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Liquidware Stratusphere UX Review

Wed, 2019-03-20 10:59
RORY MONAGHAN Microsoft MVP. Citrix CTP. IGEL Insider. VMware EUC Champion & vExpert. News Link: Liquidware Stratusphere UX ReviewRelated Product: Stratusphere UX

MVP Symon Perriman Joins Liquidware Experts to Explore WVD on Azure

Tue, 2019-02-19 08:01

Internationally renowned expert joins Liquidware pros to discuss leveraging Liquidware products in Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) deployment ahead of Public Preview.

Chicago, IL — Feb. 19th, 2019 — Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, today announced that it will host a webinar on Feb. 21, with internationally acclaimed Microsoft Expert, author, keynote presenter, and technology personality, Symon Perriman to explore the benefits of virtualizing desktops in a public cloud. The informative webinar comes just ahead of the much anticipated public preview of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). In preparation, Liquidware and Microsoft delivered a joint solution brief which details how the solutions work together to deliver easy to on-board and manage Microsoft WVD workspaces on Azure.

"The public cloud is now seeing real adoption of virtual desktops, and nobody has more or deeper expertise in freeing desktops from on-prem and readying them for the cloud, than Liquidware. They’ve been doing great things with physical, virtual and cloud desktops in the areas of user environment management, application layering and monitoring," said Perriman. "This webinar will take a hard look at the benefits companies stand to gain from virtualizing their desktops in a public cloud, why Microsoft Azure and WVD promises to be a premiere platform, and how Liquidware’s suite of adaptive workspace management solutions – Stratusphere UX, ProfileUnity and FlexApp – play into that."

Microsoft WVD, expected to be generally available this summer, has been verified to work hand-in-glove with Liquidware’s FlexApp Layering, ProfileUnity User Environment Management, and Stratusphere UX monitoring and diagnostics software. This thanks to a partnership between Liquidware and Microsoft that has seen close cooperation between product management at both companies. As a result, with Microsoft WVD and Liquidware, joint customers will experience an end-to-end solution that delivers high-fidelity Azure-hosted desktops at scale and at a cost-effective price.

"We’re committed to our partnership with Microsoft WVD and how we jointly solve a historically complex and expensive problem for businesses and organizations alike. Whether it is the ease of virtual desktop assessments, seamless user migrations to Windows 10 and Microsoft WVD, application layering, enterprise grade profile management, process optimization or quicker overall logons – when WVD is coupled with Liquidware solutions we empower customers to extract the full value of modern desktop technologies and transform their Windows workspaces to meet the needs of the cloud era," said Jason E. Smith, VP of Product Marketing, Liquidware.

Perriman added, "With the combination of WVD and Liquidware, organizations can easily evaluate, migrate, and manage their desktops in Microsoft Azure using advanced security with policy management, application restrictions, granular privilege elevation and much more. We’ll delve into all this and more in the webinar."

25 free licenses of Liquidware’s solutions will be distributed to Microsoft Certified Professionals who attend the webinar.

About Liquidware

Liquidware is a leader in adaptive workspace management solutions for Windows workspaces. The company’s products encompass all facets of management to ensure the ultimate user experience across all workspaces - physical, virtual, DaaS or in the cloud. Enterprise companies across the globe utilize Liquidware solutions to dramatically decrease time spent managing desktops, while delivering increased security, flexibility and scalability. Supported platforms include Microsoft physical, WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop), and RDS desktops, Citrix Desktops, VMware Horizon View, Amazon WorkSpaces (AWS), and Nutanix FRAME. Liquidware products are available through a global network of partners. For more information, visit www.liquidware.com or follow on Twitter @liquidware.

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Liquidware Showcases Healthcare Successes and Citrix Cloud Desktops Strategy at HIMSS19

Tue, 2019-02-12 08:00

The company highlights its successes with major providers in healthcare at the Citrix-Ready booth 527 and lays out the strategy to move to cloud-hosted desktops.

Chicago, IL — Feb. 12th, 2019 — Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, today announced that it will participate at the HIMSS19 conference and expo; demonstrating recent enhancements and industry-first features to its ProfileUnity and FlexApp products, and showcasing compelling new healthcare case studies. The company, which celebrates its tenth birthday this year, will join long-time partner Citrix at the Citrix Ready Partner Pavilion – booth number 527 – at this leading global health information and technology conference, taking place Feb. 11-15, 2019 in Orlando, Fla.

Liquidware’s success in the healthcare industry is well documented and the vertical shares some credit for making it the leading and only remaining independent player in the adaptive workspace management arena. The Liquidware Essentials suite eases the pain for healthcare organizations as they grapple with balancing the everyday challenges of embracing digital transformation along with burdensome HIPAA and other regulatory requirements. This year alone, Liquidware has added on new joint Citrix desktop customers such as the largest children’s healthcare provider in the Southeast as well as in Philadelphia to provide next-generation desktop environments. In addition to that, the team has welcomed additional Citrix customers including the largest university-based healthcare provider in Utah and the largest healthcare provider in the greater Louisville, Kentucky area to design a cloud-ready environment that works best for them whilst significantly decreasing time spent managing desktops.

Last month, Liquidware unveiled several major enhancements to ProfileUnity and FlexApp v6.8. FlexApp’s new industry-firsts include the ability to store FlexApp to Object-Based Cloud Storage, including Amazon S3, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure Blob. Complementary to that, FlexApp Caching makes layered apps readily available even in the face of unstable cloud connections. FlexApp Cloud Apps is another industry-first that makes more than a dozen pre-packaged, cloud-hosted, ready-to-deploy apps available to users for the rapid spin-up of pilot projects and easy cloning for production environments.

Together with FlexApp, ProfileUnity received an update in the form of a New Licensing Server which enables concurrent license models and accurate in-use license counts of both products, a feature that is especially important to healthcare, government and education customers. Finally, both products enjoy faster client execution times thanks to a startup agent that reduces login times by several seconds.

"This is our best release, ever – a true game-changer that will have a significant impact on our joint Citrix and Liquidware healthcare customers," said Jason E. Smith, VP of Products at Liquidware. "It’s an exciting time to be in the workspace management solutions space. We’re seeing significant momentum in the movement of desktops to the cloud, with partners using Liquidware to liberate user profiles from legacy on-prem for the move to cloud-based desktops as a service (DaaS) such as Citrix virtual apps and desktops on Azure or Google Cloud. The healthcare industry is a key part of this movement as we will demonstrate at this year’s expo."

Visit Liquidware at HIMSS19 at the Citrix Pavilion, booth number 527, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Fla., from Feb. 11-15, 2019, and click here to learn about Liquidware solutions.

About Liquidware

Liquidware is a leader in adaptive workspace management solutions for Windows workspaces. The company’s products encompass all facets of management to ensure the ultimate user experience across all workspaces - physical, virtual, DaaS or in the cloud. Enterprise companies across the globe utilize Liquidware solutions to dramatically decrease time spent managing desktops, while delivering increased security, flexibility and scalability. Supported platforms include Microsoft physical, WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop), and RDS desktops, Citrix Desktops, VMware Horizon View, Amazon WorkSpaces (AWS), and Nutanix FRAME. Liquidware products are available through a global network of partners. For more information, visit www.liquidware.com or follow on Twitter @liquidware.

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Liquidware invests in EMEA expansion

Tue, 2019-01-29 14:10
Adaptive workspace management outfit Liquidware announced that 2018 was a record year and, to continue the momentum, has invested in hiring new technical resources in the UK, Benelux and the Nordics.News Link: Liquidware invests in EMEA expansionRelated Product: FlexAppProfileUnityStratusphere UX

Liquidware invests in further EMEA expansion

Wed, 2019-01-23 15:11
Liquidware, a leader in adaptive workspace management, says that 2018 was a record year and, to continue the momentum, has invested in hiring new technical resources in the UK, Benelux and the Nordics. News Link: Liquidware invests in further EMEA expansionRelated Product: FlexAppProfileUnityStratusphere UX

Liquidware Witnesses Unprecedented Growth in End User Computing

Mon, 2019-01-21 21:01

2019 set to be the year of adaptive workspace management

Chicago, IL — Jan. 22, 2019 — Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, today announced that 2018 was a record year with its solutions being recognized as market leading by industry analysts and experts. Founded in 2009, the company continues to attract an expanding array of customers as it enters its tenth year of operations this year.

"In 2018, Liquidware had our best year ever. Our Essentials bundle of user environment management, application layering and visibility solutions has become the premier choice for organizations who value our track record and platform-agnostic approach," commented Chris Akerberg, COO, Liquidware. "As we enter 2019, our current momentum will carry us into further explosive growth with our solutions across all platforms both on-premises and in the cloud."

Akerberg added that Liquidware continues to thrive as an independent platform-agnostic organization, even as the market continues to consolidate with point-solution competitors being absorbed into larger organizations. The company’s offerings are preferred as customers and partners want comprehensive functionality that can span hybrid environments and can future-proof them for managing desktops in the cloud.

Highlights of 2018 results include:

  • Closing the single largest deal in its history for in excess of $2M
  • New license bookings hit record levels with the fastest growing segment being enterprise transactions over $100K
  • Greater than 90% support renewals, a testament to customer satisfaction
  • The company’s application layering solution, FlexApp, was placed first in independent industry analysts WhatMatrix comparison
  • Secured an OEM deal with Nutanix for its ProfileDisk technology to ship with Xi Frame
  • Continued expansion of technical resources across Northern Europe
  • European Sales contribution grew to 12% of global bookings and grew 66% YOY
  • Expanded Alliance Team to support growing strategic relationships with Amazon, Microsoft and Google

In addition, Liquidware continued its innovation by bringing new and, in many cases, industry first capabilities to its product set, namely:

ProfileUnity

  • Natively host user profiles and user authored data (docs) on enterprise grade cloud storage such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, or Microsoft Azure Blob Storage
  • Streamlining of startup agent enabling even faster logons

FlexApp

  • Support for object-based cloud storage – Amazon S3, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure
  • FlexApp Cloud Apps – turnkey pre-packaged cloud-hosted app layers that are ready for use
  • FlexApp Cache – enabling high availability on less than dependable networks
  • Support for Amazon AppStream – enabling one AppStream server to publish multiple applications minimizing number of base images and servers used to deliver AppStream Apps

Stratusphere UX

  • Bring Your Own License (BYOL) support for Amazon Marketplace and Microsoft Azure
  • Dashboard views and a builder
  • Spotcheck Inspector
  • Visibility for VMware Blast metrics

"ESG’s 2019 Technology Spending intention survey highlights that technology issues and organizational dynamics are the most common digital transformation challenges that businesses continue to try to overcome," said Mark Bowker, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "Liquidware is helping businesses breakthrough these challenges while delivering an optimum user experience across a variety of platforms and digital workspace delivery models."

About Liquidware

Liquidware is a leader in adaptive workspace management solutions for Windows workspaces. The company’s products encompass all facets of management to ensure the ultimate user experience across all workspaces - physical, virtual, DaaS or in the cloud. Enterprise companies across the globe utilize Liquidware solutions to dramatically decrease time spent managing desktops, while delivering increased security, flexibility and scalability. Supported platforms include Microsoft physical, WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop), and RDS desktops, Citrix Desktops, VMware Horizon View, Amazon WorkSpaces (AWS), and Nutanix FRAME. Liquidware products are available through a global network of partners. For more information, visit www.liquidware.com or follow on Twitter @liquidware.

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Liquidware Invests in further EMEA Expansion

Mon, 2019-01-21 20:36

2019 set to be the year of adaptive workspace management

London, UK — Jan. 22, 2019 — Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, today announced that 2018 was a record year and, to continue the momentum, has invested in hiring new technical resources in the UK, Benelux and the Nordics. Coupled with the growth and investment, Liquidware reported unparalleled uptake for its Essentials bundle of user environment management, application layering and visibility solutions as the market consolidated with other point solution vendors being acquired. With the absorption of AppSense and RES into Ivanti and FSlogix being acquired by Microsoft, former partners of these companies are now actively signing up with Liquidware.

“We witnessed unprecedented demand for our solutions during 2018,” commented Morteza Esteki, VP Sales EMEA. “In particular, we secured the largest application layering deal to date in EMEA for our FlexApp software, signed with some of the largest systems integrators in the region, hired some first-class technical industry talent from companies such as Softcat and Ivanti and saw our penetration increase dramatically into verticals such as Financial Services, Government and Health Care. Our world-class solutions continue to be recognised by industry experts and analysts as leading the field in managing user workspaces.”

Stratusphere UX monitoring, diagnostics and visibility software, is becoming the defacto solution for many channel partners and systems integrators across Europe for monitoring user experience in their large customer bases. Stratusphere UX has proven itself as the indispensable solution during all stages: pre-migration, migration and as on-going management solution. Many channel partners use Stratusphere UX for assessment and health-checks.

ProfileUnity user environment software is being built into customers’ new workspaces design to better manage their users as they bid farewell to their legacy UEM solutions. Thanks to its unique multi-tenancy capabilities, ProfileUnity is a great solution for managing workspaces in a multi-tenant environment. Version 6.8 is bringing many capabilities to the table that greatly assist the life of an IT admin.

In addition, Liquidware reported a 95% renewal rate for all customers in the region, which is a testament to the level of customer satisfaction for Liquidware’s offerings.

"Managing the devices, applications, services and data that users rely on everyday has been a challenge for IT administrators since desktop computing became a reality. But with business ever more dependent on IT systems working effectively and the added pressure to ensure data security, workspace management has become a critical issue. When you add in the expanding range of devices now being used, ease of management and visibility of systems is now an essential, not a ‘nice to have’,” said Tony Lock, Distinguished Analyst, Freeform Dynamics.

About Liquidware

Liquidware is a leader in adaptive workspace management solutions for Windows workspaces. The company’s products encompass all facets of management to ensure the ultimate user experience across all workspaces - physical, virtual, DaaS or in the cloud. Enterprise companies across the globe utilize Liquidware solutions to dramatically decrease time spent managing desktops, while delivering increased security, flexibility and scalability. Supported platforms include Microsoft physical, WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop), and RDS desktops, Citrix Desktops, VMware Horizon View, Amazon WorkSpaces (AWS), and Nutanix FRAME. Liquidware products are available through a global network of partners. For more information, visit www.liquidware.com or follow on Twitter @liquidware.

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Liquidware Outpaces Industry in Workspace Management

Mon, 2019-01-07 13:40

Accelerates Channel Partners’ Move to Cloud with Innovative Solutions

Chicago, IL — Jan. 7, 2019 — Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, today announced that as desktops increasingly move to the cloud, fueling cloud migration as they do so, more and more partners are using Liquidware workspace management solutions to move their customers to Amazon WorkSpaces, Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), Nutanix Xi Frame, Citrix, and VMware cloud-based desktops. This momentum is poised to increase exponentially on the back of the pending release of Microsoft WVD. Liquidware will exhibit its offerings at Citrix Summit 2019, taking place Jan. 7-9, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Liquidware booth #400).

A 10-year Citrix Ready veteran, Liquidware will demonstrate how its ProfileUnity, FlexApp and Stratusphere UX products are leveraging partnerships with Citrix, Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, Nutanix, Amazon WorkSpaces, and more, to lead the charge as desktops continue migrating to the cloud.  

"We’re especially excited about our partnerships with Citrix, Amazon, VMware, and emerging desktop platforms such as Microsoft WVD and Nutanix Xi Frame and how these will fuel the cloud momentum being driven by the liberation of user profiles from legacy on-prem to the cloud. When WVD is coupled with Liquidware solutions, for which the former has been preconfigured, we can moreover protect the emancipation of these profiles – also keeping them free from cloud lock-in and thus enabling customers to extract the full value of multi-cloud, now and in the future," explained Jason E. Smith, VP of Product Marketing, Liquidware. "The industry has been waiting for years for a truly turnkey solution to enter the market and now platforms such as Microsoft WVD are emerging to fit the bill, positioning itself to be one that many organizations will readily and rapidly adopt."

Value Added Resellers and Integrators are looking to evolve with the industry as well and Liquidware delivers an ideal adaptive workspace management suite that enterprise customers now require. With key functionality for any Windows desktop that works across any physical, virtual or cloud-based platform, Liquidware’s application layering, environment/profile management and user experience monitoring enables partners to easily on-board customers to a new desktop platform with zero user downtime while ensuring service level agreements are met for user experience.  For partners interested in riding this wave, Liquidware offers online registration on its website.

"2018 was an exciting year as far as the liberation of desktops to the cloud goes, and consequently also for Liquidware as this trend inspires a growing partner ecosystem for us, with our product front and center and in the outstanding company of such important enablers as Microsoft WVD," concluded Smith.

To witness Liquidware’s products and partnerships in action, visit the company at booth # 400 at Citrix Summit at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla, from Jan. 7-9, 2019 or learn more online at www.liquidware.com.

About Liquidware

Liquidware is a leader in adaptive workspace management solutions for Windows workspaces. The company’s products encompass all facets of management to ensure the ultimate user experience across all workspaces - physical, virtual, DaaS or in the cloud. Enterprise companies across the globe utilize Liquidware solutions to dramatically decrease time spent managing desktops, while delivering increased security, flexibility and scalability. Supported platforms include Microsoft physical, WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop), and RDS desktops, Citrix Desktops, VMware Horizon View, Amazon WorkSpaces (AWS), and Nutanix FRAME. Liquidware products are available through a global network of partners. For more information, visit www.liquidware.com or follow on Twitter @liquidware.

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Liquidware ProfileUnity Tool to import Registries from GPO and RES Workspace

Thu, 2018-12-13 14:39
Liquidware ProfileUnity lets you manage which registry settings users get in their session. And with context aware filters you can make sure they get the correct registry settings on the right machines. But what if you have a lot of GPO’s with registry settings in your active directory or in RES Workspace and you’re switching to ProfileUnity (especially now the UEM market is changing)? Then you could export all the registries by hand and add them to ProfileUnity or you could use one of the two small tools I created, which will do it automatically.News Link: Liquidware ProfileUnity Tool to import Registries from GPO and RES WorkspaceRelated Product: ProfileUnity

VMblog's Expert Interviews: Liquidware Talks ProfileUnity and FlexApp 6.8 and Adaptive Workspace Management

Wed, 2018-12-05 13:05
Liquidware has just released new versions of its popular ProfileUnity and FlexApp solutions, now at version 6.8. The new releases obviously come with a number of new feature enhancements, but Liquidware is also claiming industry first innovations. To find out more, we went straight to the source, Jason E. Smith, Liquidware's VP of Product Marketing. News Link: VMblog's Expert Interviews: Liquidware Talks ProfileUnity and FlexApp 6.8 and Adaptive Workspace ManagementRelated Product: FlexAppProfileUnity

Liquidware Delivers on Promise to Host Application Layers in the Cloud Natively, with New ProfileUnity and FlexApp v6.8

Mon, 2018-12-03 17:07

Multi-cloud support, including Amazon S3, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, eliminates file share requirement, enables simple public multi-cloud consumption

Chicago, Ill. - Dec. 04, 2018 - Liquidware, the leader in adaptive workspace management, today announced the release of Liquidware ProfileUnity and FlexApp v6.8 with new industry-first features, including FlexApp layering support for object-based cloud storage (Amazon S3, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure), and FlexApp Cloud Apps – turnkey pre-packaged cloud-hosted app layers that are ready for use.

Until now, Server Message Block (SMB) file shares have been a requirement of application layering solutions for hosting the delivery of applications. SMB file shares require servers and operating systems for the purpose of making a file share available to host layers. FlexApp is the industry’s first solution to support object-based cloud storage APIs natively, thus eliminating the complexity of maintaining servers in the cloud for file shares. FlexApp Cache is also an industry-first feature being introduced to lend high-availability of layers on less than dependable networks.

Native support for multi-cloud services provides further benefits to organizations that use FlexApp to layer applications, by providing a seamless transition to cloud-based DaaS (Desktop as a Service), delivering built-in high-availability, and lowering storage costs.

"Companies are increasingly embracing multi-cloud/hybrid-cloud strategies," said Shannon Kalvar, IDC Research Manager. "This shift makes it imperative for application virtualization vendors to technically enable this strategic direction in a seamless fashion."

A summary of the new features in ProfileUnity and FlexApp v6.8 reveals:

  • FlexApp Support for Cloud – FlexApp now supports saving and hosting application layers to object-based storage with multi-cloud support, including Amazon S3, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.
  • FlexApp Caching – FlexApp applications now start immediately as blocks of data continue to load from the cloud or SMB. Benefits include faster execution of apps and enhanced FlexApp stability on unreliable networks.
  • FlexApp Cloud Apps – FlexApp now features over a dozen pre-packaged cloud-hosted applications. These apps are ready to deploy for pilot projects and easily cloned for production environments.
  • FlexApp Application Layering Support for Amazon AppStream – FlexApp enables one AppStream server to publish multiple applications, minimizing the number of base images and servers used to deliver AppStream applications.
  • Licensing Server – ProfileUnity and FlexApp’s management console will now act as a licensing server to enable true concurrent license models. Benefits include accurate in-use ProfileUnity and FlexApp license counts, especially helpful in healthcare, government, and education.
  • Faster ProfileUnity and FlexApp client execution – startup of the agent has been streamlined, reducing login times for most customers by several seconds.

"Our FlexApp layering solution has led with many industry firsts since its introduction seven years ago," said Jason E. Smith, VP of Product Marketing, Liquidware. "With the advent of object-based cloud storage for FlexApp layers, the innovation in this release is game-changing. Through the use of API-level integration, ProfileUnity and FlexApp enable organizations to easily consume cloud storage while delivering multiple benefits for the enterprise. FlexApp again delivers industry firsts with new functionality, and is moreover multi-cloud ready with support for all three major public clouds, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3, and Google Cloud."

In related news earlier this year, Liquidware ProfileUnity became the first User Environment Management solution to leverage object-based storage for user profiles. User profiles, from native cloud without the use of SMB, offer similar benefits to customers by readying them for seamless DaaS transitions, providing built-in high availability from multi-clouds, and lowering the cost of storage.

 

About Liquidware

Liquidware is a leader in adaptive workspace management solutions for Windows workspaces. The company’s products encompass all facets of management to ensure the ultimate user experience across all workspaces - physical, virtual, DaaS or in the cloud. Enterprise companies across the globe utilize Liquidware solutions to dramatically decrease time spent managing desktops, while delivering increased security, flexibility and scalability. Supported platforms include Microsoft physical, WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop), and RDS desktops, Citrix Desktops, VMware Horizon View, Amazon WorkSpaces (AWS), and Nutanix FRAME. Liquidware products are available through a global network of partners. For more information, visit www.liquidware.com or follow on Twitter @liquidware.

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Liquidware releases ProfileUnity and FlexApp 6.8, and talks Windows Virtual Desktop

Mon, 2018-12-03 12:52
It’s time to check in with Liquidware—their latest software releases, ProfileUnity 6.8 and FlexApp 6.8 are out, and they’re a partner on the biggest desktop virtualization news of the year, Windows Virtual Desktop. Last week, I had a call with Jason Smith, who many in the community know as Liquidware’s VP of product marketing.News Link: Liquidware releases ProfileUnity and FlexApp 6.8, and talks Windows Virtual DesktopRelated Product: FlexAppProfileUnity