Articles by 'Hank Smith'

Blog Author - Hank Smith

Hank is an expert in the design, development, and delivery of cost-effective, high-performance technology solutions. As manager of Gotham’s Virtualization practice, Hank builds motivated, productive teams for Gotham’s large-scale networking and infrastructure engagements, develops implementation standards and methodologies around virtualization technologies, and manages overall design and implementation of multiple infrastructure projects.

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

VMware Horizon Application Manager was released this past June. Horizon Application Manager provides an interface for users to access their SaaS (Software as a Service)-based applications and ThinApp applications. However, access to the ThinApp-based applications is only LAN-based, since the ThinApp package isn’t streamed to the Windows endpoint. Horizon Application Manager provides the following features: Horizon Administrator – a console for administrators to configure access to applications, config... read more.

  • July 06, 2012

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5 was announced back in July 2011.  Many customers have waited until migrating to vSphere 5 to move to SRM 5; in fact update 1 is the latest release for both vSphere and SRM. SRM brings some great new features, at a high-level they are the following: vSphere Replication – one of the big knocks of SRM in the past was that the product still required array-based replication; two SANs, one in production and one in DR. With vSphere Replication, array based replication is... read more.

  • April 12, 2012

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

XenServer 6.0 provides many new features. One feature I want to focus on is multi-GPU passthrough. This is a huge enhancement for XenDesktop and XenApp environments. What is a GPU? A GPU is a graphics processing unit utilized for 3D rendering, typically required for CAD/CAM software. In the past, CAD/CAM remote application access was not possible on XenApp due to the graphics requirements of such applications. XenDesktop provided this functionality by utilizing blade PCs or physical workstations. A 1:1 r... read more.

  • March 30, 2012

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

Lately, I have been noticing an ongoing trend when speaking to new customers about VDI: they forget about good old Citrix XenApp. Typically, they begin the conversation by talking about their VDI initiative, when what they really want is application access for users, both internal and external. I follow up by asking if they are currently using Citrix XenApp. Often, the answer is, “What is XenApp?”. I then explain to them that XenApp has been Citrix’s legacy product since the company was founded (granted, th... read more.

  • March 12, 2012

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

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  • February 20, 2012

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

This question comes up many times from customers who are evaluating the use of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution. Unfortunately the answer is, “It depends.” There are many variables in play that will determine that number. Taking the hypervisor (VMware, Citrix, Microsoft) out of the question, along with storage requirements (IOPS, space) it really comes down to the OS and applications. For example, a VDI environment providing primarily Windows 7 virtual desktops will have more requirements... read more.

  • February 16, 2012

By Hank Smith, Posted in Virtualization

As many more companies start to adopt Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) as a solution for various user classifications, the question that typically comes up is “Should we use our existing physical workstation image?" In many cases this isn’t even a question; the customer assumes that the physical image will be used in their VDI environment. This article reviews reasons why it is common to utilize an existing image along with the reasons why not to use a physical image. Why use an existing physical wor... read more.

  • February 06, 2012