Thinking strategically about Windows 7 will pay dividends with Windows 8

September 14, 2011

As Windows XP end of support approaches, Windows 7 migration urgency is rising for IT teams everywhere. As the pressure mounts, there is a temptation among IT pros to kick into “brute force mode,” characterized by a desire to get the project done as quickly as possible by whatever means necessary.

As we engage with customers on Windows 7 migration projects, our first piece of advice is that a strategic approach centered around user virtualization will both accelerate the actual move to Windows 7 and realize other key benefits such as:

  • Lower OS management cost through image standardization and more granular user rights management.
  • Seamless roaming between native PCs and new application and desktop virtualization approaches – either as part of the migration or whenever the time is right.
  • Enabling user environment portability – rather then performing a one-way migration – to establish a frictionless path to Windows 8 or whatever else comes along.

This last point has been more theoretical than practical…until today. Take a look at this quick video that my colleague Jon Wallace put together. Mere hours after the first developer preview of Windows 8 became available, you are already able to see user personalization applied on-demand as a user roams between Windows 7 and Windows 8:

Obviously, there is a fair bit of work remaining (by both us and Microsoft) before we will claim production-ready Windows 8 support. However, you can see the power that comes from decoupling the user from the underlying operating system and applications. Migration is replaced by enablement, and enablement becomes very easy.

Doug Lane
Director of Product Marketing

Update: Oh, by the way, it works between Windows XP and Windows 8 too:






AppSense to Join Virtualization Community at BriForum Europe

May 6, 2011

BriForum is nearly here!

Blogger and analyst Brian Madden’s annual virtualization geekfest returns to Europe next week (10-11 May) at the Chelsea Football Club in London, and as with all community events, AppSense is proud to be an event sponsor along with Citrix and Intel.  The AppSense team will be turning out in a big way to take in and contribute to the jam-packed agenda of great virtualization community content.

We’ll dive right into the deep end on Tuesday as AppSense’s Benny Tritsch will put his independent community hat on (not AppSense hat) and join respected independent consultant Shawn Bass to reprise their popular session “RDP, RemoteFX, ICA/HDX, EOP and PCoIP VDI: Remoting Protocols Turned Inside Out.” If the past is any indication, this will likely be one of the most attended and discussed sessions at the event as two of the sharpest guys in the space drill into how graphics and media remoting works and do a head-to-head comparison of the most popular protocols.

Later on Tuesday, our newly appointed VP and CTO Harry Labana and Brian Madden will team up for the other must-see session of the day, “The Future Desktop: What Should it Do and What Should it Look Like?” There is no shortage of new desktop and application delivery approaches these days, and there are even more views and opinions on what is on offer and what best suits specific use cases. Wondering where is it all going and to what degree will IT teams be able to rise to the occasion? You can bet that Harry and Brian will each have some insightful and provocative perspectives, and that neither will hold back from speaking their mind.

On Wednesday, Brian will join AppSense technical minds Benny Tritsch, Simon Townsend, and David Shepherd, as well as highly respected Citrix CTP Pierre Marmignon, owner of www.CitrixTools.net and the free (and controversial) Virtual User Environment Manager solution, for a roundtable discussion on the state of User Virtualization. This all-star group will cover the key elements of User Virtualization, the types of solutions available, and how it is being applied in practice today.

AppSense’s Jon Wallace, like Benny Tritsch, will be wearing his non-AppSense, independent hat when he delivers his session “Mandatory and Default User Profile Tuning.” A recognized expert on the Windows registry and user profile architecture and author of www.InsideTheRegistry.com, Jon will demonstrate a practical collection of tips and tricks for optimizing log-on speed and usability when using mandatory and default user profiles. These tips are useful regardless of whether AppSense products are being used, so it’s a great opportunity for attendees to tap AppSense’s unmatched Windows profile knowledge.

As an event sponsor, AppSense will also sponsor the Geek Out Game Show, along with Citrix and Intel, on Tuesday at 5:35pm to 6:35pm

Throughout week, the AppSense team will also be manning the Demo Lab, so if you are attending BriForum Europe, be sure to stop by to say hello. It should be a great week!

For a the full agenda on this great event, please visit http://briforum.com/Europe/agenda.html   

See you all there!


New AppSense Office: Thank You IT Department and Oh What A View :)

January 26, 2011

Just a quick note to say thank you to all of the AppSense IT Staff who helped make our recent Manhattan office move a smooth and seamless process.

IT are often the unsung heroes within an organization, as for the most part they sit silently ensuring systems and processes run smoothly and any changes or upgrades are hidden from the user – in fact, we often only think of or contact the IT department when we as a user want something specific.. so in this case, thank you guys – you did a great job in moving all of our systems!

For those who were not aware, AppSense relocated our US Headquarters in Manhattan (as detailed in this previous blog ) – the new address is:

AppSense Inc
17 State Street, 19th Floor
Manhattan
New York
10004

The new office is much bigger and has some great facilities, including this, the view from the office window everyday – we now get to watch the sun set over Liberty Island from the southern most building in the Manhattan Financial District! 

Thanks again guys.. and thank you to AppSense for the lovely new office :)

Cheers

Gaz


AppSense – 2010 record growth and a new CEO to drive even more in 2011

January 12, 2011

Like 2009, and 2008 and the many years before it, 2010 was another great year for AppSense; resulting in another record growth in revenue, headcount, market share and profit.  AppSense finished 2010 with a 60% increase in revenue and 43% increase in headcount on 2009.

2010 saw user virtualization go from strength to strength, with analysts, vendors and customers all recognizing the need for enterprise management of the user component of the desktop and AppSense continued market leadership with the sale of 1.5million user licenses and multiple $million deals in the 12 month period alone.  With recommendations from the likes of Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, and being part of offerings by system integrators such as CSC, Dell, IBM, HP and Fujitsu, 2011 looks set to be even bigger.

Driving the continued growth in 2011 is the newly appointed CEO of AppSense, Darron Antill.  Darron was instrumental in our success in 2010 as COO, and as CEO in 2011, we expect more great things to be happening in the User Virtualization Market.

An official press release on the appointment of Darron Antill and 2010 success can be found on the AppSense news pages here.

Thanks to all our friends, partners, customers and employees who made 2010 a great year!  look forward to working with you all even more in 2011.

Cheers

Gaz


DABCC Radio Podcast: AppSense User Rights Management!

October 26, 2010

AppSense has further enhanced our world leading ‘User Virtualization solution, adding the much awaited User Rights Management functionality.  Doug Brown has posted a Radio Podcast interview, details below:

In episode 141, Douglas Brown interviews Simon Rust, Vice President of Technology at AppSense. Simon and Doug discuss new AppSense User Rights Management technology available now as part of AppSense Application Manager 8.1. Simon does a great job explaining what is it, how it works, what is takes to install, why we should care, and much more.

User rights management benefits users by:

  • Elevating user privileges for running applications – by specifying applications to run with administrative privileges. This enables the user to be removed from the local administrators group, thus removing the risk of all applications executing under the administrative user context.
  • Organizing user rights for running control panel applets – by allowing a standard user to make the required changes and complete their job tasks without running as a local administrator. This is extremely useful when users need to change printer, wireless network, time and date settings, etc.
  • Prioritizing user rights to restrict application rights – by enabling system administrators to set and enforce policy for specific applications so that the user runs as an administrator but other applications are forced to run as a standard user, ensuring security is not compromised.
  • Managing access to system settings – by permitting system administrators to prevent admin level users from changing configuration settings that can expose enterprises to new security concerns such as security or firewall settings.
  • User rights management is available now as part of AppSense Application Manager 8.1.

To listen to the Podcast, please click on the image below or use this link here

 

A special thanks to Doug for taking the time to record and post this Podcast, thanks buddy :)

We hope you enjoy it…

Thanks

Gaz


Congratulations to SCC – Best Demo of FlexCast and HDX 2010

May 11, 2010

Congratulations to leading Citrix and AppSense reseller partner SCC on winning  “Best Demo of the Power of FlexCast and HDX 2010″ at Citrix Summit / Synergy yesterday.

The SCC demo consists of running a hosted Citrix XenDesktop session delivered as a service to an Apple iPad and using AppSense technology to the configure and personalize the XenDesktop session based on the user and device properties.   This solution now delivers a consistent experience to all users, regardless of where they are or how they are connecting to their desktop.

Congratulations again SCC!

A quick YouTube video of their demo can be viewed here

Thanks

Gaz


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