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 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.