Announced the first day of MMS 2012, we completely missed this! But, thanks to the folks at Flexera for keeping us up-to-date. We found a little reminder in our inbox today about this.
In addition to the press release below, the new tool now has it’s own landing page:
…a datasheet to go along with it:
Flexera Software Announces New AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment Tool for Planning Migrations to User-Centric Computing and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
New Application Readiness solution accelerates migrations to Microsoft, Citrix, VMware and other virtual environments while increasing success rate and reducing costs
Schaumburg, IL – 4/16/2012 - Flexera Software, the leading provider of Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today the launch of AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment. An essential migration planning tool, AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment accelerates enterprises’ migration to user-centric computing and a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) while reducing the cost of achieving desktop virtualization objectives.
Vendor-Agnostic Solution for Virtualization Planning
VDI promises to yield substantial cost savings and dramatically improve IT resource utilization. However migrating to virtual desktops is a time-consuming, costly and risky undertaking. It often requires assessing thousands of computers to determine good virtualization candidates and developing a migration plan – often without good visibility into how users and desktop applications consume resources like network bandwidth, storage, CPU and memory.
"Poor user satisfaction and user uptake are the primary reasons that IT desktop virtualization projects fail," said Maureen Polte, Flexera Software’s vice president of product management. "To maximize the likelihood of virtualization success, all VDI projects should be supported with a thorough assessment of users’ current application usage and likelihood of success. AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment will be critical in delivering those assessments, and providing decision support."
AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment provides essential, vendor-agnostic planning automation capabilities. An easy-to-install virtual appliance monitors key system behaviors of computers, users and applications, gathering a complete application inventory, collecting in-depth information on each application such as CPU performance, online/offline access, input/output and memory utilization, to reveal virtualization suitability and the complexity of virtualizing that application.
The system then generates a user-friendly suitability assessment, ranking computers and users based on virtualization suitability into low-, medium- and high-complexity groups based on usage patterns and environmental conditions. To assist enterprise architects in making better-informed virtualization decisions, the assessment includes detailed and summary reports that can be filtered based on a variety of attributes to gain richer insight into the data and identify the desktops, applications and users that have high resource requirements.
AdminStudio Virtual Desktop assessment is customizable, allowing enterprises to tailor the assessment to their unique environments.
With AdminStudio Virtualization Pack – A Complete Virtualization Migration Solution
AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment is designed to work in conjunction with AdminStudio Virtualization Pack as part of a comprehensive Application Readiness solution to leverage the power of virtualization for applications and desktops. AdminStudio Virtualization Pack addresses application virtualization, a key component of any successful VDI implementation, by providing visibility into which applications can be converted to a broad range of application virtualization technologies. Moreover, it automatically converts desktop applications into multiple virtualization formats.
"With Virtual Desktop Assessment we are creating a new category of application compatibility. It’s more than just determining whether an application will work in the virtualized environment. You must have a high level of confidence that the user will have a good experience with their virtual desktop," said Polte. "If you’re only looking at application compatibility – you’re setting yourself up for potential failure and putting your desktop transformation projects at risk. User and device compatibility must be part of the analysis to ensure the assessment is comprehensive and you’re making informed decisions."
AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment is a new member of Flexera Software’s family of Application Readiness solutions, which include AdminStudio, Application Compatibility Pack, Application Virtualization Pack, App Portal and Workflow Manager. Together, AdminStudio Suite delivers the industry’s only end-to-end strategic Application Readiness solution for migrations to Windows 7, application virtualization, cloud computing and day-to-day application packaging operations.
AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment will be generally available in Q2, 2012.