September 24, 2020

VMworld 2020 Digital Q&A: Login VSI Talks Maximizing End-User Experience and Login Enterprise

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VMworld 2020 goes digital.  Will you be in attendance?  If the event were physical, I would have looked forward to visiting with Login VSI.  So we reached out to them digitally instead.

With the current pandemic, we're seeing a lot of changes taking place in our normal, everyday lives -- both professionally and personally.  One of those changes is the end of physical trade show events as we move to socially distance ourselves from one another.  While some trade shows simply cancelled or postponed until 2021, others have made the switch to a 100% digital format.  VMworld, the world's largest virtualization and cloud computing event hosted every year by VMware, is one of those shows -- enter for the first time ever, VMworld 2020 Digital

While a physical VMworld event would normally have north of 150+ sponsors, a digital VMworld event won't be able to effectively support that number of sponsors. 

Login VSI is dedicated to maximizing the end-user experience for digital workspaces.  They do this by using synthetic users to automatically test and validate the impact of change in physical, virtual and cloud-based workspaces - safeguarding application and desktop performance.

It's time to gear up for VMworld 2020 digital!  Get started now by reading this exclusive interview with Blair Parkhill, Product Manager at Login VSI to learn more and start getting excited for what's to come!

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VMblog:  A recent change in our world has been a shift to working from home.  What are your thoughts on this?  And how has it changed things for your company both internally and externally?

Blair Parkhill:  Virtualization and Cloud infrastructures have really paved the road for a much stronger adaptation to recent remote working changes due to COVID-19. However, how we use the infrastructures we've built has changed... A LOT. We've basically had to ditch our on-prem strategies and make everything accessible from outside in a secure, reliable, and speedy way. To accommodate this, there will be a lot more change that is already on our plates, and quickly acting on it is critical.

VMblog:  Can you give us the high-level rundown of your company's technology offerings?

Parkhill:  With so much change happening so quickly, how do you ensure what you're going to release to production won't break your workforce productivity. Basically, Login VSI offers tools that allow our synthetic users to test pre-production workspace virtualization releases and post-production continuous testing. Test your new image to make sure the latest Win 10 release didn't break your apps. Or test your new image at scale to make sure it doesn't overrun your infrastructure or slow down. Or even test continuously from remote points to get an early warning on production workspaces becoming unavailable or slowing down.

VMblog:  Talking about your product solutions, can you give readers a few examples of how your offerings are unique?  What are your differentiators?

Parkhill:  We help customers understand what their users are experiencing. With so much change, the last thing they need is more barriers to productivity. Login VSI gives customers a way to test their rapidly adapting virtual desktop infrastructure and find issues before those users are impacted through Acceptance and Load Testing. The platform can also continuously test from multiple locations to let customers know when and where poor user experience is detected.

VMblog:  For those individuals attending the VMworld 2020 digital event, or those who have attended VMworld in the past, why should they be interested in your company and solutions? 

Parkhill:  Because we have answers to questions, nobody else has the answers. Will my line-of-business apps work after updating my Win 10 version? Will the hardware or cloud gear support the volume of users I plan to support with a given machine after a change? When will the performance of my production apps slow down enough to impact my users? When will my production workspaces become unavailable to my users?

VMblog:  Normally, VMworld is the time of year that people in this industry announce a new product or product update.  Do you have anything new that you've recently announced or plan to announce?  Can you give us the details?

Parkhill:  We are announcing the release of Login Enterprise to the VMware/VMworld community. Login Enterprise is a single software platform based on a single virtual appliance that offers Application Acceptance Testing, Scalability and Benchmark Testing and Continuous Production Testing all from one place. This product is straightforward to use, can interact with almost every production application like a human user, and has a rich public API feature set. If you want to do anything I've talked about so far, download our virtual appliance and have it up and running in minutes.

VMblog:  How does your company work with VMware?  Where do you fit within the VMware ecosystem?

Parkhill:  We have a very long relationship with VMware. Login VSI has been used to test Horizon reference architectures from every vendor - including VMware - in the EUC space to evaluate the performance and scalability of their solutions. VMware is also our customer who uses our tools internally and for production validation, and they are a great partner in the field.

VMblog:  VMware will be covering things in their keynote, but what big changes do you see taking shape in the industry?

Parkhill:  Be prepared to see a considerable balance of enterprise workforces continue to work remotely. Also, potentially see enterprises chase rural outsourcing domestically to drive down the cost of their workforce.

 

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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