Desktop & Application Virtualization Best Practices from 37 Unidesk Customers

Posted by TJ Racherla on Dec 29, 2015

Enterprises of all sizes continued to implement desktop and application virtualization throughout 2015 as the way to mobilize Windows apps and streamline IT operations. Whether they opted for Citrix, Microsoft, or VMware as their end user computing or virtualization platforms, Unidesk was their choice for application and image management. 37 of our customers were gracious enough to share their experiences with their IT peers in our 2015 Customer Webinar Series. All were recorded and are available on-demand as a resource to IT professionals. If you’re looking for real-life reviews, lessons learned, and tips/tricks on application delivery, VDI, and remote desktops, there’s no better place to start. Those of you who collected baseball cards as kids will appreciate the format!

Government Customer All Star
city of yuma

Ty Cook

Network Administrator

City of Yuma

Government Customer
Webinar Series

#1

 

Desktop virtualization with Nimble Storage and Unidesk has improved efficiency for IT, while enhancing desktop mobility and application access for 800 city workers. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 800
Unidesk-Layered Apps 192
Key Apps AutoCAD 2014
ArcGIS
Quickbooks
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Dell
Commercial All Star
sequel data

David Dunaway

Solution Architect

Sequel Data Systems

Commercial Customer
Webinar Series

#5

 

In this "Ask an Expert" session, David shares his experience and lessons learned, and explains how new "layering" technology is reducing VDI complexity. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 25
Unidesk-Layered Apps 14
Key Apps Microsoft Office
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
 
HigherEd Customer All Star
sbcc

Paul Bishop

Director of IT

Santa Barbara City College

HigherEd Customer
Webinar Series

#6

 

VDI with all-flash arrays from Pure Storage and virtual desktop & application management software from Unidesk is keeping SBCC at the head of its class. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 3,500
Unidesk-Layered Apps 50
Key Apps McAfee
Adobe
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Dell
Storage Pure Storage
K-12 Customer All Star
morgan county

Jay Cawley

Director of IT

Morgan County Charter Schools

K-12 Customer
Webinar Series

#7

 

This Georgia school district's small IT team is streamlining Windows patching, app delivery, and mobile access for students, faculty, and staff with virtual desktops powered by Nutanix and Unidesk. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 400
Unidesk-Layered Apps 44
Key Apps SMART Board Software
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Nutanix
Storage Nutanix
Commercial Customer All Star
pythian

Andre Plante

IT Manager

Pythian Group

Commercial Customer
Webinar Series

#8

 

Unidesk and Nutanix are enabling Pythian Group's 400 consultants to live anywhere in the world, and have 24/7 access to desktops and apps, yet keep management simple and scalable for IT. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 400
Unidesk-Layered Apps 46
Key Apps Microsoft Office
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Nutanix
Storage Nutanix
Commercial Customer All Star
amdocs

Henrik Frank

Lead Virtualization Infrastructure Architect

Amdocs

Commercial Customer
Webinar Series

#9

 

Amdocs needed VDI to enable distributed teams to support clients from mutiple locations. Why is Unidesk the only way they could have succeeded with VMware Horizon? Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 24,000
Unidesk-Layered Apps 90
Key Apps Photoshop
Oracle Client
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server HP
Storage NetApp
HigherEd Customer All Star
southeastern

Jason Strickland

Director of IT

Southeastern Community College

HigherEd Customer
Webinar Series

#10

 

Unidesk, VMware & Dell are enabling this college to virtualize printers, scanners & lab plugins for 10,000+ students and satisfy faculty needs for desktop personalization. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 10,000+
Unidesk-Layered Apps 95
Key Apps Print Control Software
Scanner Software
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Dell
Storage Dell
Commercial Customer All Star
akc

Kelly McDermott

Lead Systems Engineer

American Kennel Club

Commercial Customer
Webinar Series

#11

 

Unidesk, VMware, Cisco and Tintri are enabling American Kennel Club to deliver and update all apps and plug-ins in minutes, and patch Windows once. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 200+
Unidesk-Layered Apps 25
Key Apps Adobe Reader Standard, Pro
Java
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Cisco
Storage Tintri
K-12 Customer All Star
pike county

Jeremy Tyson

Senior Systems Architect

Pike County Schools

K-12 Customer
Webinar Series

#12

 

VDI with Unidesk and VMware has enabled this Georgia school district to upgrade the student and faculty computing experience, and simplify app delivery for IT. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 4,500
Unidesk-Layered Apps 98
Key Apps SMART Notebook
aXs document management
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server HP
Storage HP
Healthcare Customer All Star
peninsula regional medical

Ryan Ogburn

Senior System Administrator

Peninsula Regional Medical Center

Healthcare Customer
Webinar Series

#13

 

This Maryland hospital is streamlining access to clinical applications, making desktop management more efficient, and improving the quality of patient care - all with 1 IT manager and an assist from the help desk. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 3,300
Unidesk-Layered Apps 30
Key Apps McKesson Horizon EMR
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Nutanix
Storage Nutanix
HigherEd Customer All Star
okcc

Rob Greggs

Director of IT

Oklahoma City Community College

HigherEd Customer
Webinar Series

#14

 

Nimble Storage, Cisco UCS servers and Unidesk layering technology are changing the game for OKCC by enabling campus-wide VDI for 15,000+ students and faculty. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 15,000+
Unidesk-Layered Apps 28
Key Apps Internet Explorer 9
EverNote
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Cisco
Storage Nimble Storage
Healthcare Customer All Star
hnl

Harvey Guindi

Chief Information Officer

Health Network Laboratories

Healthcare Customer
Webinar Series

#15

 

Best-of-breed solution approach with Unidesk, Imprivata, EMC, and Citrix is enabling HNL to simplify management for IT and deliver a better experience to 1,000 end users. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 1,000
Unidesk-Layered Apps 30
Key Apps Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Imprivata OneSign
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing Citrix XenDesktop
Server Cisco
Storage EMC XtremIO
Commercial Customer All Star
dayton superior

Jarod Whitaker

Senior Systems Administrator

Dayton Superior

Commercial Customer
Webinar Series

#16

 

Global leader in concrete construction deploys VDI with Cisco, Nimble Storage, Unidesk, & VMware to enhance app flexibility and put desktop management back in the hands of the help desk.

Deployment Stats

Users 700
Unidesk-Layered Apps 30
Key Apps AutoCAD
SOLIDWORKS
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Cisco
Storage Nimble Storage
HigherEd Customer All Star
WWU

Steven Goodson

Network Support Manager

William Woods University

HigherEd Customer
Webinar Series

#17

 

Unidesk and Tintri are the game-changing solutions credited with enabling this liberal arts university to achieve 100% desktop virtualization for students, faculty, and staff. Watch Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 1,200
Unidesk-Layered Apps 75+
Key Apps Expressions
Visual Studio
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server HP
Storage Tintri
HigherEd Customer All Star
BU

Donald Kunkel

Director of IT

SUNY Binghamton

HigherEd Customer
Webinar Series

#18

 

This university has been able to recognize operational savings even with a lean IT team. VDI solutions from Unidesk, Nimble Storage, Dell and VMware make it possible. Watch Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 9,000
Unidesk-Layered Apps 52
Key Apps MATLAB
Firefox
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Dell
Storage Nimble Storage
HigherEd Customer All Star
rivier

Josh Senecal

IT Administrator

Rivier University

HigherEd Customer
Webinar Series

#19

 

Rivier University is delivering printers, scanners and hundreds of other apps to 2,500+ students and satisfying staff personalization needs with Unidesk, Dell, and VMware. Watch Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 3,500
Unidesk-Layered Apps 125
Key Apps ArcGIS
Microsoft Great Plains
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Dell
Storage Dell
HigherEd Customer All Star
unh

Kevin LaRoche

Systems Administrator

University of New Haven

HigherEd Customer
Webinar Series

#20

 

University of New Haven, CT is delivering key apps to 7,000 students and staff, while updating only one image of Windows. Unidesk, Dell and VMware are making it possible. Watch Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 7,000
Unidesk-Layered Apps 125
Key Apps ArcGIS
Microsoft Great Plains
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Dell
Storage Dell
Commercial Customer All Star
medamerica

Shawn Wood

Assistant Manager of Systems

MedAmerica Billing Services

Commercial Customer
Webinar Series

#21

 

MedAmerica is deploying virtual desktops with Unidesk and Tegile to enable an increasingly remote workforce and keep management simple, scalable and affordable. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 150
Unidesk-Layered Apps 25
Key Apps Chrome
Java
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Cisco
Storage Tegile
Healthcare Customer All Star
san benito

Justin Williams

Director of Technology

San Benito Medical Associates

Healthcare Customer
Webinar Series

#22

 

San Benito Medical is streamlining VDI management, delivering countless apps and enhancing I/O performance with Unidesk and Nimble Storage. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 120
Unidesk-Layered Apps 54
Key Apps TrenMicro
Silverlight
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Cisco
Storage Nimble Storage
Government Customer All Star
montco

Anthony Olivieri

Chief Technology Officer

Montgomery County, PA

Government Customer
Webinar Series

#23

 

Montgomery County, PA is bringing app mobility to 3,000 users and increasing employee productivity up to 300% with VDI solutions from Unidesk, Tintri and VMwareWatch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 3,000
Unidesk Layered Apps 100+
Key Apps Offender Mgmt. System
Juvenile Mgmt. System
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server HP
Storage Tintri
Healthcare Customer All Star
nmbc

Doug McLeod

Chief Technology Officer

North Bend Medical Center

Healthcare Customer
Webinar Series

#24

 

VDI one year later - desktop count doubled to 420, app layers doubled to 102, and still only 1 Windows OS layer to patch with Unidesk. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 400
Unidesk Layered Apps 103
Key Apps Allscripts EMR
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server HP
Storage Nimble Storage
Financial Services Customer All Star
north country

Michael Chouinard

Network Services Administrator

North Country Federal Credit Union

Financial Services Customer
Webinar Series

#25

 

Unidesk and VMware have been game-changers for this credit union, enabling the financial co-operative to virtualize 100% of its desktops and applications. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 175
Unidesk Layered Apps 57
Key Apps FiServe Data Safe
Navigator
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Dell
Storage EMC XtremIO
Financial Services Customer All Star
nb

James Gordon

Senior Vice President of Information Technology

Needham Bank

Financial Services Customer
Webinar Series

#26

 

This MA-based bank is cutting the cost of Windows app delivery & image management, while providing a more personal desktop experience for employees. Read the Case Study.

Deployment Stats

Users 200
Unidesk Layered Apps 50
Key Apps FiServe DNA
LenderLink
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server HP
Storage Dell
Financial Services Customer All Star
MB

Daniel Michaelis

IT Officer

Marlborough Savings Bank

Financial Services Customer
Webinar Series

#27

 

This MA-based community bank is using VDI with Unidesk, VMware, HP and Dell to enable their senior management to securely work from anywhere, and satisfy their personalization needs.

Deployment Stats

Users 150
Unidesk Layered Apps 20
Key Apps MS Office Suite
EzyLender Suite
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server HP
Storage Dell

 

Commercial Customer All Star
hatco

Aaron Bolthouse

Manager-IT Infrastructure

Hatco Corporation

Commercial Customer
Webinar Series

#28

 

VDI with Unidesk and VMware is simplifying desktop management while making users in Hatco's Milwaukee headquarters and remote facility in China more productive. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 350
Unidesk-Layered Apps 100
Key Apps IBM Notes
IBM iSeries access
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Storage IBM
Financial Services Customer All Star
pdp

Jim Grant

CIO

PDP Group

Financial Services Customer
Webinar Series

#29

 

This Maryland insurance agency needed a more efficient way to on-board workers, while tightening desktop security and easing management for IT. VDI with Nutanix and Unidesk delivered by solution provider VSS was the answer. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 400
Unidesk-Layered Apps 24
Key Apps Lotus Notes
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server IBM
Storage Nutanix
Commercial Customer All Star
leith

David Prince

Information Systems Director

Leith Automotive Group

Commercial Customer
Webinar Series

#30

 

This auto dealer group is deploying 2,000 virtual desktops on vSphere and Hyper-V. Unidesk is making this hybrid cloud flexibility possible. Watch Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 2,000
Unidesk-Layered Apps 80
Key Apps CRM
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing Microsoft RDS
VMware Horizon
Server Cisco & Lenovo
Storage EMC XtremIO
Government Customer All Star
admas county

Phillip Walter

Application Specialist

County of Adams

Government Customer
Webinar Series

#31

 

This Pennsylvania county future-proofed desktop delivery on a strict budget with Nimble Storage and Unidesk. Watch Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 300
Unidesk-Layered Apps 50
Key Apps MS Office
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Dell
Storage Nimble Storage
Healthcare Customer All Star
sunrise

Sheranga Jayasinghe

Director of IT

Sunrise Health

Healthcare Customer
Webinar Series

#32

 

Increase in EMR usage, tightened security, 24x7 app mobility, lower desktop and app management costs and 15 minutes of login time saved for 3,000 users with VDI. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 3,000
Unidesk-Layered Apps 92
Key Apps WinRECS
Allscripts EMR
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing Citrix XenDesktop
Server HP
Storage HP
Healthcare Customer All Star
usf health

Richard Savage

Senior Systems Administrator

USF Health

Healthcare Customer
Webinar Series

#33

 

USF Health is giving care providers mobile access to EPIC EMR and other key apps while efficiently meeting the unique desktop needs of 3,000 clinicians, staff, and faculty with Unidesk and Pure Storage. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 3,000
Unidesk-Layered Apps 100
Key Apps EPIC EMR
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Cisco
Storage Pure Storage
Financial Services Customer All Star
society insurance

Shane Guyette

IT Manager

Society Insurance

Financial Services Customer
Webinar Series

#34

 

With operations expanded into Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Tennessee, Society Insurance needed to make desktops and apps easier to manage for IT and more accessible for remote workers. Unidesk, Citrix and HP are enabling this. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 250
Unidesk-Layered Apps 200
Key Apps MS Office Suite
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing Citrix XenDesktop
Server HP
Storage NetApp
HigherEd Customer All Star
pikes peak

Cyrille Parent

Director, IT Support Systems

Pikes Peak Community College

HigherEd Customer
Webinar Series

#35

 

Unidesk and EMC XtremIO are easing management of virtual desktops on 7 campuses including 2 military bases as well as the local K-12 school system. Watch Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 220
Unidesk-Layered Apps 50
Key Apps Adobe Creative Cloud
Visio
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Cisco
Storage EMC XtremIO
Healthcare Customer All Star
shannon

Mike Russell

Assistant IT Director

Shannon Medical Center

Healthcare Customer
Webinar Series

#36

 

This Texas hospital is giving its doctors and nurses greater access to clinical applications, streamlining desktop management, and simplifying delivery of McKesson EMR with Unidesk. Watch the Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 3,500
Unidesk-Layered Apps 150
Key Apps McKesson Paragon EMR
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Cisco
Storage Pure Storage
HigherEd Customer All Star
whatcom

Bill Zilinek

Desktop Support Manager

Whatcom Community College

HigherEd Customer
Webinar Series

#37

 

Whatcom CC is delivering apps to Windows 10 devices without compatibility issues and updating dozens of classroom and faculty desktops in minutes with Unidesk and Pure Storage. Watch Webinar.

Deployment Stats

Users 7,000
Unidesk-Layered Apps 43
Key Apps Adobe Creative Cloud
App Management Unidesk
End User Computing VMware Horizon
Server Dell
Storage Pure Storage

Would you like to easily expand your use of Citrix XenApp to deliver all of the apps in your organizations? Are you thinking of implementing virtual desktops to replace aging PCs that are in need of refresh? If yes, Unidesk can help. Schedule a call with one of our solution architects or ask for an intro to one of our customers who are happy to share how they've solved the problem. Comment below and let us know!

Topics: Application Virtualization, Webinar, VDI Best Practices, Desktop Virtualization, Application Virtualization Best Practices

Posted by TJ Racherla on Dec 29, 2015

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