent project, I decided to write a detailed, step-by-step walk-through of getting this running, including the required Azure configuration steps. Who is this for? […]



Forging New IT Skills With Cloud Foundry

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:56:20 +0000

(image) One of the external technology inflections we’ve been actively pursuing in ERAA/Office of the CTO has been “Cloud Foundry” – a container-based architecture running apps in any programming language over a variety of cloud service providers, supporting the full application development lifecycle, from initial development through all testing states to deployment. Yes, this is what […]



VMware: What PowerCLI Version Am I On Anyways?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:35:15 +0000

(image) When PowerCLI was converted to modules, it introduced the ability to pick and choose which modules are loaded. Taking it a step further, it also allowed users to specify which versions of those modules are loaded. Historically, PowerCLI was released as one large ‘bundle’ of modules, and was not a great release practice. This meant […]



[Video Interview] Industry Views on Data Protection with Veeam

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:20:07 +0000

(image) Recently ComputerWorld Director, Barry Coombs and Veeam SE, George Kenny caught up around some of the key area’s that Veeam have been and are focusing on. In the video below, George and Barry discuss what Veeam are doing to stay relevant in the world of the Cloud and SaaS. George also speaks about the evolution […]



VMworld Europe Will Be the Epicenter of EUC Expertise – Video

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:00:51 +0000

(image) Duncan Greenwood, vice president of VMware EUC EMEA, says VMworld Europe will be the epicenter for technical experts to discuss digital transformation. Register now to be part of the industry’s must-attend IT event of the year: https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html. This video is from the fine folks at VMware EUC.



AWS CloudTrail Event History Available to All Customers – #AWS Video

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:45:31 +0000

(image) AWS CloudTrail Event History is now available to all customers. CloudTrail Event History (formerly known as API Activity History) lets you view, search, and download your recent AWS account activity. This allows you to gain visibility into your account actions taken through the AWS Management Console, SDKs, and CLI to enable governance, compliance, and operational […]



Citrix Cloud on Cisco Hyperflex Whiteboard Video

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:31:10 +0000

(image) Citrix Hybrid Cloud Desktop Solution on Cisco HyperFlex for secure delivery of apps and desktops with hyperconvergence for on-premise or hybrid cloud deployments. This video is from the fine folks at Citrix



VMware: Cloud Identity Management: VMware Workspace ONE Makes Constellation ShortList

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:16:08 +0000

(image) For the second year in a row, VMware Workspace ONE has been included in the Constellation ShortList for Cloud Identity Management. We’re proud to accept the award! It highlights our ability to deliver the advanced identity and mobility features early-adopter organizations need to delight end users and secure vital apps and data. Because “identity management and authentication are rapidly evolving fields and deliver mission-critical functionality,” Constellation […]



VMworld Europe Insights to Define Trends Shaping the Future – Video

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:59:49 +0000

(image) Neil Tarbit, director of pre-sales for VMware EUC EMEA, reveals one of the most-talked-about features of VMworld Europe: executive insights. Register now to be part of the industry’s must-attend IT event of the year: https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html. This video is from the fine folks at VMware EUC.



VMware: Improving workload performance with DRS and vROps 6.6

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:28:32 +0000

(image) vSphere’s Distributed resource scheduler has long been a part of our data centers, keeping an ever vigilant watch over our hosts and their workloads. Distributed resource scheduler, or DRS for short, is responsible for choosing the best host for each of our virtual machines to run on. When you deploy a new VM, DRS is […]



Infected by Ransomware – Now What?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:05:37 +0000

(image) With ransomware exploding, we’re frequently asked how to remediate after an attack. Ransomware is becoming more common and bad guys are becoming more sophisticated, using innovative ways to evade the latest detection techniques. Can you trust your AV (gen1 or gen2 antivirus solutions) to “clean” the malicious code? How can you be sure the bad […]



VMware: Understanding VMware AppDefense: A Tom Corn Perspective

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:20:14 +0000

(image) VMware AppDefense is a new security solution that allows organizations to create least privilege environments around their applications running in virtualized or cloud systems, a key feature according to VMware’s senior vice president for security products, Tom Corn. Watch VMware’s Tom Corn illustrate how VMware AppDefense significantly enhances application security when working across clouds in […]



Citrix: Syncing Zones to Resource Locations

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:30:22 +0000

(image) Citrix has introduced a feature for cloud deployments which causes zones in a XenDesktop site to be automatically synchronized with the Cloud Resource Locations associated with the site. Zones are used to arrange the site resources (catalogs, hypervisor connections, application and user home zones, etc.) so users connecting to the site from one location get access […]



How to import virtual machines into AWS and Amazon Machine Image (AMI) by using the AWS CLI?”

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:20:41 +0000

(image) Filipe, an AWS Cloud Support Engineer, shows you how to import your virtual machine into an Amazon Machine Image by using the AWS CLI. Find more details in the AWS Knowledge Center: https://aws.amazon.com/premiumsupport/knowledge-center/import-server-ec2-ami/ This video is from the fine folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS).



VMware VMworld and Microsoft ignite coming up, meet my blog sponsors on the exhibition floor –

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:00:08 +0000

(image) VMware VMworld is around the corner and soon after Microsoft Ignite will open its doors. My blog sponsors, the companies that have an advertisement on my blog, will be there as well. some of them on both conferences and some on a specific one. I want to make sure you know they are at the […]



Citrix: The only virtualization solution for Skype Meetings just got even better!

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:59:36 +0000

(image) Over a year and a half after Citrix and Microsoft introduced our jointly developed solution for delivering Skype for Business in virtualized environments — whether on-premises or in the cloud — the HDX RealTime Optimization Pack remains the only virtualization solution for Skype Meetings and audio-video conference calls. And now our solution is even better, with significant […]



Running Remote Desktop Manager On Linux

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:02:28 +0000

(image) First and foremost, we would like to thank all of you for your interest in Remote Desktop Manager on all platforms, including Linux. While we do not have an official Linux port of RDM, there is a workaround to run it on Linux: using Remote Desktop Manager for Android. Lately, there are more and more […]



Microsoft Azure NC Virtual Machines Availability – GPU Compute

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:47:00 +0000

(image) Azure NC-based instances are powered by NVIDIA Tesla® K80 GPUs and provide the compute power required to accelerate the most demanding high-performance computing (HPC) and AI workloads. Customers can now use these instances to run deep learning training jobs, HPC simulations, rendering, real-time data analytics, DNA sequencing, and many more CUDA® accelerated tasks. Additionally, customers […]



Securing your enterprise from cyber attacks – Webinar Series Part 1

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:59:24 +0000

(image) ManageEngine’s two-part webinar series deals with tools and techniques that help secure your organization against cyber threats. This video is from the fine folks at ManageEngine



Citrix SCOM Management Packs – Ready, Steady, GO!

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:40:31 +0000

(image) SCOM Management Packs have been a part of the Citrix product family since the acquisition of Comtrade Management Packs back in January 2016. Since then, SCOM Management Packs have been released along with the Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Current Releases (CR) each quarter. What does it mean for Citrix SCOM Management Packs to be released with XenApp […]



New from Citrix: Citrix Receiver 4.9 LTSR is Born on Windows!

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:30:07 +0000

(image) Citrix started the long-term service release (LTSR) for Citrix Receiver for Windows back in December 2015, when we announced the 4.4 release as the LTSR. Since then we have been doing cumulative updates with bug fixes every few months on the 4.4 release, with the latest one 4.4.5000. In parallel, there were current releases happening […]



Six reasons why snapshots can’t replace virtual machine backups

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:23:02 +0000

(image) What is a snapshot? A snapshot captures the active configuration, memory, and storage system of a virtual machine. Any change made to VMs after a snapshot is created is written on the snapshot while the actual VM hard disk remains unaltered. Although snapshots might look like an adequate method for VM backups, they have a few major drawbacks. This blog will explain […]



Announcing the New Release of Docker Enterprise Edition

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:04:33 +0000

(image) We are excited to share the new release of Docker Enterprise Edition. By supporting IBM Z and Windows Server 2016, this release puts us further in the lead with the first Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) solution in the market for the modernization of all applications without disruption to you and your IT environment. Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 17.06 embraces […]



4 Big Business Benefits of a Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Solution

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:50:33 +0000

(image) For its recent study, “Unified Endpoint Management: Simplifying the Security and Support of PC and Mobile Devices,” Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA™) surveyed more than 100 IT directors. The results of that survey identify multiple benefits of unified endpoint management (UEM), for IT, for users, and for the enterprise. UEM Tames Endpoint Complexity EMA found that “the average business […]



Microsoft Reference Architecture for a High Availability SharePoint Server 2016 Farm in Azure

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:30:34 +0000

(image) The Azure CAT Patterns & Practices team has published a new reference architecture for deploying and running a high availability SharePoint Server 2016 farm in Azure. It provides prescriptive guidance including the following topics: Architecture resources necessary for the deployment, including resources. Scalability considerations. Availability considerations. Manageability considerations. Security considerations. Like all reference architectures that […]



Microsoft Introduces Azure Event Grid – an event service for modern applications

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:09:25 +0000

(image) Most modern applications are built using events – whether it is reacting to changes coming from IoT devices, responding to user clicks on mobile apps, or initiating business processes from customer requests. With the growth of event-based programming, there is an increased focus on serverless platforms, like Azure Functions, a serverless compute engine, and Azure […]



The Ball is in Your Court: Evaluating Your Hybrid IT Options

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:45:02 +0000

(image) No one knows what the future holds. Yet, we can make some educated guesses based on what we know today. Many in IT are in this position – the ball is in your court, and you must decide how to move forward in terms of your IT strategy. As I talk with customers and look […]



Microsoft Announces Just-In-Time VM Access Public Preview

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:35:27 +0000

(image) Attackers commonly target cloud environments with Brute Force or Port Scanning attacks, typically against management ports like RDP and SSH that are left open to enable administrators access. In addition to detecting and alerting you to these attacks, Azure Security Center just released a new Just-In-Time (JIT) VM Access mechanism. JIT VM Access, now in […]



Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Platform Diversity Leads to Strength in Numbers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:17:38 +0000

(image) When all you have in your toolkit is a single type of hammer, it’s little wonder that every workload starts to look like the same proverbial nail. That’s the case with vendors that give IT organizations the choice of only one hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) platform. They may have integrated compute and data storage onto a […]



Context awareness for your devices – deviceTRUST Product Data Sheet

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:50:19 +0000

(image) More than ever, people are connected. Users expect the freedom to access their corporate environment from anywhere on any device. IT, on the other hand, needs to make sure that corporate data is secure while enabling users to stay productive! deviceTRUST provides the context information you need to apply conditional access to your corporate resources which meets […]



Citrix: The Servant Leader

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:29:54 +0000

(image) As we make the transition to the future of work, many long-held assumptions are being questioned. Does the relationship between work and life really need to be a zero-sum balance, where one comes at the expense of the other? Does geography still matter when it comes to forming teams or joining organizations? I addressed these […]



IT Software Services Veteran Gwendolyn Smith Joins Ivanti to Lead Customer Success Team

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:04:57 +0000

(image) Ivanti Reinforces Commitment to World-Class Professional Services Ivanti today announced it has hired Gwendolyn Smith, a specialist in leading customer services for hyper-growth software businesses, as Executive Vice President, Customer Success & Professional Services.  With a more than 20-year management track record in custom development, training and support, Smith will play a key role in […]



Cisco: Three Musts for 21st Century Services

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:40:16 +0000

(image) Remember the lonely Maytag repairman, just sitting around waiting for something to break? Those days of break-fix service models are over. Today, technical and professional services have become central to every aspect of most companies’ operations. That’s because businesses today rely more and more on complex technologies that power digital transformation through every aspect of […]



Edge Services Critical AWS Infrastructure Component Notes – #AWS Online Tech Talks Videos

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:03:16 +0000

(image) Core cloud infrastructure services are expanding into the edge, and leading organizations don’t necessarily understand these trends. Figuring out how to incorporate edge based services into your architecture requires time, and can be overwhelming. In this tech talk, you’ll learn about edge use cases, and how to implement key AWS services together, in order to […]



New at AWS – Encryption of Data at Rest for Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:01:11 +0000

(image) We launched Amazon Elastic File System in production form a little over a year ago (see Amazon Elastic File System – Production Ready in Three Regions for more information). Later in the year we added On-Premises access via Direct Connect and made EFS available in the US East (Ohio) Region, following up this year with […]



Distributed Stack Tracing and Monitoring for Serverless Applications – #AWS Online Tech Talks Video

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:30:18 +0000

(image) When you’re running a large, multi-faceted serverless application with AWS Lambda, how can you effectively diagnose issues in your application’s performance? In this session, we’ll show you how to peek under the hood of your function executions so you can determine where performance issues are occurring in your serverless application. We’ll demonstrate a live demo […]



Google Cloud: Get on the same page: new Google Docs features power team collaboration

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:10:04 +0000

(image) Getting people on the same page for a project can be tough. It requires managing a ton of opinions and suggestions. The last thing you should have to worry about is making sure your team is literally working on the same document. That’s why we built our powerful real-time editing tools to help with this—Google […]



Automating Security in Cloud Workloads with DevSecOps – #AWS Video

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:20:10 +0000

(image) This session is designed to teach security engineers, developers, solutions architects, and other technical security practitioners how to use a DevSecOps approach to design and build robust security controls at cloud-scale. This session walks through the design considerations of operating high-assurance workloads on top of the AWS platform and provides examples of how to automate […]



Citrix: Accelerating to the Cloud at Your Pace

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:34:52 +0000

(image) I am excited to announced the trade-up to Citrix Cloud promotions through the rest of 2017! Existing XenApp, XenDesktop, and XenMobile customers can trade-up their existing licenses for up to 40 percent off! Hybrid Rights At Citrix, we understand that a cloud transformation takes time — because we have undertaken the journey ourselves. So, for customers […]



You’re Invited to Our EUC Showcase at VMworld Europe – Video

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:23:46 +0000

(image) Why should you attend VMworld Europe? Check out our EUC demo showcase and party with VMware, says Dor Zakai, director of global EUC SISO business development for VMware. Register now to be part of the industry’s must-attend IT event of the year: https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html. This video is from the fine folks at VMware EUC.



EUC Essentials at Partner Exchange @ VMworld Europe – Video

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:14:45 +0000

(image) Partner Exchange @ VMworld Europe will feature over a dozen EUC breakout sessions. James Dunn, partner marketing manager for VMware EUC EMEA, shares essential sessions for partners. Register now to be part of the industry’s must-attend IT event of the year: https://www.vmworld.com/en/europe/index.html. This video is from the fine folks at VMware EUC.



EUC at VMworld Europe: Stay Ahead of the Competition – Video

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:02:42 +0000

(image) VMworld Europe will feature top EUC speakers, hands-on labs and innovations—just to enable you to stay ahead. Hear what to expect from Anis Mansouri and Fredrik Nyman, account executives of mobility for VMware EMEA, and Patrick Heeg, regional manager of mobility for VMware SEMEA. Register now to be part of the industry’s must-attend IT event […]



Hyperscale Cloud Vendors Challenge Communication Service Providers: What’s Your Next Move?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:40:39 +0000

(image) Communication Service Providers (CSPs) – whether Internet, carriers, cableco, satellite, or managed service – are playing a critical role in the next era of growth and innovation. They are enabling the next generation of user/customer/digital experiences that are in such great demand. However, they are now challenged to move beyond their core connectivity business and […]



VMware vExpert NSX 2017 Award Winners

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:12:41 +0000

(image) Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert NSX. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2017 vExperts who received the NSX award. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public […]



VMware vExpert 2017 VSAN Award Winners

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:07:35 +0000

(image) Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert VSAN. Myself and VMware Storage Business Unit are pleased to announce the list of 2017 vExperts who received the VSAN award. This elite group includes bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. This group of individuals have passion and enthusiasm for […]



VMware vExpert 2017 Second Half Award Winners!

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:23:35 +0000

(image) Thank you to everyone who applied for vExpert. I’m pleased to announce the list of 2017 Second Half vExperts. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, script […]



All ‘things’ connected, the ‘I’ in the IoT – a closer look. Part three!

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:15:36 +0000

(image) Throughout parts one and two I discussed the concepts of IoT and (I)IoT, (big) data analytics, data placement, the triggering of workflows and I had a more detailed look at the LPWAN and LTE (cellular) type networks. I also included a cheat sheet where I highlighted 6 of the most common (and upcoming) (I)IoT networks […]



Great News for Sysadminotaur Fans!

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:59:37 +0000

(image) I have some exciting news for all you Sysadminotaur fans: Patrick Désilets, the fantastic artist behind your favorite IT comic, is now working full time at Devolutions! Soon, I’ll be interviewing Patrick for our blog. In the meantime, you can get to know Patrick by visiting his website. What’s Sysadminotaur? If you’ve been stuck in […]



Context aware application masking with deviceTRUST and FSLogix – On-Demand Webinar

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:22:03 +0000

(image) Please join Dr. Benny Tritsch (drtritsch.com), Kevin Goodman (CEO FSLogix) and Sascha Goeckel (CEO deviceTRUST) for this webinar session on how deviceTRUST and FSLogix work together to ensure license compliance and context-aware access to applications across all endpoint devices. For more information, visit http://devicetrust.de This video is from the fine folks at deviceTRUST.



Citrix XenApp Migration Survival Guide

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:01:38 +0000

(image) Whilst more and more organizations have made the jump from XenApp 6.5 to 7.x, it seems many more are still hanging around on 6.5 or even earlier versions. While I don’t agree with doing that, I can understand it. With all of the work and revs that went into 6.5, it was a very stable […]



VMware Announces Keynote Speakers for VMworld 2017

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:30:36 +0000

(image) VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today unveiled the General Session Keynote speakers and sponsorship list for VMworld® U.S. 2017. VMworld U.S. 2017 begins on Aug. 27, 2017 in Las Vegas and will feature more than 500 unique breakout sessions from VMware and its community of partners and customers. With more than 23,000 expected attendees, this year’s conference […]



Datrium 3.0 Features Overview (Beyond Marketing) – Part 2

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:04:37 +0000

(image) Last month Datrium announced the first part of the DVX 3.0 payload and I blogged here; and today we are announcing the second part. In the first announcement, Datrium took us where no HCI vendor has been before, offering not only a multi-hypervisor platform (VMware vSphere, RedHat Virtualization and Open-source KVM on CentOS hosts), but […]



‘The Citrix Administrator’s Guide to Citrix ICA/HDX’ White Paper

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:50:44 +0000

(image) A Technical Guide: Understanding and Troubleshooting Citrix ICA/HDX Introducing the new Citrix ICA/HDX technical guide, which provides a comprehensive understanding of ICA/HDX, the components that it’s built on, how it works, how it can be impacted by network conditions, and how to troubleshoot it. Armed with this information, we hope that you will be better equipped […]



VMware vSAN 6.6.1 Upgrade Guide

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:45:31 +0000

(image) With the release of vSAN 6.6.1 or vSphere 6.5 U1 we have put together a new upgrade document to assist you with upgrading to vSAN 6.6.1 from previous releases. The guide  provides prescriptive guidance and clarity on vSAN upgrade steps. it also includes step by step guide for new vSAN and vSphere Update Manager integrations.Main […]



Citrix: XenApp & XenDesktop 7.15 LTSR

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:30:00 +0000

(image) Virtualization-goers everywhere will be talking about it. Over two decades in the making. More than twelve million lines of field-proven source code. Featuring the latest star capabilities around security, flexibility and user experience. This is the one you’ve been waiting for. XenApp and XenDesktop 7.15 Long Term Service Release (LTSR) – the industry’s most comprehensive, […]



Microsoft Azure Cloud Shell Introduction Video

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:03:02 +0000

(image) A look at Cloud Shell. A new way for managing resources in the cloud. See how, within the browser, you can use BASH or PowerShell to troubleshoot and automate your most common management tasks. And manage on-the-go, by keeping your favorite scripts in the cloud so you can trigger them for Cloud Shell from any […]



Why snapshots alone are not backups

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:50:27 +0000

(image) Having a clear picture of what VM snapshots and backups can do for you is critical when your data is at stake. To dispel any doubts, snapshots are NOT backups. They are two different processes designed to address different needs. Today, I’m going to explain the discrepancy between VM snapshots and backups and provide you […]



VMware: NVIDIA GRID & VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:46:08 +0000

(image) Nina Seth is a senior product marketing manager at VMware, where she helps drive product marketing for their hybrid desktop and app virtualization solution. Nina holds an MBA from San Jose State University and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Davis. Today countless enterprise customers, including Seventy Seven Energy, leverage […]



VMware NSX-Powered Credit Union Shifts Focus to Speed and Innovation

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:30:53 +0000

(image) Personal banking sure isn’t what it used to be. Thankfully. When is the last time you went to a bank? My trips are so infrequent that I actually enjoy the experience as a change of pace. That’s because normally, I get to transfer money or deposit a check not only online, but from my phone. […]



Microsoft Video: Brad Anderson’s Lunch Break / s6 e5 / Jacob Morgan, Author, Futurist

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:17:51 +0000

(image) Today Brad hits the road with best-selling author, futurist, and frequent keynote speaker – Jacob Morgan. Brad and Jacob talk about what he discovered while writing his new book: Why more emphasis than ever is being put on employee engagement/moral, but employees are still more unhappy than ever before. Jacob also shares a particularly interesting […]



New VMware KB articles published for week ending 12th August 2017

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:06:48 +0000

(image) VMware App Volumes AppVolumes and Multi Domains and Trusts Date Published: 2017/08/06 AppVolumes Assignment using Domain Local Groups and Multi-Domain Date Published: 2017/08/06 VMware ESXi ScratchConfig.CurrentScratchLocation is set to /scratch after upgrading to ESXi 6.x Date Published:2017/08/08 Error “Unexpected error checking compliance: module ‘string’ has no attribute ‘atoi’” during Host Profile compliance check Date Published:2017/08/09 […]



Lenovo and DataCore – Software-Defined Storage Explained

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:54:35 +0000

(image) Carlos Carrerras, senior vice president of Worldwide Business Development at DataCore, along with Lenovo’s Don Frame, Data Center Group brand director, and Patrick Oliveri, North America storage product manager, Data Center Group, recently sat down with Doug Brown of DABCC to discuss the DataCore/Lenovo partnership and the companies’ joint offering, the Lenovo DX8200D Software-Defined Storage […]



Microsoft: A Configuration Manager favorite, now in Intune

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:40:04 +0000

(image) Role Based Access Control (RBAC) has been a favorite feature of the System Center Configuration Manager community since its introduction, and now it’s available in Intune. RBAC in Intune enables you to easily define who can perform various Intune tasks within your organization, and who those tasks apply to. RBAC gives you greater flexibility and […]



The Godfathers of Virtualization Returning to VMWorld

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:22:57 +0000

(image) Ian Pratt and Simon Crosby sold XenSource to Citrix in 2007. After working at Citrix, they decided to once again spin off and focus on cybersecurity. They are available to meet during VMWorld if you’d like to talk virtualization and security. We think of them as The Godfathers of Virtualization. They work they did with […]



Single sign-on (SSO) for the cloud

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:04:00 +0000

(image) Nearly every organization has some cloud-based application. Of course the common cloud apps include Microsoft Azure, Office 365, G Suite, those from Zoho and Salesforce, and more. As administrators, we want to make our jobs more efficient and we also want to reduce the load on our users whenever possible. Now with ADSelfService Plus, you […]