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About Jon Rolls, CTO of Desktop

CTO of Desktop Jon Rolls drives collaboration and strategy for User Virtualization across the AppSense global organization. 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, IT consumerization and BYOD.

Updated Performance Manager Templates

Posted by Jon Rolls, CTO of Desktop on August 12, 2014  /   Posted in General  /  0 comments

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

AppSense DesktopNow and Unidesk Virtual Desktop Management

Posted by Jon Rolls, CTO of Desktop on April 16, 2014  /   Posted in Desktop Management, DesktopNow, General  /  0 comments
unidesk

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

AppSense DesktopNow and VMware Horizon 6: Better Together

Posted by Jon Rolls, CTO of Desktop on April 11, 2014  /   Posted in DesktopNow, Executive Insights, General  /  0 comments
VMware and AppSense

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

AppSense Products and the “Heartbleed” SSL Vulnerability

Posted by Jon Rolls, CTO of Desktop on April 09, 2014  /   Posted in General  /  0 comments
heartbleed

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

AppSense DesktopNow and Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.5

Posted by Jon Rolls, CTO of Desktop on January 28, 2014  /   Posted in Corporate, DesktopNow, Executive Insights  /  0 comments
citrix-ready

AppSense is delighted to partner with Citrix on the forthcoming updates of XenApp and XenDesktop. Our long relationship, including founder membership in Citrix Ready and Citrix Ready partner of the year in 2010, is built on delivering exceptional value to Citrix customers. When used in conjunction with XenApp and XenDesktop,

The Best DesktopNow Ever

Posted by Jon Rolls, CTO of Desktop on October 29, 2013  /   Posted in Desktop Management, DesktopNow, Mobile Management  /  0 comments
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We’ve recently delivered a lot of briefings (“AppSense Achieves Record Year”), updates (Desktop Virtualization podcast with BrianMadden.com) 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

Resource-Level Security and Policy in the Real World

Posted by Jon Rolls, CTO of Desktop on May 08, 2013  /   Posted in DataNow, Executive Insights, Mobile Management  /  3 comments

Last week I described how the move to a resource-level security model and policy, is essential in today’s world of loosely-managed devices, cloud services and BYOX. The old device-centric approach to security is no longer effective – you can’t hide all user devices behind a corporate firewall, it’s not acceptable

The Corporate Firewall is Dying

Posted by Jon Rolls, CTO of Desktop on May 01, 2013  /   Posted in Executive Insights  /  9 comments

I had the idea for this post for a while but, this article from brianmadden.com 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)

Plucking Success From Failure

Posted by Jon Rolls, CTO of Desktop on April 17, 2013  /   Posted in Executive Insights  /  4 comments

Sometimes an innovator hits on a great idea and succeeds at the first try, but usually it’s the result of repeated attempts, and learning from many failures including the failures of others. Where would Windows 7 have been without Vista? Where would the iPad be without previous tablets that showed

The Future of Desktop Management: People-Centric Computing

Posted by Jon Rolls, CTO of Desktop on April 12, 2013  /   Posted in Desktop Management, Executive Insights  /  1 comment

I’ve been attending Microsoft Management Summit this week and hearing a lot about “people-centric computing”, a phrase we like very much at AppSense. Another phrase used by Microsoft on this topic is “Enabling users to be productive, responsibly”, which is closely related to the AppSense mission statement: “To enable a world

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