Fare thee well, Brian Madden

Posted by Kevin Goodman on Jul 1, 2016 4:59:40 PM

I saw where Brian announced his retirement yesterday on http://www.brianmadden.com/opinion/Brian-is-leaving-BrianMaddencom-BriForum-2016-Boston-will-be-the-last-one and although  I am not surprised, I can’t help but reflect on the impact Brian has had on our industry. I say I am not surprised because Brian has been giving us hints over the last year: His closing session at the Denver Briforum last year and his podcast retrospective on his career.

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Topics: VDI, BriForum, Brian Madden

Outlook in cached mode with non-persistent VDI seemed like a pipe dream until FSLogix came along.

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jul 1, 2016 10:19:44 AM

In his latest op-ed on brianmadden.com, Independent Industry Analyst, Gabe Knuth, documents the evolutionary changes that have taken place with FSLogix since his previous article, regarding FSLogix Profile Containers. However, the underlying motivation for this article and the prime focus, rests with FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix, which he cites as "...a no-brainer to enable functionality that we’ve wanted for the last fifteen years."

By capturing the technological essence of FSLogix, Gabe is able to provide a very thorough accounting of the key aspects and advantages of our methodology, along with the positive impact it has on one's infrastructural hardware and performance. 

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Topics: Citrix, VHD, Office 365, Outlook, OST, FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix

IoT design, security and PKI

Posted by Bob Tarzey on Jun 30, 2016 1:39:47 PM

In a 2015 blog post – Securing the Internet of Things – time for another look at PKI? – Quocirca outlined why Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is likely to see a new lease of life from the increasing deployment of applications that fit the general heading Internet of Things (IoT). As the first blog pointed out, IoT applications will only be a success if underlying security is ensured.

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Topics: IoT, security, PKI

Why EU data protection will still apply to post-Brexit UK

Posted by Bob Tarzey on Jun 28, 2016 11:50:32 AM

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is expected to come in to force for EU member states in early 2018. It could be some time later that year that the UK finally severs its links with the EU. So for UK citizens will the GDPR be a short-lived regulation that can largely be ignored? The answer is no and the reasons fairly obvious; they are commercial, legal and moral.

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Topics: EU, data protection, General Data Protection Regulation, Brexit

FrontLine Chatter Podcast E29 with Kevin Goodman - Project Flux

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 22, 2016 1:26:21 PM

On this episode of FrontLine Chatter, FSLogix CEO Kevin Goodman joins Jarian Gibson and Andrew Morgan for a discussion about FSLogix's Flux Project and Citrix Synergy updates.

"With [FSLogix] generic containers what you're doing is, and a combination of your search features as well, you're going to allow [users] to have instant access to those files, indexing, searching, and everything on demand. So I think it's a real game changer...Kudos to you and I'm really looking forward to what you're doing next." -Andrew Morgan

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, Microsoft, Office 365, FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix, FSLogix

From SQL to NoSQL - and back again

Posted by Bob Tarzey on Jun 22, 2016 11:13:41 AM

We take a look at the suppliers behind the emergence of databases that organise web-scale datasets and the like -and the most recent set of upstarts dubbed NewSQL.

The first thing to say about NoSQL databases is that the name is misleading.

Another term used to describe this family of technologies is “not only SQL”, which may be cumbersome, but at least acknowledges that SQL (structured query language) – the main interface to traditional relational database management systems (RDBMS) – is still sometimes used to query NoSQL databases.

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Topics: NewSQL, SQL, NoSQL, RDBMS

Come spy with me: drones and info-sec

Posted by Bob Tarzey on Jun 21, 2016 10:07:57 AM

UASs (unmanned aircraft system) or drones, as they are known in common rather than legal parlance, can easily cross physical barriers. As drone use increases, both for commercial applications and for recreational purposes, new challenges are emerging with regard to privacy and information security.

Millions of drones are estimated to have already been sold worldwide; tens of millions are expected to be out-there by 2020. As with any easily available new technology, criminals are early innovators, for example getting drugs across borders and mobile phones into prisons; here existing laws are being broken. However, drone operators who wish to remain within the law, need to be aware of evolving rules.

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Topics: Drones, CAS, 4G data exchange, encryption

FSLogix Profile Containers with a peak of what's ahead

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 17, 2016 9:07:52 AM

'The FSLogix Profile Containers make profile management really simple. Rather than using redirection or God forbid roaming profiles, you can simply store the users profile content into a single VHD file that is stored on a file share. Performance is awesome, there’s no noticeable degradation and no extra infrastructure is required. It couldn’t be easier.'  -Rory Monaghan 

In Rory's blog post, he includes a nice demo video of FSLogix Profile Containers and alludes to some exciting possibilities still to come!

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Topics: profile containers, roaming profiles, VHD, FSLogix Office 365 Container for Citrix, FSLogix Office 365 Container

Are Some XenApp Best Practices Still True?

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 16, 2016 9:55:11 AM

A headline for a blogspot, on Citrix blogs about XenApp best practices reads, "XenApp Best Practices #1: For the best user experience, application and backend data must reside together on a fast, low latency network." 

How do we achieve this best practice when all of our apps and backend data are potentially distributed all over the globe?

Marius Sandbu, Citrix CTA, Azure MVP, vExpert suggests a compromise to achieve the best user experience.

Why?

"Because that should be our end goalDeliver the best user experience." -Marius Sandbu

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Topics: VDI, XenApp, RDSH, non-persistent VDI, Office 365, Best Practices

PQR UEM Comparison White Paper Excerpt

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jun 15, 2016 11:45:02 AM

The PQR team released their latest User Environment Management (UEM) comparison white paper v16.03, formerly known as the UEM Smackdown.

"...I got questions from people not familiar with the smackdown what it is, the name is not something native English people would use. In English a comparison white paper with a winner is a bake-off. This white paper doesn’t bring out a winner so a bake-off was the wrong word as well. The white paper compares User Environment Management solutions to each other and therefore it is a comparisons white paper." -Rob Beekman

Below is an excerpt from that white paper, courtesy of Rob Beekman and the PQR team. Updated May 25 2016. 

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Topics: VDI, Citrix, XenDesktop, XenApp, RDSH, User Profiles, Office 365, UEM, Cached Exchance Mode

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