Recently at Citrix Synergy, FSLogix announced a new feature code named Project Flux. Project Flux is a much needed and awaited feature in the non-persistent virtual desktop world. As applications move to cloud based infrastructures like Office 365 and the distance between client and server infrastructure grows, applications can suffer from poor performance issues. Things have been done to try and band aid this issue by redirecting folders to local file shares such as Application Data or just redirecting the caching portion of the application in applications such as Outlook or Lotus Notes. The problem with redirecting Application Data or just the caching portion of the application is we aren’t really solving the problem. The application can and will suffer from poor performance. I say can and will because at smaller scale things may seem ok, but what happens when you try to scale? The problem comes back or things get worse when another piece of infrastructure, like a file server, becomes overloaded during peak usage times of the day. So how does FSLogix solve this problem? With Project Flux!
FSLogix Project Flux Makes Office 365 and Other Applications A Reality in Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops Part 1
Fresh out of Citrix Synergy 2016 we had the pleasure to catch up with our good friend Kevin Goodman, founder and CEO of FSlogix.
FSLogix came out with huge news announcing their latest project, Flux! For those not in the know, Flux from FSLogix will containerise a users outlook personal data and search in virtual desktop environments, essentially removing the last big hurdle for office 365!
And we’re back! here for a great podcast was a man who needs no introduction, Claudio Rodrigues!
Claudio is an entrepreneur, MVP, CTP, vExpert and has been in the EUC and desktop virtualisation market since it’s inception.
Claudio is a great guy, with an “always honest” opinion on all matters and he was a great guest we’d be attempting to get on for some time!
On this episode, we discussed the following topics:
- Appsense Acquisition to Landesk.
- Citrix Melio is no more.
- Dell vWorkspace end of life.
- Citrix promoting the Raspberry PI, how does that work and what do we think.
- Latest Xenmobile updates:
- Touch ID for worxhome.
- iPad Pro view for worx apps.
- Citrix synergy is coming, what do we expect?
- synergy announcements due from:
- Unidesk v4
- Michael roth joins Fslogix from RES software.
- Turbo going from strength to strength.
- Cloudhouse is an interesting play.
- Horizon 7 out in the wild.
- Kicking the tyres of “JIT”
- Blast protocol seems to be doing very well
- AppVolumes 3
- XD 7.8 in the wild?
- Upcoming Conferences
We thought AppSense had been unusually quiet of late, then BAM, social media was awash with acquisition news for LanDesk and AppSense!
In this episode, we have the top gentleman that is Simon Townsend, Chief Technologist at AppSense on with us to talk all about Simon, AppSense and the LanDesk acquisition.
After a brief hiatus, we’re back with a great podcast with the Founder and CEO of Turbo.net, Kenji Obata. Turbo and Spoon have been a well known name in our industry for some time now, so we decided to reach out and sit down with Kenji to discuss the founding of his companies and how they’ve progressed.
Kenji is a fascinating guy to say the least, in this podcast we had the pleasure of discussing the following topics:
A ProfileUnity and FlexApp Deep dive with Jason E Smith, VP of Product Marketing at liquidware labs.
In todays podcast, we sat down and had a chat with Jason E. Smith from Liquidware labs on the topic of UEM and Application layering. Unless you’ve been under a rock, in a dark quiet cave, you’ll know how many vendors are pushing hard on their application layering technologies this year to simplify your application deployment in desktops.
With this podcast, we looked at how a UEM and Application Layering solution
- Jason’s start with DCA in 1993 with Remote Lan Node.
- Standing ovations for WinView
- RES Softwares start in the US.
- Entrigue, Script Start to ProfileUnity.
- Writing for DABCC.
- Why is UEM and Application Layering a good combination for a product?
- UEM deployment in 60 minutes.
- Application security and isolation use cases.
- What exactly is “Micro Isolation” to Liquidware Labs?
- How was FlexApp architected to be highly available?
- Where is the value add now a days with VMware and their customers?
- And the Citrix customers?
- Coping with Office 365 and Lotus Notes.
- Home automation and beyond the home.
- Escaping from technology.
A great new product was released, relatively quietly into the VMware Horizon stack late last year and that was the VMware Horizon Access Point. If you’re not familiar with the Access point, this is a stateless appliance you can deploy in a Horizon environment replacing the VMware security server.
Jarian and I tested this appliance and we were very intrigued! So we reached out to Mark Benson, EUC CTO office in VMware and he thankfully agreed to record a podcast with us on the background to this Access Point technology and it’s roadmap.
On this podcast, we had the great pleasure to speak with Mark about the following topics:
- Mark’s career path to date.
- Mark’s transition to VMware.
- Access Point’s strategy as a replacement for Horizon security server.
- Lightweight deployment by design.
- Scalability of Access Point.
- Security Server’s future and Access Point’s place with other technologies.
- The migration from security server to access point.
- Planning for zero downtime.
- Handling authentication models with Access Points.
- Tips on automating deployment to allow Access Point to be production ready on first boot.
the podcast is a fascinating insight into how the production ready appliance was developed and why, a big thank you to Mark for taking the time to speak with us.
As promised, here you’ll find some good documentation and tools for the access point:
- - Marks Blog post on Access Point – http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2015/09/vmware-horizon-access-point-secure-remote-access-end-user-computing.html
- The recommended Access Point deployment method using a Powershell – https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-30835
- Deploying and Configuring Access Point – https://pubs.vmware.com/horizon-62-view/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/access-point-20-deploy-config-guide.pdf
And the opinionated four are back! We missed January due to Andrew’s manflu.
In this podcast, we run down the news and moves in the last two months and discuss them with the usual cynicism and sarcasm you’ve come to expect!
The podcast covers off the following topics:
To start of with, an apology from Andrew, he had an epic dose of manflu and that’s why we’re so late with our latest podcast!
On the plus side, it was worth the wait. Straight out of Citrix Summit, we had the absolute pleasure of catching up with the ever charming, fascinating and all round nice guy that is Christian Reilly, CTO of the Workspace Services Division at Citrix.
With Christians first year in Citrix just around the corner, Christian Joined Jarian and Andrew to discuss a whole raft of topics such as:
- Christians impressive career so far.
- Christians first year at Citrix.
- What does Citrix’s message of “Focus on Core” mean?
- Citrix’s new CEO Krill Tatarinov.
- Workspace Cloud launch, success and feedback.
- Christians first Citrix summit, how did it go?
- Partner Love.
- Christians favourite announcements.
- Security, Security, Security.
- The future of networking and Netscaler CPX.
- Consulting the EUC crystal ball for the next 18 months.
- Windows 10 and UWP.
- the good old MDM vs MAM debacle and information management.
- Gluing the pieces together to simplify the user experience.
- Presence and context awareness.
- Hints and Tips for Synergy.
- Apprenticeships and Education in our sector.