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For the past 2 months, I have left my laptop in the office and used only my iPadPro for mobile work. On my desk, I still want a large display and multiple monitors. But when I’m roaming to office conference rooms, working from home or traveling, I switched over to the iPadPro–exclusive...
Many of the early examples tend to highlight smart cities or home automation. For most enterprises, however, the ability to connect and integrate everything together can solve current problems and open up new opportunities. Most enterprises have complex combinations of legacy systems,...
The iPad sales are down, but it is now possible to run most business apps on the iPad with the Citrix X1 Mouse. Can this make the iPad more relevant for business? Despite the mostly positive financial news from Apple, the one weakness that gets a lot of press is the decrease in iPad s...
Mobile World Congress 2013 was the backdrop for Samsung's announcement of Knox, a new secure implementation of Android that will soon be available on Samsung leading smartphones. The new solution provides organizations with Blackberry type security controls including a container, secur...
Now might be a good time to consider some of the options available from Citrix and others to get the organization back on track without adding hours of suffering commuting to employees schedules. If you are one of the millions in the North East lucky enough to escape the worst of Sand...
Citrix announced a number of new solutions at Synergy that should be worth investigating for any company developing a mobilty strategy. One of the more significant products is Cloud Gateway 2.0. Traditionally Citrix has been viewed as an option for delivering apps or virtual desktops t...
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 impactf...
The new ATRIX smartphone may change things for consumers and the enterprise. Motorola calls it the worlds most powerful smartphone which based on the specs thats defendable. Others call it the NirvanaPhone based on a new feature that allows the phone to be docked to a full sized PC di...
Those with the condition know the symptoms well. A company Blackberry in one pocket plus a personal iPhone or Android in the other. And the hassle goes well beyond carrying Two Devices. More cables and chargers to keep them charged, plus managing multiple contact lists, phone numbers a...
IT has a number of options to enable remote access for employees wanting mobile access to email and work applications from their iPads. There are however pros and cons for each option as well as some prerequisite questions to consider. Company iPads - For company owned iPads a likely ...
The Have Nots - It's just a big iTouch. The Haves - It's not only a great size for viewing and portability. It changes what you do for reading, work and internet access. The Have Nots - I don't need it. The Haves - I don't "need" it either, but I am more productive with it. The Ha...
Even though Microsoft has taken a wait and see attitude towards building a native version of Office for the iPad, there is no need to wait to do real work from the iPad. Citrix Systems has released Citrix Receiver for the iPad 1.0 which can provide anyone the ability to use Microsoft O...
Beyond the hype the of the iPad by Apple lovers and the nay sayers who say "who needs it " the iPad is likely to impact company IT practice more than anticipated. For many CIO's and IT Directors there is a growing interest in minimizing the expense and support of endpoint devices. Many...
In reverse order: 10 . You won't get fired for leaving your iPhone in a cab revealing company secrets. 9. You won't miss another meeting with your boss because the iPhone calendar app didn't sync right with your Exchange server. 8. Speed read through your email with just a swipe.
Desktop applications can be used on a mobile device by running the app on servers in tha data center and delivering the UI to any Receiver equiped SmartPhone. The UI of many apps already include Window panes or frames that can easily be sized so they look and feel great on most Mobile ...
If you run an IT shop today you probably fall into one of two categories: A. You already allow employee access from an iPhone (supported or not) or B. You are constantly barraged with employee requests to allow iPhone access (and the employee might be your boss or the CEO). If you are ...
Last week Citrix announced a sweeping product launch aimed at Virtualizing Desktops for any type of user or device. More than 70 new features are included in the new XenDesktop 4, including the ability to host Desktop VM's on Servers or PC's and access them from devices ranging from PC...
Since its introduction less than six months ago, there has been more than 200,000 downloads of Citrix Receiver for iPhone. Users have ranged from Doctor's to Lawyer's to Systems Admin's, all with a common desire to get their job done whenever and wherever they are.
A big reason for the recent surge among large enterprise organizations has been the release of XenServer 5.5 in June, adding a wide range of new enterprise-class capabilities. The Burton Group, in fact, recently certified Citrix XenServer 5.5 and its Citrix Essentials™ 5.5 management a...
The perceived security risk of granting access from untrusted PCs such as airport kiosks,hotels or even home computers has outweighed the benefits of broad remote access for many enterprises. As a result, those companies typically have IT security policies that dictate only a corporate...
Citrix announced the winners of the Citrix Ready XenDesktop challenge. Multiple Thin Client vendors recently submited videos representing the best Thin Client to use with XenDesktop. The videos were posted to CitrixTV and viewed by thosands in the community. The winners were decided by...
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 th...
Citrix has released a public AMI ( Amazon Machine Image ) in the EC2 Cloud recently as part of the C3 Lab initiative with Amazon Web Services. XenApp Fundamentals is the new name for Access Essentials which is an ideal solution for SMB's looking for a simple way to administer and deliv...
Many of us in the IT industry recall the old adage "you'll never get fired for buying IBM" this held true for quite some time while IBM provided a comprehensive albeit expensive set of products that got the job done and provided the safe bet vendor selection. As the PC era took hold a...
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 t...
Despite the early warnings Citrix has made a direct hit at VMWorld 2009, announcing Enterprise-proven XenServer will now be free. The news seems to have been well received by IT shops looking for ways to save in the tough economic climate as well as by virtualization consultants expand...
Blogger Radiologist "Dr Dalai", provides a good summary of native PAC's viewers available for the iPhone. However, his real intent appears to be encouraging the industry to provide better support of the iPhone. It seems he is not alone in this request. Doctors have been flooding the in...
Chris Hazelton from the 451 Group: "The iPhone has so effectively whetted the appetite of corporate mobility users wanting more feature-rich products that executives are smuggling the device into the enterprise without authorization. No single vendor - as cool as Apple may be - can pos...
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 delive...
... Since there was not many new exciting iPhone demos at the MacWorld Keynote, we decided to release some of our own. Check out Cut & Paste from a real PowerPoint doc to Word. It works with Citrix! Let us know what you think of the file navigation application as well. Nothing to annou...
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 ...
As described in Part One of this series, the cloud is not the answer for every enterprise or every workload. This is true based on the current economics even without considering additional factors like security, control and SLA's. On the other hand the economics do point out a major cl...
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 ...