Feb 252011

As William Shakespeare wrote 500 hundred years ago in Julius Caesar, “timing is everything.” Yesterday, I am sure timing was on the mind of AppSense‘s owners as Goldman Sachs announced they would invest $70 million in this U.K. software company.

The user virtualization market is set to top $2 billion by 2015 and AppSense is a leader in this market space. AppSense has a blue-chip customer and partner network that includes HP, Dell, IBM, CSC, Fujitsu, Avanade, Accenture, and EMC. Goldman is no stranger to late stage venture capital as just last month they invested $450 million in Facebook. Timing is everything!

It couldn’t be better timing for our CIO Executive Series group too. You see, we are lucky to have Simon Clephan, VP System Integrator Alliances at AppSense, as one of our guests for the upcoming March 2nd CIO roundtable on desktop virtualization. Simon is currently responsible for developing System Integrator Alliances with key partners for AppSense in the United States.

Perhaps the most challenging issue facing IT executives today is how can their users securely access their corporate computers remotely from laptops, tablets and smartphones. We are excited to have Simon discuss how AppSense is accomplishing this for their clients and we look forward to a lively roundtable discussion.

Feb 212011

Jack Wilson, Principal at Virtual Savant LLC and former VP & CTO with Amerisure Mutual Insurance will be one of our featured guests for the upcoming CIO Executive Series virtual roundtable on March 2nd at Noon EST.

Jack was nationally recognized for successfully implementing desktop virtualization for Amerisure and was InfoWorld’s 2009 Top CTO. Jack led his team to transform Amerisure’s technology from a complex, expensive and inefficient situation into a streamlined virtual architecture environment where Amerisure’s business staff can now acess data “anytime, from anywhere, from any device.”

I am really looking forward to a dynamic and informative discussion among our CIOES members and the other VDI vendor experts. If you haven’t signed up – do!

Feb 172011

This is part two of my interview with Andi Mann, VP at CA Technologies. Andi discusses clever emerging VDI deployment options for CIOs.

Virtualization is not easy and as a CIO moves up the virtualization maturity curve, he/she must have the conversation of deploying virtual desktops. A CIO must navigate and convey IT risk to corporate management. VDI is maturing and Andi discusses items to watch for: scale of servers, number of applications, technical support (server admins versus PC admins), management of virtual desktops, response times servers versus desktop, etc.

Andi discusses clever options that are emerging which make VDI easier to deploy for the CIO – they include:
• Separating all layers: hyper, OS, applications settings and data (combine them real-time on the fly)
• Data de-duplication, Multi-site replication