User Virtualization Software
User Virtualization Overview
What is User Virtualization Software?
User virtualization is connected to the concept of desktop virtualization where the desktop environment is a virtual machine stored on a remote server. The key thing here is that there are two kinds of virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI): Persistent and non-persistent VDI. Persistent VDI means that the virtual image on the user’s desktop can be personalized with the addition of data, shortcuts, files, etc. Every time the user logs into the virtual machine, the image reflects changes made earlier. Non-persistent VDI is the opposite of that: Every time a user logs out, the computer reverts to it’s original state and the user sees the same image every time he or she logs in. The advantages of non-persistent images are that they are much easier to manage, require less storage, and are easier to patch and update.
User virtualization products began as profile management, allowing a user’s identity to follow the user from machine to machine. But these product have evolved to the point where they can capture everything a user does on a non-persistent desktop image allowing the user to log back into to a refreshed image and see everything just as they had left it.
User Virtualization Features & Capabilities
- Persistent personas in non-persistent virtual desktop environments
- Policy and profile updates based on changes in environment
- Rights management
- Integration with Microsoft Active Directory
- Allow users of non-persistent desktops to install applications without affecting the base machine image
- Ability to connect and disconnect network printers
- Ability to lockdown desktop limiting access to storage, application installs etc.
User Virtualization Products
AppSense is the eponymous relatively familiar and popular user virtualization software offering from the global company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, touting rapid log-in and an accessible user experience.
Citrix User Profile Management (Citrix UPM) is a user virtualization offering from Citrix for managing user data and maintaining adequate logon speed in a virtual environment.
Ivanti Workspace Control (formerly RES One Suite developed by RES Software and supported by Ivanti since the 2017 acquisition) is a user virtualization and profile management suite.
The Tricerat Simplify Suite, from Tricerat in Owings Mill, Maryland, is a user and workstation environment management suite for managing a host of user profiles and virtual desktops, as well as peripheral devices.
ProfileUnity from Liquidware Labs is user virtualization software of use for designing a user's experience or migrating the user's data in a virtual environment.
VMware User Environment Manager is user virtualization and profile management software from virtualization generalist VMware. The software was developed by Dutch company Immidio, but has been added to VMware's portfolio since the acquisition of Immidio in February, 2015.
Microsoft User State Virtualization is user virtualization software for separately encapsulating and managing user data in the datacenter, providing accessibility and security.