Optimizing Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions with AppSense User Virtualization

June 28, 2011

Dell AppSense Architecture Guide

While the operational and security benefits of desktop virtualization are appealing to many organizations, bringing together the proper collection of architectural design, hardware, and software to realize these benefits is often a significant challenge. Earlier this year, Dell responded to this need by creating Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DDVS).

DDVS combines pre-packaged services with configured and tested hardware and software to help organizations reduce complexity and accelerate desktop virtualization plans. Recognizing that user virtualization can play a strategic role in achieving these goals, Dell and AppSense have collaborated to ensure that the AppSense User Virtualization Platform (UVP) is fully interoperable with the DDVS architecture.

Our key goal in applying AppSense user virtualization to DDVS is to enable IT teams to deploy a cost-efficient pool of standardized virtual desktop images on the DDVS architecture while offering users the type of responsive and highly personalized desktop experience they are accustomed to. The first result of the Dell/AppSense collaboration is a new architecture guide that gives administrators and architects the technical background and deployment best practices to optimize their DDVS environment in this way.

The information and recommendations included in the architecture guide are backed by extensive testing by Dell and AppSense. In a simulated DDVS deployment designed to support up to 5,000 concurrent users, the addition of AppSense UVP resulted in an 83 percent reduction of storage for profiles and related information with no degradation to login times or ongoing desktop responsiveness. A summary of the benchmarking is included in the architecture guide.

The DDVS framework is a great option for organizations seeking to get their desktop virtualization off the ground with as little risk and complexity as possible, and the addition AppSense user virtualization will only magnify these benefits. As early believers in the promise of DDVS, we are pleased to see our longstanding collaboration with Dell result in positive benefits to our joint customers.

As Rafael Colorado, Domain Lead for End-User Computing at Dell noted, “Working with AppSense enables Dell to manage the user component of their Desktop Virtualization Solutions, including user personalization, corporate policy, user installed applications and user data.”

Related Resources:

Architecture Guide: Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions and AppSense User Virtualization

Dell and AppSense on the Dell Technology Center

Dell and AppSense at AppSense.com



CitrixTV, CitrixSynergy – Fujitsu’s Partners with Microsoft, Citrix & AppSense for Fujitsu Virtual Client Services

June 22, 2011

As the world continues to move to a user-centric computing model, provisioning configured and personalized IT Services to users across a wide-range of accessing devices, locations and across multiple delivery mechanisms, User Virtualization technology is continuing to gain momentum in many reference architects and standard offerings from Managed Desktop providers.  As the world leading User Virtualization solution provider, AppSense are proud to be part of yet another standard offering from one of the world leading managed desktop providers – in this case, Fujitsu Virtual Client Services.

Fujitsu Virtual Client Services (VCS) is “Fujitsu’s Managed Services approach to delivering hosted virtual desktops”, it is a hosted environment that delivers centrally managed desktops and application to users in any location from any device.  To create a “tried and tested, repeatable standard approach that can be re-used in implementations around the world”, Fujitsu has partnered with world leading vendors at each level of the desktop and across the backend infrastructure to provide a complete Citrix Ready solution.

At Citrix Synergy, CitrixTV recorded a number of video interviews where Fujitsu were ‘extremely proud’ to announce a complete end-to-end solution, utilizing Fujitsu technologies along with Citrix, Microsoft, AppSense, ThinPrint, ChangeBASE to put together a ‘best in class offering’.

Videos are:

Interview with Tony Cox, Global Offerings Architect, Fujitsu – In this interview, Tony explains how Fujitsu VCS is a key component of Fujitsu Global Desktop Managed Service, meeting all end-user needs and giving users the best possible service.  Tony also details key drivers as to why customers are moving Fujitsu VCS and how the solution is a combination of leading solutions that Fujitsu are proud to be working with.

You can watch the video over on CitrixTV by clicking on the image below:

 

Interview with Jay Clark, Senior Product Manager, Fujitsu – In this interview Jay explains the importance of the Fujitsu partnerships with Citrix, Microsoft and AppSense, and also gives a live demonstration of the Fujitsu VCS solution, where he shows how easy it is to move from one device and location to another and have the exact same desktop experience and personalization from anywhere, on any device.

You can watch the video over on CitrixTV by clicking on the image below:

 

Thank you to CitrixTV for filming a whole host of great videos at Citrix Synergy – I hope you enjoy them too.

Cheers

Gaz







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!


Virtualization Review: The Many Faces of Desktop Virtualization

April 18, 2011

Simon Rust, VP of Technology, AppSense (Twitter @SimonARust ) has posted a very interesting article on his VirtualizationReview blog – The Many Faces of Desktop Virtualization.  In this article Simon describes some of the many technologies used to ‘Virtualize a Desktop’ and how these differ from ‘VDI’

Topics include:

  • Operating System Provisioning
  • Remote Desktop Services
  • Client Hypervisors
  • Client-side Hosted Virtual Desktops
  • Application Virtualization

You can read the article in full on VirtualizationReview.com here

Cheers!
Gaz