In recent months we have frequently been asked about how organisations can best benefit from the large scale investments made by the worlds largest IT vendors in cloud computing platforms. The answer is relatively simple try and buy - however the appetite for change is not significant and ultimately the uptake of services such as Office 365 from Microsoft is surprisingly low. With the seemingly obvious availability benefits and the cost efficiency of a move from capital costs to modest monthly operational fees, why are people holding back?
We have designed, installed and now support a growing number of Citrix VDI-In-A-Box desktop virtualisation environments, mainly for customers in the Education sector. This article written by Tony Reynolds our CTO examines the reasons why we believe it is the right product, at the right price and the right time for Academic customers.
Even since the dawn of computers, dependency on network resources has increased dramatically, often to the point where business continuity is severely impacted when just one element fails. From a network layer perspective, Cisco Systems created a scientific approach to troubleshooting network outages and have an entire book devoted to their 8-step strategy. Whilst this focuses solely on the underlying network infrastructure, the principles remain the same across the IT spectrum and many client engagements have begun with a couple of days troubleshooting.
With all the marketing spin promoting and promising every newer and better ways to deliver IT services to your users, new buzzwords describing various aspects of IT from virtualisation to hybrid cloud computing and an absolute need to become more efficient and agile in everything we do. It is easy think that we should rip out everything that exists and replace the legacy technology with a totally cloud based service, although this may be the right option for some new builds and start ups for the vast majority of organisations this is not a viable option.
Amongst the number of announcements at this year’s Citrix Synergy and one that most certainly raised a a great deal of excitement was 'Project Avalon', in fact the statement of being a 'giant step in cloud transformation' whilst rather gimmicky is not far from the truth if Citrix can pull off the integration necessary to realise the potential of its acquisition trail.
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