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The Year in Healthcare VDI Customer Webinars

Posted by Amy Larson on Dec 21, 2015

Healthcare experienced one of the highest VDI adoption rates of all industries in 2015. We witnessed this first hand with the growth of the Unidesk healthcare business. Why are so many healthcare IT organizations adopting Unidesk to deliver and manage their Windows apps? How does Unidesk help ensure the success of workspace transformation projects like VDI?

7 of our healthcare customers answered these questions and many others in our 2015 Customer Webinar Series. All 7 webinars featured a full hour of healthcare IT professionals sharing their stories. All were recorded and are available on-demand as a resource to you. Here is a quick roundup of what you might have missed, along with links so you can get caught up!

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100 Users, 1,000 or 10,000 - Unidesk is for You

Posted by Amy Larson on Oct 28, 2015

On today's webinar with Leith Automotive, one attendee asked if Unidesk and VDI made sense for 100 users. A few minutes ago, a Unidesk channel partner asked one of our sales reps if a 150-person holding company would have a need for Unidesk.  Apparently, our recent customer success stories have people thinking Unidesk is only for large enterprises (Leith Automotive is 2,000 VDI users and, with our new support for Citrix XenApp and Microsoft RemoteApp, we're being deployed in 10,000-30,000 concurrent user shared session environments).

The answer is 100 users, 1000, or 10,000, if you have Windows apps that you need to deliver with simplicity and speed to any cloud, Unidesk is for you.

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Unidesk, Azure and Windows 10 at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2015

Posted by Amy Larson on Jul 16, 2015

We’re so excited to have been at Microsoft WPC in Orlando this week. We were in the front row for all of Microsoft’s announcements. And we were able to spread the word about how Unidesk is extending Microsoft VDI and Hyper-V with greater scalability and managability, and how we're becoming the image management and application delivery solution for both Azure RemoteApp and Remote Desktop Session Hosts (RDSH) in Azure.

It was really energizing to be surrounded by Microsoft’s best partners from all over the world. You could grab a coffee with someone from a different continent every day!

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"Confessions of a Former VM Hater" by Unidesk and VMware Horizon View customer Amdocs

Posted by Amy Larson on May 19, 2015

One of the things that always sets Unidesk apart from other vendors at trade shows is our customers. They are so passionate about our software that they willingly help staff our booth. They talk to other prospective customers about our technology. And they give awesome presentations in our mini-theater!

Our week at Microsoft Ignite was no exception. Here is a video of the presentation by Henrik Frank, VDI technical lead at Amdocs, the market leader in software and services for service providers in the communications, media and entertainment industry.

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Unidesk Readies for Big Week at Microsoft Ignite

Posted by Amy Larson on Apr 30, 2015

Unidesk is heading back to Chicago's McCormick Place after exhibiting there at HIMSS 2015 two weeks ago. This time it's for Microsoft Ignite 2015. We have some big things in store.

First, the mix of Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware customers who will be presenting in our booth (#344) will show why Unidesk has become the "open," best-in-class solution for managing Windows desktops and applications in VDI. Hear straight from your IT peers how to succeed at desktop virtualization!

The other reason: we're making the first of two major announcements that will extend Unidesk layering innovation into new markets.

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Healthcare Customers Talk VDI Success with Imprivata & Unidesk at HIMSS

Posted by Amy Larson on Apr 23, 2015

Last week at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Chicago, North Bend Medical Center (NBMC) and Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) presented in the Unidesk booth how they have collectively deployed over 1,000 virtual desktops. Both customers are streamlining access to clinical applications so doctors can spend more time caring for patients, while making virtual desktop and app management so simple that 1 administrator with help from service desk staff can manage the entire environment! The keys to their success? Imprivata and Unidesk!

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New England VMUG at Gillette Stadium with GreenPages

Posted by Amy Larson on Jan 22, 2011

Returning to the scene of the crime...

I joked with my wife that there would probably be police "crime scene" tape surrounding Gillette Stadium as I arrived for the 2011 New England Winter VMUG. Almost a week prior, I was one of the lucky 64,000 people to be in attendance as our beloved home team, the New England Patriots, were embarrassed by the New York Jets in the NFL playoffs.

As I pushed those playoff memories out of my head, I decided to focus on my task at hand:

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Unidesk Integration with VMware View Premier 4.5

Posted by Amy Larson on Nov 18, 2010

Yesterday I blogged about Unidesk's new integration with VMware View 4.5, and how administrators can easily create, deploy and manage virtual desktops with VMware View Enterprise using Unidesk's revolutionary layers. Today I'll explain how Unidesk adds value to VMware View Premier, the more advanced edition of VMware View.

VMware View 4.5 Premier without Unidesk

VMware View Premier offers administrators the ability to manage desktops through a shared disk (View Composer/Linked Clones),

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Unidesk Integration with VMware View Enterprise 4.5

Posted by Amy Larson on Nov 17, 2010

Unidesk 1.1 is now available with tight integration with VMware View 4.5. Administrators can easily create, deploy and manage virtual desktops using Unidesk's revolutionary layers. You can create new VMware View pools, add desktops to pools, and entitle users to pools all through the Unidesk management console.

Why is this needed? The press release is coming soon, but let's not wait. Today I'll explain how Unidesk adds value to VMware View Enterprise, the edition that includes just the basic VMware View Manager connection broker. Check back tomorrow to learn how Unidesk adds value to VMware View Premier.

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Novell eDirectory users - Unidesk gives you virtual desktop management, and these brokers can give you access

Posted by Amy Larson on Oct 20, 2010

Customers and integrators are looking for ways to architect VDI using Novell eDirectory. I previously blogged on how Unidesk integrates with eDirectory for provisioning, management & personalization of virtual desktops, and VMware vSphere to host the virtual desktops. But you still need to determine how to provide end users access to the hosted virtual desktops. That's where the broker comes in.

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Novell eDirectory with VDI? No Problem. Unidesk has the solution for you! (VMware View does not)

Posted by Amy Larson on Oct 2, 2010

Many people think Microsoft Active Directory is the only directory in use these days. I hear it all the time:

”Novell eDirectory? No one uses that.”

Contrary to popular belief, there are many customers who do use eDirectory as their authoritative identity source and want to leverage it for VDI.

As the customer in

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Layering technology makes VDI backup and recovery more efficient

Posted by Amy Larson on Sep 17, 2010

The ability to separate virtual desktops into independently managed operating system, application, and personalization "layers" has lots of natural benefits. Sharing a single layer of Microsoft Windows and single layers of applications like Microsoft Office across many VDI desktops drastically reduces storage requirements. Having only a single image to manage greatly simplifies and error-proofs provisioning, patching, and app delivery. And being able to change the underlying Windows and app layers without affecting the personalization layer means users enjoy a completely tailored user experience that goes beyond profiles to sustain everything they do - user-installed apps, plug-ins, local documents, etc.

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Unidesk 1.0 released. Super. What’s next?

Posted by Amy Larson on Aug 11, 2010

That’s a great question; one that I love to discuss. My last few months have been filled with roadmap meetings with our partners, customers, prospects, industry experts, and analysts. Amazing. Useful. Fun.

But, it’s not enough.

This morning, as I sat in our SCRUM demo (where our software engineers demo completed software) to review the advances in our early autumn release, I started to wonder how I could communicate our progress on completed features to our partners and customers.

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Update: Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Licensing changes – VECD no more, here’s VDA

Posted by Amy Larson on Jul 23, 2010

As of July 1, 2010, Microsoft has eliminated the VECD license, eliminated the need to purchase an additional license for Windows clients with Software Assurance (SA), and introduced Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) licensing.   

Who does this effect?

Anyone accessing server-hosted virtual desktops with a Windows OS.  Generally, you do not license the copies of the Windows OS that live on the server,

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Briforum 2010: desktop virtualization expertise and hands-on VDI experience

Posted by Amy Larson on Jun 17, 2010

On the lower level of the Hilton Chicago Hotel, hundreds of technical specialists, who manage more than 3,000,000 desktops combined, congregated to learn the latest and greatest information on technology breakthroughs in the application delivery and desktop virtualization industry.

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If virtual desktop (VDI) profile management makes you crazy, call Unidesk... we’ll eliminate it

Posted by Amy Larson on Jun 11, 2010

I spent yesterday at an enjoyable partner meeting where one of the main architects clearly expressed his distaste for several brands of profile management software. His customers’ top complaints?

    • Profiles are extra work to manage on top of their virtual desktops
    • Users don’t like the limitations of their ‘profiles’; they want a real desktop
    • One product has random profile disappearance with major OS upgrades

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Top secret government plot to implement Unidesk VDI beta

Posted by Amy Larson on Apr 29, 2010

OK, so the plot isn’t top secret, but if I told you who… well, it wouldn’t be good for either of us.

So what does a top-secret agency talk about when implementing VDI? Interestingly enough, they talk about some of the same things I hear from Universities, Financial Institutions, and BioTech: They talk about image management, storage, security, and personalization.

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Service exceeds expectations at a Unidesk beta site. “We don’t say no. Ever.”

Posted by Amy Larson on Apr 11, 2010

I had the pleasure of spending the morning with one of our Beta testers at a privately held Financial Services company. It was an exceptional visit where I was able to witness a fantastic company culture - they are service driven from bottom to top, and it is evident the moment you enter the building. This company has fully committed to provide their end users exactly what they want and what they need. Without exception. They actually said this and meant it in a wonderful way:

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Unidesk closes Series B funding - formal announcement coming soon!

Posted by Amy Larson on Jan 22, 2010

Outstanding sleuthing - the leaks are true! Unidesk has closed $12 million in Series B funding. Erin Kutz of xconomy broke the Unidesk news yesterday based on our SEC filing, and it was quickly re-tweeted throughout the industry.

Our formal announcement will be coming soon, but we wanted to let you know that we are thrilled to have such strong financial backing. Don’s quote sums it up for me:

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Unidesk Lego® village raises hundreds for charity

Posted by Amy Larson on Jan 9, 2010

Several times a year, the Unidesk employees pull together to support our favorite charities. Given our affinity for building and design, we decided that for this holiday season's event, we would all work together to create a Lego village, voting on the most creative and best executed entry. The winner got to pick their favorite charity to receive the donation.

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