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AppSense Comes to Virtual and Physical Desktops in the Mid-Market

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AppSense introduced a host of features to its DesktopNow suite, which is designed for mid-market virtual and physical desktops. Previously, enterprise-class User Environment Management (UEM) was something simply outside the reach of most mid-market organizations. In fact, often the user experience at the desktop has been overlooked at all corporate levels.

However, as more BYOD, virtual desktops and user portability requirements continue to grow, the personalized desktop is gaining strength. Unique user desktops are a challenge in the corporate environment.  Physical desktops require upgrades and endure hardware failures, and in the virtual environment, persistent desktops per user are expensive in terms of storage space.

One of the features of AppSense for VDI is enabling persistent user virtual desktops in a non-persistent pool of desktops. Non-persistent desktops are often preferred in the VDI environment, because they reduce the amount of storage space required, as the desktops are cloned on demand from gold images. However this space savings comes at the cost of having no personalized end user customization.

AppSense enables this persistent state as the user logs into the virtual or even a physical desktop. Unlike a roaming profile that can take seconds to minutes to be delivered, the customization of the application and operating system is an on-demand process that allows for only the pieces accessed to get transferred to the desktop, as they are needed. This allows for reduced data transference and results in a quicker login, all while preserving the users' environment. 

AppSense is geared for the user on the go, and as more users become portable, AppSense will also work with Wi-Fi or physical network location to enable printer availability on demand based on the location of the user. While these benefits help the user experience, IT also gleans several benefits, such as the ability to track the applications installed for license and compliance requirements. 

With AppSense's ability to manage applications, the ability to restrict application access is also available. This provides the control needed by IT while enabling the features that the users are looking for. "The desktop has always been a tradeoff; you either provide a good user experience or enforce IT control. AppSense lets you have both," said Bassam Khan, VP of Product Marketing at AppSense.

AppSense is reducing the number of gold images needed by organizations while bringing key enterprise-class features such as application control, auditing, compliance, and end user control to install their own applications to the mid-market. These features coming to the mid-market segment will help organizations that have been looking to make VDI more acceptable. Combined these features with the preservation of the users' experience no matter where they login creates that rare win-win for both IT management and users.