Desktop delivery technologies - which should I use?

Tuesday 12 November 2013, 5.30pm - 8.00pm

The Royal Yacht Hotel - Celestial Hall North, The Weighbridge, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 3NF


Ronnie Isherwood, Scott Le Marquand and Jonathan Storey


Desktop delivery is a really important subject that every company's IT team tackles. It is the most visible to the end-user, is often the most expensive in terms of support but is rarely discussed. This event will focus on three different methods of delivering a desktop to the end-user - VDI (virtual desktop), Citrix and Microsoft's RDS (previously Windows Terminal Server).

Demonstrating that Jersey has real tech talent, our three locally-based experts will each present the case for a technology together with the environments that they suit. This will then be followed by a good, healthy debate on how and why you should implement desktops in certain ways using specific technologies.

Speaker bios:

Ronnie Isherwood, MCITP, MCT, MBCS

Ronnie has been working in the IT industry for more than 17 years. He has 14 years experience working as systems engineer and consultant delivering server based solutions and has 9 years working mainly with virtualization technologies. Ronnie has contributed to multiple System Center CEP programmes, has presented at Microsoft Private Cloud community events, participated in Microsoft Learning betas, contributed to the MCSE Server Infrastructure, Virtualization and Systems Management courseware.

Ronnie presents at the E2E Virtualization conference sharing his technical passion for Virtualization and Virtualization Management. Ronnie is cofounder of a local Windows user group and a committee member of the Chartered Institute for IT. Prior to becoming a systems engineer he learnt to program in basic and visual basic delivering solutions to the Financial services industry.

Scott Le Marquand, Senior Consultant, C5 Alliance

Scott has over 14 years experience in IT, prior to becoming a consultant he worked a private bank and became responsible for the initial adoptions of VMware ESX 2.5, VMware 3 and VMware Lab Manager.

During this time he gained a keen interest in Virtualization technologies and five and a half years ago became a virtualization consultant for VirtualizeIT/Virtustream/Calligo, adapting to a pure Virtualization skillset before moving to C5 Alliance as a contractor.

As a Virtualization consultant, Scott's projects have included full physical to virtual infrastructure environment adaptations, VMware system design and upgrades allowing for high levels of resilience within the clients sites. Scott is a member of VMUG (VMware User Group).

Jonathan Storey, Senior Consultant, Prosperity 24.7

Jonathan Storey is a Senior Technical Consultant at Prosperity 24.7, the fastest growing Channel Island Consultancy practice. Jonathan is presently lead architect for a range of strategic technology projects including refreshing an International bank's desktop infrastructure with XenDesktop 7, Storefront and thin client technologies. He is also implementing a highly available remote access solution for a Global Insurance business leveraging NetScaler VPX virtual appliances & multifactor authentication with cloud based smart phone software tokens.

Jonathan is not only a Citrix Master, being the first Citrix Certified Integration Architect for Xen desktop 7 in the Channel Islands, he is also overseeing the migration of a client's physical infrastructure to hyper-v 3.0 with SCVMM 2012. Jonathan has also recently Implemented a Citrix XenApp 6.5 farm for a multi jurisdiction globally dispersed user base on vSphere underpinned by HP blade technology & RES automation tools.

This is Jonathan's first presentation for the BCS but has been involved with IT since 1995 where at university he read at degree level for Applied Psychology & Computing with a focus on man machine interaction and user interface design. After university, Jonathan was employed by a North East company as a technical consultant with a focus on remote access technologies, Linux & application delivery. He moved to Jersey in 2004, working on both sides of the 'IT fence' as Technical Consultant and full time employee. Jonathan has seen and been involved with many application delivery technologies with Citrix, VMware and Microsoft solutions becoming a key area of his expertise.


PDF Icon Microsoft RDS - Ronnie Isherwood

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