Tech Round-up for 5/23/13

By Mark Handelman
Posted in Virtualization
On May 23, 2013

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:

At the Citrix Synergy keynote yesterday, the company unveiled XenDesktop 7, which introduces a new way to deliver Windows as a cloud service. Citrix also debuted the new XenMobile Enterprise Edition, which combines mobile device management, a corporate app store, Worx Mobile productivity apps, and live support. Citrix announced an updated version of ShareFile to work with Microsoft SharePoint and allow users to edit content on their mobile device. One feature not included in the new XenDesktop 7 is Application Streaming, which Citrix is no longer developing due to the significant changes in Windows 8 and Server 2012. Instead, Citrix is instructing customers to use Microsoft's App-V.

Also at Synergy, Nvidia showed off its Grid vGPU technology for Citrix XenDesktop 7, allowing the GPU to be virtualized and shared across virtual desktops for graphics-intensive programs. “Nvidia Grid vGPU gives users of virtualized desktops the performance, stability, and compatibility of hardware-accelerated graphics,” said Jeff Brown, vice president and general manager of Nvidia’s Grid business unit.

Nick Heath of ZDNet examines EMC’s shift towards making software in the datacenter, rather than focusing on their hardware components. EMC’s new ViPR storage platform is designed to work on both EMC and non-EMC hardware. EMC’s new appliances are also being built with industry standard components.

Cloudera Enterprise has been certified by VMware to run on vSphere, which simplifies and accelerates the use of Apache Hadoop within virtual and cloud environments. “VMware continues to evolve vSphere to make sure customers can take advantage of the leading platform for all their applications and workloads, including Apache Hadoop,” said Fausto Ibarra, senior director of Product Management at VMware.