AirWatch plans to leverage VMware's Horizon 6 platform to help enterprises extend their mobile device management to include laptops and PCs.
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The survey of more than 200 IT decision makers also found that 95 percent of the businesses that don’t currently provide Macs would be more likely to offer employees Macs if they had a single central management system for both Windows PCs and Macs.
Citrix just updated XenClient to release 5 and enhanced its already comprehensive workload delivery solution by adding unified profile management, integration with a personal virtual disk, and adding a synchronizer for corporate PCs and BYO Macs.
Will the next version of Intune, Microsoft's cloud management tool for PCs and now smartphones and tablets, help you manage Windows RT devices? Probably.
If you don't work with PCs for a living, it's easy to puzzle over file management tools and mock the people who use them. But an obscure and useful command in Windows Explorer illustrates the incredible disconnect between Silicon Valley bloggers and people who work for a living.
The latest version of NightWatchman, from software developer 1E, gets even more granular about power management by reporting energy consumption not only specific to certain hardware configurations but also according to your geographic location. The company is hoping to build on predictions from market research firm Gartner that suggests by 2012, more than half of all enterprise PCs at midsize and large businesses will be managed for power consumption.
I'm actually surprised that more Microsoft-focused IT services firms haven't jumped on the power management platform. But one reason is probably that many of their customers tend to be on the smaller side.
The service works to mitigate the risks of the mobile, Internet-connected workforce by streamlining management and deployment of security patches to PCs, laptops, and mobile devices that connect to external wireless networks.
Power management software developer Verdiem says its Surveyor software is now being used to control electricity consumption on more than 70,000 PCs within California state agencies. The state is operating under a mandate to cut power usage associated with IT operations by up to 30 percent before 2012.
You could sort of see this one coming. Verdiem, which develops energy management software for PCs and various pieces of the network has been tapped by Cisco as an OEM.
Will the GPU ever become the metric that we use to measure PCs with, replacing the GHz-centric and core-centric CPU?
HP's new small-business desktop PCs will come with Huddle's cloud-based collaboration, project management and document-sharing tools
1E, the self-proclaimed market-share leader in power management software for client PCs with 4 million licenses deployed, is now targeting servers.1E CEO Sumir Karayi figures, based on another independent study, that approximately 4.
Software developer Verdiem, which has close alliances with both Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems, has extended its Surveyor power management software package with a new Sustainability Dashboard.Brett Goodwin, vice president of marketing for Verdiem, claims that Surveyor can help reduce the energy used by an organization's PCs by up to 60 percent without messing with users' ability to use the network when they need it.
A group of tech heavyweights has agreed to use three cryptographic standards for storage hardware in PCs and datacentres, with the promise of making management easier
Most of the power management utilities that have cropped up to manage fleets of corporate PCs understandably are focused on the Windows platform, given its massive installed base. But BigFix has now added Mac OS X support to its BigFix Power Management software, which provides a way for organizations to manage power management profiles centrally.
Remotely powering down XP PCs using a desktop-management package means less wasted energy, the bank claims.
Remotely powering down XP PCs using a desktop-management package means less wasted energy, the bank claims
Verdiem gives you more power over your power consumption. And, inquiring minds wonder whether power management might not be Vista's holy grail?
Did you know that PCs and computer monitors account for roughly 13 percent of the total electricity used each year by commercial enterprises? That statistic from the Department of Energy, which actually is pretty outdated at this point, is just one of the arguments used by power management software company Verdiem to make the case for its application, called Surveyor.
Yesterday, I asked for people to share their thoughts via a guest blog on virtualization in Ed Tech. Guest blogger Erik Josowitz provided us with the following (thanks, Erik). Feel free to talk back or submit your own guest blog with some specific experiences or implementation details. Virtualization is great tool but, like any Swiss-Army knife, success with it depends on the task at hand. One of the places that people get into trouble with virtualization is when they try to use out-of-the-box virtual infrastructure with non-technical audiences. Virtualization is a great solution but often is not a complete solution.In education we've frequently seen challenges that look like appropriate places to implement a virtualization solution, only to find that the end-result is not fully usable by the intended audience. One example is providing hands-on lab environments to support application training. Success in the workforce today depends on high-level application skills and there is no better way for students to attain those skills than through hands-on use of the software applications. Many educational institutions provide computer lab environments to help support their student population and provide access to necessary software applications. Many of these lab environments have become the source of IT management problems as they become virus-ridden, get subverted as distribution sites for pirated software or music, or just plain have the normal IT management issues associated with a shared resource in a public environment. For many institutions their student population brings with them their own PCs which solves one problem but creates another. The lab issues diminish but the problems of providing secure access to software (and software licenses) often takes its place.The answer, we've found, is virtual lab management - using virtualization to deliver secure computing environments as a shared resource. Virtual labs allow administrators to serve up a clean and unchangeable environment for each student - in the lab or on their own PC - on-demand. This makes it easy to provide access to applications that students either can't afford individually or that their home PCs cannot support. It makes it simple to track and monitor lab usage and to control the use of resources so that systems are not subverted into file servers. Virtual lab management sits on top of virtualization (from Microsoft or VMware) and tells it what to deliver and to who. It makes it easy for non-technical users to select the types of applications they need from a menu and to gain access to those environments without needing to understand virtualization, networking, hosts systems or anything about how it gets delivered. Best of all, virtual labs make it easy to manage capacity. By scheduling time in the lab environment the shared resource is managed for maximum utilization. If more capacity is needed it is simple to add additional resources to the system. The end-users simply see an increase in availability.Virtualization may not be a panacea for educational institutions, but for a subset of problems, a centralized virtual lab may enable technology administrators to focus their time and attention on enabling learning rather than administering systems.
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