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AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment Datasheet

  1. 1. Flexera SoftwareD ATA S H E E T AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment Assessment, Analysis and Reporting for Successful Desktop Transformation With successful server virtualization projects under migration costs in check. A viable solution helps Benefits to their belts, IT professionals are now turning their IT assess the virtualization readiness of computers, Your Organization: attention to user-centric computing and desktop users and applications, and develop a data-driven • Reduce costs virtualization. Desktop virtualization promises to plan for a successful transition to virtual desktops. associated VDI by yield substantial cost savings and dramatically not overspending on hardware or software improve IT resource utilization. AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment monitors • Accurately assess Desktop virtualization can also optimize desktop key system behaviors of computers, users and capacity requirements management, facilitating tasks associated applications, capturing detailed data that helps to reduce costs with adding, deleting, updating and patching reveal virtualization suitability. This vendor-agnostic associated with VDI applications; strengthening security; and solution helps you make informed decisions and centralizing user data to protect it through enhances your virtualization strategy, whether that • Enhance the user experience by not consistent, reliable backup. strategy includes Microsoft®, VMware™ or Citrix®. forcing VDI on users who are not optimally Migrating to virtual desktops, however, has Virtual Desktop Assessment provides visibility suited for it proven to be a time-consuming, costly and risky into your desktop environment, enabling you to undertaking in many enterprises. Assessing accelerate your transition to user-centric computing • Minimize risk by thousands of computers and their users to create and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) while designing a new infrastructure guided by profiles that help identify good virtualization reducing the cost of achieving your desktop a full understanding of candidates can be an overwhelming task. virtualization objectives. VDI impacts Developing a rational migration plan is difficult because IT lacks visibility into how users and Virtual Desktop Assessment uses an agent on • Enhance the desktop applications consume such resources as desktop and laptop computers to monitor behavior effectiveness of migration projects network bandwidth, storage, CPU and memory. and gather such information as CPU performance, with in-depth data that online/offline access, input/output and memory guides project planning Desktop virtualization complicates Application utilization as well as applications data including and decision making Readiness processes. In addition to supporting applications installed, details and usage. Data is legacy and MSI formats, IT must now prepare and stored on a central server where it is available for convert desktop applications for the virtual world. In reporting and analysis. many cases, this means supporting multiple virtual formats to accommodate diverse environments and The solution ranks computers with respect to their enterprise needs. virtualization suitability. As a result, enterprise architects have the information they need to plan IT organizations need powerful solutions that and implement successful VDI projects. enable them to embrace user-centric computing and get virtual desktop projects on track while keeping
  2. 2. Flexera Software AdminStudio Virtual Desktop AssessmentVirtual Desktop Assessment Features Suitability Assessment — An overall suitability assessmentMonitoring/Data Capture — Virtual Desktop Assessment ranks computers and users into low-, medium- and high-monitors user computers and captures comprehensive data complexity groups based on usage patterns and environmentaland usage metrics for your current desktop environment. conditions. The ranking is calculated by taking an averageAt the end of the monitoring period, you have the data of key metrics. You can adjust weightings to align the resultsrequired to create an accurate and comprehensive picture more closely with your environment.of behavior with respect to virtualization readiness. Thedata also provides insight into the complexity of virtualizing The assessment helps you determine which users or userany given desktop. Armed with this information, you can groups to migrate first — for example, choosing to migrateapply VDI to the right users and applications to avoid the best candidates first to gain experience with virtualizationthe problems that have resulted in failed VDI projects in while minimizing costs and user disruption. Through carefulsome organizations. user segmentation you can create an effective implementation plan that guides your migration and enhances your success.Customizable Assessment Parameters — You can tailor theassessment for your environment, specifying not only the Robust Reporting — Virtual Desktop Assessment offers both“what” — that is, which computers, users and applications out-of-the-box and custom reporting. You can select theto assess — but also the “when.” You can specify a sample reports that are most relevant and run them on an ad hocthat accurately represents your environment or you can or scheduled basis. You can create custom reports frommonitor all computers, users and applications. You can also scratch or tailor one of the many built-in reports. You canspecify the timeframe, which typically runs from two weeks filter reports based on a variety of attributes to gain richerto 30 days. You can even configure the agent to uninstall insight into the data. Reporting also helps you discoverafter the monitoring period, eliminating the manual effort desktops, applications and users that have high resourceof removing agents. requirements. This information assists with capacity planning for virtual desktops.Comprehensive Metrics — Virtual Desktop Assessment gathersa complete application inventory of the specified computers. Cross-platform Support — Support for the leading hypervisorIt also collects in-depth information on each computer, user and desktop platforms means you can use a single solution toand application. This information helps determine desktop assess virtualization suitability of physical desktops, VMwarevirtualization readiness and the complexity of virtualizing and Citrix virtual desktops and terminal server sessions.the application. Metrics include: Specifically, Virtual Desktop Assessment supports: • Hardware configuration data for each computer • Mware® ESX, VMware ESXi and Citrix® XenServer V • Resource utilization, including CPU, RAM, storage and • icrosoft Hyper-V on Windows 2008 R2 M disk IO, and graphics • indows operating systems for physical and W • Usage of each application, including user count, load virtual desktops time and total use time • irtual desktops running on VMwareView, Citrix V • Services and device drivers required by each application XenDesktop™ and Citrix XenApp™ • External devices such as printers, scanners and smartcards • hin application solutions including VMware ThinApp™ T and Microsoft App-V™ • Aggregates of each of the above so you can plan your virtual infrastructure This cross-platform support helps you contain costs, reduce training requirements and simplify management. Additionally,Comprehensive metrics help you plan a new virtual if you need to modify your virtualization platform, you caninfrastructure that has the capacity required to support your do so without replacing your assessment solution.user base. More precise capacity planning increases thesuccess rate of desktop virtualization projects.
  3. 3. Flexera Software AdminStudio Virtual Desktop AssessmentFigure 1: Flexera Software AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment Dashboard
  4. 4. Leveraging the Power of Virtualization for Desktops With this powerful combination, you can assess and analyzeand Applications your environment and develop a plan that avoids theAdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment can work in disruption that accompanies failed attempts at VDI:conjunction with AdminStudio Virtualization Pack as part of • irtual Desktop Assessment gives you the visibility to Va comprehensive Application Readiness solution that helps answer the question, “Should I migrate this user”?you leverage the power of virtualization for applicationsas well as desktops. Virtual Desktop Assessment adds a • dminStudio Virtualization Pack assesses application Anew dimension to compatibility assessment for desktop virtualization suitability so you can answer the question,transformation initiatives: It assesses the virtualization “Can I migrate this user or application”? It alsoreadiness of your computers, users and applications so you automatically converts your desktop applications intocan identify the best candidates for your VDI implementations. leading virtualization formats • dminStudio gives you the functionality you need to AAdminStudio Virtualization Pack addresses application create and manage packages in multiple formats forvirtualization, which is a key component of any successful VDI ubiquitous deployment across all leading platforms.implementation. When you virtualize applications, you breakdown desktop components into manageable sections so that About Flexera Softwareapplication delivery in desktop virtualization scenarios is more Flexera Software is the leading provider of strategic solutionsconsistent and reliable. The AdminStudio Virtualization Pack for Application Usage Management; solutions deliveringprovides visibility into which applications can be converted continuous compliance, optimized usage and maximizedto the leading application virtualization technologies. What’s value to application producers and their customers. Flexeramore, it automatically converts multiple MSIs and legacy Software is trusted by more than 80,000 customers thatinstallers to these industry leading virtual formats including depend on our comprehensive solutions - from installationMicrosoft App-V, VMware® Thin App™ and Citrix® XenApp. and licensing, entitlement and compliance management to application readiness and enterprise license optimizationTogether these solutions provide a picture of which users - to strategically manage application usage and achieveand applications can be virtualized. With this insight, you breakthrough results realized only through the systems-levelcan develop a highly effective virtualization strategy for both approach we provide. For more information, please go to:users and applications and, ultimately, remove the risk and www.flexerasoftware.comuncertainty associated with desktop transformation projects.As a result, you’ll achieve better desktop resource utilization,easier management and lower cost as well as greater Next Steps:flexibility for users and higher application compatibility. For more information, visit or contact a Flexera Software representative. Free Trial: An AdminStudio Virtual Desktop Assessment free trial is available at or contact a Flexera Software representative.Flexera Software LLC Schaumburg United Kingdom (Europe, Australia (Asia, For more office locations visit:1000 East Woodfield Road, (Global Headquarters): Middle East Headquarters): Pacific Headquarters): www.flexerasoftware.comSuite 400 +1 800-809-5659 +44 870-871-1111 +61 3-9895-2000Schaumburg, IL 60173 USA +44 870-873-6300Copyright © 2012 Flexera Software LLC. All other brand and product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective owners. AS-VDA_DS_May12