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HP, VMware & Liquidware Labs Simplify Desktop Transformation
This whitepaper provides an overview of the requirements and benefits of launching a virtual desktop project on proven, enterprise ready solution stack from HP, VMware, and Liquidware Labs. HP VirtualSystem CV2, with VMware View and Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity, offers a comprehensive Virtual Desktop solutions stack with integrated User Virtualization Management and Dynamic Application Portability. By combining offerings from proven industry leaders in this end-to-end solution, customers can fas
Desktops and workspaces are transforming to virtual and cloud technologies at a lightning fast pace. With the rapid growth of Microsoft Windows 7 (and soon Windows 8) adoption, virtual desktop strategies, and cloud storage and virtual application adoption, there is a perfect storm brewing that is driving organizations to adopt client virtualization now.

You need a plan, one that is complete and well capable of guiding you through this key phase of your desktop transformation project. HP and Liquidware Labs offer a comprehensive User Virtualization Management and Dynamic Application Portability (DAP) solution that takes care of the key requirements for your desktop transformation to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

User Virtualization and Dynamic Application Portability from HP and Liquidware Labs is integral to your VDI project by providing the following:

  • Dramatic savings in storage, licensing, and management costs with the use of robust and flexible persona management to leverage non-persistent desktops.
  • Instant productivity within seconds of logon with automatic context-aware configurations which enable flexible desktop environments where users can logon to any desktop, physical or virtual. Minimize golden image builds while allowing the ultimate in personalization, break down the barriers to user adoption and fast-track productivity in the new environment with user and department installed applications.
Liquidware Labs Desktop Transformation Methodology
This whitepaper provides an overview of Liquidware Labs proprietary Desktop Transformation methodology of Assess, Design, Migrate and Validate and describes how our solutions are designed to assist users to move through a logical, phased approach for successful migrations of physical to virtual desktops.
This whitepaper provides an overview of Liquidware Labs proprietary Desktop Transformation methodology of Assess, Design, Migrate and Validate and describes how our solutions are designed to assist users to move through a logical, phased approach for successful migrations of physical to virtual desktops.
Stratusphere Architectural Overview
In this paper, we outline the Architectural components and considerations for our Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX products. This paper is intended for technical audiences who are already generally familiar with these solutions and the functionality they provide.

In this paper, we outline the Architectural components and considerations for our Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX products. This paper is intended for technical audiences who are already generally familiar with these solutions and the functionality they provide.

VDI FIT and VDI UX Key Metrics
As more organizations prepare for and deploy hosted virtual desktops, it has become clear that there is a need to measure compatibility and performance for virtual desktop infrastructure both in the planning process and when measuring user experience after moving to virtual desktops. This whitepaper covers best practices and provides an introduction to composite metrics VDI FIT in Stratusphere FIT and VDI UX in Stratusphere UX to provide a framework to measure Good/Fair/Poor desktops.

As more organizations prepare for and deploy hosted virtual desktops, it has become clear that there is a need to support two related but critical phases. The first is to inventory and assess the physical desktop environment in order to create a baseline for the performance and quality of the user experience for the virtual desktop counterparts. When planning and preparing, organizations would like to know which desktops, users and applications are a good fit for desktop virtualization and which ones are not. The second phase is to track the virtual desktops in production in order to proactively identify when performance and user experience does not meet expectations, as well as to continue to refine and optimize the desktop image and infrastructure as changes are introduced into the environment.

Because virtual desktops live on shared systems, the layers of technology make it more complex to measure and classify fitness and user experience. But with increased industry knowledge and the emergence of best practices, plus new purpose-built products such as Liquidware Labs’ Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX, it is now possible to more accurately measure and classify both fitness and user experience. This white paper covers these best practices and provides an introduction to the VDI FIT and VDI UX classification capabilities in Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX.

Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity and its Role as a Disaster Recovery Solution
As desktop operating systems become more and more complex, the need for a proper disaster recovery methodology on the desktop is increasingly crucial, whether the desktop is physical or virtual. In addition, many enterprise customers are leveraging additional technologies, including local hard drive encryption, persistent virtual images and non‐persistent virtual images. This paper provides an overview of these issues and outlines how disaster recovery (DR) plan, coupled with Liquidware Labs Pro
Many corporations around the globe leverage Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) as a strategic, cost‐effective methodology to deliver business continuity for user applications and data. Virtualization renders a physical computer made of metal, plastic and silica as a portable file that can be moved through a network from a data center to a disaster recovery (DR) site. Although this may sound easy, transferring virtual machine files can be challenging for corporate networks in a number of ways. Moving large amounts of data is a time consuming process that may take days to complete. Moreover, once archival process is complete, the data is effectively out of date or out of context. As a response various strategies focus on leaving the bulk of the data transferred and only updating and replicating the changes in data. Desktop infrastructure is particularly sensitive to the issue of synchronization so applications run properly. The challenge is keeping desktops in sync because desktops, applications and data change often. This has given birth to a whole new set of strategies and software unique to desktops to accomplish backups safely and effectively. Liquidware Labs’ ProfileUnity™ is a best of breed solution that provides a seamless end user DR experience identical to the one at the home office.
Citrix AppDNA and FlexApp: Application Compatibility Solution Analysis
Desktop computing has rapidly evolved over the last 10 years. Once defined as physical PCs, Windows desktop environments now include everything from virtual to shared hosted (RDSH), to cloud based. With these changes, the enterprise application landscape has also changed drastically over the last few years.
Desktop computing has rapidly evolved over the last 10 years. Once defined as physical PCs, Windows desktop environments now include everything from virtual to shared hosted (RDSH), to cloud based. With these changes, the enterprise application landscape has also changed drastically over the last few years.

This whitepaper provides an overview of Citrix AppDNA with Liquidware Labs FlexApp.

FlexApp: Application Layering Technology
FlexApp Application Layering in ProfileUnity enables applications to be virtualized in such an innate way that they look native to the Windows OS and other applications.
FlexApp Application Layering in ProfileUnity enables applications to be virtualized in such an innate way that they look native to the Windows OS and other applications.

Application Layering leads to much higher rates of compatibility than previous technologies which used Application Isolation to virtualize applications. Once applications have been packaged for layering, they are containerized on virtual hard disks (VHDs) or VMDKs.  They can be centrally assigned to users on a machine-level or “context-aware” basis.

This whitepaper provides an overview of FlexApp concepts and ways in which FlexApp can serve as a cornerstone in an application delivery strategy.
User Profile and Environment Management with ProfileUnity
This whitepaper has been authored by experts at Liquidware Labs in order to provide guidance to adopters of desktop virtualization technologies. In this paper, we outline how ProfileUnity was designed to address many of the shortcomings of Roaming Profiles, and basic profile management tools that are just a step away from roaming profiles, in managing user profiles and user-authored data over multiple desktop platforms, including physical upgrades and refreshes, Windows migrations and moves to
User Profile Management on Microsoft Windows desktops continues to provide challenges.  Most Administrators find that Roaming Profiles and even Microsoft UEV generally fall short due to several factors. Profile Corruption, Lack of Customization, and lack of Enterprise Features are just some of the top shortcomings of Microsoft Windows profile management with these options.

Basic tools such as roaming profiles do not support a mixed operating environment, therefore it does not allow users to move among desktops with mixed profile versions, e.g. Windows 7, Windows 10, Server2008, 2012 r2, etc.

The lack of support of mixed OS versions makes Microsoft profile management methods a serious hindrance when upgrading/migrating operating systems. Microsoft profile management tools also only support very limited granular management, so admins do not have the ability to exclude bloated areas of a user profile or to include files and registry keys outside of the profile. Profile bloat is one of the number one reasons for long logon times on Windows desktops.

Most organizations who will upgrade from a previous Windows® OS, such as Windows 7, to Windows 10, will want the flexibility to move at their own pace and upgrade machines on a departmental or ‘as needed’ basis.  As a result, management of Microsoft profiles and migration become a huge challenge for these environments because neither operation is seamlessly supported or functional between the two operating systems.  

A user’s profile consists of nearly everything needed to provide a personalized user experience within Windows.  If one could separate out the user profile from Windows and enable dynamic profiles that can adapt to any Windows OS version, several advantages can be realized:
  • User state can be stored separately and delivered just-in-time to enable workers to roam from workspace to workspace
  • Users’ profiles can co-exist in mixed OS environments or automatically migrate from one OS to the next, making OS upgrades easy and essentially irrelevant during a point-in-time upgrade
  • Integral policies and self-managed settings, such as local and network printer management, as well as security policies, can be readily restored in the event of a PC failure or loss (disaster recovery)
Given the growing complexity and diversity of Windows desktops technologies, today’s desktop administrators are looking for better ways to manage user profiles across the ever-increasing spectrum of desktop platforms available. In this whitepaper, we will cover the issues inherent with Roaming Profiles and how ProfileUnity addresses these issues.
Vembu Changes the Dynamics of Data Protection for  Business Applications in a vSphere Environment
This paper examines how to use Vembu BDR to implement distributed backup and disaster recovery (DR) operations in a centrally managed data protection environment with an ingenious twist. Rather than store image backups of VMs and block-level backups of physical and VM guest host systems as a collection of backup files, Vembu BDR utilizes a document-oriented database as a backup repository, dubbed VembuHIVE, which Vembu virtualizes as a file system.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In this analysis, openBench Labs assesses the performance and functionality of the Vembu Backup & Disaster Recovery (BDR) host-level (a.k.a. agentless) data protection solution in a VMware vSphere 5.5 HA Cluster. For this test they utilized a vSphere VM configured with three logical disks located on separate datastores to support an Exchange server with two mailbox databases. Each of the mailbox databases was configured to support 1,000 user accounts.

This paper provides technically savvy IT decision makers with the detailed performance and resource configuration information needed to analyze the trade-offs involved in setting up an optimal data protection and business continuity plan to support a service level agreement (SLA) with line of business (LoB) executives.

To test backup performance, they created 2,000 AD users and utilized LoadGen to generate email traffic. Each user received 120 messages and sent 20 messages over an 8-hour workday. Using this load level, we established performance baselines for a data protection using direct SAN-based agentless VM backups.

In this scenario they were able to :

  • Finish crash-consistent incremental agent-less backups in 18 minutes, while processing our base transaction load of 12 Outlook TPS.
  • Restore a fully functional VM in less than 5 minutes as a Hyper-V VM capable of sustaining an indefinite load of 4 Outlook TPS
  • Recover all user mailboxes as .pst files from a host-level agentless VM backup with no need to schedule a Windows Client backup initiated within the VM’s guest Windows OS.
In a DR scenario, Vembu leverages the ability to restore a VM in any format, to provide an Instant-boot function, When Vembu Backup Server is installed on a server that is concurrently running Hyper-V, Vembu exports the datastores associated with a VM backup as Hyper-V disks and configures a VM to boot from the datastores.
True 15-Minute RTO for Mission-Critical VM Systems with Vembu VMBackup Replication
Vembu Backup & Disaster Recovery (BDR) provides IT with a Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) system capable of meeting even more aggressive RTO and RPO goals than the previous release. For highly active database-driven systems, Vembu VMBackup leverages VMtools and VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) to perform incremental backups in 15-minute intervals with minimal impact on query processing. As a result, IT can limit data loss to 15 minutes of processing on active mission critical VMs.

The only way to recover a VM with full functionality and full performance without performing an explicit restore operation is through VM replication. Maintaining a replica VM, however, requires frequent and potentially expensive update processes that involve both explicit backup and implicit restore operations. To enable the extensive use of replication by IT, VMBackup adds critical optimizations to both restore and replication operations that dramatically minimize overhead on ESXi hosts and production VMs to just VM snapshot processing. Specifically, a BDR Backup server running on a VM is able to leverage hot-add SCSI transfer mode to write logical disk and logical disk snapshot files directly to a vSphere datastore, without involving the ESXi host for anything more than creating a VM snapshot.

A key a value proposition for Vembu VMBackup is its ability to directly read and write all backup and restore data directly to and from a datastore snapshot. As a result, Vembu VMBackup offloads all I/O overhead from production VMs and ESXi hosts, which is critical for maintaining an aggressive DRM strategy in a highly active virtual environment. What’s more, the performance of Vembu VMBackup in openBench lab's test environment made it possible to enhance support for a mission-critical OLTP application running on a VM using a combination of incremental backups for backup and replication. As a result, they were able to comply with a 30-minute RPO, restore the VM to a production environment in 5 minutes, and return to full-production level processing of business transactions—850 cTPS—in under 15 minutes.

VMBackup adds a new replica management module that enables an IT administrator to fully manage an initial failover and later finalize failover or failback with consolidation. In addition, BDR backup server simplifies all management functions by eliminating the need to run a separate client module on a BDR backup server, which becomes its own client within the BDR reporting hierarchy.

Vembu OffsiteDR Server: Optimize RPO & RTO While Enhancing DR Resilience
Vembu BDR’s data protection solution enhances DRM operations by eliminating all potential single points of failure for restore functions. Using Vembu BDR Suite, IT is able to replicate backup data from multiple BDR Backup servers to a system running OffsiteDR Server within their own data center. As a result, IT garners an alternate system from which to recover protected VMs and physical servers using the same procedures that IT administrators employ on a BDR Backup server.

The ability to configure and deploy high-performance VMs within a vSphere virtual environment continues to put CIO’s under increasing pressure to deal with the rampant bête noire of IT: business continuity. What started with Line of Business (LoB) driven Service Level Agreements (SLAs) requiring IT to meet rigorous Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives (RTO and RPO) has grown into an auditable ISO standard (ISO22301) and an emerging software niche for Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) systems.

For this analysis, openBench Labs assessed the performance and functionality of the Vembu OffsiteDR Server, a DRM device that increases the resilience of recovery processes. Their initial intent was to examine the ability to restore data in the event of a catastrophic failure in vSphere environment, including:

  • A VM running BDR Backup server,
  • an ESXi host, and
  • a SAN device.

The full capabilities of Vembu OffsiteDR Server, however, quickly revealed that the device had a much broader operational impact. With the installation of OffsiteDR Server on an external physical server, they were free to configure end-to-end backup and restore operations in a way that optimized RTO and RPO for all business-critical application scenarios running in vSphere test environment.

In openBench lab's test environment, the combination of Vembu OffsiteDR Server deployed on a physical server with a Vembu BDR Backup server deployed on a VM provided a value proposition that extended far beyond the enhancement of DRM recovery resilience. With OffsiteDR Server installed on a physical server, they were able to optimally leverage VM and physical server platforms to easily implement all of the data protection functionality provided by Vembu BDR Suite, leverage all of the performance optimizations available to VMs in a vSphere environment, and do so in the most cost-effective system configuration.

Catalogic ECX Lab Validation Report: ESG
What does good copy data management look like? According to ESG, it starts with seamless integration into existing IT infrastructure rather than a requirement to create yet another copy of data. This allows organizations to truly modernize their IT infrastructure and application-focused processes. In this report, you’ll learn how Catalogic ECX drives end-to-end business processes that rely on copy data, including a specific focus on Oracle database copy management features.

What does good copy data management look like? According to ESG, it starts with seamless integration into existing IT infrastructure rather than a requirement to create yet another copy of data. This allows organizations to truly modernize their IT infrastructure and application-focused processes.

In this free report, you'll learn:
•    How Catalogic ECX drives end-to-end business processes that rely on copy data
•    How ECX integration with Oracle and other databases makes database copying/cloning simple, fast and efficient.
•    How ECX provides significant additional value through support for data masking, log management and Oracle RMAN

ESG Lab's expert third-party perspective is based on their own hands-on testing with Catalogic ECX.