Apps from the Cloud frequently means limited function browser based web apps
that may be OK for personal use but don’t cut it in the business world.
Citrix as an industry leader delivering full featured enterprise windows apps
to business has now enabled the Cloud to provide the delivery system. As a
public demonstration Citrix has posted a pre-built XenApp Server in
Amazon’s Xen based EC2 offering.
Anyone can now start demonstrating and testing rich windows app delivery from
the Cloud in minutes without committing to hardware or the typical set up and
A detailed blog post and video is available here.
This capability demonstrating rapid deployment of app delivery from the Cloud
opens the door further to recognizing the potential of the Cloud for
Two recent security scares regarding the iPhone have brought renewed
attention to the iPhone readiness for business use. In one case Forbes.com
author Andy Greenburg garnered a lot of attention with his " How to Hijack
Every iPhone In the World " story. This describes an SMS exploit that will be
exposed at the Black Hat CyberSecurity event in Las Vegas this week.
"Researchers say they'll demonstrate how to send a series of mostly invisible
SMS bursts that can give a hacker complete power over any of the smart
phone's functions. That includes dialing the phone, visiting Web site... (more)
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)
Thirty years ago today the IBM Personal Computer was launched igniting a new
way of computing that empowered individuals and forever changed the way we
work and play. In talking with some of the early pioneers, they knew they
were on to something but really had no idea just how impactful the changes
would be. It was much more than just an affordable piece of hardware that
could run programs. The PC legitimized and demonstrated to the world how
individuals equipped with a useful tool could automate a task, eliminate
paper, even run a business. No longer were employees limited to w... (more)
Chris Fleck's Blog
There is a lot of hype and reality in the world of Cloud computing today. On
the hype side there are numerous data points; VC investments, M&A, data
centers under construction, new conferences and events. On the other hand
there are now many examples of reality as well. SaaS offerings like
Salesforce.com and many HR applications plus web site hosting have
established themselves as a legitimate part of the IT portfolio of many
corporations large and small.
Adding fuel to the fire is extensive press, analyst and blog coverage (like
this!) plus books like Nicholas... (more)