Some Helpful Citrix Pre-Implementation Questions

Think about taking the VDI plunge? Don’t know where to start? Well if you were thinking about XenDesktop and wanted a Pre-implementation checklist you are in luck! Below is pretty standard cheat sheet of things to consider before and during the architecture of  that VDI solution. Remember it is better to take a little time now and go over these questions and have solid answers vs. guessing as you go, food for thought.

  • Server Hardware that is Virtualization ready?
  • Is your BIOS up-to-date?
  • To have all of your storage and networking components operational?
  • Is your Active Directory set-up? Domain Account? Organizational Unit?
  • DNS?
  • DHCP?
  • Static IP Addresses for the XenDesktop Components?
  • What about sufficient Storage space to hold all the related data?
  • Is your License Server up and running? Do you have the XenDesktop license file available?
  • DVD ISO?  Or media? Don’t want to be caught without this…
  • Virtualization layer up and running? Optimized? Tested?
  • Have you set-up your Desktop Delivery Layer? Web Interface? Controllers?
  • OS Delivery Layer? Machine Creation Services? Provisioning Srvices?
  • Lets not forget the Application Delivery Layer? Where is it located; locally, hosted, streamed (app-v, XenApp)?
  • User Layer, Local, roaming, mandatory?
  • Are Policies defined in AD or the local database?
  • Is the database SQL express or SQL server?
  • What about High Availability options?
  • Will you be implementing Remote Access?
  • What are your Desktop groups? Win 7 XP? Vista?
  • RAM? How many vCPU”S?

I know its a lot I know, but its fun right?

Microsoft Extends VDI/Citrix Offer

Great news…if you were still looking at a VDI solution with Microsoft and Citrix they have extended their promotion.

The deal can help you save as much as 50% and help with a quick start launch of VDI in your environment. Or at lease help make the sell a little bit easier to management.

Details:

  • 50% off retail price of the Microsoft VDI suite and the Citrix XenDesktop VDI Edition
  • Eligible customers will receive a 70% discount off the estimated retail price on Microsoft VDI Standard Suite subscription license and a 50% discount on Citrix XenDesktop VDI Edition annual licensefrom their reseller of choice
  • This promotion is for up to 250 devices at $28 per device, so for around $7K you could have the base solution
  • To be eligible, you must have a Core CAL EA with active SA or a Select Agreement, it also open to Open Value customers as well
  • Offer Ends June 30th 2011

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VMware Acquires WaveMaker

Some interesting news today, it looks like VMware acquired WaveMaker. While this isn ‘t part of VMware’s core virtualization product line it will accent their Springsource division.  Hear is “The Vision” according to the Springsource blog:

We’ve always believed that we should eventually provide Spring-based technology to enable less technical users to build such applications, increasing the value of the Spring platform and enabling many business problems to be solved most cheaply.  In practice, this means introducing visual tooling to take the place of coding, in areas (such as UI design) where automation is possible.  Done right, such automation can even benefit professional developers, for certain classes of application.

Enter WaveMaker.

WaveMaker is a proven, browser-based visual tool for building Spring applications.

With WaveMaker we can create a unique opportunity for coding and non-coding developers to collaborate on the Spring platform, providing large business value.

Traditionally the Achilles heel of such approaches is that the visual tooling produces applications that developers won’t want to hand edit—meaning that once the non-technical staff hit a wall and need further modifications to the application, specialist developers can’t help without reimplementing the application from scratch.

We chose WaveMaker because with it, we can avoid this problem.  A WaveMaker application is a Spring application.  Going forward, we will ensure that WaveMaker applications keep up-to-date with Spring best practices and innovations.

Like Spring, WaveMaker is open source and has a growing community. Over the last 12 months it’s seen a dramatic upswing in adoption, with 135K downloads per month. Let me be the first to welcome the WaveMaker community into the SpringSource family and to encourage the SpringSource community to take a look at how to get started with WaveMaker.

VMware Q4/2010 Year Results

Today VMware announced their Q4 Results, very impressive. Strong growth with good profit margins and healthy cash flow make for a good company. Below are some highlights.

  • Revenues for the fourth quarter were $836 million, an increase of 37% from the fourth quarter of 2009.
  • Revenues for 2010 were $2.9 billion, an increase of 41% from 2009.
  • Operating income for 2010 was $428 million, an increase of 95% from 2009. Non-GAAP operating income for 2010 was $813 million, an increase of 68% from 2009.
  • Operating income for the fourth quarter was $131 million, an increase of 84% from the fourth quarter of 2009. Non-GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter was $248 million, an increase of 57% from the fourth quarter of 2009.
  • Operating cash flows for 2010 were $1.2 billion, an increase of 19% and free cash flows for the year were $1.2 billion, an increase of 43% from 2009.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $3.3 billion and deferred revenue was $1.9 billion as of December 31, 2010.
  • U.S. revenues for 2010 grew 40% to $1.5 billion from 2009. International revenues grew 43% to $1.4 billion from 2009.
  • License revenues for 2010 were $1.4 billion, an increase of 36% from 2009. Service revenues, which include software maintenance and professional services, were $1.5 billion for 2010, an increase of 46% from 2009.

Recent Highlights & Strategic Announcements

In October 2010, VMware announced expansion of VMware Ready(TM), a program to include mail security solutions that can easily extend the Zimbra(TM) solution with a virtual appliance running on top of VMware vSphere(R). Symantec and Trend Micro were among the first customers to deliver VMware Ready.

In October 2010, VMware announced plans to provide a complete suite of cloud-based development and collaboration tools aimed at simplifying the entire application development process. Part of VMware’s Cloud Application Platform strategy, Code2Cloud is intended to build on leading open source development projects to deliver a completely unified, setup-free development infrastructure that delivers cloud as a service.

In November 2010, VMware announced intent to provide a desktop virtualization solution based on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and VMware View(TM) 4.5 that will help channel partners accelerate deployment of virtual desktop solutions, scaling to meet customers’ business needs and regulatory requirements while reducing risk and total cost of ownership (TCO).

More Details Here