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Parallels RAS (2X) as an alternative to Citrix XenApp for Cloud Application Delivery in AWS

Posted by Alex Martin on 15-Jul-2015 13:10:21


UPDATE: Please note: "2X RAS" now known as "Parallels Remote Application Server". More details here:

So your employees want to work from anywhere on any device, reliably and securely.  One of the obvious options is using Remote Desktops or Application Virtualisation -- that is, centralise the compute power and deliver the application via a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to the users’ device.  This is becoming more accessible and cost effective now thanks to Cloud computing. 

Application virtualisation technologies such as Citrix XenApp, offer many benefits when it comes to managing your application environment. Better security, work-from-anywhere, reduced management cost, and the support for BYO Devices for employees to name a few.  Also, by having your applications centralised you can also handle software updates more easily, and ensure a consistent user experience. On the other hand, it also fundamentally changes how you approach infrastructure and end user support, and introduces some challenges you may not have otherwise faced.

In this article, we investigate Parallels 2X RAS as an alternative to Citrix XenApp for Cloud Application Delivery in AWS.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Cloud Computing, SME, Amazon Web Services

Autonomous Lethal Robots -as-a-Service?

Posted by Calvin Bradshaw on 17-Jun-2015 11:22:00

With the upcoming release of the new "Terminator" movie, I thought I would share some thoughts I had on a topic that had come to my attention recently: Autonomous Lethal Robots.

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Topics: Gadgets, Internet, Global domination

Australian metadata retention and YOU...

Posted by Calvin Bradshaw on 30-Apr-2015 14:12:18

By now, you've heard about the new Australian data retention laws. And while everything is still in the early stages, I wanted to go over what we know so far.

These data retention laws, (passed 43 for, 16 against, in the Senate back on 26th March 2015), are actually a series of amendments added to the Telecommunications (Intercept and Access) Act 1979. Many amendments were proposed, some were shot down, and some got through. 

What is metadata?
What does this mean for you?
How can you get around having your metadata captured?

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Topics: Internet, Privacy

Amazon cloud for SMB (in 3 minutes)

Posted by Calvin Bradshaw on 23-Apr-2015 14:16:15


Amazon Web Services (AWS) has changed the way many small and medium sized businesses (SMB) operate, giving them access to infrastructure necessary to compete with bigger organisations. It is well known that large companies - Netflix and Spotify, to name just two - leverage Amazon’s cloud computing offerings to maintain competitiveness – but how can smaller companies benefit? And what are the pitfalls?

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Topics: Cloud Computing

Boost Your Business with Managed IT Services and Cloud Computing!

Posted by Calvin Bradshaw on 14-Apr-2015 11:57:00

Business owners who are not taking full advantage of cloud computing (commonly referred to as just “the cloud”) may well be missing out on a great opportunity to improve their business operations and reduce costs, while, increasing accessibility and reliability to company data.   Cloud computing has changed the landscape of business dramatically in the past 3-5 years. In order to benefit from the technological advances that the cloud brings, it is important for business owners to first understand what they are dealing with, what the challenges are, and how some of these new technologies can improve the functionality of their business.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Cloud Computing

Cloud computing terms explained -- Are you ready for XaaS?

Posted by Calvin Bradshaw on 02-Apr-2015 18:11:00

Though the trend to cloud computing is now well established, when I talk to some business owners, I realise there is still some misunderstanding out there.  If any of the following terms are confusing to you; public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, IAAS, PAAS, or SAAS, then let me shed some light -- and add my 2c while I am at it!

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Topics: Cloud Computing

IT service desk outsourcing - Key questions to ask your provider

Posted by Calvin Bradshaw on 19-Mar-2015 12:00:00

Deciding to outsource an IT function such as your service desk can deliver some significant benefits to your organisation.  That said, the choice of partner is critical.  So what are some of the things you need to consider?

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Topics: IT Outsourcing

5 Reasons I WON'T be buying an Apple Watch. Yet.

Posted by Calvin Bradshaw on 10-Mar-2015 12:18:00


Confession: I love everything Apple. I have, or have had, one (or more) of most of the things Apple has ever made (except Mac Pro).   Also, I am an early tech adopter, I like data, and I can afford the $350-$500 it will cost.

Am I not the the target audience, the perfect candidate, for an Apple Watch?

Here are five reasons I WON'T be buying an Apple watch just yet!

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Topics: Gadgets

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