Why You Need a Mobile Workspace

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Snowy driveway

This is the view down my driveway today. I realize that my friends in the Midwest are either laughing or shaking their heads (or both) at the relatively miniscule amount of snow – but I live in one of the suburbs of Seattle, where the only people whom you can trust to know how to drive in the snow are the ones with ski racks on their cars, and where a lot of people don’t realize that having a 4WD SUV may help you go better, but it doesn’t always make you stop (or steer around that right-angle corner at the bottom of the hill) better. And speaking of hills, we have a lot of them. And our local government agencies – particularly out in the ‘burbs and the unincorporated areas of the counties – are notoriously ill-prepared for significant snowfall, because how do you cost-justify a big investment in the necessary equipment when you only need it once every couple of years? Read More

Where Is Your Security Perimeter?

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User-Centric Security

We live and work in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. But the cloud revolution hasn’t happened the way many people expected it to happen. Instead of organizations moving everything wholesale to the cloud in a “lift and shift” approach, it’s happened just like the introduction of every other “big new thing” over the last several decades: cloud technology has ended up being layered on top of what we’re already doing. So now we have desktop apps and SaaS apps and Web apps and mobile apps and cloud apps, and apps that defy categorization. (What is Office 365? Is it a desktop app? A cloud app? A mobile app? The answer is “D. All of the above.”) Read More

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Why People are Talking about Uila

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Uila LogoUila (pronounced wee-la) with its application-centric infrastructure monitoring and analytics identifies performance bottlenecks for business-critical services and plans workload migration strategies for private and hybrid cloud environments. Uila provides service dependency mapping, full stack correlation with one-click root cause analysis and patented deep packet inspection technology that understands over 3,000 application protocols for transactional meta data analysis. Businesses use Uila to align themselves with their IT operations team and cut time to resolution from days to minutes, keep their application at peak performance at all time and ensure end-user satisfaction to the fullest. Read More

Still Running Citrix XenApp v6.5? The Clock Is Ticking

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citrix xenapp deadlineCitrix XenApp v6.5 hit EOL June 30, 2018

Citrix XenApp v6.5 was a great, stable product release. XenApp v6.5 on Windows Server 2008R2 has been the workhorse for lots of organizations for a long time. But it’s time to move on. If you’re still running XenApp v6.5 you need to know a few things. First, it hit “End of Maintenance” a month ago (December 31, 2017). That means there will be no more product upgrades or updates released, and that means that it will be a security risk to continue running it, and that risk will increase every day. Second, it will hit “End of Life” on June 30, 2018, and that’s not very far away. At that point, you will be pretty much on your own. There may still be some support information available in the support forums or documentation library, but that information will no longer be updated. And there will be no product support from Citrix, unless you’re willing to pay a lot of money for it. So what are your options? Read More

Citrix Cloud – Never Upgrade Your Citrix Infrastructure Again

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Citrix Cloud

If you’re still running XenApp v6.5, you know you need to develop a migration plan. XenApp v6.5 hits “End of Maintenance” – after which there will be no further code maintenance – at the end of calendar year 2017, and End of Life on June 30, 2018. So if you don’t have a migration plan in place, you don’t have a lot of time to develop one. Furthermore, if you’ve been tracking the evolution of the XenApp and XenDesktop products, you’ve probably noticed that new releases are coming more frequently these days as new and enhanced functionality is added to the products. That’s both good news and bad news: good news because the products are getting better and better, bad news because upgrading your Citrix infrastructure can involve a significant work effort. It is not unusual for a XenApp or XenDesktop infrastructure upgrade to take 100 to 120 hours of work effort on the part of your own IT team, if you have the skill set in-house to do it, or on the part of your Citrix consulting partner if you don’t. Read More

Xiologix – Your Local VMware Experts 

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Christopher Kusek VMware Awards 

Updated 10/30/2017 – Christopher Kusek earns VMware Cloud 2017!vExpert-Cloud-2017

No matter where you are in your cloud journey, know that Xiologix is your local resource for superior VMware expertise and service.

  • Holistic Approach – Xiologix looks at your business needs in their entirety and provides a holistic solution to cover all. Rather than simply delivering the technology, we custom-configure it for your environment.
  • Unmatched Expertise – by partnering with Xiologix, your company enjoys valued knowledge and expertise provided to you by local and highly-qualified Xiologix engineers.
  • Easy Renewals – No need to track renewal dates or request quotes. Xiologix tracks renewal dates and generates quotes 90-120 days ahead of due date.
  • Co-Terming Options – Our experienced warranty support team can co-term software renewals to simplify your contract management. Xiologix can coordinate all of your VMware support contracts, even if they were purchased elsewhere.

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9-Point SMB Guide for Expanding into the Cloud

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SMB GuideIn a year, 80% of all IT budgets will be committed to cloud solutions.

With the need to reduce IT costs while increasing flexibility and scalability, this shouldn’t come as a shock.

The rise of hybrid clouds has served to increase this adoption. Organizations can now benefit from the control and security of a private cloud hosted on their own network and enjoy the cost management and extended services that come with public clouds offered by third-parties.

However, while expanding into the cloud has become increasingly more beneficial and necessary for SMBs, it has also become more challenging.

Here are 9 factors to consider when evaluating hybrid public and private cloud solutions: Read More

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New Book Release – vSphere High Performance Cookbook

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We are excited to announce the release of Kevin Elder and Christopher Kusek’s new book, vSphere High Performance Cookbook!

vSphere High Performance Cookbook bu Kevin Elder and Christopher KusekXiologix engineer, Kevin Elder, and Xiologix CTO, Christopher Kusek, have teamed up as author’s in their latest book: vSphere High Performance Cookbook!

vSphere is a mission-critical piece of software for many business. It is a complex tool, and incorrect design and deployment can create performance-related issues that can negatively affect the business. This book is focused on solving these problems as well as providing best practices and performance-enhancing techniques. This edition is fully updated to include all the new features in version 6.5 as well as the latest tools and techniques to keep vSphere performing at its best.

This book starts with interesting recipes, such as the interaction of vSphere 6.5 components with physical layers such as CPU, memory, and networking. Then we focus on DRS, resource control design, and vSphere cluster design. Next, you’ll learn about storage performance design and how it works with VMware vSphere 6.5. Moving on, you will learn about the two types of vCenter installation and the benefits of each. Lastly, the book covers performance tools that help you get the most out of your vSphere installation.

By the end of this book, you will be able to identify, diagnose, and troubleshoot operational faults and critical performance issues in vSphere 6.5. Read More

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What’s Happening to Citrix Subscription Advantage?

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Sid HerronIn case you haven’t heard, Citrix is retiring Subscription Advantage, and replacing it with a new suite of support services called “Customer Success Services” (“CSS”). Ultimately, there will be three tiers of CSS available – “Select”, “Priority”, and “Priority Plus” – although only Select is available at present. More information on Priority and Priority Plus will be available after July 1, 2017. All “Legacy Support” services (Preferred and Enterprise agreements) will also be retired in favor of the new program. Learn more about what that means to you as a Citrix customer.  Read More


CXIParty 2016!

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We are proud to have been a sponsor for the 2016 #CXIPARTY!

Rule #1 at the party was to make at least 5 new friends. We can say that we proudly far exceeded this requirement! It was a great night getting to know so many people from the IT community meeting up in Las Vegas for VMworld 2016! Read More

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