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.

Thanks,
Michael Kleef







AppSense Validated on Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI)

May 25, 2011

Cisco has rapidly emerged as a key player in the desktop virtualization ecosystem through its Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI). VXI brings core desktop virtualization capabilities together with an integrated collection of networking, security, collaboration, and data center technologies to provide a high-performance experience that is optimized for video and collaboration.

Earlier today at Citrix Synergy, we were pleased to announce that Citrix Ready Leadership Partner (case study here) & Citrix Ready Solution of the Year 2010 ,  AppSense User Virtualization Platform has successfully completed Cisco-conducted interoperability testing with Cisco VXI and proved out a number of significant benefits that AppSense User Virtualization brings to the Cisco VXI solution. By combining Cisco VXI with user virtualization technology from AppSense, enterprise customers will see benefits across areas such as:

  • Migration & Upgrades: Faster, more successful rollouts through the removal of deployment barriers to achieve a seamless, consistent user experience, and simplified management.
  • Security: Granular location, role and context-specific policy and application access, including the ability to dynamically elevate or restrict user privileges.
  • IT Infrastructure Optimization: High availability through offline caching, improved responsiveness and optimized performance of the Cisco VXI environment.  Enhanced helpdesk and user management efficiencies are achieved while minimizing total cost of ownership.
  • Mobility: Extend Cisco VXI use through location-based policy and application access.  Enable consistent, seamless user experience regardless of device or connectivity.  Extend data access to mobile devices based on policy considerations.

For a more in-depth look at how the AppSense User Virtualization Platform can be deployed optimally with Cisco VXI, download the newly published white paper, “Cisco VXI and AppSense User Virtualization from the Cisco VXI Design Zone, below is a quote from the paper:

We are extreme proud of the company we keep from a technology alliances standpoint, and our growing partnership with Cisco is yet another example of the growing strategic importance of user virtualization.