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Norskale Transformer is ready!


I’m absolutely delighted to announce that ThinKiosk has made it’s way into the Norskale User Environment
Management (UEM) stack: VUEM (or Virtuall User Environment Management). It will be appearing as an additional module named “Transformer”. This has been in the pipeline for some time now and it’s great to be finally ready to talk about it!

About Norskale, in my opinion:

For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Norskale are the new up and coming stars in the UEM market. Norskale is the technical brain child of Citrix CTP, community expert and all round nice guy Pierre Marmignon. Pierre brings over a decade of user virtualisation experience to the table. Pierre is acutely aware of the failings in the UEM/ Remote Desktop market and is using these to great effect, creating a lean, extremely fast and easy to use end user management solution at a good price to boot.

Pierre is backed by extremely clever development / marketing and management teams and with their help, Norskale is making serious waves, just in their first year, shaking a market segment that was somewhat dormant for many years.

How did this transpire?

Pierre reached out to me late last year about a potential partnership between ThinKiosk and Norskale. Funnily enough Pierre reviewed the code of ThinKiosk 1.0 and as quite a new comer to this community,Pierre has always been an idol of mine in the Citrix community. It was because of Pierre and a handful of other guys in this community I decided to start blogging and release free tools.

With all this in mind, when Pierre reached out, I jumped (backflipped) at the possibility to work with him!

And how has it turned out?

I’ve worked closely with the Norskale development team as they completely refactored ThinKiosk’s code to make their own VUEM integrated version that would suit their application framework and leverage all the functionalities they were already providing.I’ve been blown away with the results. Norskale VUEM is already a fast, feature rich and clever offering, but with a ThinKiosk style Workstation to ThinKiosk conversion they now can offer a unique end to end solution for user virtualisation in VDI and Server Based Computing (SBC).

Keeping simplicity as key, it’s a matter of a checkbox to convert a pc to a Thin Client using Norskale, and just as simple to roll back completely should you need to. The Norskale solution has been written, debugged and signed off by a team of wizard developers and I couldn’t be more proud of the results.

So now you can instantly roll out any VDI or hosted desktop initiative in a snap and without heavy investment in traditional thin client hardware. And you are getting the best level of performance and manageability one can think off.

And the nitty gritty?

With Transformer, Norskale now have a ThinKiosk style solution as an add on to VUEM, their UEM solution which has all the features of the ThinKiosk product (and much more) to offer to it’s customers.

Norskale’s Transformer will be maintained and evolving as a separate product entirely. But as part of our partnership, all improvements, features and solutions I add to the ThinKiosk solution will be available to Norskale for use in their own product. With this they get all of the benefits of their enterprise solution, along with the innovations ThinKiosk customers and aficionado’s are driving.

What about ThinKiosk?

ThinKiosk will remain free to use, will continue to be developed… I have a massive release coming out shortly. Worry not!

ThinKiosk is not going anywhere and if you are a Norskale customer, or considering becoming one you will get the benefit of having their end to end solution and any features I add to the ThinKiosk product, all with Enterprise grade support and scalability. It really is a win/win solution for all involved.

Going forward.

Norskale has a big, big future. It was an absolute blast to meet their development team and work with them on this project, I’m honestly looking forward to working with them again on new idea’s and solutions.

Got an idea of your own?

If like me you had a unique idea but struggled to see the bigger picture go speak to Norskale, NOW. They will help you leverage your idea, bring it to market and help you add to a game changing solution. They understand the space, the challenges of creating a product on our own and then trying to monetize it.

  1. April 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    this is really cool!!

  2. Jim Moyle
    April 9, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Great stuff Andy!

  3. April 9, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Wow, congrats to Andrew, Pierre and the entire Norskale team. This definately is enriching the sum of all parts by combining the best of VUEM and ThinKiosk to an even more powerfull total solution.

    I salute you!

  4. April 10, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Congratulations on this awesome partnership! Pierre has a long track record of community tools and other contributions (Citrix Tools) and is doing an great job in changing the UEM market. You guys are changing the “virtual desktop” ecosphere!

    What I like most is that you’re sharing ThinKiosk not only with the community, but also with enterprise vendors and enable them to benefit from the awesome job you’ve done (*group hug*)!

  5. Tom
    April 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I know you want to earn money but is TK per se now being abandoned and no longer “free”??

    • April 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Did you even read the article?

      • Tom
        April 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm

        Did read it and initially missed the relevant section. My apologies. Thank you for suggesting the re-read.

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