HP Welcomes AppSense into its Virtualization Fold

Dave Courbanou

July 1, 2011

2 Min Read
HP Welcomes AppSense into its Virtualization Fold

HP’s new Client Virtualization Reference Architecture is a playbook of sorts, ensuring customers building out a new virtualization infrastructure (using HP’s portfolio, of course) can hit all their virtualization goals. It’s similar to something VMware has done with the VMware Ready Desktop Solutions Program (which, interestingly, HP was a partner in). HP has inducted a few virtualization vendors as ‘building blocks,’ and now, AppSense is one of them. Brief details follow …

VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and now AppSense, are all part of the approved virtual brick and mortar in HP’s Client Virtualization Reference Architecture (CVRA). Why AppSense? We’ve covered the company’s virtualization exploits in the past, and its unique approach to personal user-based management via virtualization is likely what landed AppSense on the map, since user virtualization tools is a key tenant of HP’s CVRA requirements.

HP outlined other factors for a “successful client virtualization model,” including features that manage complexity, allow for enhanced user controls, tight security integration and, of course, choice of platform and style of virtualization (as long as it’s running on an HP device). HP also claims its virtualization guide book can help IT administrators cut costs, since admins will have an immediate idea of their operational abilities and capacity.

If you’re ready to check out HP’s bevy of virtualization buddies, the list of alliances is here.

Meanwhile, I’m sensing a huge cloud and virtualization play coming from HP. Slow and steady, HP has been reaching out and creating a market for itself built around its own technology, and the technology partners it works with. For instance, just look at Avnet’s recent partnership with HP for cloud-based initiatives and SaaS, in addition to the fact that HP is an inaugural member of the OVA. More HP moves are entirely likely, and we’ll be on them like white on rice.

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