AppSense Answers Critical Desktop Virtualization Need with AppSense Environment Manager 8.0
Introduces Only Solution that Automates Enterprise Policy and Personalization Management, Accelerating VDI Adoption
AppSense Ltd., the leading provider of user environment management solutions for the enterprise, announced at VMworld its new, 8.0 version of AppSense Environment Manager. The only enterprise solution that enables standardized virtual desktop environments to be fully – and automatically – personalized, AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 accelerates virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) adoption by rapidly configuring desktops and applications with a user’s personal and policy settings without administrator intervention and independent of virtualization technology.
By allowing companies to apply both personal and policy attributes without complex profile management or labor intensive scripting, AppSense Environment Manager enables IT staff to provide users with personalized desktop environments quickly and painlessly. For instance, with Environment Manager 8.0, IT can seamlessly move users from physical to virtual desktops or from one operating system to another, while ensuring that each user’s personal settings, shortcuts, toolbars, and user-specific corporate policies are automatically migrated to the new environment.
To manage user environments in the past, many companies have used a combination of cumbersome, multi-vendor profile and scripting products. This is not only incredibly time-consuming, it also drives up IT costs and is nearly impossible to manage on a large scale.
"If IT can’t efficiently personalize desktops for all users, then the promise of enterprise-wide VDI implementation will never be fulfilled," said Charles Sharland, CEO of AppSense. "With Environment Manager 8.0, we make it easy for IT to manage all aspects of the user independently of the desktop and application delivery mechanism, thus enabling true standardization of the corporate desktop and all the cost and management saving that provides. Not only does this solution solidify AppSense’s leadership in the user environment management space, it also meets a critical VDI need by giving IT the simplicity they require to manage vast configurations, while providing users the personalization they must have in order for large-scale VDI to succeed."
"Once virtualization touches the end user, it’s critical to gain acceptance, to make the end-user experience a positive one," said Michael Rose, Research Analyst at IDC. "AppSense offers a unique solution that makes that happen – one that easily scales to thousands of users in large enterprise-wide environments while also working with multiple VDI technologies."
AppSense Environment Manager is used in many organizations around the world to provide policy and personalization management across multiple delivery technologies. One such company is San Diego-based EMB America, actuarial consultants specializing in property and casualty insurance. "Through VDI, our users connect into virtual pools of machines. Users don’t necessarily know which machine they are connecting into and they really don’t need to know, because we have standardized these desktops. That was the big push for AppSense products. In order to provide a normal desktop experience, each user had to set his/her user profile settings every time they logged into a new machine – a huge waste of time," says Greg Matuskovic, IT Director for EMB America. "With AppSense, everyone now has a consistent and personal experience across all pooled machines without extensive IT burden. All our users are happy and more productive. We now run AppSense on all the virtual machines we have."
About AppSense Environment Manager 8.0
AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 is a highly scalable solution that decouples both corporate policy and personalization data from the desktop-automatically capturing all relevant personalization data, stores and manages this data centrally, and applies it to the user’s desktop and applications on-demand. It enables users to have the same look and feel, shortcuts and other settings (i.e., desktop wallpaper, Excel add-ins, email signature block, application toolbars) on a standardized virtual desktop that they had on their PC, while ensuring users adhere to company policies (i.e., rules about accessing pre-determined printers, applications, networks, drivers and folders).
Equally important, AppSense Environment Manager is the only solution that lets IT apply these policy and personalization settings via multiple desktop and application delivery methods, and across a variety of VDI solutions, including those from Citrix and VMware. This makes it easy for enterprises to transparently migrate large numbers of users to virtual desktops, even in heterogeneous environments, while significantly reducing VDI implementation and management costs.
Other key new capabilities of AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 include:
- Offline Mode: Stores personalization data in users’ virtual cache enabling fully portable personal and policy settings, even for disconnected users.
- Personalization Rollback: Automatically saves snapshots of profiles for future restore points, and transparently delivers rolled-back application settings to users in real-time.
- Quick User Profile Migration: Simplifies migrations between delivery mechanisms (PC/VDI/presentation), operating systems (i.e., Windows XP to Vista), and applications (Office 2003 to Office 2007).
- Application-Level Personalization: Reduces profile size, allows portability across operating systems and application delivery mechanisms, and independent management of user profile data on a per application basis.
- Personalization Streaming: Streams personal settings as users interact with desktop and applications.
AppSense Environment Manager 8.0 is priced at $40 per concurrent user.
AppSense provides technology solutions that personalize and optimize virtual and physical user environments. User environment management provides users with a consistent, contextual and secure working environment regardless of the way the environment is delivered to them. Applications delivered via virtual desktop, streaming, publishing and provisioning, as well as physical desktops, are delivered in a predictable and stable working environment to all users all the time. AppSense solutions have been designed for desktops and servers which are based upon the Microsoft Windows platform. AppSense operates through a worldwide channel of certified partners with offices in the US, UK, Germany, Netherlands and Australia. http://www.appsense.com/