Rorymon's Application Virtualization Smackdown 2016 Winners

Posted by Brandon Lee on Jan 18, 2017 9:49:56 AM

Industry expert Rory Monaghan, in collaboration with Jurjen van Leeuwen and Ruben Spruijt, released their Application Virtualization Smackdown 2016 whitepaper in early November '16. In Rorymon's recent blog post on Algiz-Technology, he takes the time to review each product in the following categories: Application Virtualization, Containers, Application Layering, and Other. By segmenting the assortment of products into these categories, Rory provides us with his own personal verdict of each product, along with the respective categorical winners.

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Topics: Application Virtualization, containers, Application Layering

Getting Started With Docker

Posted by Rory Monaghan on Jan 16, 2017 1:40:06 PM

Docker is by far the most popular application container technology on the market today. It’s an open platform that’s used the world over by many! Developers in particular, though more and more people are using Docker containers in a production environment and popularity is growing so much that it’s likely that vendors may begin to deliver their products as containers. 

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Topics: Application Virtualization, containers, Docker

RancherOS, A Docker Linux Distro Reaches V1.0

Posted by Nic Burkinshaw on Aug 31, 2016 9:59:42 AM

Rancher OS is a Linux distribution where components exist in Docker containers and provides a comprehensive container management platform. It is a distribution you should consider if you are into CoreOS and considering that Docker releases code every two months, why not use a platform based on your chosen container tech?

RancherOS is tiny – the install ISO is ~40MB. They say “…We wanted to run Docker directly on top of the Linux Kernel, and have all user-space Linux services be distributed as Docker containers. By doing this, there would be no need to use a separate software package distribution mechanism for RancherOS itself…” (http://rancher.com/rancher-os/).

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Topics: containers, Rancher OS

There’s more to a container than, well, a container.

Posted by Clive Longbottom on Jul 26, 2016 10:15:36 AM

It seems that virtual machines (VMs) are so last year. A new ship has sailed in and docked – it’s a container ship and it is full of Dockers (as well as Rkts and Mesos). The idea of containerisation is taking hold – the promise of a lighter means of dealing with applications enabling much higher workload densities and lower storage costs seems to attract developers, sysadmins and line of business people like moths to a flame.

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Topics: containers, Virtual Machines, System Containers

Is Layering the Future of User Profile Management

Posted by Benny Tritsch on Apr 28, 2015 2:50:00 PM

"Traditional profiles are dead, long live layered profiles!"

This article has been in my pipeline for quite a while, and after talking to a number of subject matter experts I thought that now is the time to finally publish it: When dealing with virtual Windows desktops or remote user sessions, profile management and personalization pops up as a discussion topic or a pain point on a regular basis. This has not changed since 10 years and it is independent of the underlying virtualization or remoting technology. As a rule of thumb, once or twice a year, Windows user profile management is on the agenda. But things have changed over time. A couple of years ago, it was all about maintaining the EXACT layout of a user’s desktop. Moving application icons by a couple of pixels or removing the custom wallpaper may have resulted in seriously angry users. Typically, this is not the case anymore since users are used to having access to other personalized “desktops”, like their tablets or smartphones. They have learned how to deal with different background images and user interface element locations. But still, user profile management is a hot topic when it comes to maintaining application-specific settings across various work-related Windows desktops.

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Topics: VDI, RDSH, layering, containers, profiles

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