FlexApp – 10 HUGE Innovations in App Layering

When Liquidware launched FlexApp layering in 2012, it was the most innovative layering solution seen in the market because it focused on applications instead of the whole system layering. We described the apps as “dynamic” because they’re not encumbered by the OS or OS changes. While others have become stale in their development, we’ve continued to innovate over the years. Below is a list of innovations and performance features that set FlexApp apart from the competition.

Here are 10 FlexApp layering innovations you won’t find anywhere else!

  1. Application layering with full user environment management (ProfileUnity) – delivering advanced application delivery options including context awareness, select privilege elevation, application restrictions, registry fix up, and more!
  2. Micro Isolation – no need to stack multiple applications in single layers. Instead, a single layer is created for each application, which allows for ultimate granularity in assigning apps to users, groups and machines. This approach also simplifies updating applications by allowing you to update a single package for a single app rather than dealing with cumbersome multi-app layers. Lastly, this approach provides greater success with packaging and deploying applications, as you no longer need to deal with conflicts manually.
  3. Cloud Native FlexApps – Applications can be stored natively on any major cloud (such as Microsoft Blob storage) without the expense or complications of file shares.
  4. FlexApp Cache Mode – FlexApps cache to the local session for rock-solid performance, regardless of the quality of network connections.
  5. FlexApp Cloud Apps – FlexApp includes prepackaged cloud apps so you can hit the ground running with POCs without packaging.
  6. Disaster Recovery and High Availability – FlexApp includes its own messaging fabric and replication without requiring expensive load balancers and complicated DR plans.
  7. FastPackaging™ – While other app layering solutions can take more than 45 minutes to package even a simple app, FlexApp packaging is a fast process and occurs in about the same time it takes to install the app once!
  8. PackageOnce™ – FlexApp applications work across Windows OS versions (app support required), with no need to repackage applications for OS upgrades!
  9. Session Isolation – Multi-session Windows 10, RDS, and Citrix Virtual Apps are no problem for FlexApp, users only see and use the apps they have access to, even on the same host!
  10. Three clouds! – FlexApp supports all three major cloud platforms natively, while others support only one or require file shares.

If you’ve not tried FlexApp, what are you waiting for? Download ProfileUnity with FlexApp today and you’ll be on your way to efficient app delivery – greatly decreasing your total cost of workspace ownership by streamlining your image management requirements.

ServiceNow Customers Gain Insight to Desktops with Liquidware Stratusphere UX

Liquidware announced this week a Stratusphere UX Integration Kit for ServiceNow. The kit is not only now available to joint customers in the ServiceNow Store, it is also officially certified. ServiceNow Certification verifies that the Kit has successfully completed a set of defined tests focused on ServiceNow Platform security, compatibility, performance, and integration interoperability.

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Leveraging Stratusphere UX to Optimize Cloud Desktops

With the release of Stratusphere UX v. 6.5 this week, we are proud to announce that our solution is currently the only certified end user experience monitoring solution to provide visibility into all three major cloud platforms, including  Amazon Web Services (AWS) Digital Workplace Competency status, advanced monitoring for the  Google Cloud Platform and detailed metrics for WVD on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

The Importance of Cloud

Liquidware Stratusphere UX Cloud Workspace Monitoring
Liquidware Stratusphere UX for Unprecedented Visibility into Cloud Workspaces

Cloud platforms to support digital workspace transformation is increasingly important at a growing numbers of enterprise organizations.  Cloud platforms enable uncoupling workers from static devices, thereby letting their workspaces “roam” as needed. 

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Simplifying Citrix Base Image Management – CUGC Webinar -Watch NOW

Earlier this month Liquidware was invited to present to the CUGC (Citrix User Group Community) on how to Simplify Citrix Base Image Management with Liquidware FlexApp.

Jack Smith of Liquidware also joined us while Citrix CTA, Jake Walsh, moderated the session. We discussed when it is of great benefit to use Liquidware FlexApp and how some joint customers of Citrix and Liquidware have even used it in conjunction with Citrix App Layering – managing OS updates and apps in the base with Citrix App Layering while using Liquidware FlexApp to deliver dynamic (elastic) applications at boot, login, or on a Click-to-Layer basis.

The webinar was well attended and is now available for on-demand viewing as a recording. In case you missed the live session you can watch now at this link.

Liquidware UNPLUGGED – New Interactive Forum for EUC!

We’re excited to share with you a new format for interactive webinars – built exclusively for the end-user computing (EUC) community. Liquidware UNPLUGGED began this past summer as a new way to engage and discuss end user computing ideas.

A recent Liquidware UNPLUGGED with an all-star cast!

Liquidware UNPLUGGED is unlike anything you’ve ever seen in the industry before. It’s like a live talk show with dozens or hundreds of you closest peers in EUC. VIPs from the community form a rotating panel of monthly UNPLUGGED interactive webinars. Attendees get to participate live and get to ask their questions and/or help give answers as part of the panel! The webinar series has been well received. We keep it real and unscripted, all content is always fresh. Check out a select past UNPLUGGED sessions below and be sure to join us for our next UNPLUGGED event by registering here.

Liquidware Unplugged: Portability, Data Availability and Business Continuity

Liquidware Unplugged: Is Work From Home Here to Stay? – Pictured above: Theresa Miller of 24x7ITConnection, Jason E. Smith of Liquidware, Trond Eirik Haavarstein (Eric) of XenAppBlog, Ray Swanson of Liquidware, Doug Brown of IGEL, Dane Young of YoungTech

Liquidware Unplugged Cloud Virtual Desktop Market : State of the Market

Liquidware Unplugged: Work From Home

IGEL- User Experience Metrics with Stratusphere UX!

With more users than ever connecting with devices enabled with an edge OS like IGEL, it’s important to gather user experience metrics of this “First Mile” of connectivity.

Monitoring the user experience of your virtual desktop environment (Citrix, VMware, Amazon WorkSpaces, Nutanix XiFrame, etc) is nearly mandatory these days but knowing the complete end-to-end user experience should not be ignored. You don’t want any blind spot for your total connection path for end users. Your desktop UX is only as good as your weakest link so not having performance visibility of any edge OS and connections could be the downfall of your overall user experience. Many things may impact users’ session including their local network or WiFi access point performance, local hardware, resources, etc.

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Citrix Summit 2020 Round-Up from Liquidware!

We just returned from Citrix Summit 2020 in Orlando. Although this show is for Citrix community channel partners, it is the first event of the season. As such, it seems to serve as a jump start for the community each year. 2020 was no exception!

SandDolphinCitrix began its first events at the Swan and Dolphin in Orlando and many Synergy (Thinergy/iForum etc.) and Summits have been held there. This was the first Citrix show in many years to be held at this same venue – so it was a bit nostalgic for many of us longtime community members. I was at the first Citrix “Thinergy” in 1998 and it was a bit of a walk down memory lane to have the Citrix Summit exhibit space in the same hall this year. For a while it seemed that the community outgrew this venue but now it seems perfectly sized for Citrix Summit again. It’s not that the community is necessarily shrinking, the Swan and Dolphin have also added meeting space over the years so it is a bigger venue now. Continue reading