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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Unidesk Continues to Solidify Partnerships with M7 Global Partners

Posted by Stephanie Schalow on Aug 16, 2016

Unidesk is excited to announce our new partnership with IntraSystems, an M7 Global Partner based in Braintree, Massachusetts. M7 Global is an award-winning collaborative venture of highly regarded IT solution providers who are helping customers reduce overall business cost while improving workflow and compliance.

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Unidesk 4 Provides Enterprise Scale

Posted by Thomas Willingham on Aug 15, 2016

Although Unidesk has been known for helping thousands of mid-market customers transform application management, a lot of the buzz around our new Unidesk 4 platform is how it now scales to the largest enterprises. Scale is critically important when discussing enterprise solutions. You want to ensure the solution you purchase today can grow with your needs. You want to ‘invest’ in a solution that supports your enterprise strategy today and in the future.

Let’s look at how Unidesk 4 provides enterprise-class scale.

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Unidesk is Ready for VMworld 2016

Posted by Stephanie Schalow on Aug 11, 2016

Las Vegas – we’re coming for ya again! Our 20x20 booth is already in town and ready to go for VMworld 2016. We are excited to show off what's new with Unidesk and spend a few days talking tech with as many of you as possible. We won a Best of Citrix Synergy award in Sin City just a few short months ago for bringing next-generation application and image management to Citrix workspaces. What are we going to do for VMware Horizon?

Come see us at Booth #2001 and find out!

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Unidesk Enables Customers Cloud Migration

Posted by Thomas Willingham on Aug 8, 2016

In the post Your Hypervisor & Cloud Mobility Strategy Just Got Easier with Unidesk Platform Layers, I outline how the Platform Layer lets you publish the same Layered Image and deliver the same Elastic Layers to any hypervisor or cloud for any VDI or session-based deployment. This solution helps you create a migration strategy for the cloud.

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If Analyst Predictions are Correct for the Digital Workplace, You’re Gonna Need Unidesk!

Posted by Thomas Willingham on Aug 3, 2016

When it comes to Digital Workspaces, analysts are discussing a few key findings:

  • Desktop virtualization will be vital in helping organizations migrate to a digital workplace.
  • The on-premises deployment of desktop virtualization technologies is likely to increase through 2020.
  • Organizations are shifting the burden of maintaining significant desktop virtualization hardware and software infrastructure from on-premises deployments to the cloud.

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Sunrise Health Shares Their Secret to VDI Success

Posted by Meghan Simmons on Aug 1, 2016

Our recent webinar featuring Sunrise Health's Director of IT, Sheranga Jayasinghe, focused on how they have improved patient experience with their simple VDI solution. Sheranga filled the audience in on how he has successfully implemented VDI for 4,000 employees and dramatically reduced patient wait times. For Sunrise Health, Unidesk is one of the key components in improving end user satisfaction and reducing wait time for patients.

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Real-Time App Delivery for Citrix XenApp and VDI – a Deeper Look at Unidesk Elastic Layering

Posted by Thomas Willingham on Jul 27, 2016

Elastic LayeringTM was announced back in April, when we provided a preview of how Unidesk 4 could deliver unique apps in real time to Citrix XenApp sessions. This new ability to attach virtual disks at login and give XenApp users logging into the same server different apps was one of the reasons that Unidesk 4 won Best of Citrix Synergy Award for New Technology. Now that this capability is available for XenApp, and for VDI – it’s time to  take a deeper look at the technology. After my technical overview, I include a short video by our Chief Solution Architect Ron Oglesby that visually explains how Unidesk Elastic Layering works.

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