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Thomas Willingham creates and evangelizes technical content to help people understand, use and make better decisions regarding their digital workspaces and desktop virtualization implementations. His years of experience consulting, educating and presenting allow him to understand the problems that face IT professionals, and help guide implementation strategies for Unidesk customers.

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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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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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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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 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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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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[VIDEO] How Unidesk Application Layers are Deployed

Posted by Thomas Willingham on Jul 12, 2016

Unidesk recently won the Best of Citrix Synergy 2016 Award for New Technology for innovations in application layering. You may have read about two of the innovations - delivering unique apps in real-time to XenApp sessions and enabling apps to be packaged once for delivery on-prem or to the cloud - that led to this award.

A new 2-part video has just been released revealing more about these innovations. Part 1 is a technical overview. Part 2 is a live demo. If you want to know more about how Unidesk transforms app packaging and lifecycle management for all types of digital workspaces, including session-based computing and VDI, either on-premises or in the cloud, check them out here!

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Unidesk and App Volumes in the News

Posted by Thomas Willingham on Jul 7, 2016

Unidesk and VMware App Volumes continue to draw comparisons as the leading solutions for install-free application packaging and delivery using virtual disk "layers." Both were in the news again recently. TechTarget SearchVirtualDesktop's story "VMware App Volumes 3.0 confusion frustrates customers" includes commentary from customers of both products, and substantiates many of the technical differences explained in the blog "Comparing Unidesk and App Volumes."

While there are many differences between Unidesk and App Volumes, two stood out in the TechTarget story.

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Your Hypervisor & Cloud Mobility Strategy Just Got Easier with Unidesk Platform Layers

Posted by Thomas Willingham on Jun 27, 2016

If you have worked with digital workspaces for any length of time, the issue of image and application management has come up. Unidesk is well-known for simplifying application packaging and image management for digital workspaces delivered by Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon, Microsoft VDI, Azure IaaS/RDS, etc. We’re winning awards for our ability to capture any Windows desktop app as a virtual disk “layer” and deliver it to users without installation, giving them just the apps they need, when they need them.

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Why I Joined Unidesk

Posted by Thomas Willingham on Jun 16, 2016

During my career, I’ve always had a passion for technology and a commitment to help people move forward and find the right solution. I consulted and taught Microsoft and Novell certifications for almost 10 years. I found when I taught for too long I missed getting my hands on technology, and when I consulted too long, I missed presenting. 

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