-- More efficient power and resource management of layered desktops for computer labs and shift workers. Administrators can now manage the number of spare desktops in a floating pool or group that are kept powered on and available for use. This is especially useful in a lab or kiosk where every user doesn’t have a dedicated desktop, and administrators want to be prepared for a minimum number of simultaneous logons. Now, when pools of non-persistent desktops are created, a minimum number of desktops can be kept powered on and ready for login, and the number of spare desktops available can be tracked.
-- Higher performance layer replication for distributed environments. The speed with which layers are replicated between the Unidesk central layer repository and the Unidesk virtual appliances that create and manage desktops has been greatly increased, making Unidesk even better suited for Remote Office/Branch Office VDI.
-- Easier deployment of layered desktops in clusters. Unidesk now automatically load balances desktops across hosts and Unidesk virtual appliances within a cluster. Load balancing takes into account both space available on the Unidesk datastore and current desktop load on the Unidesk virtual appliances.
Customers in Many Industries Attribute Their VDI Success to Unidesk
“With Unidesk, we have one gold Windows 7 layer that is standard for all desktops, and we can very quickly choose from any of our 45 application layers. It has cut down tremendously on the labor and time required for both desktop staging and rollout. The integration between Unidesk and Citrix XenDesktop really completes the VDI picture for us, giving us best-in-class management and connectivity.”
“We use Unidesk 2.5 with VMware Horizon View 5.1. The small storage footprint of each Unidesk desktop, the simplicity of application layering, and one image to manage has changed our lives. Our Unidesk Windows 7 layer is literally just Windows 7. We don’t have to create different gold images with different apps built-in, so patching and updating our Unidesk virtual desktops is a lot easier than our PCs – we just do it once.”
“The problem with VDI is the number of images we would need to manage. Every department has different apps they need; we don’t have more than three instances where our departments would share an image, and there are about 12 departments. When you consider all the Windows updates we’d have to apply, and the 70 applications we have to update, we would be updating base images and rolling them out constantly. Now with Unidesk, we can have one base image and layers for all the apps and settings. Our users have the same experience -- they just access their Unidesk desktop through Citrix XenDesktop like they would a regular VM.”
“It’s Patch Tuesday, and I have to deploy 17 critical Windows updates to my desktops. With Unidesk, I only have one copy of Windows to update, even with 10 different departmental desktop configurations. The whole thing takes me about 10 minutes. My users come in the next day, and all 300 desktops are patched and ready to be accessed through VMware View. Unidesk layering is the only way we could do this so easily.”
Pricing and Availability
Unidesk 2.5 is available immediately through a growing network of
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