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My 2015 Predictions

So it’s that time of year and this year I decided to post my 2015 predictions. I like to keep it short and sweet though.

  • We’ll see the emerging companies that are developing the glue to help hybrid cloud really work come to fruition. The ability to move VMs between clouds will become easier. The problem I see is there will be no standard. My advice is, be careful of lock-in.
  • More Service Providers will be doing Desktop as a Service. The technologies like Desktone/Horizon/Airwatch are coming into alignment
  • Last but not least and this one I have no information to back up this prediction but I believe at least one of my previous employers is ripe for acquisition. Read into that what you want :-) 

All the best all….

Starwind Silver Sponsor

I’m pleased to announce Starwind Software as a Silver sponsor.

Now I first came across Starwind in 2006. Back then the company was part of RocketDivision . In 2006 I was looking for a software ISCSI solution so I didn’t have to purchase a piece of hardware. I used it for VMware training courses to demonstrate VMware works with ISCSI as it was new back then. The nice guys at Starwind gave me a NFR and in return I showed it off to both VMware and students of VMware.

Since then I blogged about them here and there whilst watching the solution mature from a standard ISCSI target to a solution that has backup, dedupe and is software defined.

StarWind Virtual SAN is entirely software-based, hypervisor-centric virtual machine storage. It creates a fully fault-tolerant and high-performing storage pool that is built for the virtualization workload “from scratch”. StarWind Virtual SAN basically “mirrors” inexpensive internal storage between hosts. Virtual SAN completely eliminates any need for an expensive SAN or NAS or other physical shared storage. It seamlessly integrates into the hypervisor for unbeatable performance and exceptional simplicity of use.

Uniprint = New Gold Sponsor

I’m pleased to announce UniPrint as the next gold sponsor.

 

I have a long history with UniPrint going back a decade now. I even once was a UniPrint instructor, I think I only ever delivered 1 course though before VMware consumed my life.

 

So what is it? Well if you want to print from a VDI session, lets say from a branch office for example you need this in your life. We all know that both Citrix and VMware have a cut down effort of a universal printer driver but come on, we all know in the real world that won’t cut the mustard. What you need is a full featured solution like UniPrint.

 

UniPrint pioneered the use of PDF-based universal printer driver technology to streamline and enhance printing in Server-based Computing (SbC) environments.  Today, we are the recognized leader in printing virtualization.

 

Some of you may be asking yourself, what exactly is printing virtualization and how can my business benefit from this technology?  A quick answer is that printing virtualization was created to extend the benefits of VDI to printing, helping you to reduce help desk overheads, increase operational efficiency and cut printing costs enterprise-wide.

 

In VDI environments, the desktop’s operating systems and application programs are hosted within a virtual machine that runs on a centralized server, delivering abundant measurable benefits to organizations. One major benefit is simplified central desktop management. Because all virtual desktop images are hosted in one location, updating or installing new software is quick and easy, since most of it can be done by updating the golden image. Another huge benefit is security. With VDI, corporations can control what applications are installed on each desktop image and how they are being used. Virtual desktop images can be easily locked down from external devices, such that data cannot be transferred from the image to a local hard drive. Data is also more secure since it is stored on servers in the data center, reducing data breach concerns if a mobile user’s laptop or tablet is stolen. Therefore, it would seem logical that given the benefits and the fact that most large enterprises employ VDI within the workplace today, that VDI would also extend to printing. However, this isn’t so and many VDI solutions lack the functionality to allow VDI users to print from their VDI image.

 

In the same vein, managing your VDI printing environment can offer various paybacks toward cost cutting. For example:  a single universal printer driver negates the need to install multiple manufacturer printer drivers on each virtual desktop image. This eliminates printer driver incompatibility issues, which in turn saves system admin and help desk manpower and costs.  Since everything resides in one data center, hardware costs can be easily managed.  Also, pesky printer problems can predominantly be solved all within in one data center, as opposed to troubleshooting each remote printer.

 

Why is this important?  Well, as the number of people working remotely increases, a managed VDI printing environment enables employees working from anywhere to print the documents they need at any time. In addition, as the BYOD (bring you own device) and mobility trends proliferate, employees are given the ability to alternate between devices, depending on their location and task requirements. As a whole, staffers have become so accustomed to the performance, ease of use, and flexibility in their personal IT experiences that they expect the same level of accessibility and flexibility at work. Printing virtualization fulfills these expectations by allowing users to print from their VDI session to the closest printer physically.

 

It is evident that VDI brings forth an array of benefits for the business world, and will continue to move full throttle, but also brings forth challenges in printing. It is inevitable that when it comes to streamlining enterprise workflows, the growth of VDI printing solutions will become a staple and relied upon by corporate IT departments.  To learn more about VDI printing, contact sales@uniprint.net.

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