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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.
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.
The Expert Guide to VMware Data Protection
Virtualization is a very general term for simulating a physical entity by using software. There are many different forms of virtualization that may be found in a data center including server, network and storage virtualization. When talking about server virtualization there are many unique terms and concepts that you may hear that are part of the technology that makes up server virtualization.
Virtualization is the most disruptive technology of the decade. Virtualization-enabled data protection and disaster recovery is especially disruptive because it allows IT to do things dramatically better at a fraction of the cost of what it would be in a physical data center.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to VMware Virtualization

Chapter 2: Backup and Recovery Methodologies

Chapter 3: Data Recovery in Virtual Environments

Chapter 4: Learn how to choose the right backup solution for VMware
How to avoid VM sprawl and improve resource utilization in VMware and Veeam backup infrastructures
You're facing VM sprawl if you're experiencing an uncontrollable increase of unused and unneeded objects in your virtual VMware environment. VM sprawl occurs often in virtual infrastructures because they expand much faster than physical, which can make management a challenge. The growing number of virtualized workloads and applications generate “virtual junk” causing VM sprawl issue. Eventually it can put you at risk of running out of resources.

You're facing VM sprawl if you're experiencing an uncontrollable increase of unused and unneeded objects in your virtual VMware environment. VM sprawl occurs often in virtual infrastructures because they expand much faster than physical, which can make management a challenge. The growing number of virtualized workloads and applications generate “virtual junk” causing VM sprawl issue. Eventually it can put you at risk of running out of resources.

Getting virtual sprawl under control will help you reallocate and better provision your existing storage, CPU and memory resources between critical production workloads and high-performance, virtualized applications. With proper resource management, you can save money on extra hardware.

This white paper examines how you can avoid potential VM sprawl risks and automate proactive monitoring by using Veeam ONE, a part of Veeam Availability Suite. Veeam ONE will arm you with a list of VM sprawl indicators and explain how you can pick up and configure a handy report kit to detect and eliminate VM sprawl threats in your VMware environment.

Read this FREE white paper and learn how to:

  • Identify “zombies”
  • Clean up garbage and orphaned snapshots
  • Establish a transparent system to get sprawl under control
  • And more!
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.

VMware Data Replication Done Right
Until now the most common data replication technologies and methods essential to mission-critical BC/DR initiatives have been tied to the physical environment. Although they do work in the virtual environment, they aren’t optimized for it.

Until now the most common data replication technologies and methods essential to mission-critical BC/DR initiatives have been tied to the physical environment. Although they do work in the virtual environment, they aren’t optimized for it. With the introduction of hypervisor-based replication, Zerto elevates BC/DR up the infrastructure stack where it belongs: in the virtualization layer.

Challenges:

  • If a data replication solution isn’t virtual-ready, management overhead could be more than doubled.
  • Customer data is always growing, so a company can find its information inventory expanding exponentially and not have a data replication solution to keep pace.
  • Some replication methods remain firmly tied to a single vendor and hardware platform, limiting the organization’s ability to get the best solutions – and service – at the best price.

Benefits of Hypervisor-Based Replication:

  • Granularity - The ability to replicate at the correct level of any virtual entity is critical. Zerto’s solution can replicate all virtual machines and all of the meta data as well.
  • Scalability - Zerto’s hypervisor-based replication solution is software-based so it can be deployed and managed easily, no matter how fast the infrastructure expands.
  • Hardware-agnostic - Zerto’s data replication is hardware-agnostic, supporting all storage arrays, so organizations can replicate from anything to anything. This allows users to mix storage technologies such as SAN & NAS, and virtual disk types such as RDM & VMFS.
A New Approach to Per User Application Management
Our premise is simple: existing methodologies for delivering and deploying Windows applications are based upon outmoded ideas and outdated technology. There remains a need for a product that makes it simple for each user to have their Windows applications individually tailored for their device. When a user logs on they should see only the applications that they are licensed to use regardless of whether they are using cloud, virtual or traditional desktops.
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A simple truth: Current application delivery and deployment solutions for Windows®-based desktops are often not fast enough, and the methods employed introduce complexities and limitations that cost enterprises valuable time, money and productivity. There is a strong need for a solution that is faster to deploy, simpler to use, and improves productivity rather than degrades it. In fact, the best solution would seamlessly and instantaneously personalizing the entire desktop, from profiles and printers to applications and extensions, while supporting license compliance and cost optimization. And, of course, it wouldn’t matter if the target desktops were physical, virtual, or cloud-based. FSLogix is delivering that solution today.

UNIQUE, CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY

FSLogix has devised a revolutionary technique called Image Masking to create a single Unified Base Image that hides everything a logged in user shouldn’t see, providing predictable and real-time access to applications and profiles. This approach is driving unprecedented success in image reduction, with a side benefit of license cost optimization. Image masking functions identically across a wide range of Windows-based platforms, greatly simplifying the path from traditional to virtual environments, and dramatically reducing the management overhead required for enterprise desktops. This solution eliminates multiple layers of management infrastructure, creating a single, unified approach to image management, profile access, and application delivery.
The Guide to Selecting Flash for Virtual Environments
High-performance flash-based storage has dramatically improved the storage infrastructure’s ability to respond to the demands of servers and the applications that count on it. Nowhere does this improvement have more potential than in the virtualized-server environment. The performance benefits of flash are so great that it can be deployed indiscriminately and still performance gains can be seen. But doing so may not allow the environment to take full advantage of flash performance. It may also b
Flash storage allows for a higher number of VMs per host. Increasing VM density reduces the number of physical servers required and thereby reduces one of the largest ongoing costs, buying more physical servers, which often are configured with multiple processors and extra DRAM. At the same time, the high performance and low latency of flash allows more mission critical applications to be virtualized. This report explains how storage and hypervisor vendors are getting smarter about leveraging this faster form of storage by including storage quality of service (QoS) intelligence in their systems or environments.
Top seven reasons to deploy Tintri for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Countless organizations have chased the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) dream in hopes of reducing costs, while at the same time, increasing control and consistency. Check out the top seven reasons why Tintri VM-aware storage is necessary for VDI success.

Countless organizations have chased the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) dream in hopes of reducing costs, while at the same time, increasing control and consistency. Most have struggled. The problem is that storage built for physical workloads can’t keep up with the demands of virtual desktops.

Check out the top seven reasons why Tintri VM-aware storage is necessary for VDI success.

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.
ESG Lab Spotlight: SIOS iQ & FlashSoft: Analytics-driven Server Acceleration
Download this ESG Lab Spotlight and learn how easy accelerating performance in your VMware environment through host-based caching can be. ESG Lab looked at a new approach that uses SIOS iQ machine learning analytics platform to identify candidate VMs that can be accelerated with FlashSoft host-based caching software using SanDisk Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators and SanDisk SAS and SATA SSDs. They validated the benefits of this approach in this detailed Lab Spotlight

ESG Lab Spotlight evaluates the power of SIOS iQ Machine Learning and Flashsoft software to enable companies to improve application performance through easy, cost-efficient host based caching with solid-state storage devices (SSDs).by reducing storage bottlenecks, speeding application performance, and minimizing latency. However, the challenge for many organizations, especially since many SSDs are still more expensive than HDDs, is to know when and where to apply SSDs to both maximize performance and minimize costs. This lab report evaluates the SIOS iQ IT Analytics and SanDisk FlashSoft, ioMemory, and SSDs. SIOS iQ, a machine learning analytics platform for optimizing VMware environments, identifies which virtual machines will benefit most from host-based caching and recommends the configuration that will provide the best results. FlashSoft host-based caching software leverages SanDisk Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators, SanDisk Lightning, Optimus, and CloudSpeed SSDs, or any other solid-state storage device, to reduce latency and improve throughput in read-intensive virtual and physical server workloads.

ESG Lab used a simulated enterprise IT infrastructure to validate how organizations can use the SIOS iQ analytics platform to identify applications that could be accelerated with host-based caching software, recommend an optimal cache configuration, and predict the resulting storage performance if caching were configured as recommended. 

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.
Vembu: The Biggest Little Data Protection Company You Probably Haven't Heard Of (Yet)
Vembu wants to do more to let people know that it exists—it wants its own name to be in the marketplace and attached to its products—especially after hearing from many customers who desire to know whom the products they rely on truly belong to. So, in the past year, Vembu established relationships with more VARs and reached out directly to select enterprise and midmarket segments. It added 400 channel partners, 180 VARs, and 300 customers in 2014 alone.

If it appears that this analyst is impressed with Vembu, he is. Vembu’s feature set surpasses what one might presume to come from a backup company that most folks (in North America at least) haven’t heard of.And although it would be easy to assume that some of Vembu’s capabilities are mere boasts, the hesitations wash away with the recognition that this is a vendor with ten years in the business, and that well over half its workforce are R&D engineers. Said another way, Vembu appears to have been quietly solving its customers’ backup challenges for more than a decade through technology, instead of marketing.

In fact, not only did Vembu not have a marketing team until 2015, but it also didn’t have a sales team to speak of. This is an incredibly engineering-focused company—one whose revenues and customers have accumulated through word of mouth. But now, Vembu is building out a solid U.S.-based sales and marketing engine focused on penetrating awareness among IT decision makers, especially decision makers in the SMB segment.

The product Vembu will push in 2015, BDR 2.0, could be a “game changer” for Vembu’s growth. BDR appears to have the potential to quite effectively address the varied requirements of small and midmarket businesses who run mixed physical and virtual IT environments and who also want to leverage the cloud.

If Vembu continues to invest as much into its North American marketing and channel outreach programs as it historically has invested into engineering its technology, then 2015 could be the year that a lot of SMBs discover the “secret” to solving a lot of their backup problems.

European and APJ businesses may know Vembu, but many U.S. IT organizations will be surprised by the solution set of this ten-year-old company that is launching its first concerted marketing push into North America.

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.