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Jon Rolls

About Jon Rolls

As the Vice President of Product Management Jon Rolls drives the strategy for AppSense solutions. Leveraging over 15 years of software industry and Windows management experience, Jon has worked with several industry pioneers including Citrix, Quest Software and Dell. Jon often blogs about key industry observations, desktop management, and IT consumerization.

Update on AppSense Plans for Support of Windows 10

by Jon Rolls

Since I wrote this article in January, we have seen many updates to the Windows 10 Preview and Microsoft has now announced an availability date (July 29th) for the Home and Pro editions of Windows 10. No dates have yet been announced for the Enterprise (volume license) edition used in most corporate

June 12, 2015  |   DesktopNow, General  |  3 comments
Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 and DesktopNow

by Jon Rolls

At the start of October 2014, Microsoft released the first preview of its next Windows operating system, namely Windows 10. Scratch beneath the surface and the first preview that was released was closer to something like Windows 8.2, with a preview of the next generation user interface, including the sorely-missed start

January 30, 2015  |   General  |  1 comment

Updated Performance Manager Templates

by Jon Rolls

In version 8.2 of Performance Manager, AppSense introduced out of the box configurations which were optimized for specific environments (RDS, VDI, Physical Desktop, etc.). Happily, these configurations have been tweaked and optimized by our internal consultants and partners as we’ve deployed more and more PM. We thought it would be

August 12, 2014  |   General  |  0 comments

AppSense DesktopNow and Unidesk Virtual Desktop Management

by Jon Rolls

Over the last few years AppSense has seen a number of customers deploying Unidesk in conjunction with DesktopNow to deliver a scalable and robust VDI solution for their users. A recent customer engagement gave AppSense the opportunity to demonstrate the cross platform personalization capabilities of AppSense DesktopNow’s Environment Manager solution

April 16, 2014  |   Desktop Management, DesktopNow, General  |  0 comments
VMware and AppSense

AppSense DesktopNow and VMware Horizon 6: Better Together

by Jon Rolls

AppSense is delighted to partner with VMware on this week’s release of RDSH support for hosted applications with Horizon 6. Our long relationship, including founder membership in VMware Technology Alliance Partnership, and VMworld 2009 gold award for best desktop virtualization, is built on delivering exceptional value to VMware customers. When

April 11, 2014  |   DesktopNow, Executive Insights, General  |  0 comments

AppSense Products and the “Heartbleed” SSL Vulnerability

by Jon Rolls

As has been widely reported, a major security vulnerability has been discovered in the OpenSSL cryptographic library that is widely used to secure Internet-based communication. The vulnerability, dubbed “Heartbleed,” has already been used to compromise a large number of the security keys, user names, and passwords used to establish trust

April 09, 2014  |   General  |  0 comments

The Best DesktopNow Ever

by Jon Rolls

We’ve recently delivered a lot of briefings (“AppSense Achieves Record Year”), updates (Desktop Virtualization podcast with and publicity (“VMware reverses decision on ThinApp licensing”) around DesktopNow – our suite of management products for optimizing and securing the user environment on Windows desktops, whether physical or virtual. I thought it

October 29, 2013  |   Desktop Management, DesktopNow, Mobile Management  |  0 comments

The Corporate Firewall is Dying

by Jon Rolls

I had the idea for this post for a while but, this article from finally kicked me into writing it. With Gartner’s research showing that 38% of CIOs expect to stop providing devices to users by 2016, it is clear that the trend of consumerization (and BYOD in particular)

May 01, 2013  |   Executive Insights  |  9 comments
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