What Microsoft's FSLogix Acquisition Means For You

On November 19th, 2018, Microsoft announced its acquisition of Atlanta, Georgia-based FSLogix for an undisclosed sum to extend the company's virtualization capabilities and provide an even better virtualized Windows and Office experience delivered on Microsoft Azure — a mission that the start-up shared since its inception in 2012. 

While it isn't clear yet how the FSLogix team members or products exactly will be merged into the software giant's organization, the start-up's CEO Randy Cook said in his statement that "FSLogix will soon integrate with Microsoft and join the strength of its enterprise productivity solutions and global reach."

(Randy, my congratulations — what an achievement! FSLogix will be an amazing addition to Microsoft.)

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How To Get Valuable VDI Performance Footprint Metrics Without Additional Workload/Cost

 Wouldn't it be nice to be able to know with certainty the performance footprint impact of an application before deploying it into a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)? This way, you could decide whether it is suitable or not based on data rather than gut feel. However, most IT teams do not have this option. 

There are several reasons for that. First, in most scenarios, this means yet another test and additional testing tools, which takes a long time and requires budget. Secondly, dedicated VDI performance testing teams don't perform these tests on the business apps because they don't have the specific knowledge of the products that they're testing.

Today, I am going to show you a new and exciting way of how you can collect the performance metrics in the background while the real users are testing their business apps. This way, you gain a realistic understanding of the impact your application will have on your VDI environment.

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Persistent vs. Non-Persistent VDI

Virtual desktop technologies are changing the ways companies do business. Instead of having individual on-premises hardware workstations running their resident desktops, planners can use something called Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to offer end users the same sort of environment — without the same hardware framework.

Within Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, there are two types of choices: persistent and non-persistent VDI. Each one has its own benefits and disadvantages in the corporate IT context.

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