FlexApp Gets Bragging Rights vs. VMware App Volumes and Citrix App Layering in WhatMatrix Smackdown

The experts at WhatMatrix recently awarded Liquidware FlexApp first place when compared to standard/included Application Layering from VMware and Citrix.  Many criteria were considered and you can see the full report here.

“We compared these three products against some 140 key criteria in our rigorous evaluation of Application Layering software,” said Rory Monaghan, lead consultant at WhatMatrix. “Liquidware FlexApp emerged as community number one – with the richest feature set of all Application Layering products on the market.”

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Liquidware FlexApp Garnered 1st Place in the WhatMatrix Test/Review

Liquidware is an alliance partner with both Citrix and VMware so you’d think that would put us in a delicate situation but it does not. VMware App Volumes and Citrix App Layering is included with certain bundles/levels of VMware Horizon and Citrix Desktop. Both can add good basic layering benefits for their customers.  Put simply, if you have one of those bundles/levels where you have access to App Volumes or App Layering we encourage you to try what you have. If the solution works for you that’s great! If you’re looking for something more then you are in luck because as a Citrix Ready verified solution and a VMware partner you have an option in the community with Liquidware FlexApp. If you are a VMware or Citrix customer here are some reasons that you may want to choose Liquidware FlexApp for application layering as an upgrade to other solutions:

  • Your organization may not have the bundle/level of VMware or Citrix where their application layering is offered.
  • You’ve found it more cost-effective for your organization to stick with the bundle you have and choose FlexApp Layering from Liquidware.
  • You may have considered Citrix App Layering but you’d rather have a solution that provides dynamic application layering that is not tied to OS image management.
  • You desire a FastPackaging™ approach like FlexApp because it automates the creation of virtual storage and then packages an app in about the same short time it takes to install the app once.
  • You don’t want to repackage apps for every Windows desktop OS version or Windows 10 variety, FlexApp packages are usually compatible across OS version types from Windows 7, 10.x, Server 2012/16/19.
  • You’re interested in FlexApp’s exclusive Click-to-Layer™ on-demand layering. This makes application publishing a breeze because it works seamlessly with RDS to provision applications without a system reboot. It also makes provisioning dozens of apps to a desktop have virtually zero impact on logon times.
  • You’re interested in FlexApp’s exclusive session isolation for RDS/RDmi that allows you to have one basic RDS OS image to which you can have any type of user logon. With Session Isolation in FlexApp, users can’t see other users’ applications. This significantly reduces the number of RDS servers you may be using and will greatly reduce base image management.
  • You are interested in advanced features such as Privilege Elevation, Application Restrictions, or admin level registry management that are in Liquidware’s integrated ProfileUnity solution.

There is a lot to consider when selecting the right Application Layering solution and WhatMatrix has done the hard work for you but we still encourage you to use what you have access to and then consider FlexApp if you are longing for more.

Going to Microsoft Inspire? Join our Speaking Session with Microsoft – RDS/RDmi Applications & User Profiles from Azure

Microsoft Inspire is their worldwide partner conference and it will be held at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center next week in Las Vegas – July 15-19, 2018.Capture

We’re proud to have been asked and to be participating in a speaking session on Remote Desktop Services (RDS): Partner business opportunities for hosting Windows desktops and applications on Microsoft Azure.

The panel will be chaired by Microsoft’s Principal Program Manager Lead, Remote Desktop Services, Clark Nicholson.

Liquidware delivered the first object based storage profile from Microsoft Azure (and Amazon S3 and Google Cloud) in ProfileUnity v6.7.6 earlier this year and plans to deliver the hosting of FlexApp layered applications from Azure later this quarter.  The technology leverages Azure API calls to host profiles and applications without the complexities and cost of a Server Message Block (SMB) storage. With its universal object-based cloud storage for Microsoft Azure and other popular cloud storage vendors, the pioneering solution frees user profiles and applications from on-prem to Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) in a manner that allows for a seamless, zero user-downtime cut-over to DaaS.

We’re honored to be invited to join this panel and I look forward to demonstrating the value that Liquidware FlexApp and ProfileUnity adds to Microsoft RDS from Azure. In addition to FlexApp layering application delivery benefits in an RDS and Azure based environment, I’ll also be demonstrating the solution and participating in audience Q&A.

Catch this panel discussion “Remote Desktop Services (RDS): Partner business opportunities hosting Windows desktops and applications on Microsoft Azure,” session code AP148B, on Wednesday, July 18, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM PST, July 18, in Room 28 – Oceanside Ballroom G of the Mandalay Bay conference center.

 

Stratusphere UX Profile Score: User Experience Quantified

User Experience is the hot buzz-phrase du jour. Vendors in the end user computing space want to associate their product with it. Often you’ll hear and see claims like, “we enhance user experience” or “we make desktop user experience better.” And while I agree with these sentiments, I can’t help but think the issue isn’t about flowery marketing language, but about taking the subjective and making it actionable for the benefit of IT operations.

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Meeting user expectations and delivering user experience is hard. Translating what is inside your users head and defining IT process and operations around meeting these subjective desires can be an almost impossible goal without the right visibility detail. About a year ago I wrote about Baselining the User Experience and Defining a Measure of Success with Stratusphere UX. I wrote about the shift towards using user experience as a definition of success and the opportunity to define SLA and KPIs that can quantify your approach.

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We’ve Rolled out Liquidware’s Red Carpet for former RES and AppSense Customers!

RedCarpetIf you are a former AppSense or RES customer and are uneasy about changes from your longstanding UEM solution in the wake of acquisitions by Ivanti, consider Liquidware ProfileUnity.

We’ve made it Easy to Switch
We’ve recently on-boarded several large customers with 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000+ user desktops.  We’ve even developed a best practice methodology to get your users switched for minimum or zero downtime. We even have trained AppSense and RES staff to help you with the transition! Furthermore, we now have an additional European office in the Netherlands to service this area. Continue reading

Performing a SpotCheck Inspection with Stratusphere UX

The ability to meet expectations and deliver the appropriate user-experience on shared infrastructure platforms such as VMware View and Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop can be a complex and a challenging endeavor. One of the ways you can stay ahead of the curve is through a point-in-time analysis called the SpotCheck. Liquidware engineers and our partner community have been using Stratusphere UX and this technique—leveraging known levels of acceptable performance and baselines—to identify infrastructure and platform constraints that can contribute to a poor user-experience.

The SpotCheck inspection takes a broad look at overall infrastructure and platform health as a means to provide a picture of resource usage and performance of the virtual or cloud environment. The objectives of the SpotCheck are as follows:

  • Provide a 360° view of virtual desktop resource use and performance
  • Gain visibility of critical issues, both known and unknown
  • Identify and provide analysis of performance issues
  • Establish real-world baselines to gauge normal/abnormal operations
  • Document and report on findings

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Microsoft Office 365 and One Drive – One User, Two Desktops, Windows 7 and 10

Many Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft RDSH customers leverage ProfileDisk and Profile Containers to handle large profiles for non-persistent VDI and RDSH environments. ProfileUnity accomplishes this by containerizing all or part a users profile to virtual disk. One of the use many ProfileDisk use cases that has been proven over the years is Office 365 Cached Mode & Indexing. ProfileUnity also has the ability to “containerize” parts of the profile onto VHDs that the solution automatically manages.

Office 365 cached mode is especially useful for Outlook by placing a local copy of your mailbox(es) on your desktop. This local copy performs more seamlessly than relying on a network/cloud copy of the same mailbox(es).  The problem with this on with non-persistent VDI comes because mailboxes are rather large, often gigabytes in size. Folder redirection, roaming profiles, profile tools from Citrix & VMware, and Microsoft UE-V can’t handle this use case for many reasons.

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An oldie but a goody… From 2015… ‘FlexApp is cool, but where do I start?’

If you are a first time user of Application Layering technology you may be overwhelmed by the choices. You may also be wondering, “What applications should I start with?” In short, just about any application that does not require full application isolation is a GOOD candidate for FlexApp Layering, so your options are nearly limitless.

Some applications may require frequent updates or put stress on IO subsystems. Many line of business applications need to be ‘always available’ for the business to function. For DR, companies have invested storage replication for critical systems. However, this is not the case for virtual desktops which can be the most critical systems of them all.

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David Bieneman explains how Liquidware transforms rigid and risky desktops to dynamic optimized workspaces

In this video, I explain how Liquidware transforms yesterdays monolithic desktops into dynamic virtual workspaces. Harvesting the good, making your User Persona, Applications, Data and Policy portable, while removing obfuscation and delivering visibility into your most important resources. The bottom … Continue reading

Jason E. Smith and Kevin Cooke discuss the Liquidware Essentials bundle at Citrix Synergy 2018

In this short video, Jason E. Smith and Kevin Cooke deliver an overview of Liquidware Essentials, which includes ProfileUnity to decouple user profiles from the OS, FlexApp to deliver Windows applications to any hosted virtual or physical desktop and Stratusphere UX to provide visibility to the desktop workload and user experience you are delivering.

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