Introduction and Microsoft Partner Solutions Center…

August 23, 2011

Hi I am Michael Kleef, Director of Business Development for Microsoft and Citrix at AppSense. I’m a recent addition to AppSense having spent nearly 11 years at Microsoft with my last role being a Senior Technical Product Manager for depth content and knowledge in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RDS and VDI.

I have had  few interested messages through my email and privately over twitter (@mkleef) asking why I left Microsoft and chose to go to AppSense. Essentially I was really excited by what I saw AppSense doing; transforming the discussion from device centric computing to a world of user centric computing. The interesting thing is that even while I was at Microsoft I was seeing evidence that in addition to Microsoft, many other companies saw great value in AppSense such as inclusion with a number of major players into their reference architectures such as the HP client reference architecture and Cisco VXI. AppSense also won the Citrix Ready Partner of the Year 2010. I did my own due diligence looking at others, though in the end it made it an easy slam dunk move to go to the market leader in the user virtualization space.

Microsoft is obviously a critical partner in multiple areas for AppSense, so it’s important that we are onsite on the Microsoft Redmond campus regularly. To help us support that we are  part of the on campus Microsoft Partner Solutions Center (MPSC).  The MPSC is a facility that showcases some of Microsoft’s partners and their  solutions for business and demonstration purposes. Having been there for almost a year now, we can confirm it’s a great facility with tremendous value to the Microsoft partner ecosystem. We also noticed that RES Software have recently joined the MPSC. The addition of RES Software to the MPSC confirms the importance and relevancy of the user virtualization market that we pioneered which is growing significantly and presenting an exciting challenge to our product leadership.

Demonstration systems on the Microsoft campus are especially important to be able to showcase your product and how it works. I personally developed an integrated Citrix, Microsoft and AppSense demo on the Microsoft campus in Redmond many months ago. It includes Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1,Hyper-V, Windows 7 Enterprise SP1, App-V packaged applications and streamed applications such as Office 2010 all running on top of Citrix XenDesktop 5 and XenApp 6. Overlaid on top of that is AppSense User Virtualization which seamlessly manages the user as they create settings and move in real-time from their XenDesktop managed Windows 7 to a XenApp 6 session. This is available on Microsoft’s corporate network which any Microsoft employee can logon to using their domain credentials making it a very good demo for them to use with existing or potential customers.

We plan to take this demo further forward and place it on the Internet for our partners to also use and see the power of AppSense User Virtualization really delivering value in a variety of Citrix and Microsoft technology scenarios. Watch this space for more on that!

If you have any questions about User Virtualization at the MPSC or would be interested in getting a demo from one of our team in your local area, drop me a line.

Michael Kleef

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.



AppSense Joining Healthcare IT Community at HIMSS Virtual Conference & Expo

June 8, 2011

As AppSense continues to make strides in the healthcare industry (you may have seen a recent blog post from me a few days ago about Another leading hospital selects AppSense for their Citrix XenDesktop + Windows 7 environment ), rolling out major deployments and providing healthcare IT professionals with white papers and other useful resources, we are happy to announce that we are bringing our solutions to thousands of healthcare professionals at the HIMSS Virtual Conference & Expo on June 8 and 9.

HIMSS Virtual Conference & Expo is a combination of the high-quality content you’ve come to expect from HIMSS on a high-tech online platform. Created in partnership with Healthcare IT News, this virtual event brings together influential healthcare IT executives, invigorating speakers and leading industry vendors for two days…online and in real-time.

Register Today and Visit the (virtual) AppSense Booth on June 8-9

At the AppSense booth, attendees can view customer success stories & case studies and literature about the benefits of User Virtualization for healthcare, as well as connect with official AppSense company representatives & employees in real-time via the discussion forum or private chat. The AppSense team is showcasing our award-winning user virtualization platform and demonstrating how we dynamically personalize any Windows desktop environment, reduce desktop management costs and accelerate the launch of mission-critical applications across multiple desktop delivery mechanisms.

More Reasons to Attend: 

  • Education sessions on 5010/ICD-10 and Meaningful Use
  • On Demand access to show materials and education sessions for three months
  • Network with peers, speakers and industry experts
  • Find product solutions in the exhibit hall
  • No cost and no travel hassle

Gain Insights from Your Healthcare IT Professional Peers

 As part of our increased alignment with the healthcare industry, we will be presenting a live case study session from a leading healthcare organization who is strategically using AppSense user virtualization in their desktop computing strategy.  Join us to hear how Kaweah Delta Health Care District’s IT department has enabled delivery of leading-edge treatment with the best in class patient care. This progressive healthcare provider will share best practices that allowed them to standardize their IT environment to:

  • Improve clinician experience and productivity
  • Provide high-quality patient care
  • Meet regulatory compliance demands
  • Drive operational excellence while lowering costs

Meeting Today’s Healthcare IT Challenges with a Dynamic IT Environment

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 8 at 11:45am CDT, 17:45 BST, 03:45 AEST
(Content available on demand after the presentation)
Presenters: Nick Volosin and Stephen Carnes, Kaweah Delta Health Care District

Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with your peers and learn about the benefits of User Virtualization for healthcare. Register for free* at HIMSS Virtual Conference & Expo. We expect a great event and hope to see you there. If you are at the HIMSS Virtual Conference & Expo on June 8-9, come by and say hello!

*Qualified individuals receive complimentary registration.
Non-qualified individuals can register for $119.00 HIMSS members / $139.00 non-members.

Financial Tech Forum Guest Article by AppSense: So Much Desktop Virtualization, So Little Time

March 10, 2011

In addition to his resident blog on Virtualization Review – Virtualizing the User, Simon Rust, VP of Technology, AppSense (Twitter @SimonARust ) recently provided a guest contribution to the Financial Technologies Forum LLC – The Bull Run: Where FinTech Talks.  In this article – So Much Desktop Virtualization, So Little Time – Simon examines the potential size of the VDI Market and based on his 10 year experience within AppSense working with the worlds largest Financial Institutions, looks at some of the main challenges they are facing in their move to VDI.

Simon also details how leading finance houses are overcoming such challenges with the inclusion of User Virtualization technologies as part of their migration to a virtual desktop estate.

The article can be read here

Microsoft Tech•Ed Europe Follow Up Webinar by AppSense

November 19, 2010

Microsoft’s Tech•Ed Europe 2010 in Berlin was a great event, on thing I took away from the event was that the corporate desktop estate looks set to become more and more heterogeneous in nature. With new delivery technologies, more accessing devices and diverse user roles, the move to a component-based desktop model is fast approaching. An essential component in this new desktop model is the user environment…

…By virtualizing the user and managing their environment independent of the desktop, you can reduce desktop management costs, accelerate desktop migration and ensure the best experience for your users – across multiple devices and delivery mechanisms. This is User Virtualization and is now accepted as an essential part of the desktop strategy in most enterprises.

Register now to attend a live webinar and learn more about this game-changing technology.

Learn how User Virtualization:

• Reduces time and cost to migrate users to Windows 7

• Maximizes your use of App-V virtualization technology

• Provides cross-platform personalization of Windows desktops

• Enables personal settings to follow you across devices

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