Together Microsoft and AppSense have help many enterprise organization transform their existing, static Windows XP and Vista desktops in to dynamic, optimized desktops through a joint solution of Windows 7, App-V and Microsoft virtualization technologies, all underpinned with a User Virtualization solution from AppSense. User Virtualization is enabling organizations to take advantages of the benefits of Windows 7 in terms of security, performance and user experience and App-V for centralizing application management and reducing operational cost. To help educate enterprise organizations on the importance of including AppSense User Virtualizationas part of your desktop transformation project, Microsoft have teamed up with AppSense to create and publish a short video interview and demo to cover the benefits of the joint solution and also the close Microsoft & AppSense relationship. In the video, Microsoft explain how:
- “AppSense User Virtualization technology enables organizations to deploy Windows 7 quicker, and with less effort.”
- “User Virtualization helps organizations deliver a more predictable and consistent user experience, no matter what hardware or delivery mechanisms they chose to use.”
- “Moving to App-V is easier when using AppSense User Virtualization Technology.”
You can view the video by clicking on the screenshot below: Thank you to both David Overton (Microsoft) and David Shepherd (AppSense) for taking the time to film the video. Another supporting quote from Microsoft on the importance of User Virtualization as part of your Windows 7 or App-V strategy:
“AppSense is a leading provider of user virtualization technology to enterprise organizations. The combination of AppSense with our Desktop Virtualization technologies, such as App-V or VDI Suites, can enable customers to move to Windows 7 and App-V even more quickly without user disruption.” Karri Alexion-Tiernan, Director of product management for desktop virtualization at Microsoft.
A number of supporting documents including; User Virtualization for Microsoft desktops, User Virtualization and Windows 7, and a piece by Harry Labana, AppSense CTO – The Migration Equation: making sense of the move to Windows 7, can all be accessed here. In addition to Microsoft acknowledging the importance of AppSense User Virtualization as s strategic part of the Microsoft Optimized Desktop Vision, this can be seen in the following AppSense and Microsoft Case Studies: The Co-Operative Group - World’s largest consumer-owned business selects AppSense
“By taking the AppSense User Virtualization approach, we expect to migrate up to three times as many desktops per day using the same level of IT resource. And more importantly, we anticipate no disruption to our staff. Our investment in AppSense User Virtualization will continue to pay dividends, so when we migrate to Windows 8 having already virtualized our users, we will continue to receive the same or improved benefits in terms of speed, reduced cost and complexity and a better user experience” Ian Cawson, Technical Architect at The Co-operative Group.
“AppSense User Virtualization delivered the exact solution we needed to confidently migrate to Windows 7 without affecting the user experience. What AppSense has provided us with is a pain-free end-user migration, additionally it future-proofs our design.” Jake Muszynski, Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Hope this helps with your thoughts and strategy planning for your desktop transformation projects to move to the Microsoft Optimized desktop with Windows 7 and App-V technologies. Thanks! Gaz