2014.5 Demo & Trial Hanger

5 Reasons Why Unidesk is Needed for VDI with VMware Horizon View

1. Less Complexity. Lower Cost.

Complexity is one of the biggest barriers to VDI success. Unidesk replaces the separate desktop management components of VMware Horizon with a single solution that is much easier to use. There will be less risk in your VDI project. And more IT resources for other things.

"We’ve been doing Horizon View for 3 years. Our VDI “1.0” got stalled at 100 users because it was so cumbersome we needed our Tier 3 IT folks to maintain it. Now we’re at 1K users with day-to-day handled by our Tier 1 staff. What made it all possible was Unidesk."

Matt Dierolf, Manager, Network Systems, STV, Inc.

2. Never Worry About Applications Again

You probably have apps that won’t cooperate with VMware ThinApp. And more apps that need to play nicely with each other outside of their own sandbox. Now, you have the choice of locally installed layered applications that can share data or virtualized isolated applications that don't conflict - both centrally managed by one platform.

Solve the Application Delivery Bottleneck

Unidesk application layering works for all apps. The layering process only takes minutes, even if you’re not a packaging expert. Layered apps act as if they are locally installed, when in reality they have been packaged once and delivered to each VM as read-only, shared VMDKs. Files, data, and registry settings are stored in the usual places, and can be seen by native Windows tools. Layered apps and plug-ins are fully interoperable, even if they are in separate layers.

The Leader in Application Layering

Only Unidesk meets all of the requirements of effective layering, so you can deliver all of your apps with minimal IT effort and maximum efficiency:

Layer apps with step-by-step wizard that anyone can master
Layer applications with boot-time drivers and system services (e.g. printers, Dragon, antivirus, PDF)
Layer apps that need to stay running while user is logged out (e.g. VMware Horizon View client)
Put any app in any layer without worrying about interoperability
Layer Windows OS in addition to apps
Apply and audit patches and updates to layers with version management
Rollback to earlier layer versions to easily fix desktop problems
Replicate layers across enterprise automatically without manual efforts or 3rd party tools
Deliver ThinApp executable files as layers

"Too many apps just wouldn’t virtualize. Our View project was in trouble. Then we found Unidesk. We’ve now layered everything, even our legacy court apps. Doesn’t matter if they’re layered separately. They all just work. Unidesk makes VDI 'Stupid Easy.'"

Zach SeRine, Network Administrator, Hamilton County

See what Gartner and real VDI users say about application layering in "Selecting the Right Application Delivery Model for Virtual Desktops"

3. Control Windows Image Drift

With Unidesk, you can package any application as a read-only, shareable VMDK that can be assigned to any number of desktops. That means you can keep your Windows OS layer clean – just pure Windows. You’ll finally have one true golden image that can be used as the basis for all desktops, no matter how many different VMware Horizon View pools, VM settings, and application combinations you have. Patching Windows and staying in compliance with the latest Microsoft hot fixes can’t get any easier.

"If we had stayed just using Horizon View, we determined we would have needed 37 gold images to handle all of our faculty, staff, and lab use cases. With Unidesk, we have just 1. We’re now fully virtualized on the desktop. We never would have gotten there without Unidesk."

Steven Goodson, William Woods University

4. Persistent or Non-Persistent? Yes!

Many organizations used linked clones to make VDI affordable, but that only works for non-persistent desktops. Persistent desktops are becoming increasingly common. Provision persistent and non-persistent desktops with Unidesk – layering reduces both to similar space consumption. In either case, OS and Application layers are stored once as VMDKs and shared by many desktops. Your users will love customizing their persistent desktops with user-installed apps and plug-ins. Your IT team will love one set of images to manage, the tiny storage footprint, and the quick and easy break/fix.

"Our 1,000 desktops are a mix of non-persistent for kiosks and nursing stations and persistent for physicians, staff, and in-house developers, all provisioned by Unidesk from the same layers and accessed through View. If you want to avoid the manageability headaches of VDI at scale, go with Unidesk. We did and we love it."

Richard Savage, Systems Administrator, USF Health

5. VMware Horizon 6 Compatible

No matter which edition of VMware Horizon 6 you choose – View Standard, Advanced, or Enterprise – Unidesk is fully compatible.

VMware Horizon 6 View Standard Advanced Enterprise
vSphere Provision Unidesk-composited desktops on VMware vSphere infrastructure using published VMware vCenter APIs.
Horizon View Add layered desktops directly into Horizon View pools for high performance access through all VMware Horizon View clients and the PCoIP protocol.
Horizon View Persona Use View Persona on top of Unidesk non-persistent desktops to retain profile changes. User-specific data and desktop settings, application data and settings, and Windows registry entries configured by user applications are all preserved. View Persona can also share user profiles across standalone systems to provide a consistent user experience for both Unidesk-provisioned VMs and physical PCs.
ThinApp Use Unidesk application layering to quickly and easily layer applications that cannot be isolated or do not play well with ThinApp. Or, extend ThinApp with these capabilities:

Simple deployment. Drop a ThinApp executable file into a Unidesk layer to make it available to any number of desktop VMs through shared VMDKs on any datastore supported by VMware vSphere.

Centralized management. Manage a single layer containing one or more ThinApp executables and share it across all users. Apply filters for effortless compliance, audits, and analytics.

Versioning and rollback. Track every change to your ThinApp executables with layer versioning. Roll desktops back to any previous version to “undo” patching problems.

Space efficiency. Store the ThinApp executable once as a shared VMDK layer to save storage, instead of copying it locally to every VM.

Reduced network usage. Increase the performance and responsiveness of ThinApp executables by storing them as shared VMDK layers on a vSphere datastore instead of a file share.
Virtual SAN Provision Unidesk-composited desktops on VMware vSphere datastores using VMware Virtual SAN. Accelerate desktop I/O by leveraging VMware Virtual SAN’s use of server-side flash memory as both a write buffer and a read cache. The read cache keeps a list of commonly accessed disk blocks. Because Unidesk’s Windows OS and application layers are stored as VMDKs and shared by many desktops, these commonly accessed layers remain in the read cache, reducing I/O read latency and boosting desktop performance.

"Unidesk is always right on VMware’s heels with support for the latest Horizon versions. And should you ever have a problem, it doesn’t matter if it’s a Unidesk issue or not. Their Support team will figure it out."

Matt Kramer, Bernstein Shur

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Do it all with just one platform.

Unidesk includes everything you need to provision, patch, and manage virtual desktops,
plus acclaimed support to help you master VDI.

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