FAQ - General
Unidesk is the industry’s first and only full desktop layering software for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that simplifies the delivery of applications and Windows patches and creates storage-efficient persistent desktops that keep all user customizations - including user-installed applications. Unidesk accomplishes this by replacing application virtualization, profile management, user virtualization, and image management point tools traditionally required by VDI with a more complete, less costly, and easier to use solution.
Unidesk is a set of virtual appliances that gives you everything you need to create, patch, update, repair, and recover virtual desktops on any type of storage, including SAN, local, hybrid, and flash. Unidesk can be installed on any server running a VMware hypervisor and includes integration connectors for Citrix XenDesktop, Pano Controller, and VMware View.
Unidesk provisions virtual desktops on data center servers from shared, reusable sets of Windows Operating System and Application "layers." The OS and App layers are packaged and assigned by IT administrators, and merged with individual Personalization layers that are unique to each desktop. End users access their Unidesk desktops from any location through PCs, thin clients, or mobile devices using a connection broker such as Citrix XenDesktop or VMware View. Unidesk layering reduces VDI storage requirements up to 70%, cuts application packaging time up to 80% compared to application virtualization, shrinks the number of Windows gold images needed for VDI down to 1, and gives each user a completely customizable desktop that preserves all changes, including user-installed applications. Organizations benefit from significantly lower desktop management costs, greater security, improved worker mobility, and increased business agility.
Unidesk is the only solution built with full desktop layering technology capable of creating storage-efficient, easily customized persistent desktops. Citrix and VMware use a non-persistent VDI model where desktops are refreshed after each use, forcing IT organizations to implement profile management, user virtualization, application virtualization, and image management point tools in an attempt to impersonate persistence. The result is excessive VDI complexity and use case limitations that often cause VDI pilots to stall and production deployments to fail. Unidesk, with one solution, eliminates this complexity, unlocks stalled VDI pilots, and helps ensures VDI production success.
Absolutely. The following VDI Proof of Concept (POC) test plan is intended for project leads, field consultants, solution architects, and sales engineers who want to test Unidesk VDI Management Software in conjunction with a connection broker such as Citrix Xendesktop or VMware Horizon View. The test plan covers the basic needs for app delivery, image management, storage requirements and personalization and customization.
Download VDI Test Plan: http://www.unidesk.com/resources/vdi-test-plan
Unidesk MSRP starts at $150 per Managed Desktop, with increasingly larger discounts available on purchases of more than 100, 500, and 1,000 licenses. Academic institutions qualify for additional discounts. Unidesk Complete Care - a mandatory service that includes customer support and all minor and major release software updates - is an annual fee that starts at 20% of the software MSRP. Three years of Complete Care may be purchased up front in return for a discount on the annual maintenance fee.
Yes. Special pricing and licensing options for Unidesk are available to the following qualifying educational institutions:
- Any school organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes, such as a K-12 school or district;
- Any correspondence school, junior college, college, university, or scientific or technical institution that is accredited by associations recognized by either the Department of Education and/or the local Education Authority, and that teaches students as its primary focus.
- Any individual school site, or collection of sites within a district or an entire district;
- Any departmental school within a larger university network. For example: the School of Business may purchase Unidesk separately from the Medical School, but both qualify for academic pricing.