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Daniel Feller's Blog Am I the only one who has trouble understanding Cloud Computing? Is Instant Messenger considered cloud computing? Is my company's enterprise deployment of XenApp on XenServer considered Cloud Computing? Is the iTunes store considered Cloud Computing? Why is Cloud Computing so hard to figure out? Well, look at it from a different perspective. Have you ever laid down on the grass and looked at the sky and tried to figure out what a cloud looked like? You might think one cloud looks like a puppy and another looks like an airplane while someone else thinks your puppy looks like Homer and the airplane looks like a TV. Trying to find shapes in the clouds is all based on your perception, just like if you try to get a definition of cloud computing from 5 different people, you will most likely get 5 different ideas. Of the many discussions I've had on th... (more)

Get Ready for Cloudbursting

Just about every customer I've ever talked with has a common challenge, "How do we plan for cyclical surges in user activity?"  Depending on your business area, this could be a critical area of planning. Take for example, the retail sector.  We just came out of the end-of-year holiday spending season where retail stores typically see more foot traffic  and Internet-based traffic.  The increase in web traffic is several multiples higher than during other times of years.  If these organizations don't plan the infrastructure appropriately, their sites will become unavailable and c... (more)

Windows 7 Migration Is Here

The migration to the new operating system was a challenge. We had a mass of people going to each user's desktop to copy their data and  rebuild the operating system.  We thought we planned appropriately but ran into all sorts of issues like: We didn't have the correct hardware drivers for some of the computers, which required searching the Internet and oftentimes using try and error until we found the right driver.  There were too  many occasions where we were unable to find a driver for the new operating system.  We just hoped the user wouldn't notice. We sometimes found out th... (more)

Your Primary Desktop Is a...[Blank]

Fill in the blank if you will. There are many people who are super excited about the upcoming release of the latest tablet PCs (iPad, Slate, etc).  I recently received a comment from someone on Facebook related to a previous blog saying that the iPad Will Not Replace Your Desktop.  The comment basically said Does the iPad and like devices need to be fully functional to be successful?  How many people have more than one mobile device like a laptop and a netbook?" That is an interesting question.  But I'm starting to wonder if we need a laptop and an iPad?  Do we need a laptop and... (more)

Seven Requirements for Virtual Desktop Success

What do you think are the main ingredients to any successful desktop virtualization project?  Is it application integration methodology? Is it hardware? What about the IT team?  Based on my experience, the top requirements really boils down to a few core items, all of which I've discussed many times in previous blog postings (applications, standards, and executive buy-in to name a few). Before we get into the seven requirements, we must understand the point of desktop virtualization.  Desktop virtualization is not about virtualizing the desktop.  Virtualizing the desktop is easy... (more)