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Most desktop apps are designed with multiple Window Pane's to organize data and make it consumable without forcing a users eyes to scan from one side of a monitor to another. In many cases these Pane sizes are discretionary for the developer or already user adjustable. Given that, why not make the Window Pane sizes easy to consume on a mobile device. It turns out that the 320x480 Pixel screen of the iPhone provides a very readable Window Pane whether its displayed with multiple Panes on a desktop app or one at a time on a mobile device. That same Window Pane of information can also look great on an iPhone when hosted on XenApp and displayed with the Citrix Receiver. If it's done right, navigating multiple window Panes of a Desktop app can be done without constant zooming, pinching and panning. A great new usability feature in version 2.0 of Citrix Receiver for iPhone ... (more)

Cloud Computing Economics, Part One

Chris Fleck's Blog The economics of Cloud Computing do point out a major Cloud advantage when it comes to short term or variable workloads. On the surface though it's apparent that Amazon's EC2, for example, is significantly more expensive if the set up is utilized 24x7x365, even a 40 hour week yields a slightly higher cost. Below is a simple comparison of Amazon EC2 vs. purchasing a set of servers for development purposes ( I have added some additional costs and scenarios). This example also assumes the servers fit in existing space and either environment would be managed by exi... (more)

Amazon EC2 Reserved Pricing Changes the Equation

Ulitzer Cloud Computing Blog Things are changing fast in the world of Cloud Computing, however one question remains the same. Will it save me money and how much? To follow up on a previous post on Cloud Economics Part One, I looked at a fairly simple example of 5 Servers for a dev/test environment and identified the incremental costs of buying 5 servers and running them on premise or a Colo and then compared that to Amazon EC2. The analysis did not include many variables such as real estate costs and labor savings which may or may not apply to the particular situation. The result... (more)

Citrix Receiver For the iPhone Closes the Gap on Enterprise Adoption

At Synergy the app delivery industry event in Las Vegas this week Citrix announced the formal release of the Citrix Receiver for iPhone 1.0, now available in the App Store. The new app allows instant access to company resources behind the firewall including apps, documents, and internal web sites. Even web apps that require Flash or Java will work when delivered to the iPhone through Citrix XenApp servers. The actual data never leaves the company servers but Citrix utilizes its HDX technology to remote the application to the iPhone in a way that makes the app appear like its run... (more)

Citrix Receiver for iPhone Clears 200,000 Downloads

Since its introduction less than six months ago, there have been more than 200,000 downloads of Citrix Receiver for iPhone. Users have ranged from Doctors to Lawyers to Systems Admins, all with a common desire to get their job done whenever and wherever they are. The iPhone's popularity has driven IT departments to look for safe ways to allow employees to access corporate applications without compromising company security policy or driving up support costs. It turns out in many cases that companies already have the infrastructure in place to do this. The Citrix Receiver for iPhon... (more)