We've received a lot of very positive press about our latest 2.0 release, and much of it from very technical bloggers like James Rankin, a.k.a, 'The AppSense Bigot." The negative comments have been around our UI, and I just want to confirm that the message has been received. The upside is that you really don't need to use the UI that much, so keep that in mind while we make it better. ;-)
In his first article, James focused on our ability to manage multiple Java versions (with no sequencing, isolation, repackaging, etc), including multiple versions on one page in a single tab. Multiple Java version support is problem that still plagues most enterprise IT shops, and leads them to creating server silos, or trying to package way too many variations of browsers, plugins, and Java versions into a large library of packages. FSLogix Java redirection allows all Java versions to be installed natively in the base, and assigned to their respective apps, webapps, applets, etc, without conflict. The versions are otherwise hidden from the end user, and the Most Current Version of Java can be assigned as the default for surfing and other applications, to tighten the security aspects of older Java use.
In his most recent article, James looks at our core technology, Unified Base Image management (via Image Masking), using FSLogix Apps on XenApp.
"I have to say I am mighty impressed by this, it's dead easy to deploy and manage, and we can direct users to sets of applications based around the context they're operating in without much fuss. As all the applications are actually natively installed, they will run cleaner and more efficiently than if they were packaged, sequenced, siloed, cloud-hosted or any one of the many ways you can deliver apps these days. And those environments with the images upon images that are frankly a blight on a lot of XenApp deployments these days - you can kiss all that goodbye."
It would be hard to write a better paragraph to sum up our design goals and value prop than this one. We hope to get James and more of the server-based-computing-experts-at-large to participate in our next beta to continue to refine and add more use cases (like our recent profile containers feature). Most of us have been in the industry for a long time, and these are limitations we'd all love to see addressed so that hosted computing (thin client computing, asp, server based computing, presentation services, remote desktop, WaaS, DaaS, utility computing, etc, etc) can move on to the next complete phase of evolution, rather than just the annual name change.
We're mighty impressed to get coverage (and lab time) from the likes of The AppSense Bigot, and are taking that as a strong sign that we're on the right track.