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AppSense Supports Citrix XenDesktop Virtualization

AppSense User Environment Management Solution Accelerates Enterprise Adoption of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

AppSense announced that AppSense Environment Manager, the user environment management solution, supports Citrix XenDesktop desktop delivery solution. AppSense complements XenDesktop functionality by enabling desktop policy and personalization management, accelerating and simplifying enterprise migration and management of VDI environments. User environment management provides the only scalable and cost-effective solution for delivering corporate policy and personalized settings on-demand to large groups of users and computers.

“Citrix has been working closely with AppSense for many years, and we are delighted to extend this relationship into the desktop virtualization market,” said Sumit Dhawan, senior director of product marketing, Citrix Systems. “Policy and personalization are critical to delivering on our vision of a dynamically assembled desktop where apps, OS, and user preferences are kept separate and desktops are delivered on demand. With Citrix XenDesktop and a robust user environment management solution from AppSense, all of our enterprise users will have access to a fresh, new, personalized PC every time they log on.”

“XenDesktop is a compelling solution that allows companies to virtualize Windows desktops in the datacenter and deliver them on-demand to users,” said Pete Rawlinson, VP Marketing, AppSense. “As a Citrix Ready Partner, we are pleased to offer our user environment management solution complementary to XenDesktop. Our solution optimizes user experience, simplifies policy and personalization management, lowers the cost of enterprise-wide VDI migrations and enables dynamic personalization of the Citrix ‘on-demand’ virtual desktop. As Citrix continues to evolve its virtualization product line, AppSense products will also evolve to add more value on top of these industry-leading software platforms.”

With AppSense Environment Manager, enterprises can fully realize their virtual desktop investment. It separates user “personality” from the virtual desktop—essentially abstracting user policy and preference settings from the OS and applications and applying them on-demand as each fresh desktop is provisioned. This not only lowers management and storage costs but enables user personality settings to be portable across other desktop delivery mechanisms. This simplifies delivery and maintenance of the virtual environment by removing the need to treat each environment as an entity.

AppSense Environment Manager: Capabilities Overview
AppSense Environment Manager provides policy and personalization management for multiple delivery mechanisms including virtual desktops, published applications, streamed and provisioned desktops and applications. It enables desktop administrators to enforce corporate policy, define personalization settings and manage user profile data.

Manages policy and user personalization
Corporate policy and user preferences can be applied as soon as the user starts or connects to a server, desktop or session or logs on to published or streamed application.

Simple and flexible control
No complex installation is required. A flexible rules and actions model allows administrators to tailor both policy and personalization under different startup, shutdown, logon and logoff scenarios.

Personalize pooled and provisioned desktops
By configuring virtual desktops when a desktop is started, IT can pool virtual images and utilize on-demand provisioned desktops in a heterogeneous environment.

Enterprise management, deployment, auditing and reporting
Easily manage the working environment for thousands of users with instant policy deployment, visibility into policy usage and personalization requirements.

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