August 17, 2016

VMworld 2016 Q&A: Stratodesk Will Showcase Its NoTouch Desktop Solution for VDI Endpoints at Booth 665

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What Does Stratodesk Have Planned for VMworld 2016? 

As part of VMblog's live VMworld 2016 coverage coming up in less than two weeks, we're in the process of working up our schedules to make sure we can see and learn as much as possible when the show kicks off.  And we're extremely excited to visit the Solutions Expo this year.  But with so many vendors exhibiting, how do you know which booths to visit and who to get on your schedule?

One of the companies on our "must see" list this year is Stratodesk.  Perhaps you know them best by their polar bear logo?  These guys started back in 2010 with a focus on hardware agnostic thin client software and PC repurposing solutions.  The company partners with many industry leaders in the virtualization and server-based computing world, companies such as: VMware, Citrix, Dell, Cortado, HP and more.  The company's flagship product is called "NoTouch Desktop."  More about the company:

Stratodesk's signature product is NoTouch Desktop. Stratodesk's mission is to provide the most powerful and simple to use endpoint OS for VMware, Citrix and other VDI environments and a centralized endpoint management solution. NoTouch Desktop works on any kind of old and new desktop hardware (PCs, Laptops, Thin Client devices) and offer more security, better and easier client management, increased reliability and lower total cost of ownership to companies of all sizes. Stratodesk is led by an excellent management team, has a history and a tremendous track-record as a first-class supplier for enterprises as well as small business.

Read our exclusive pre-show interview with Stratodesk to learn what they have planned for the upcoming VMworld 2016 event.

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VMblog:  As a VMworld 2016 sponsor, how can people find you this year? 

Stratodesk:  Stratodesk will be in booth #665 this year to the left of the Solutions Exchange entrance. We'll have six people including highly knowledgeable tech guys at VMworld. Look for our famous polar bear logo to find us.

VMblog:  If an attendee likes what they see and hear at your booth... what message about your product can you send them back with to sell their boss on your technology?

Stratodesk:    

  • NoTouch Desktop is the market-leading single solution for all VDI endpoint PCs/laptops/Thin Clients and perfectly complements any VDI or DaaS implementation
  • Works with any hardware (reuse existing or new) and any VDI/DaaS environment
  • Incredibly easy to set up
  • Intuitive enterprise grade management software with outstanding "CIO"-proof reporting features and extensibility
  • Ensure security on the endpoint (no local Windows) and compliance
  • Extremely cost effective - no recurring antivirus or 3rd party management tool payments for PCs
  • Free yourself from vendor lock-in and get full control back over what hardware to buy 

VMblog:  Why should a VMworld attendee add you to their MUST SEE list?

Stratodesk: 

  • NoTouch is the "benchmark" solution for VDI endpoints. Whatever you have now or have in mind how your endpoint landscape should look like, compare it with NoTouch
  • Live demo of the unique PC repurposing and client management solution NoTouch Desktop, that helps make your next VDI deployment faster, easier and more cost-efficient.
  • Our booth staff is technically knowledgeable and can deep-dive into technology discussions as much architectural overview.
  • Learn from our vast experience in many VDI projects with different solutions (View, Citrix, Remote Desktop...) 

VMblog:  What can attendees expect to see and hear at your booth this year?

Stratodesk:  Attendees should definitely join us in our booth for a highly technical live demo of the latest and greatest product release of the award-winning NoTouch Desktop, now supporting VMware's new protocol Blast Extreme.  They will see: 

  • How to easily convert any PC or laptop (existing and brand new) into a smart, secure, "zero-like" VDI endpoint in seconds
  • How to get all the benefits of thin and zero-client computing with NoTouch out of the box
  • How NoTouch will unify your enduser's desktops with one single high performance OS and one single management solution for all your devices
  • How well NoTouch Desktop works with VMware's Horizon and other VDI solutions with its unmatched support for PCoIP, Blast Extreme and RDP as well as USB device redirection and Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV) for Horizon
  • How to manage your VDI endpoint network with the superior, centralized management tool "NoTouch Center", that offers all the outstanding management features YOU need (reporting, scripting, easy deployment and updates,...) 

Reserve your demo place here (www.stratodesk.com/meet-us-at-vmworld-us), so you do not have to wait at the booth! 

VMblog:  Give readers a few reasons why your product or service is considered unique? 

Stratodesk:  NoTouch runs on almost any x86 device out of the box. Our multi-kernel operating system (same look and feel but different Linux kernels) guarantees flawless, easy installation and comprehensive peripheral support on a wide array of hardware. Our top VDI-OS supports smart card readers inclusive government used CAC or PIV cards and various Single Sign-On solutions. The included management solution NoTouch Center is intuitive, easy to learn and feature rich. A huge product knowledge base and an outstanding support by our support techs, no matter if you buy two or two thousand licenses, is also something our customers like at lot.

VMblog:  How does your company and product fit within the VMware ecosystem?

Stratodesk:  Stratodesk is a long-term VMware Technology Alliance Partner and works closely with the VMware EUC team. When you are looking for an outstanding endpoint solution that has the VMware Horizon View Client with Blast Extreme and PCoIP included and plays extremely well with VMware server products and other partner's solutions (e.g. Imprivata, Citrix,..) then stop looking - Stratodesk has everything you need.

VMblog:  Finally, attendees always enjoy a good trade show tchotchke.  Are you guys giving away anything special or interesting this year?

Stratodesk:  Everybody looks great in a Stratodesk T-Shirt. Impress your partner or kids with our most popular give-away, the super-cute polar bear key chains (come early, the bears are really popular and we might run out of these, no matter how many we will bring.) And there are more high-flying prizes (hint!) you can win when trying to take off with our polar bear in our iPad game - visit our booth #665 and find out! We can't wait to see you!

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I'll definitely grab one of those for my kids!  Get Stratodesk on your must see list at VMworld 2016 to learn more about their NoTouch Desktop solution and more!  Make your way to booth 665 and find out what those high-flying prizes are all about.

David Marshall

David Marshall has been involved in the technology industry for over 19 years, and he's been working with virtualization software since 1999. He was able to become an industry expert in virtualization by becoming a pioneer in that field - one of the few people in the industry allowed to work with Alpha stage server virtualization software from industry leaders: VMware (ESX Server), Connectix and Microsoft (Virtual Server).

Through the years, he has invented, marketed and helped launch a number of successful virtualization software companies and products. David holds a BS degree in Finance, an Information Technology Certification, and a number of vendor certifications from Microsoft, CompTia and others. He's also co-authored two published books: "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and acted as technical editor for two popular Virtualization "For Dummies" books. With his remaining spare time, David founded and operates one of the oldest independent virtualization news blogs, VMblog.com. And co-founded CloudCow.com, a publication dedicated to Cloud Computing. Starting in 2009 and continuing all the way to 2016, David has been honored with the vExpert distinction by VMware for his virtualization evangelism.

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