User Management – The Easy Choice Even if you Don’t do VDI (Virtual Desktops)

Windows. For all of the critique against it and Microsoft, it still runs the desktops of businesses everywhere. It’s true that Apple has made some inroads in getting hardware on the desktops of many businesses, but the Windows desktop continues to be the standard for application delivery and is at the core of user productivity. Even many of the Apple laptops that have been adopted by businesses in recent years run a virtualized session of Windows to give businesses a level playing field to deliver core applications so business can get done. Continue reading

“STOP THE INSANITY!” – DON’T Migrate from XP or Windows 7 until you Read this FIRST!

susan-powter_lShhh!! Don’t tell anyone but XP end of life is coming in just a few months now. Who am I kidding?!? It’s not like every other vendor with a migration play hasn’t shouted it from the rooftops, Liquidware Labs included.

Here is something you may not know, if you have not migrated from XP, you are not alone. A fresh report from the analyst firm Forrester says that 20% or more of work desktops still run XP. Are those desktops going to blow up in April? Probably not, but you’ll be going it alone without security patches and updates. I am personally going to miss XP, ahhh but I digress.

Migrations are a PITA for administrators. Here is why:

• User Downtime – a lot of tools that harvest user data cause the user to be down from 2 hours to several days. Who can afford to have a user down? Oh, you can do it on the weekends for them, right? Do I have a show of hands who wants to work this weekend first?

• One-way Migration – most migrations are a one-way street, there is no turning back. Don’t think you need to go back? What about app compatibility for a few apps that need XP or what if data is missed?

• Migrations are a necessary evil – Just as soon as you get your users to Windows 7, some of them are going to want Windows 8. Oh yeah, some are on Windows 8 and now need to go to Windows 8.1 because it is more stable. Keep reading below on how to “STOP THE INSANITY!” (Thank you 90s fitness guru, Susan Powter for the quote).

• Man hours (or Woman hours) – Migrations take a lot of planning, work, checking, rechecking, taking new OS live, etc. etc. It can be costly and time consuming.


A user managed with ProfileUnity actually never has to undergo a traditional migration. Why?, because they are “Under Management” with a persona, configuration, and even certain applications that can be made universal. Once a profile is compatible and user data is separately managed and saved outside the OS, you are free from the endless cycle of migrations. So get it right the first time, don’t migrate from Windows XP or 7, get your Users under Management and free yourself and your users today!

• Zero User Downtime – A user under management with ProfieUnity simple logs onto their next generation desktop once it is on the domain. Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 can all be configured to work seamlessly with each other with no user downtime and no admins working on the weekends.

• Mixed OS desktops can co-exist- A user can have multiple desktops and still experience their profile across all of them, even simultaneously. This does two thing; 1) The user can keep their old desktop for a period of time and 2) Administrators can roll-out the new desktops at will with no hard deadline.

• The endless Cycle of Migrations, finally ended – ProfileUnity can be leveraged for a move from XP to 7 to 8*, to 8.1*, and remember Vista? Oh yeah, we support that too.

• ROI – Any organization with Users Under Management can save significantly over time intensive old-style migrations.

Want to see it in action? See this managed user go from Windows XP to Windows 7 in 7 seconds! Read more about User Management in my other recent blog post….Why you need to get your Users Under Management.

*Windows 8 and 8.1 support for ProfileUnity is planned for Q4 2013. BETA support available now.

Stratusphere FIT: Magic, Science and Starting the VDI Journey

“Magic’s just science that we don’t understand yet.”

― Arthur C. Clarke

Over years of conversations with IT professionals, I have found widely varying experiences and perceptions as it relates to virtualizing desktop workloads, specifically in the realm of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). There is a broad sophistication or intelligence explosion (see Technological Singularity) that has not yet reached critical mass. This is not a criticism of our intelligence – it is merely my assertion that we have not yet matured from the realm of magic to science. Continue reading

Flex-IO – Hello World !

You need 25K extra IOPS? We’ve got you covered!
What happens in “The Labs” seldom stays in The Labs – For Good Reason!!

When we launched Liquidware Labs, almost five years ago, there were challenges and gaps in VDI platforms that you could drive a truck through.  Only the hardiest of early adopters were willing to undergo the pains of rethinking, re-learning and re-architecting new ways of delivering Windows workspaces. In 2009, VDI was not only hard to do, it was also extremely expensive, and after all the effort and cost, the results were often less than spectacular.   Far from getting the robust and streamlined provisioning and performance out of their VDI systems that they expected, many organizations incurred cost overruns and roadblocks which stalled their projects. Continue reading