Unidesk Named 'Citrix Ready Partner of the Month'

Posted by Samantha Foster on Dec 6, 2016

We're proud to announce that Unidesk has been named 'Citrix Ready Partner of the Month' for December 2016. Citrix is recognizing Unidesk for bringing unprecedented application and image management efficiency to end user computing environments based on Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.

Citrix Ready identifies recommended solutions that are trusted to enhance Citrix Delivery Center infrastructure. All products featured as Citrix Ready have completed verification testing, thereby providing confidence in joint solution compatibility. Unidesk has been Citrix Ready for Citrix XenDesktop since 2010 and Citrix Ready for Citrix XenApp since 2015.

Let's look at some of the innovations that led Citrix to select Unidesk as its partner of the month from more than 1,000 Citrix Ready Independent Software Vendors.

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Why Healthcare CMIOs Love Unidesk

Posted by Meghan Simmons on Dec 2, 2016

The Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) has a difficult task as the liaison between IT and end users (physicians, clinicians, nurses, etc.). This role has become exponentially more challenging when you factor in the demands of achieving Meaningful Use and integrating with the Health Information Exchange (HIE).

In this post we will explore a specific challenge of the CMIO - how to meet the conflicting end user computing demands of IT and end users - and how Unidesk is helping some of the largest healthcare organizations in the world address it.

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Should Citrix XenApp be used to virtualize apps for XenDesktop VDI?

Posted by Jeff Pitsch on Nov 21, 2016

As a Citrix Technology Professional, I've worked with hundreds of Citrix customers who are starting to implement VDI with Citrix XenDesktop. Most have been using Citrix XenApp for years to publish a handful of core applications to physical PCs. Surprisingly, some are thinking they'll just continue using XenApp to publish these core apps to XenDesktop virtual desktops, even though they are implementing Unidesk to streamline application and image management for the new VDI environments.

When I explain the cost, performance, managability, and network ramifications of doing this, and the different options Unidesk now gives them for both XenApp and XenDesktop, they say, "Of course, why didn't I realize that?" It's not their fault - nobody has explained it to them! That's what I'll try to do in this blog.

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HPE Reference Configuration for Unidesk 4 on the HPE Hyper Converged 380

Posted by Thomas Willingham on Nov 17, 2016

HPE recently published a new reference configuration that details why HPE and Unidesk are an effective joint solution that makes hosted virtual desktops simple and cost effective to manage and deploy. The solution combines HPE Hyper Converged 380, and Unidesk for application packaging and lifecycle management. Here's a first look!

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Citrix Service Providers - How much is image and app management costing your business?

Posted by Andrew Nadeau on Nov 11, 2016

Most Citrix Service Providers (CSPs) manage their XenApp/XenDesktop hosting environments the same way. Every time they on-board a new customer, they create a new image that contains the Windows OS and all the applications that the customer requires. If the customer has multiple departments with different application needs, then multiple images for that new customer are created.

If you're a CSP, here's what that can cost you, why it takes margin right off of your bottom line, and why it limits how fast you can grow your business. Then we'll show you a better way that lets you on-board new customers without any additional costs.

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VMworld Perspectives: Binghamton University Accelerates Application Lifecycle Management with Unidesk

Posted by Meghan Simmons on Nov 1, 2016

The Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University - part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system - is providing faculty, staff, and students with the highest quality academic and research computing support using Unidesk in their end user computing environment. The IT staff at the Watson School sat down with us at VMworld 2016 to explain how they have been able to package any Windows application that their end users require in 80% less time since deploying Unidesk.

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Unidesk Now Supports Citrix XenServer

Posted by Andrea Abernathy on Oct 27, 2016

Ever since Unidesk won a Best of Citrix Synergy award for bringing industry-leading application and image management innovations to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, many Citrix customers have been asking when we'll support XenServer. While many are already deploying Unidesk with Citrix's desktop virtualization and application publishing solutions on Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere, a big part of the market uses XenServer as their primary hypervisor.

The wait is over. We're happy to announce that Unidesk now fully supports XenServer! Here is what "full support" means.

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Integrate Unidesk and App-V for Robust Application Management

Posted by Thomas Willingham on Oct 21, 2016

In an earlier post, I answered the common question, "Is Unidesk an App-V Competitor for Application Packaging?" The quick summary is that App-V is ideal for apps that need to be isolated from the rest of the Windows workspace, whereas Unidesk is best for managing the majority of apps where packaging simplicity, broad app compatibility, the same app interoperability as a local install, and the fastest possible app delivery are needed.

But do you need to replace your entire App-V deployment and lose all the invested time, effort, and expense in App-V sequencing to use Unidesk? Not at all.

In this post, I’ll explain how Unidesk and App-V can be used to create a joint solution.

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Shrink Those Bloated OS Layers - Utility to Compress a Unidesk Layer

Posted by Rob Zylowski on Oct 21, 2016

As most Unidesk customers know when we create layers we capture changes to the file system at a block level. This means that deleted files for the most part take up the same room as regular files. Normally this is not that big a deal as the percentage of deleted files to the overall number of files is normally pretty small.

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Cook Children's Hospital Uses Citrix, RES, Nutanix and Unidesk to Improve Patient Care

Posted by Meghan Simmons on Oct 18, 2016

Medical centers and hospitals rely on IT to provide clinicians with the right technology to deliver the best possible patient care. To continuously improve the patient experience, hospitals are turning to Citrix for Windows workspace delivery, RES for workspace security and personalization, Nutanix for hyperconverged infrastructure, and Unidesk for application packaging and lifecycle management. Our partner RES just published a new case study on Cook Children's Health Care System that explains why Citrix, RES, Nutanix and Unidesk are such a trusted combination in healthcare. Here's a first look!

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Citrix Service Providers Automate and Scale Operations with Unidesk

Posted by Tom Rose on Oct 12, 2016

In a previous post, I shared how an enterprise customer will save more than $3 million by using Unidesk to streamline application and image management, expand Citrix XenApp hosted workspaces to all users, and put an end to costly PC refresh cycles. Citrix Service Providers (CSP) are recognizing that the automation and efficiencies provided by Unidesk can greatly impact their bottom lines, too.

Here's a quick look at why large and small CSPs alike are choosing Unidesk to reduce costs, improve service, and on-board more customers without adding more staff. At the end, you'll see how one mid-sized CSP expects to trim more than $1.75 million off of its annual cost of operations, based on the real-world numbers they gave us.

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VMworld Perspectives: Global Service Provider Simplifies App and Image Management with Unidesk

Posted by Meghan Simmons on Oct 6, 2016

We're excited to share another customer testimonial from our award-winning week at VMworld 2016. Henrik Frank, Lead Virtualization Architect at global service provider Amdocs, sat down with us to discuss his company's VDI deployment and how Unidesk has changed the way IT and end users feel about their virtual desktops.

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The No BS, Vendor Neutral Comparison of Application Layering Vendors

Posted by Meghan Simmons on Sep 29, 2016

With Citrix and VMware validating the market for application layering with their own solutions (AppDisk and App Volumes, respectively) and Unidesk sweeping this year's Best of Citrix Synergy and Best of VMworld awards, it's clear that layering is the future of application packaging and lifecycle management, displacing legacy application virtualization and agent-based PC management (MSI) technologies. But are all app layering solutions created equal?

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Is Unidesk an App-V Competitor for Application Packaging?

Posted by Thomas Willingham on Sep 26, 2016

Unidesk has been considered an App-V alternative in VDI environments since we first came to market. Now, with our new award-winning support for Citrix XenApp, where App-V is often used to virtualize apps on published desktop and application servers, we’re getting asked more frequently if Unidesk is an App-V competitor. The answer is "it depends."

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VMworld Perspectives: Insurance Company Virtualizes 100% of Apps with Unidesk

Posted by Meghan Simmons on Sep 20, 2016

As we mentioned in previous posts recapping Unidesk's award-winning week at VMworld, we were able to catch up with many of our customers at the event. Several presented in our booth theater and shared their best practices for application packaging and image management. What they have in common, regardless of whether they are using Citrix or VMware for desktop virtualization, is their use of Unidesk for application management.

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Customer Extends Citrix XenApp with Unidesk - Projects $3.6M Savings

Posted by Tom Rose on Sep 12, 2016

We're winning enterprise customers since the launch of our new, highly scalable Unidesk 4 platform, which now supports VMware Horizon in addition to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop. The larger size and scope of these projects, however, puts a much greater emphasis on economic return. You can't blame CFOs for wanting to know how fast Unidesk is going to pay for itself and how they'll save money.

One area of impact that has caught their attention is using Unidesk to better leverage existing Citrix XenApp investments instead of perpetuating costly PC refresh cycles. Here's the situation at one healthcare organization, who plans to save more than $3.6 million by not having to buy 3,900 new PCs.

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VMworld Perspectives: University Explains How Unidesk Simplifies App Management in VDI

Posted by Meghan Simmons on Sep 9, 2016

Last week at VMworld, we had the opportunity to catch up with many of our customers. Some just stopped by to say hi. Some gave presentations on their successful Unidesk deployments in our booth theater. Others came by to talk about the new Unidesk 4 release that won a Best of VMworld 2016 award. And others hung around to talk with attendees about how much time Unidesk has saved them and how easy Unidesk makes app packaging and image management in their VDI and Citrix XenApp environments. A few even pushed Unidesk staff out of the way and began conducting product demos on their own!

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Unidesk Wins Best of VMworld 2016 Finalist Award for Desktop and Application Delivery

Posted by Meghan Simmons on Aug 31, 2016

Unidesk has won a Best of VMworld 2016 Finalist award in the Desktop and Application Delivery category! The new, redesigned Unidesk 4 was recognized for the enterprise-class application and image managment innovations we're bringing to VMware Horizon, announced here at the conference.

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Unidesk 4 Support for VMware Horizon Announced at VMworld

Posted by Andrew Nadeau on Aug 30, 2016

We're back in Las Vegas for VMworld 2016, only a few short months after launching the redesigned Unidesk 4 here at Citrix's annual conference. Unidesk 4 won Best of Citrix Synergy - New Technology for bringing industry-leading application lifecycle and image management innovations to Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenDesktop. It only made sense to announce that Unidesk 4 now offers these same enterprise-class capabilities for VMware Horizon at VMware's big event. That's what we did in today's press release.

Here's a look at 4 of the capabilities that have VMware Horizon customers so excited about the newest update to Unidesk 4.

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Azure RemoteApp to Become Citrix XenApp Express - Unidesk Will Simplify App and Image Management

Posted by Tom Rose on Aug 25, 2016

While Desktops as a Service (DaaS) can provide infrastructure-free access to Windows apps, there are still challenges:

  • How to upload and manage custom Windows applications and images in the cloud.
  • How to provision unique applications to different users.
  • How to manage multiple Windows images and keep applications up to date.

Unidesk solves these challenges today for Azure IaaS and Azure RemoteApp. We also enable apps to be seamlessly migrated from on-premises VDI and XenApp/RDSH environments to Azure, without having to build new images or re-package apps. These are two of the reasons we won Best of Citrix Synergy for New Technology at Citrix’s annual conference in May.

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