With cloud monopolizing many IT discussions, a great many organizations are somewhere between dipping their toes in and having one foot fully in the cloud. Many get started with Office 365. As with any new technology, embracing it involves learning, planning, and yes, making a few mistakes, before making the plunge.
End User Computing
End User Computing (EUC) is the emperor’s new clothes. It is the new nomenclature for what used to be termed “VDI” (virtual desktop infrastructure). It is, however, much more, encompassing all aspects of desktop and endpoint management: (Read More)
- Application Virtualization: The art of abstracting the application and its presence from the desktop, making it truly mobile across locations and devices
- Personalization Virtualization: The art of abstracting the user and their presence from the desktop
- Presentation Virtualization: An application delivery method that delivers desktops or applications from a shared server
- Desktop Virtualization: The art of delivering a full desktop experience remotely
- Endpoint Management: The art of managing and securing access to data
- Application Layering: “on-demand” application delivery from a single image
End User Computing is an important overarching paradigm for companies that wish to ensure that users get a consistent experience and consistent access to information across multiple devices—for example, desktop computers, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and phones—and across disparate operating systems like Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android.
Major areas of focus include barriers to adoption, progress on the part of End User Computing vendors in alleviating those barriers, and management of the transition from a static desktop to the mobile martini world of “anyplace, anytime, anywhere, on any device.”
The popularity of Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and Workspace as a Service (WaaS) has continued to increase, as has the number of providers offering such services. DaaS/WaaS is split between two types of customers: the do-it-yourself (DIY) types and those who enlist the assistance of a service provider to implement and maintain these services.
Aside from the production benefits of virtualization, an added benefit is improving security posture, which is paramount to most IT organizations. For those that haven’t already determined that a virtualized infrastructure is a better solution than handing out laptops with a VPN connection, there are a number of eye-opening reasons to reconsider the security impact of locally stored applications and data.
On January 11, 2017, AppSense announced the general availability of version 10.1 of its DesktopNow suite. Version 10.0 has been around since June of 2016, but the imminent arrival of Server 2016 led to a rapid movement toward 10.1, which is now viewed as the latest “stable” release. This seems to have been a one-off, in terms of the accelerated 10.1 release, and the schedule is now expected to revert back to the normal AppSense lifecycle. The standard lifecycle encompasses a major version release at the start of each calendar year (so the next major release would be in early 2018), with incremental minor updates and feature releases in between.
At the Citrix Summit conference in Anaheim, California, yesterday, President and CEO Kirill Tatarinov announced the acquisition of Unidesk. Congratulations, Citrix, on a fine acquisition!
The acquisitions have started early in 2017. It is only the fourth of January and we have our first major deal. The private investment firm Clearlake Capital has just shelled out a cool $1.1 billion for LANDESK.
In the past few years, LANDESK carved out a niche in the user virtualization market space, acquiring its major competitor and market leader AppSense in 2016, Xtraction Solutions in 2015, Naurtech and LetMoblie in 2014, and Shavlik from VMware in 2013.
Clearlake Capital has agreed to acquire LANDESK for a believed $1.1 billion in cash from Thoma Bravo and will be merging the company with its other UEM asset, HEAT Software USA.
The newly merged company, which is yet to be named, will be led by LANDESK CEO Steve Daly and headquartered in Utah. Current HEAT CEO and Clearlake Operating Advisor John Ferron will serve as the executive chairman of the newly merged company’s board.