VMworld 2013 and Liquidware Labs
VMworld 2013 is almost upon us (August 25th to 29th in San Francisco, CA) and I am definitely looking forward to it. It is the 10th anniversary conference for VMware and I expect it to be a great event. I have been to a number of VMworld conferences and I recommend attending if you have the opportunity.
One thing I suggest is to stay involved and network whenever possible.In that way you can get the most of your VMworld experience. There aren’t many opportunities where so many companies and virtualization professionals are in one place at the same time, it is very cool. VMware has a good web page on the social community at VMworld that is worth checking out.
Highlights at any VMworld for me are:
– General Sessions and many technical sessions
– VMware Hands On Labs
– Community Hang Space Area
– Many Community events and parties
– Solutions Exchange
When talking about the Solutions Exchange one of the key vendors to visit is of course Liquidware Labs. We are at Booth 741 and will be showcasing our Industry Leading products in Desktop Transformation Stratusphere UX and ProfileUnity as well as really cool and innovative new technologies.
Here are some of the key things to look for at the Liquidware Labs booth at VMworld this year.
Stratusphere UX Preview Inspectors
The Preview Inspectors in Stratusphere UX provide a fast and user driven experience to provide a robust suite of desktop and other metric data to help you better understand what is occurring in your environment and what metrics are affecting your users and desktops.
In the recent Stratusphere 5.5 release we have added new inspector tabs, custom basis ability and data views including PCoIP and desktop file and folder extension information.
Stratusphere UX vCops Adapter
Stratusphere UX is a perfect complement to VMware’s vCenter Operations (vCops). The Stratusphere UX vCops Adapter provides a direct feed of its unique desktop and user based metrics to vCenter Operations. This data can be grouped by your AD User Groups or by Machine Groups. You can then make custom vCops dashboards combining both UX metrics and additional vCops data to provide a single pane of glass of your environment as well as gain advanced data for root cause analysis.
ProfileUnity 5.6 is being released this week and it has some really exciting enhancements and updates in it. These include the addition of many new Guided Configuration templates. These new templates cover many of the common situations where ProfileUnity would be implemented and will greatly improve the deployment time. Other highlights of the ProfileUnity 5.6 release include:
– New Specific Configuration Import/Export Ability
– Enhanced Printer Management
– Enhanced ProfileUnity Performance
– Updates in Folder Redirection
XP to Windows 7 Migration, the XPocalypse
April 13th 2014 is not that far away when Windows XP will be at End of Life. Come see how ProfileUnity and Liquidware Labs can help you create an optimal Windows XP to Windows 7 strategy.
FlexApp is an innovative technology developed by Liquidware Labs to virtualize the installation of applications. FlexApp eases the burden of managing base images in a non-persistent Windows virtual environment and makes more users compatible with VDI beyond the task workers. FlexApp works with both User Installed Applications (UIA) and Department Installed Applications (DIA).
FlexDisk and FlexIO
One of the cool new future technologies being showcased at VMworld by Liquidware Labs are FlexDisk and FlexIO. FlexDisk is a sharable vmdk on your vSphere VMFS that would hold your FlexApp deployed applications. The disk would then be added at the VMware Horizon View Broker Assignment time. This brings running your applications in a non-persistent desktop environment at storage speeds instead of wire speeds. FlexIO is a caching component that will enable significant performance improvements in your VDI environment.
There is also a great video discussion posted on vmblog.com between Grace Krokidas and our CEO David Bieneman discussing the upcoming VMworld and Liquidware Labs. I look forward to seeing everyone at VMworld this year.
Pete Del Rey