AppSense, a virtualisation software firm based in Cheshire, has received a $70 million (£43 million) investment from Goldman Sachs to aid its expansion in the market.

The move sees a Goldman Sachs executive taking a direct role in the oversight of the company. Pete Perrone, managing director at the bank, will join the AppSense board of directors. However, AppSense said Goldman Sachs was taking a "minority stake" in the company.

“With the increased mobility of the workforce and the need to be able to access information from any device, Goldman Sachs sees a clear demand for user virtualisation solutions that span multiple desktop delivery methods,” said Perrone.

“AppSense’s strong customer traction, history of innovative solutions in desktop computing, and the record growth it has experienced over the past two years further solidified our decision to invest in the company."

AppSense customers include British Telecom, ESPN, JPMorgan Chase and United Airlines. The company extended its business last year with the sale of 1.5 million user licenses, which includes partnering with Fujitsu to provide desktop management solutions to the Department for Work and Pensions for more than 1,000 locations and over 140,000 users in the UK.  

Darron Antill, CEO at AppSense, said, “Effective user virtualisation solutions are critical to any enterprise’s future desktop strategy and will only continue to increase with the growth of cloud and mobile device platforms.”