From the "hell yeah!" department, Quest Software has licensed Liquidware Labs' VDI assessment tool and decided to provide it for free to everyone. No strings attached. Just go download it!
For those unfamiliar with Liquidware Labs, I wrote an article on SearchVirtualDesktop.com last month about the importance of getting a realistic assessment of your current traditional environment before moving to VDI. I highlighted products from three vendors: Lakeside Software, App-DNA, and Liquidware Labs.
Liquidware shouldn't be completely unfamiliar to readers of BrianMadden.com. I wrote about them when they were just getting started a year-and-a-half ago, and later in the year I sat down with cofounder J Tyler Rohrer and recorded a video interview about them and their product:
Fig 1. Tyler demonstrates why his nickname is T-Rex. (Seriously)
The basic idea is that you install the assessment tool in your existing pre-VDI desktop environment. It watches what the users do. It figures out which apps they use, how intense the users are, whether they use peripherals, how much graphical elements change, and about a hundred other things. Then it collates all the raw data and builds a nice report that shows, for example, how many and which users make sense for VDI, where your problem apps will be, etc. They even get into some basic server sizing and architecture recommendations via a configurable "VDI fitness profile."
Quest + Liquidware = Free!
Getting started with the Quest/Liquidware assessment tool is easy. Just download the 700mb zip file from their community site. Inside you'll find PDF release notes, a getting started guide, and a 700 OVA virtual appliance which you just import into your existing ESX environment (or you can migrate it to Hyper-V). The included license allows you to run the tool for an unlimited number of desktops for 45 days. After you configure the basic settings for the virtual appliance, you deploy an agent to all the machines you want to monitor and sit back and wait for the data to roll in!
So what do you think? Has anyone out there used Liquidware's assessment tool? (I know this is what VMware's consulting services folks use for their assessments, as well as a lot of Citrix partners.)