Personalization Virtualization

Personalization Virtualization covers isolating the user’s persona, settings, customizations, and data from the environment supporting the user. This is an area of increasing importance as users adopt multiple devices including potentially a desktop, a laptop, a smartphone and a table, and want some consistency in behavior across these devices. (Read More)

This will also be an important area of IT departments who wish to ensure that users get a consistent experience and consistent access to information across devices like computers, tablets and phones, and operating systems like Windows, IOS and Android.

AppSense set to grow US operation in preparation for IPO

Five months since Goldman Sachs took a reported 28% stake in UK desktop virtualization specialist AppSense, the signs are that it is starting to expand its US presence by hiring a new Silicon Valley design team that will be based in the company’s Santa Clara offices. Continue reading AppSense set to grow US operation in preparation for IPO

HP embraces AppSense for Reference Architecture

Managing a user’s desktop persona and making it extend across multiple desktop delivery platforms is a key component in any company’s desktop strategy.  User Virtualization describes a category of solutions that capture and manage the end user experience that allows a “follow me” feature of the desktop persona.

In a press release on June 29, 2011 AppSense announced that its User Virtualization Platform is now a core building block of HP’s new Client Virtualization Reference Architecture. Along with Microsoft, VMware and Citrix, AppSense User Virtualization has been recognized by HP as a crucial technology for a successful architecture that meets the goals for client virtualization. Continue reading HP embraces AppSense for Reference Architecture

VirtuAll User Environment Manager Released

About 18 months ago fellow Citrix Technology Professional Pierre Marmignon realized that there was a gap in the market for a simple robust user environment management solution that could remove the continual nightmare of managing complex Windows logon scripts and user environment settings in virtual desktop environments. Skip forward to today and Pierre has just announced the release of VirtuAll User Environment Manager (VUEM), and it is excellent.

It’s clear looking at VUEM that Pierre understands the requirements of both small and large enterprise organizations. Everything about VUEM is direct, to the point, a tool designed for and by system administrators who know what they want to do and just need a tool to help them do it. VUEM is simple to install and configure, you can be up and working with it literally in a few minutes and can deploy it into production in a couple of days. Yet at the same time is highly scalable and includes features that are essential for the needs of administrators of large enterprise environments. VUEM has been validated on environments containing up to 10,000 users, and there’s no reason to think that it could not scale past that in the right hands. Continue reading VirtuAll User Environment Manager Released

What is User Virtualization and is it worth $70 million?

70 million individual dollars can buy you a lot of things.  A 64 metre long super yacht. The services of an NFL linesman for two years. For $70  million you could entice an  English Premier League striker to play for you, but not necessarily score goals. $70  million is 113,000 Apple iPads. If you spent $100 a day, it’d take you nearly 1,950 years to get fritter it away.  Yet despite all these glittering prizes and goals, Goldman Sachs chose to invest their $70million in a chunk of AppSense.

Of all the things they could have invested in, why did choose AppSense? If the future is going to be full of cloud services, virtualised desktops, and mobile devices, why spend a not inconsiderable sum on something that sounds the stuff of science fiction?

What is User Virtualization and is it worth a $70 million dollar investment? Why would you need user virtualization? And indeed what makes AppSense stand out?

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Invincea wins Innovation Sandbox at RSA Conference 2011

This years Innovation Sandbox at RSA Conference was won by a little known company to virtualization and cloud security vendors, its name is Invincea. However, it makes use of virtualization to aid in security. This years finalists once more included HyTrust for the inclusion of what appears to be complete UCS support within the HyTrust Appliance, Symplified which provides a unified identity within a cloud, CipherCloud which encrypts bits of your data before uploading, but not enough encryption to mess with sort and other algorithms.  Plus other non-cloud like products: Entersect (non-repudiation in the form of PKI), Gazzang (MySQL Encryption), Incapsula (collaborative security to browsers), Pawaa (embed security metadata with files), Quaresso (secure browsing without browser/OS mods), and Silver Tail (mitigation).

Last year’s finalists also had the same reach of products but many more pure virtualization security vendors with Altor picking up the win. What is interesting about the field and indeed all of RSA Conference 2011, is that 2010 looked like a blip on the radar more than anything else. Why? Because nothing on the show floor was really about the Cloud or virtualization but it was always a ready conversation. Last year, everything was about Cloud and Virtualization but no one could define anything or tell me how their products fit except for the virtualization security vendors. The Innovation Sandbox provides a very good feel for the RSA Conference show floor. Continue reading Invincea wins Innovation Sandbox at RSA Conference 2011

The Beginning of the the End of the Era of Windows?

At VMware’s annual Partner Exchange Conference during his keynote address, Paul Maritz CEO of VMWare said, “One way to look at it is that year there were more copies of Windows or Linux that didn’t touch the hardware than there were that did. This means one of the traditional roles of the operating system, which is to coordinate the underlying hardware, has been taken over by the new layer… a layer that we are collectively laying down. This is the beginning of the end of the era of Windows and Windows centric devices.”

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