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How AppSense gives LANDesk management a virtual boost

Prior to its acquisition of AppSense, LANDesk customers required third parties for VDI management. AppSense fills the gap with centralized management for physical and virtual machines.

When LANDesk acquired AppSense, a virtualization and endpoint protection technology provider, it opened the door for IT shops working with LANDesk management tools to extend into virtual desktops and applications.

By adding virtualization to the mix with AppSense, along with advanced endpoint protections, LANDesk management can now offer a single package to organizations that support both physical and virtual deployments.

The AppSense piece of the puzzle

Before the AppSense acquisition, companies using LANDesk to manage their physical deployments had to turn to other products to manage the virtual side of the equation.

It's no surprise then that LANDesk acquired AppSense to fill in the missing pieces. The main focus at AppSense -- despite a few years of misdirected energies -- was on desktop virtualization, primarily user environment management.

LANDesk can now offer a complete management package to organizations that support both physical and virtual environments.

As a result of the acquisition, LANDesk management customers can get physical and virtual desktop and mobility oversight in one package. The companies come together with strong technical alignment and little product overlap. In addition to desktop, server and mobile management, administrators can manage user environments, applications and data.

At this point the only product release to come from the deal is Endpoint Security Suite 2.0, which brings Shavlik Protect -- which LANDesk owns -- AppSense Application Manager and AppSense Insight together in one package. The product enables what AppSense software whitelisting, administrator privilege restrictions and other security controls.

Getting to know AppSense

At the core of AppSense is the DesktopNow suite, which includes Environment Manager and Application Manager. The suite provides centralized management of virtual, physical and cloud-based assets. It also protects against security threats such as ransomware and malware by preventing users from installing files or applications that might compromise enterprise data.

AppSense covers six primary areas of management and security protection:

Personalization: managing workspace customizations such as icons, bookmarks and dictionaries; generating user snapshots; enabling persistence in nonpersistent VDI.

Policy: applying contextual-based policies, using application lockdown features; enhancing group policies; disabling menu items and keyboard functions.

Security and compliance: enforcing least-privilege access and application termination; implementing whitelists and blacklists; providing granular controls over access rights.

Performance: implementing parallelized, just-in-time logins; controlling rogue processes and system resource entitlement.

File syncing and sharing: Controlling where files are stored and how users access them; enabling secure file access, syncing and sharing from any device.

Analytics: Measuring and tracking user environment metrics.

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AppSense integrates with aspects of both VMware and Citrix products to give admins control over users and applications. AppSense can also increase Microsoft App-V capacity and reduce the number of operating system and application images. In addition, AppSense enables users to seamlessly move from one device to another and can help automate user settings and file migration.

Since the deal, AppSense has added Xtraction, a LANDesk connector, to its DesktopNow suite. Xtraction adds dashboards and reports admins can use to access real-time data from the AppSense DesktopNow Management Server and AppSense Enterprise Manager Personalization Server.

Most enterprises support both physical and virtual devices along with an ever-increasing number of mobile devices. These are the organizations with the most to gain by having one product to manage all endpoints.

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