by Tom Rose on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM0 comments, 58 views
IT organizations at colleges and universities are usually pretty lean. Yet the number of Windows applications needed by students, faculty, and staff can be enormous. How do you keep up with the demands for delivering, updating, and fixing all of these apps when you only have a few IT administrators? Get your student interns to do the work!
At least that's what Unidesk and VMware View customer University...
by Ron Oglesby on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 12:01 PM0 comments, 611 views
Recently I was on a call with our CTO Chris Midgley who introduced a new slide to explain the difference between Unidesk layering and application virtualization with regards to simplicity. The slide was so simple in explaining the core problem with app-virt that I just needed to post it here and give you my take on WHY this problem exists.
by Ron Oglesby on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 8:00 AM0 comments, 1004 views
We just introduced the Unidesk 2.0 product at the VMworld conference in San Francisco. Those of you who are avid Unidesk followers have been awaiting this release and know all about it! But to those new to Unidesk I wanted to do a quick introduction into application layers as compared to other single layer technologies out there.
Unidesk enables desktops to be carved into “layers” for ease of...
by Tom Rose on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM0 comments, 690 views
The news is out - Unidesk® 2.0 will be launched next week at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco! The only way to bring full desktop layering to Citrix XenDesktop® and VMware View™ is about to get even better. More fault tolerant. Faster. More storage flexibility. Easier to install and configure. Read our press release for details and customer reactions.
by Ron Oglesby on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM0 comments, 2952 views
When packaging an application in Unidesk or any other software distribution technology commonly used in virtual desktops (think ThinApp and AppV here) you generally will need to disable any auto-update functionality in the application to ensure the package is updated by IT and not the end-user. This is a first in a series of articles about auto-update functionality in commonly used applications.
by Chris Midgley on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 2:23 PM2 comments, 2660 views
Application virtualization isn't new. It's been around for many years, and it's wonderfully useful with VDI deployments. It solves so many IT management problems - single image management of applications, personalized application delivery, reduction of application conflicts (aka, "DLL hell") and more.
Then why are most companies failing to virtualize even half of their applications...
by Chris Midgley on Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM0 comments, 1854 views
One of the cool capabilities of Unidesk is how we persist any and all changes made to a desktop, while simultaneously providing single image management of apps and the OS. The value here is obvious when your desktop use case requires the ability for users to install their own applications, add-ins, drivers, etc. That's clearly something that non-persistent VDI can't do.
by Chris Midgley on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 8:15 AM0 comments, 2297 views
There are many good reasons to consider virtualizing your desktops – but one of the most compelling is how it will revolutionize desktop management. Just think of it – by separating the operating system, applications and user persona into individually manageable layers, you can easily install, configure, secure, and patch just one image and deploy to scads of desktops knowing that every ...
by Chris Midgley on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM1 comment, 2692 views
Maybe the most common question I get is "How is Unidesk different than...". For example, "How is Unidesk different than application virtualization?", "How is Unidesk different than dedupe?" or "How is Unidesk different than profile management"? And of course, each of these has a different answer, especially when we are discussing the virtues of specific products. But I believe that...
by Ron Oglesby on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 10:49 PM5 comments, 4180 views
History and the promise
I was first introduced to application virtualization in about 2002 or 2003. I remember the first conversation I had on the topic. The “Softricity guy” described what they could do (not how they do it) and explained that he could run multiple versions of MS Access, side by side, executing on the same desktop. I was the first of the group to “explain” to him that it (it...
by Chris Midgley on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 12:02 PM0 comments, 1326 views
I recently met with a mid-market company that was just starting to look at virtual desktops to help reduce their desktop management costs, and we were talking about three of the critical barriers to VDI adoption: explosive storage costs; loss of users' applications and settings; and, expensive and complex management.
Like many who are just starting to dip their toes into the desktop virtualization ...
by Nicole Reineke on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 11:15 AM0 comments, 1473 views
A recent meeting revealed an interesting and seemingly common dilemma: how can companies achieve fast delivery of ever-changing custom applications when application virtualization just won’t work. Beyond basic packaging and delivery, it was curious to see the time vs. value equation: how much time was spent on delivering a particular application compared to how many employees used it.
by Tom Rose on Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 10:57 AM0 comments, 1575 views
Despite our best efforts to remain in stealth, technology industry analyst The 451 Group has started tracking Unidesk as part of its desktop and application virtualization coverage.
Gartner was the first analyst firm to mention Unidesk in a published report as bringing something innovative to the desktop virtualization table. Recently, The 451's Rachel Chalmers began including Unidesk in her write...
by Tom Rose on Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 12:17 PM0 comments, 2450 views
I blogged yesterday about how impressed I was by Day 1 at Briforum. During Day 2, I got a chance to roam the exhibit floor and talk with more customers. Two desktop virtualization issues came up repeatedly in these conversations:
Application virtualization limitations. At issue is the difficulty app virt products have in delivering complex applications, such as those with boot drivers...
by Chris Midgley on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 10:23 AM0 comments, 2600 views
Application virtualization is a great example of how desktop management can be radically improved with virtualization technology. It works by isolating a single instance of an installed application into a package and automatically distributing that package to endpoints, often based on provisioning policy. The application is then run inside a protected “bubble” to isolate it from other ...
by Nicole Reineke on Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 10:53 AM0 comments, 1593 views
In the spirit of the holiday season I would like to take the opportunity to discuss something very serious: local conflict - that terrible war we have on our desktops with inter-application relations. Those installation .EXEs constantly battling for registry settings and .DLLs, and programs running on incompatible versions of the JVM.
Sure, some of us use application virtualization to isolate the...
by Nicole Reineke on Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 1:06 AM0 comments, 1132 views
Another report from our desktop administrator survey: application delivery, application patching, and application upgrading are some of the biggest time sinks for desktop administrators. Most administrators from enterprises with greater than 5,000 employees are managing about 150 distinct applications. This can be challenging enough, especially when all but a handful of common apps are assigned...