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

1. 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 simple platform. Together, Unidesk application layering and ThinApp application virtualization solve all of your VDI application delivery needs.

Locally Installed Apps

Unidesk application layering works for all apps. The layering process only takes minutes, even if you’re not an application 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.

Isolated Apps

Some apps need to be isolated from each other and from Windows to avoid conflict. ThinApp is an ideal solution for these applications. Virtualize the app with ThinApp and then drop the ThinApp executable file into a Unidesk layer to centrally assign it to any number of desktop VMs. Unidesk’s full range of application lifecycle services – assignment, revocation, versioning, rollback, and audit – are applied to the ThinApp package.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. VMware Horizon 6 Compatible

No matter which edition of VMware Horizon 6 you choose – View Standard, Advanced, or Enterprise – Unidesk is fully compatible. But if you're just doing VDI, View Standard is likely all you'll ever need.

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.

5. Fully Supported, Fully Proven

Unidesk is an Elite level member of the VMware Technology Alliance Program (TAP). We work closely with VMware End User Computing to align our product roadmaps and releases so that we can continue to bring enhanced VDI management to VMware Horizon.

The Unidesk and VMware service teams collaborate closely to ensure that VDI support issues don’t become a blame game. As a result, our 700 joint customers are experiencing VDI success that they are more than happy to share in joint case studies.

Unidesk + VMware Horizon View Customers

"There was so much that could go wrong with recomposes, so we stopped doing them mid-week, delaying how fast we could get apps and patches to instructors. With Unidesk we can rebuild desktops anytime. It has saved our tail many times when teachers need software at the last minute. We wouldn’t be scaling VMware View to 1,500 desktops without Unidesk."

Rem Mascardo, Network System Engineer, Waxahachie Independent School District

"We tried non-persistent desktops, but our users would lose their personalization every time we recomposed our VMware Horizon View pools. With Unidesk, I can give clinicians, staff, and in-house developers a truly persistent VM with only one Windows layer and one set of application layers to manage, and let Unidesk layering save all the space."

Richard Savage, Systems Administrator, USF Health

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