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SD-WAN Center Monitoring

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:00
How to control SD-WAN Center Monitoring Statistics timeline

If you want to take a look to various different or individual timeframes in Citrix NetScaler SD-WAN Center Monitoring Statistics, you can specify it in the following ways.

1. Preconfigured views

When …

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Citrix SecureMail using Samsung Dex!

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:00
Would you like to use Secure Mail on a bigger display, but don’t want to carry two devices with you? Don’t worry — you can use Samsung DeX with a Samsung S8 or S8+ enabling aesthetically designed Secure Mail to …   Related Stories
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New - NetScaler Gateway (Feature Phase) Plug-ins and Clients for Build 12.0-56.20

Netscaler Gateway downloads - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:00
New downloads are available for NetScaler Gateway
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RISC OS interview with Rob Coleman

The Iconbar - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 07:44
This year we have a double treat for you, with 2 Christmas interviews. We will kick off with Rob Coleman who was doing some very cool hardware at the London Show.

Would you like to introduce yourself?

I'm Rob Coleman, developer of VideoNuLA, an enhanced graphics card for the BBC Micro.

How long have you been using RISC OS?

Pretty much from the beginning. My first Acorn was a BBC B which I got for Christmas in 1983. At some point, I moved on to a BBC
Master 128 and then started using RISC OS with an A3000 in 1990. I used a RiscPC for many years and more recently have been using
a Pandaboard.

What other systems do you use?

A Windows laptop for work and a Linux box for the odd bit of development. I'm heavily into retro-computing so have
a collection of obscure and not so obscure machines from the 80s.

What is your current RISC OS setup?

My main RISC OS machine is the Pandaboard but my original RiscPC is still going strong. Of the various other Acorn machines I've
collected over the years, I have an A540 and A4 which get used fairly often.

What do you think of the retro scene?

As I said, I'm very much into retrocomputing, particularly 8-bit Acorns. The StarDot forums (www.stardot.org.uk/forums) were
largely responsible for getting me back into using my Acorns. There's a wealth of knowledge on there and the amount of interesting new developments for these old machines is fantastic.

Do you attend any of the shows and what do you think of them?

I try to attend as many as I can. I've been going to the South West show for years as it's the nearest to me. I've made
it to London and Wakefield for the last few years and shared a stand for the first time this year. The shows are really
well organised and attendance seems to be rising but it would always be good to see more people come along.

What do you use RISC OS for in 2017 and what do you like most about it?

Mostly development in BASIC and C. The main attraction for me is that it's still possible to understand how a RISC OS machine works
and interact with it at a low level. I guess part of that is familiarity but it's also down to the original ethos of teaching
people how computers work.

What is your favourite feature/killer program in RISC OS?

I'm not much of an artist but I like using !Artworks and !Draw for illustrations. I'm also a fan of !Zap for coding.

Can you tell us about what you are working on at the moment?

Apart from VideoNuLA, most recently I've been playing with the Pi co-processor for the Beeb and porting some emulators
(PDP-11, ZX81 and Jupiter Ace) to it. It's fun to see Unix running on a BBC Micro even if it is under emulation!

I've been sporadically working on a network podule for the Archimedes/Risc PC for a while now. It's all part of a
mad idea to have Ethernet on my A4. And I keep meaning to look at USB for my Omega!

Apart from iconbar (obviously) what are your favourite websites?

StarDot as mentioned above and I spend too much time reading the Guardian online.

What would you most like Father Christmas to bring you as a present?

Firetrack was probably my favourite game on the BBC so a copy of White Light from Retrosoftware!

No comments in forum

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Study: Why Unified Application-delivery is the Future for Multi-cloud Environments

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 07:00

The multi-cloud environment is rapidly heating up! According to an IDC InfoBrief, sponsored by Citrix, How do Organizations Plan to Assure Application Delivery in a Multi-Cloud World? (October 2017), 72.3% of cloud users now have a blend of on-premises and …

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XenMobile Service Monitoring Architecture

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:00

In a previous post on XenMobile Service monitoring, I wrote about the basic components that make up the XenMobile Service monitoring system. As stated, the solution is based on a system called Icinga2, a distributed, highly-available application that allows …

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Citrix and Partners: Winning Together Through Unity

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:00

This is the sixth and final blog post in a series about our core values. It highlights the value of Unity, which Citrix sums up this way: “We collaborate to win together.”

Unity became one of the Citrix core values …

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Security Design Decisions — Part 4

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:00

Welcome back to my blog series on Security Design Decisions exploring the need for a solid security framework. The focus of this series is on how Citrix Consulting uses a layered approach to security as more and more companies invest …

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Workshop: Sketchnotes für Einsteiger

Nicholas Dille (Sepago) - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 23:00
Meetings, Workshops, Konferenzen, Brainstormings: Wir werden mit Informationen überflutet; merken können wir uns nur einen Teil davon. Also schreiben wir mit. Aber wer kann schon gleichzeitig zuhören, verstehen und so mitschreiben, dass sich die Notizen später noch sinnvoll...
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Implementing the Citrix HDX Real-time Optimization Pack: Don’t Forget About QoS/DSCP

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 19:00

Implementing the Citrix HDX Real-time Optimization Pack: don’t forget about QoS/DSCP!

Skype for Business (SFB) has become quite popular and, more and more, companies all over the world have implemented or are in the process of implementing Microsoft’s unified communications …

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XenMobile 10.7.20 – More Control and a Great Mobile Desktop Experience

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 17:00
Available now, XenMobile 10.7.20 has something for everyone.

Let’s start with your Samsung mobile device users. Citrix has extended its partnership with Samsung to include DeX (Desktop Experience) enabling a full Windows desktop experience on the new Samsung Galaxy S8. …

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2018: The Year of Automation & Anti-innovation

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 15:00
2018 is the year of automation and anti-innovation. You might be thinking something along the lines of, “How can both of these things be true?”

Before the onset of the Industrial Revolution, many people made a living building products by …

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Croatian Post Speeds IT Delivery & Reduces Maintenance Costs with Citrix Desktop Virtualization

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 13:00
A recent global survey from Harvard Business Review and our friends at Microsoft found that 80% of IT and business executives believe digital disruption is impacting their industry, with nearly half expecting it to render their organization’s traditional business models …   Related Stories
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Microsoft 365 ist NICHT Office 365!

Nicholas Dille (Sepago) - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:00
Zunächst einmal soll verdeutlicht werden, dass Office 365 nicht unbenannt wurde, sondern es sich bei Microsoft 365 um ein neues Produkt handelt. Mit Microsoft 365 wurde das Office 365, Windows 10 und Enterprise Mobility + Security in einer einzigen Lösung vereint um die Produktivität, die...
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New: Troubleshooting User and Device Capabilities Now Available on XenMobile Citrix Cloud Service

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 19:00

Today, Citrix Cloud XenMobile service is previewing a new Helpdesk Admin role that would make it easier for helpdesk administrators to cater to customers calls.

The new helpdesk administrator persona is served by Citrix Cloud Director inside the XenMobile Cloud …

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54 Billion Reasons to Vote for Stan as Cybersecurity Professional of the Year!

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:41
I had the opportunity to sit down with our Chief Security and Information Officer, Stan Black, who has been nominated for the cybersecurity professional of the year award. Take a look at our Q&A below to see all the reasons …   Related Stories
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Browser Ad Blockers and Privacy

Helge Klein - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 16:40

You have probably been in this situation: on some shopping site you put an article in your cart, but decide not to buy it after all. Later on, you notice that you are getting targeted ads for the exact same product on totally unrelated sites – or so you think. There is, however, a common denominator: the ad network. It tracks you quite effectively as you move from site to site. Many people are not exactly happy about that and turn to ad blockers to guard their privacy. This article looks at one way to measure the ad blockers’ effectiveness in terms of keeping their users’ privacy.

How to Measure Privacy

The method I used to measure how well the user’s privacy is kept is quite simple. It is based on the principle that data leakage should be avoided at the source. Ad networks cannot track you if they do not have any information about you.

With the help of our user experience and application performance monitoring product uberAgent I determined the number of different internet hosts a website communicates with. Each of those hosts has the ability to track the user – thus, the smaller the number, the better.

An Example

Opening the homepage of the New York Times in a browser without ad blockers just once resulted in communications with 84 different hosts! The list includes various ad networks and marketing analytics companies (Bizo, BlueKai, Bombora, Chartbeat, DataXu, DoubleClick, eXelate, Eyeota, Ixi, Keywee, Krux, MarkMonitor, Media6Degrees, Neustar, RapLeaf, RU4, Undertone, VisualDNA), Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and Yahoo. All of those companies can see that you accessed nytimes.com. In other words:

With a single visit to the homepage of the New York Times you become trackable by 18 advertisement/marketing companies and 6 social networks.

The full list of sites nytimes.com communicates with is quite long. Click the thumbnail on the right to see the full-size version.

Measurement Procedure

For a somewhat robust measurement of the effectiveness of ad blockers with regards to privacy, I opened the world’s top 30 sites, determined the number of hosts they communicated with and compared the numbers for configurations with and without ad blockers.

Sites I Tested With

I selected the 30 sites by Alexa ranking, ignoring multiple country-specific domains per organization. Following is a full list of sites:

“Western sites” (mostly US companies):

  • https://www.google.de
  • https://www.youtube.com
  • https://www.facebook.com
  • https://www.wikipedia.org
  • https://de.yahoo.com
  • https://www.reddit.com
  • https://www.amazon.com
  • https://twitter.com
  • https://outlook.live.com
  • https://www.instagram.com
  • https://linkedin.com
  • https://netflix.com
  • https://ebay.com
  • https://de.pornhub.com
  • https://www.bing.com
  • https://www.twitch.tv
  • https://www.xvideos.com
  • https://www.microsoft.com

“Non-western” sites:

  • https://www.baidu.com
  • http://www.qq.com
  • https://world.taobao.com
  • https://www.tmall.com
  • https://vk.com
  • https://www.sohu.com
  • http://www.sina.com.cn
  • https://global.jd.com
  • https://weibo.com
  • https://360.cn
  • https://yandex.ru
  • https://aliexpress.com
Test Procedure

The test procedure went as follows:

  1. Deleted the entire browser history (including cookies and the cache)
  2. Opened the top 30 websites from bookmarks at the same time
  3. Cycled through all tabs
  4. Waited for 2 minutes
  5. Counted the number of sites contacted
  6. Repeated above procedure three times per test configuration
Test Configurations

I performed the tests for the following configurations

  1. Firefox 57 (default configuration)
  2. Firefox 57 + uBlock Origin
  3. Firefox 57 + Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is more widely installed whereas uBlock Origin has a reputation for being fast and efficient. I used Firefox for these tests but I expect the results to be very similar to other browsers.

Results #Hosts Communicated With – All Sites

The chart below shows the total number of distinct hosts the world’s 30 top sites communicated with when each site’s homepage was accessed just once:

#Hosts Communicated With – “Western” Sites

The chart below shows the total number of distinct hosts the top 18 “western” sites communicated with when each site’s homepage was accessed just once:

Conclusion

As you can see in the charts above, ad blockers drastically reduce the number of hosts a website communicates with, improving privacy significantly. uBlock Origin lives up to its reputation of being more effective than Adblock Plus. Both ad blockers seem to be better optimized for “western” sites.

Comparing the top 30 sites to the New York Times, a typical media site, one cannot fail to notice that media sites apparently are much more notorious in terms of tracking and analytics than other types of sites.

The post Browser Ad Blockers and Privacy appeared first on Helge Klein.

A Voice-controlled IoT Christmas Jumper

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 15:00
‘Twas the night before Christmas Jumper Day, when all through the house… not a single festive sweater could be found!

Each year in the Citrix office in Cambridge, UK, we take part in the annual Save the Children Christmas Jumper

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Digital Transformation & User Experience: Driving Better Patient Outcomes in 2018

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 13:00

Whenever a breakthrough, life-saving innovation happens in healthcare, medical professionals have to adapt to the advanced tools and systems behind it. This process is nothing new, but the degree of technological sophistication needed to support these innovations is rapidly changing.…

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XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure コスト計算ツール

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 00:00

本ブログは2017年4月に Citrix Systems の Danning Yaoが執筆したブログ「Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop on Microsoft Azure Cost Calculator: Longer Name, Even More Features」を日本語訳(意訳含む)したものです。

2017年初に最初のXenApp on Azureコスト計算ツールを発表して以来、数々のフィードバックを基に開発を重ね、この度大幅な機能強化を伴ったXenApp and XenDesktop on Azure Cost Calculatorをリリースしました。

このコスト計算ツールには以下の機能が追加されました。

Azure ADアカウントでの費用見積もりの比較と保存
費用見積もりをPDF形式でエクスポート
24の通貨での料金と費用の表示
個々のCitrixコンポーネント(コントローラ、NetScalerなど)によるコスト分析

さらに、次の設定をサポートしました。

VDIワークロード(XenDesktopも対象になりました!)
追加のAzureリージョン(イギリス、インド、カナダなど)
Azure

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