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FlexApps in the Cloud: The Most Flexible Application Layering Approach

Mon, 2018-08-13 21:35
FlexApp is already the most flexible application layering solution available today. With the introduction of cloud, object-based storage for FlexApps, no other solution can compare. Attend this webinar to learn how object-based layers stored on Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure Blob, or Amazon S3 enables high-availability, flexible application layering, and easy migrations if you switch desktop platforms or have heterogeneous desktop environments.

The Essential Functions to User Experience in the Cloud

Mon, 2018-08-13 21:34
When organizations made the move from physical to virtual servers, it was a no-brainer. Fast forward some time, and some of these workloads have moved to the cloud with similar and increasing benefit. For the right use cases, it just works—both from a technology standpoint and with respect to ROI. Desktops on the other hand, have had varying degrees of success. The move from physical PCs to on premises server-based workloads, such as VDI, have realized some benefit. However, mass adoption and ubiquity have eluded most.

What’s the state of application layering in 2018?

Fri, 2018-08-10 21:10
Ever since VMware acquired CloudVolumes back in August 2014 and Citrix bought Unidesk in January 2017, application layering has gotten a lot more attention. Let’s have a look at its current state, some of the main use cases, and developments going forward.

Liquidware Announces New Customers and a Strong First-Half-Year

Mon, 2018-07-30 21:30

Mohela, University Center at Ponca City, and Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Lean on Liquidware to Achieve App Layering, Security, and Manage High-Performance Desktops

Chicago, IL. – July 31, 2018Liquidware, the leading third-party provider of platform-agnostic end-user computing solutions, today announced a strong half-year performance and major customer wins that demonstrate the unmatched abilities of its ProfileUnity, FlexApp and Stratusphere UX solutions. Liquidware products not only liberate desktops from on-prem to the cloud but also manage high-performance, balance security with personalization, and stretch resources via application layering. Federal student loan processor, Mohela, collaborative education facility, University Center at Ponca City, and architectural firm, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, are the latest in a long string of Liquidware success stories.

H1 2018 has been a record half-year for the company, which saw Q2 bookings increase 62% year-on-year, bringing H1 bookings to a healthy improvement of 37% over the same period last year. Leading this growth was a la carte product sales, with ProfileUnity leading the charge with a sales increase of 68%, followed by Stratusphere UX to the tune of 58%. New licenses were up 37% in this period while renewals stayed strong and consistent.

Customer Wins

Mohela

Mohela’s years of virtual desktop management experience were insufficient to help it overcome the pitfalls of Windows 10 migration, because the new OS includes major changes to the manner in which user profiles are created and managed. As a result, its user profiles, which were stored on persistent virtual machines, would frequently corrupt after migrating to Windows 10. According to Gary Bollman, assistant director of IT at Mohela, the migration was initially a step backward for users and presented serious challenges to the organization’s ability to remain compliant with the federally mandated NIST 800-53 security framework.

“Secure, personalized non-persistent desktops represented the Holy Grail of where we wanted to get, and ProfileUnity was the solution that got us there,” said Bollman. “We looked at profile management tools from Microsoft and VMware, but neither could provide the levels of reliability and security that we require. They were 80 percent and 90 percent solutions. Only ProfileUnity gave us 100 percent.”

University Center at Ponca City

University Center at Ponca City found that basic PC support requirements were eating up the lion’s share of its allocated IT resources. With 60 workstations serving staff and students taking courses from four partner colleges and universities, the organization reached an impasse between its diverse needs and limited resources. A solution came in the form of a VMware-based virtual infrastructure with Liquidware Essentials providing the foundation for virtual environment management.

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf employs a strategy of frequent upgrades and customization of its software applications and workstations. To facilitate that strategy, the company migrated its professional staff to non-persistent virtual desktops and introduced Liquidware Essentials in order to gain greater visibility and control over the environment than it was able to achieve with this new infrastructure’s built-in Citrix tools alone. 

“At Liquidware, our passion is to provide a seamless experience to each and every customer. Whether a federal contractor, university or design firm, we aim to streamline IT operations and allow companies to re-engineer a desktop with the speed and efficiency needed to sustain its output,” said Chris Akerberg, COO and President of Liquidware.

ProfileUnity is a user environment management (UEM) solution that removes the need for roaming profiles and basic profile tools, and delivers zero user downtime migrations to Windows 10, Server 2016, and all leading DaaS platforms. Among its distinctive features, it allows enterprises to natively host user profiles on enterprise grade cloud storage like Amazon S3, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure Blob Storage. FlexApp is Liquidware’s application layering software that delivers applications instantly to any Windows desktop environment, regardless and independently of the operating system version in use. The solution is optimized for VDI and DaaS desktops from Citrix and VMware, for Microsoft RDS/RDmi and Citrix XenApp environments, as well as Amazon WorkSpaces, and physical desktops. The platform-agnostic Stratusphere UX solution delivers user-point-of-view visibility into desktop environments that supports assessment, design, monitoring and diagnostics, and minimizes unknowns and risks. Combined, ProfileUnity, FlexApp and Stratusphere UX form the Liquidware Essentials bundle.

For more information about these case studies please visit Liquidware’s Customer Case Study Homepage here http://www.liquidware.com/customers .

 

About Liquidware

Liquidware™ provides industry leading, platform-agnostic desktop solutions for hybrid Windows desktop environments including Citrix® XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware® Horizon View, Amazon® WorkSpaces and physical Microsoft® Windows PCs and desktops running on Amazon, Google and Microsoft Azure cloud platforms. The company’s Stratusphere UX solution delivers visibility into desktop environments to support assessment, design, monitoring and diagnostics (Health Checks). ProfileUnity provides just in time delivery of User Profiles, application and user rights management and context-aware policies. FlexApp delivers advanced Application Layering. The solutions are available in an extremely cost-effectively priced bundle called Liquidware Essentials. Liquidware products are Citrix Ready, VMware-certified, and are available through a global network of partners. Visit www.liquidware.com for further information.

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Liquidware WhatMatrix Results

Tue, 2018-07-24 09:00

Liquidware Beats Industry Giants to Take Top Spot in Application Layering in Independent Technical Analysis

Chicago, IL -- July 24, 2018 - Liquidware, the leading third-party provider of platform-agnostic end-user computing solutions, today announced that its FlexApp application layering software has nosed out Citrix’s App Layering and VMware’s App Volume products to take top billing in WhatMatrix’s community-curated independent analysis of application layering solutions.

"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."

WhatMatrix is different from other product comparison endeavors in that its community evaluations are all based on in-depth technical analysis, reflected in comparisons of 100-plus evaluation points, and untainted by vendor submission or pay-to-play models. Comparisons are moreover managed by named, independent community experts and validated by open community curation.

Significantly, Liquidware remains the last independent platform-agnostic player in this market segment that is dominated by giants – a fact that is of particular importance to enterprises aiming to avoid vendor or platform lock-in when it comes to their business-critical software. The company’s FlexApp application layering software delivers applications instantly to any Windows desktop environment, regardless and independently of the operating system version in use. The solution is optimized for Citrix and VMware desktop platforms, for Microsoft RDS/RDmi and physical desktops , as well as Amazon WorkSpaces, and desktops running on Amazon, Google and Microsoft Azure cloud platforms.

Among the criteria measured by WhatMatrix, FlexApp was the sole solution to offer per-named user licensing; allow users to layer their own apps; offer click-to-layer; allow apps to upgrade while in use; provide data store support of MongoDB; offer both Azure and AWS native features; centrally manage file type associations; and hide layers from other users on shared machines.

"This accolade really means a great deal to us. With only three products to be measured in this comparison, it was David versus the Goliaths," said Jason E. Smith, VP of Product Marketing of Liquidware. "What an honor to be measured against industry-leading companies, such as VMware and Citrix, and whose desktops FlexApp supports. To be number one in this category is not only gratifying but validates the tremendous functionality of FlexApp."

Visit https://www.whatmatrix.com/comparison/app-layering to view the complete report. WhatMatrix is a living community that updates information frequently. Report criteria are subject to revision at any time. The information quoted here was accurate on the date of publication.

About Liquidware

Liquidware™ provides industry leading, platform-agnostic desktop solutions for hybrid Windows desktop environments including Citrix® XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware® Horizon View, Amazon® WorkSpaces and physical Microsoft® Windows PCs and desktops running on Amazon, Google and Microsoft Azure cloud platforms. The company’s Stratusphere UX solution delivers visibility into desktop environments to support assessment, design, monitoring and diagnostics (Health Checks). ProfileUnity provides just in time delivery of User Profiles, application and user rights management and context-aware policies. FlexApp delivers advanced Application Layering. The solutions are available in an extremely cost-effectively priced bundle called Liquidware Essentials. Liquidware products are Citrix Ready, VMware-certified, and are available through a global network of partners. Visit www.liquidware.com for further information.

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Desktop transformation: the end of the monolithic enterprise desktop

Wed, 2018-07-18 11:25
There is no place in today's increasingly mobile world for the clunky desktops of yesterday.

CUGC XL Great Lakes

Tue, 2018-07-17 14:55
For the users, by the users, we are dedicated to helping our members and their businesses excel. Our members are technology professionals interested in maximizing the value of Citrix and partner products. Together we are a source of high-value content and knowledge sharing, an online and in-person hub for professional connections, and a voice of influence with Citrix.

CUGC XL Midwest

Tue, 2018-07-17 14:54
For the users, by the users, we are dedicated to helping our members and their businesses excel. Our members are technology professionals interested in maximizing the value of Citrix and partner products. Together we are a source of high-value content and knowledge sharing, an online and in-person hub for professional connections, and a voice of influence with Citrix.

FORTHRIGHT Mission Possible

Tue, 2018-07-17 14:53
Cue the spy music and start the countdown... No mission is impossible for the team at Forthright and our vendor partners!

Liquidware ProfileUnity Printer Tools import from Active Directory and RES Workspace

Tue, 2018-07-17 14:52
Liquidware ProfileUnity lets you manage which printers users get in their session. This is really handy because users don’t have to find and add printers on the network themselves.

XenAppBlog.com presents Application Layering Comparison

Mon, 2018-07-16 14:43
In this webinar you’ll learn how Liquidware FlexApp, a Citrix Ready solution, compares to Citrix App Layering. What are the pros and cons of using Citrix App Layering or going with a third party like Liquidware FlexApp. We’ll discuss management logistics like packaging processes, provisioning times, and overall image management strategies. If you are on the fence about Application Layering don’t miss this webinar with myself and Jason E. Smith, VP of Products for Liquidware. Space is limited and these Webinars always fill up. Make sure to register NOW!

Microsoft Ignite

Thu, 2018-07-12 13:22
Innovative experiences, endless possibilities. Leave more equipped than ever to make an impact.

VMworld U.S.

Thu, 2018-07-12 13:19
Technology-driven innovation is disrupting every market and industry. And it’s being created by people like you. You unlock value from today’s technologies while anticipating a rapidly approaching technological future. That’s why we created an event with you and your peers in mind.

VMblog Video Interview with Liquidware on Stratusphere UX, SpotCheck Inspection, and EUC Market

Fri, 2018-06-29 12:28
Liquidware continues to innovate and support the delivery of user experience with Stratusphere UX. In this latest episode of the ongoing VMblog Video Interview Series, we are joined by Kevin Cooke, Product Director of Stratusphere Solutions at Liquidware, who talks about the updates being made to Stratusphere and the introduction of something new called SpotCheck Inspection.

IP Expo London

Thu, 2018-06-21 21:59
IP EXPO Europe is Europe's number ONE IT event for those looking to find out how the latest IT innovations can drive their business forward.

Don’t Settle for an Incomplete UEM Solution

Wed, 2018-06-13 22:03
Since Liquidware introduced ProfileDisk and Profile Containers to the market in 2014, many other vendors have followed, but do they have what it takes for full User Environment Management? Solving Microsoft Office 365 caching, Windows indexing, and OneDrive persistence in virtual desktop environments just scratches the surface of user management. ProfileUnity can go well beyond these basic capabilities with advanced features, such as portable profiles between Windows OS versions, Application Rights Management, and secure policy management with context aware settings.

Louisville Citrix User Group Local Meeting

Fri, 2018-06-01 13:59
For the users, by the users, we are dedicated to helping our members and their businesses excel. Our members are technology professionals interested in maximizing the value of Citrix and partner products. Together we are a source of high-value content and knowledge sharing, an online and in-person hub for professional connections, and a voice of influence with Citrix.

Citrix Synergy Unplugged, London

Fri, 2018-06-01 13:57
Get ready for a new Workspace experience that will give end-users unmatched usability, performance, and reliability across all clouds, devices, and networks. IT teams will gain simplified control and greater flexibility in the form of expanded cloud choice, advanced portability, and the industry’s broadest support for unified endpoint management.

E2EVC Amsterdam, Netherlands, Event

Mon, 2018-05-21 14:00
E2EVC Virtualization Conference is a series of worldwide non-commercial, virtualization community events that bring the best virtualization experts together to exchange knowledge and to establish new connections.

Swiss Citrix User Group Meeting

Tue, 2018-05-15 13:58
For the users, by the users, we are dedicated to helping our members and their businesses excel. Our members are technology professionals interested in maximizing the value of Citrix and partner products. Together we are a source of high-value content and knowledge sharing, an online and in-person hub for professional connections, and a voice of influence with Citrix.

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