by Ron Oglesby on Thu, May 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM1 comment, 1320 views
One of the common irks I have in talking to customers is that companies have used the words “persistent” and “non-persistent” to mean many different things. Often to confuse the customer or make it seem like they have something when they actually don’t (for example, “persistent” Linked Clone VMs from VMware).
This for me is an issue because persistence is about the user experience and...
by Andrew Nadeau on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM0 comments, 597 views
Need persistent VDI but thick-provisioned virtual desktops require too much storage?
Most of Jerry's users require persistent virtual desktops. However, Jerry quickly found that thick-provisioning his desktops would require 40-50 GB per VM and still not solve many of his desktop management challenges. So, how did Jerry deploy easy-to-manage persistent virtual desktops on 70% less storage...
by Andrew Nadeau on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM0 comments, 864 views
Using VMware Linked Clones, but your end users need to customize their desktops?
Jerry rolled out virtual desktops using VMware Linked Clones, only to have his end users rebel when their desktops customizations vanished. See what Jerry did to give his users truly persistent desktops on the same small storage footprint as Linked Clones, and make his VMware View project a success.
Guest Blog Post (Part 2 of a 3 part series)
By Raechelle Clemmons, CIO, Menlo College
There’s no question that virtual desktops can deliver a lot of advantages to those in charge of managing IT on campus. We’re certainly seeing our share of value here at Menlo College, where we’re reducing the operational costs of desktop...
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 Ron Oglesby on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM5 comments, 2600 views
I've been spending the last few weeks at customer sites helping our partners implement Unidesk. It's good to be in the field again participating in production VDI deployments. No surprise I end up getting involved in more than just Unidesk design - network, storage, thin clients, brokers, hypervisors, you name it. But that's for another blog.
What I'm finding is that a key to successful virtual desktop...
by Ron Oglesby on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 1:12 PM0 comments, 2765 views
One of the things VMware View was often knocked for when it first came out was how it handled Windows profiles. Citrix acquired Sepago a few years ago and has been busy integrating it into Citrix Delivery Center to deal with profile management issues, whereas VMware has had to rely on standard Microsoft roaming profiles or some third party tool. With its acquisition of RTO's tools, VMware can now ...
by Ron Oglesby on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 11:41 AM8 comments, 3466 views
There are many truths in computing. So many that we don’t even think about them as “truths”, they’re just there all the time, and we just teach new IT folks to accept them. But every now and then something throws one of our truths under the bus.
VDI has tossed the truth of “Disk is Cheap, Memory is Expensive” under the bus for persistent desktops.
by Tom Rose on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 11:30 AM3 comments, 1939 views
Gartner just issued a research note explaining how new approaches to persistent personalization will enable enterprises to implement hosted virtual desktops (HVD/VDI) for a much broader population of workers. Unidesk is listed as one of the promising new vendors that will make this possible.
by Chris Midgley on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 3:41 PM0 comments, 2875 views
There's a lot of buzz in the desktop virtualization world around “Persistent Personalization.” But really, what is it? Clearly nobody wants to lose their work when their desktops are upgraded or patched, or when they need to switch machines (say, thin terminal to notebook). I think we can agree that if we could have our personalization isolated and preserved even when our desktops change...