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Enterprise Mobility Management – Citrix XenMobile MDM

Citrix Systems have signalled their intention to become market leaders in the space of enterprise mobility management (EMM) with the recent purchase of Zenprise, who are in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software (MDM). Citrix has rebadged the Zenprise product and incorporated existing key Citrix products from XenMobile MDM and the Citrix Mobile Solution Bundle. The bundle includes XenMobile MDM and Cloud Gateway. As we are now well aware, mobility has become a major priority for organisations. The drivers for mobility may be unique f...

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The best disk technology

I recently attended an event by one of the big storage vendors, which had an interesting presentation by their senior technologists, i.e. one of those guys who get the big money for reading the tea leaves correctly as to where technology will be in 5 year’s time. It included a statement about where Flash/SSD/EFD drives are today and where technology is headed. I remember two points that were made – the first one that we currently see a convergence of memory and solid state drives. Now that prices for SSD drives have come down considerably and are affordable within mainstream com...

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Citrix Synergy

No surprises to see that Mobility and Cloud topped the agenda of Citrixs premier event Synergy 2013, held last week in Los Angeles. Right from the get go Citrix CEO Mark Templeton’s keynote speech addressed the ‘megatrends’ of mobile work styles and cloud services. After buying into the MDM market place with the acquisition of Zenprise, Citrix have been clearly focused at demonstrating why they believe themselves to be the clear market leaders in workforce mobility and mobile device management. A belief which is supported by...

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Citrix CloudPlatform (create Amazon-style clouds)

Today, private clouds have emerged as a top priority for organisations. While many of these Cloud offerings are modelled after Amazon style public cloud, diverse computing workload required a solution that delivers to meet greater levels of business agility. Citrix acquired Cloud.com back in 2011 as a strategic move towards Cloudification of its offerings and developed today’s “CloudPlatform”, which is a now key component of Citrix cloud computing portfolio that allows customers of all sizes to deliver business-ready, multi-tenant cloud services faster and at a fraction of the cost. ...

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How to minimise backup durations.

There are some quick wins you can have with a few simple housekeeping, maintenance and minor implementations of backup methods to improve your traditional backups and their durations. There are many variables that we can focus on, although for a simplistic outlook we will focus on the items below as a starting point: Highly fragmented drives Identifying slow clients Dense file system backup Fragmentation of mounts points In our experience there have been many occasions where highly fragmented mount points have an impact on not only performance of...

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BYOD Challenges

New business requirements are transforming the demands placed on IT. To operate effectively in today’s fast-paced work environment, organisations need to be able to get work done anywhere, anytime, and by all means on any device. This is the context for the rise of BYOD solutions and a definitive focus on end user mobility. A more flexible work environment increases business agility, productivity and mobility, and also improves business and workforce continuity. It also allows organisations to recruit and retain the best people regardless of their physical location or employment status wh...

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Secrets of a successful project

A successful project is one that is delivered on time, within budget and to scope. To ensure the success of a project, there are some key things which must be taken into account throughout the project life cycle so that all stakeholder expectations are aligned and the project can remain on track. A clearly defined scope and ensuring that the timeframes are realistic at the start of a project are the first steps towards the success of a project. By not making too many assumptions, and including the ones which are made in the statement of work, alongside the items deemed out of scope it is mu...

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Citrix BYOD Starter Kit

Citrix want you to be able to empower people, simplify management and secure data, apps and devices with BYOD. So they have put together a BYOD Starter Kit. You can download the Citrix BYOD Starter Kit to get best practices for developing a BYOD strategy that provides the flexibility people want and the control IT needs. Get best practices and key strategies for implementing BYOD including: • Forrester report on five steps to successful BYOC • Best practices for planning and implementing BYOD • Guide to securely deliver information to tablets and smartphones ...

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XtremeIO/ScaleIO

If there’s one thing that is certain in IT, it’s change. A quick review of this industry’s history shows consistent improvements in capability, capacity, and power requirements for a given workload. The sub-area of storage is no exception to this rule; the introduction of flash storage in the late 1980s heralded such an improvement that has become of increasing importance to the data centre over the past five to ten years, culminating in the release of multiple flash storage arrays from a large swathe of vendors. In order to understand the potential significance of flash storage in gener...

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VNX2 SNAPSHOTS

EMC have recently launched a refresh of the VNX called VNX2. It has been interesting exploring the new features from memory enhancements to improved snapshots. I was very excited reading about all the new features. However, what I found more interesting was that the new updates which include most of the features with the exception of snapshot enhancements cannot be loaded on current gen boxes even with plenty of CPU and Memory resources.. Nevertheless apart from many other enhancements such as space efficiency, LUNs load balancing, improved auto tiering and easier management of pools, there ar...

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