One of the big issues for virtual desktop infrastructure has always been controlling the cost per user without compromising the user experience. Another common thing has been that the largest VDI vendors each have had their own hypervisor. One of the significant elements of controlling cost is to automate the creation of the user’s desktop VMs. The ability of a VDI product to control a hypervisor is central to controlling its operational cost. It is also a useful capability for any hypervisor that is providing an API for VDI products. It turns out that Nutanix is the only major hypervisor vendor without its own VDI product.
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.”
AppSense, for so long a presence in the VDI/RDSH market, was recently acquired by LANDESK, a company that only months later merged into another company along with HEAT software. The resultant company that comprises these various software products is now called Ivanti, and it represents quite a broad spectrum of products across a number of enterprise areas. In an earlier article, I speculated on where AppSense would fit into the new company and the changing EUC arena. Since then, I have managed to catch up with Simon Townsend, now chief technologist at Ivanti, to understand a bit more about the newly formed unit. After chatting with Simon, I collated my thoughts on Ivanti and what it means for existing AppSense users.
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.
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.