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Liquidware Labs Extends Flagship Stratusphere Product Line with Two New Offerings to be Shown At VMworld 2012

Liquidware Labs, the leader in desktop transformation solutions, announced it will demo two new offerings at its Booth #2536 at VMworld 2012. Stratusphere IXD, (“Interactive Designer”) is an automated image, host, and storage design solution for virtual desktop infrastructures, and Stratusphere Adapter is a specialized desktop metrics feed into VMware vCenter Operations for single pane-of-glass monitoring across the entire desktop environment.

Stratusphere IXD: Interactive Designer for Image, Host and Storage

Liquidware Labs Stratusphere IXD enables virtualization architects to automate the design of corporate desktop gold master images, and size hosts and storage architectures for next generation virtual desktops. Stratusphere IXD leverages assessment data collected by Stratusphere FIT, Liquidware Labs’ award winning, industry-leading assessment solution. The solution also simplifies the creation of shared images and resource pools for virtual and physical server farms or cloud-hosted infrastructures. Stratusphere IXD is planned to be generally available in fall 2012.

“Stratusphere IXD automates the process of designing key virtual desktop environment components with a very high level of accuracy. Designs are based on actual observed usage patterns which are then applied to the best ‘one-to-many’ shared-image pooled strategy,” said Jason Mattox, CTO of Liquidware Labs. “Using precise image, host and storage designs right at the start prevents the cost overruns, poor performance and capacity constraints that can stall View desktop projects and have negative impacts on end users.”

Stratusphere IXD supports iterative design by allowing an architect to apply many different factors and criteria to real-world usage and consumption data, and observe the resulting changes in infrastructure capacity, overall cost and performance requirements.

“At PQR, we are at the forefront of evaluating new technologies that come on the market so we may provide educated guidance to our customers for products that provide genuine value to them,” said Ruben Spruijt, thought-leader and CTO at PQR, a major systems integrator based in the Netherlands. “I would say that anyone who is planning a move to virtual desktops needs to consider this solution to enable them to capitalize on shared-image strategies and resource pools to gain the most cost-effective and efficient approach to deliver desktops.”

Stratusphere Adapter: Single Pane of Glass Monitoring with VMware vCenter Operations

Stratusphere Adapter allows an integration feed for Stratusphere FIT desktop assessment metrics and Stratusphere UX user experience metrics into VMware vCenter Operations. Administrators can get an excellent granular view of users’ desktop experience in a single “pane of glass” delivered from custom dashboards that they can create without implementing costly and complex BI layers. The Stratusphere Adapter integration feed is available currently through a Liquidware Labs “JumpStart” services engagement.

Stratusphere Adapter simplifies the process of populating data into vCenter Operations by leveraging VDI FIT and VDI UX Composite Scores, which compile a range of key indicators into a single score indicating Good / Fair / Poor desktop performance. Only Liquidware Labs Stratusphere offerings provide unique granular time- and consumption-based metrics about users and applications running inside the guest, including Application Launch Time, Application Response Time, Application Not Responding, Login Delay, Network Latency, Failed Network Connections, Disk IOPS and Queues, CPU Usage and Queues and Memory and Page File Usage. With Stratusphere Adapter, datacenter and desktop administrators can track their entire environment of Windows® and Linux based physical & virtual desktops, servers and thin clients through vCenter Operations. Stratusphere Adapter can be used alone, or can supplement VMware View Adapter.

Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012 7:40 AM by David Marshall
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