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!


TS / VDI – are we really needing VDI yet? Doesn’t TS deliver similar stuff?

August 13, 2009

There have been lots of very interesting posts on this subject over the past few months, varying in focussing in on the TCO of the solutions to comparing the technical abilities of each technique of delivering applications to users. However, we are seeing quite a few (read a lot :-)) of posts quoting the similarities between what we are actually delivering in VDI to that of the “old” TS model….

Some of the more recent articles such as Brian Madden’s “Madden’s Paradox” (http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/brianmadden/archive/2009/08/12/introducing-madden-s-paradox-the-gotcha-of-the-vdi-versus-ts-debate.aspx) of just a few days ago, and the one which is linked into Brian’s post written by Jim Moyle of VisionApp (http://www.jimmoyle.com/2009/05/why-is-vdi-changing-into-terminal-server/) some time before then, tend to hit the nail on the head rather well.

So, is that all bad?  Well, no – the TS model worked then and guess what, it continues to work well now, and hence why these folks out there are kind of coming to the same conclusion as Jim.

The point now being, we need time to consider the reality of what VDI will do for us?

OK, so assuming that the Personalization Management is dealt with [and I think it is fair to say that all the posts seem to focus in on AppSense, RES, RTO, TriCerat and Scence to fulfill these capabilities,] the other area that keeps coming up is that of User Installed Applications.

If there were some technology that would deal with the user installed application sets, including those apps that have filter drivers etc, where would we be? Would we remain scared and concerned about the stability of our TS platform or might we be prepared to embrace the opportunity?

 Certainly a year or so ago I would have been very afraid of this proposition. However, if you consider the vast improvements we have seen recently with the performance and scalability of the platform(s), and pay particular attention to the new performance management features of Server 2008 R2, then actually much of the scalability concern has been removed, since no user installed application would be able to “steal” resource away from the other core applcations / users. These are the handy lessons Microsoft perhaps learned from Citrix (with the Aurema technology OEM) and AppSense with their Performance Manager product.

If that User Installed Application technology could guarantee that the applications are “sandboxed” and will *never* tarnish that shiny gold build of your TS farm, don’t we begin to have a rather handy solution that could just could keep our costs low, delivering most of what we are presently thinking we are wanting from VDI? 

Keep your eyes peeled, at AppSense we are working on the technology that may well unlock this wonderful opportunity.

Perhaps this just gives us all the time to really rethink exactly what it is that the VDI solutions are going to do better for us, as Jim states?