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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.
FSLogix Apps for Citrix AppDisk Reference Architecture
App Layering and Image Masking Combined for the Most Versatile Delivery Solution on the Market! Optimizing the way applications are delivered and managed has been an ongoing challenge in enterprise IT, and the variety of approaches over the years have been received with varying degrees of success. Citrix AppDisk, when integrated with FSLogix Apps, provides a unique set of features that can improve end-user productivity, reduce IT overhead and lower the cost of desktop management.
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Optimizing the way applications are delivered and managed has been an ongoing challenge in enterprise IT, and the variety of approaches over the years have been received with varying degrees of success. While every method has pros and cons, some of the most stubborn issues include time-to-deliver, application conflicts, plug-ins and licensing. The too-frequent result is high IT overhead, too many gold images and excess spending on application licenses.

Too many companies are settling on less than optimal solutions because that is all they are presented with and they are unaware of the true state of the art for application management. It is possible to dramatically reduce the number of Windows gold images, in some cases to a single image. It is possible to deliver exactly what each and every end user needs to do their job, and nothing else. It is possible for a user to log into a random system and instantly be presented with their personal desktop, all the right applications, plugins and add-ons, the right printers, and the right fonts. It is possible and it is simple.

Citrix AppDisk, when integrated with FSLogix Apps, provides a unique set of features that can improve end-user productivity, reduce IT overhead and lower the cost of desktop management. With FSLogix patent pending Image Masking technology, AppDisk gains very granular and powerful user-based policy control over every aspect of a user’s desktop and applications, and enhances the ability to distribute applications on network attached disk images. FSLogix Apps also enable AppDisks to scale to a much greater degree than any other similar technologies available today.

This document details what is possible when FSLogix is combined with Citrix AppDisk and suggests best practices for installing and configuring the products for maximum flexibility and applicability in various environments.
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 2015 State of Converged Infrastructure Report
This year, Zenoss conducted its third annual State of Converged Infrastructure survey with 410 global IT leaders to explore how they are using converged infrastructure to respond to business needs for agility and speed. The survey received responses from 410 global IT professionals.
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This year, Zenoss conducted its third annual State of Converged Infrastructure survey with 410 global IT leaders to explore how they are using converged infrastructure to respond to business needs for agility and speed. The survey received responses from 410 global IT professionals. A few highlights from the report:

  • What trends are driving adoption of Converged Infrastructure (CI)?
    69% of survey respondents either have or plan to have CI deployed by 2016.
  • What commonalities exist between those companies having the greatest success in deploying CI?
    A whopping 65% reported delivering better customer service with CI.
  • How are companies structuring their IT workforce to best manage CI deployments?
    33% felt it necessary to create a new team solely for the purpose of managing their new CI implementation.
The full report highlights and analyzes the strengths, weaknesses, obstacles, and demographic data of IT organizations using or planning to use Converged Infrastructure across the world.
Weighing Your Unified Monitoring Options: When Open Source Makes Sense
There are many open source monitoring tools available today that provide a cost-effective alternative for tackling baseline infrastructure monitoring challenges – Ganglia, Groundwork, Nagios, Zabbix, and Zenoss Core are just a few. However, not every tool is right for every environment.
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There are many open source monitoring tools available today that provide a cost-effective alternative for tackling baseline infrastructure monitoring challenges – Ganglia, Groundwork, Nagios, Zabbix, and Zenoss Core are just a few.

However, not every tool is right for every environment.

Weighing the strengths and weaknesses of open-source offerings is essential to determining whether they will work to meet your specific goals.

Since Zenoss has both open source and enterprise-scale solutions, we’re very familiar with both the benefits and limitations of these product sets for your organizational needs. This comparison guide helps provide insight into when and where open source tools might be a good fit.

Which solution is the right fit for you?  Download our white paper today to find out!
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.
The Visionary’s Guide to VM-aware storage
The storage market is noisy. On the surface, storage providers tout all flash, more models and real-time analytics. But now a new category of storage has emerged—with operating systems built on virtual machines, and specifically attuned to virtualization cloud. It’s called VM-aware storage (VAS). Fortunately this guide offers you (the Visionary) a closer look at VAS and the chance to see storage differently.

The storage market is noisy. On the surface, storage providers tout all flash, more models and real-time analytics. But under the covers lies a dirty little secret—their operating systems (the foundation of storage) are all the same… built on LUNs and volumes.

But now a new category of storage has emerged—with operating systems built on virtual machines, and specifically attuned to virtualization cloud. It’s called VM-aware storage (VAS), and if you’ve got a large virtual footprint, it’s something you need to explore further. Fortunately this guide offers you (the Visionary) a closer look at VAS and the chance to see storage differently.

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.

3 things you can ONLY do when your all-flash storage is VM-aware
There’s a disconnect in your data center. You’ve virtualized your applications and your teams are thinking and working in virtual machines.

While many storage products wear the VM-aware label, it doesn’t take much to assess its authenticity. If the product’s architecture is still built on a foundation of LUNs and volumes, it can never be fully VM-aware. 

Truly VM-aware storage is built specifically for virtualized applications. It provides you visibility across your infrastructure, control over performance and complete analytics at the VM level. If your data center is experiencing pain—poor performance, complex management and cost over-runs—you can’t solve it with all-flash or hyperconverged alone. Only VAS can help you see storage differently.

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. 

SIOS iQ: A Next Generation Analytics Platform for Optimizing Critical Application Operations
SIOS iQ is the first solution designed from the ground up to automate the intelligence of IT operations and simplify the optimization of critical application operations in VMware environments. SIOS iQ is an advanced analytics platform that applies patented machine learning technology actionable analysis, insights and problem-solving recommendations.

SIOS iQ is the first solution designed from the ground up to automate the intelligence of IT operations and simplify the optimization of critical application operations in VMware environments. SIOS iQ is an advanced analytics platform that applies patented machine learning technology actionable analysis, insights and problem-solving recommendations. Learn how SIOS iQ can help you identify wasted VMware resources (idle VMs, unneeded snapshot); find and resolve root causes of performance issues, and make informed decisions about implementing and configuring storage acceleration (host based caching with SSDs, all-flash arrays, and hybrid storage).

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. 

EMA Vendor to Watch: SIOS Technology – SIOS iQ
Enterprise Management Associates discuss SIOS iQ, a unique analytics platform in the Advanced Operations Analytics (AOA) or IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) market. Learn how SIOS iQ uses machine learning to discover behavior patterns across the application and infrastructure, and accurately identify deviations from normal behavior that are predictive of impending or on-going issues, to eliminating alert storms and making instantaneous recommendations for issue resolution.
Enterprise Management Associates discuss SIOS iQ, a unique analytics platform in the Advanced Operations Analytics (AOA) or IT Operations Analytics (ITOA) market. The report decribes how SIOS iQ uses advanced machine learning to discovers patterns of behavior across the application and infrastructure stack, and accurately identifies deviations from normal behavior that are predictive of impending or on-going issues. The solution enables one-click root cause analysis, easy (agent-free) deployment with low administrative overhead, mobile tablet access with a well thought-out UI, an API friendly to the assimilation of third-party sources, and a core design optimized to support changing and evolving requirements.
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: 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.