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Chris Sawicki

Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop

Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part 2: HDX Insight Monitor and Policy Tuning

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For more information on this topic, please see part one of this series, Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part 1: Citrix CloudBridge.” We will be doing a follow-up series for VMware Performance Tuning and WAM Optimization options with VMWare Horizon View 6 in the future as well.

About the HDX Insight Monitor Tool

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Director integrates the HDX Insight Monitor Tool, which gives you the ability to monitor and tune the following: Read More

Citrix performance tuning part 1

Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part I: Citrix CloudBridge

By | Cloud Computing, Data Center, Replication, Storage | No Comments

As many companies are making the investment in Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop they want a fast, reliable and secure solution. In this article, we will focus on WAN optimization and performance using the Citrix CloudBridge technologies.

Citrix CloudBridge is a unified platform used to accelerate applications across public and private networks, increasing performance and user experience. CloudBridge offers ICA protocol acceleration, QoS, optimization and security for XenApp and XenDesktop. This is an optimal solution for remote or branch offices that have WAN performance issues. CloudBridge offers extensive monitoring and reporting features, which help IT staff to performance tune any Citrix environment.
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Why Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Makes Sense

Why Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Makes Sense

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Many companies are making the investment in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and are various reasons to consider a VDI solution these days. Two of the biggest trends driving this technology are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and Mobility. Many companies are moving away from assigning company assets for personal computers, laptops, tablets and phones. Instead they are giving employees a stipend as part of their salary and letting them choose their devices. This lowers the cost of hardware and software to the company, ensures employees take care of equipment, reduces administration costs for user devices and extends the hardware lifecycle.  Most employees embrace this option because they do not have to carry multiple devices and can choose the devices that they want to use. Read More

Choosing the right MDM for your organization

Choosing the Right Enterprise Mobile Device Management Solution

By | How To, Strategy, Virtualization | No Comments

Recently there’s been a lot of buzz in the technology marketplace about Mobile Device Management, or MDM. It is certainly one of the new trendsetters and hot topics within Information Technology management. MDM has become even more relevant with the heavy adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models by many organizations. With all the information surrounding MDM to digest, the big question is, what is the right MDM product for your organization?

There are a lot of factors to consider when investigating any new technology solution and it’s easy to get bogged down in the process. Today I’d like to walk you through the right steps to take when determining the best Mobile Device Management solution for your company.

5 Steps to Choosing the Right MDM Solution for Your Organization

  1. Check in with Gartner Magic Quadrant. I always look at Gartner Magic Quadrant as they have been the leading trusted resource for qualifying technologies. Gartner’s 2014 leaders in EMM are AirWatch, MobileIron, Citrix, Good Technology and IBM.
  2. Consider existing technologies. Take the time to consider existing technologies in your environment. For example, if you have Citrix XenDesktop or XenApp, then you probably use Netscaler devices to access these environments from the Internet. Depending on your existing technologies and considerations for hardware, licenses and optimization, you can determine which solutions may be a good fit.
  3. Determine requirements. Start asking questions related to the requirements you need to meet. One example of many questions you should ask might be if you only want to provide company resources on these devices while users are on premise. If that’s the case, you will need to determine whether the product has Geo-fencing capabilities.
  4. Analyze the options. Once you have narrowed your focus to two or three choices, it’s time to do some additional homework. Ask your trusted solution advisors that you have used in the past, and look at any industry related postings about experiences with the products.
  5. Complete a proof of concept. When you are ready to make a decision and have your ideal solution in mind, it’s time to do a proof of concept. For this type of project, a POC is highly recommended to ensure that the product will work in your environment, meet all of your requirements and perform to expectation. From there, you can expand into a larger pilot group, and finally roll into production.

It’s important to ensure that you make proper business decisions when it comes to your strategy for managing and controlling devices accessing company resources. In addition to the steps listed above, you can also help prevent mistakes by running business decisions by a focus group. This way you know how receptive the user community will be when you implement products that manage personal and company owned devices. Ultimately this strategy helps you communicate properly with the user group and gives you the opportunity to get them excited about new technologies.