One of the more popular articles on my blog are those pertaining to Citrix Receiver and the iPad. I am also currently involved in engineering and implementation of a “virtual desktop” pilot. So needless to say I am spending a lot of time researching and reading up on thin client and mobile computing.
Quick fact to start things off: In 2010 its expected that 13% of all corporate computer deployments will be thin clients. I’d also expect mobile computing to show a strong growing trend moving forward, but I was unable to find any hard numbers. So it’s becoming apparent that this isn’t just some niche technology, but in fact something we can all expect to see in the near future, if you haven’t seen it already.
With companies like VMware, Citrix and Wyse introducing mobile applications to allow access to application and desktops that are centrally stored, this is certainly something that will catch on. I am an avid user of my iPad for business use thanks to Citrix Receiver. Sure, there are use cases where a PC/Laptop will trump the iPad for usability, but I’d certainly say that a majority of corporate users can get away with 90% of their work on a mobile device.
For cases where a mobile device won’t suffice, thin clients are certainly an alternative. I think a majority of people know the upsides of virtual desktops and accessing virtualized applications on thin clients. The upside of being able to move from device to device and maintain the same computing space is a major plus in itself, aside from the cost savings, reduced hardware failure and reduction in support required. And there are for more benefits to this approach.
Certainly, with these two technology approaches being in their infancy, there will be arguments against them, and task that they may not be able to do as well as existing computing, or even do at all. This should be expected, as with any new technology, problems will arise and a solution will be implemented with the technology. But I certainly think that virtual desktops, application virtualization, thin clients and mobile computing are going to be a solid entry in the stable of technologies deployed in corporate and enterprise environments.
So what are your thoughts on the legitimacy of Mobile and Thin Computing?
For those of you that follow the many talented bloggers that focus of virtualization with VMware, you are aware of Vsphere-Lands top 25 blog voting. Well, its that time again and I truly believe is supporting my colleagues in this. There are a lot of great blogs out there and I think they need to be fully recognized.
Here is a brief excerpt on the suggested guidelines for voting:
Longevity – Anyone can start a blog but it requires dedication, time & effort to keep it going. Some bloggers start a blog only to have it fall to the wayside several months later. Things always come up in life but the good bloggers keep going regardless of what is happening in their life. Length – It’s easy to make a quick blog post without much content, nothing wrong with this as long as you have good content in the post that people will enjoy. But some bloggers post pretty long detailed posts which takes a lot of time and effort to produce. The tip of the hat goes to these guys that burn the midnight oil trying to get you some great detailed information. Frequency – Some bloggers post several times a week which provides readers with lots of content. This requires a lot of effort as bloggers have to come up with more content ideas to write about. Frequency ties into length, some do high frequency/low length, some do low frequency/high length, some do both. They’re all good and require a lot of time and effort on the bloggers part. Quality – It all comes down to whats in the blog post regardless of how often or how long the blog posts are. After reading a blog post if you come away with learning something that you did not previously know and it benefits you in some way then you know you are reading a quality post. Good quality is usually the result of original content, its easy to re-hash something previously published elsewhere, the good bloggers come up with unique content or put their own unique spin on popular topics.
If you want to have an idea of who I voted for, feel free to visit my LINKS section and you will find a list of blogs that I visit often, if not daily.
I also want to state that this post isn’t an attempt to get votes for my site (as Im not even listed as an option), but a plea to ask you to support the community and vote for whoever you think is deserving. No matter who gets the votes, the community itself will be better because of all the bloggers who contribute, and the readers who support us.
As a huge VMware fan, I hate to see this, but I’ve gotta give the big MS credit for this ballsy move. On Tuesday, Microsoft took out a full page add in the USA Today paper. This may not seem like much, but its the same paper dropped at the door of almost every VMworlds hotel goer. The add tossed jabs as VMwares cost, three year commitment and cost of labor to support. The letter can be seen below:
While its no POKER CHIP FIASCO, this and other recent events, such as the Dell & HP bidding war for 3PAR, make it evident that multiple companies are going all in on cloud computing, and will do whatever it takes to win your business. On the upside, it makes you feel good to be on the ground level of this technological tidal wave.
One of VMware’s multiple announcements at VMworld is related to virtualization on the iPad, which is something near and dear to me. VMware is in mid-development of a View client for the iPad. Currently, the only option for accessing your View Virtual Desktopvia the iPad was to use the Wyse client and pay heavily for it.
Features include PCoIP (a first for the iPad), specific geastures for the iPad environment, system monitor, as well as some unnamed features Im sure. So far, no release date has been announced but I will certainly be following this as I am a power iPad user.
More information and a sneak peek, check out VMworlds TV coverage HERE.