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.App Volumes, VMware, Elastic Layering, App compatibility, Tech Target | Read this post >
Citrix and VMware both boast very active user groups. These user groups meet periodically across the US and beyond to network, share experiences, and learn more about how Citrix and VMware can support their organizations. Unidesk - the leading application packaging and lifecycle management solution for Citrix, VMware, and hybrid end user computing environments - will be sponsoring several of these user groups in the coming weeks.
Now that VMware has announced App Volumes 3 and Unidesk has announced Unidesk 4, it's time for an updated comparison of the two application management solutions.
Unidesk's marketing people will say Unidesk is the original inventor of application layering, with the most customers, the most apps delivered, and the most mature technology. But App Volumes is about to release version 3 and has some good market traction now, too.
VMware's marketing people will say App Volumes pioneered real-time app delivery, with the ability to add apps at logon so that non-persistent VMs can be personalized on-demand. But Unidesk now has this ability in version 4, and is taking it a step further by providing hot-add for Citrix XenApp sessions.
I've now run both solutions in the lab, so I'm going to try to cut through the marketing FUD. Here's my take on what the technical differences are, why they matter, and what I'm hearing from the customers I talk to every day as a Unidesk solution architect.
By the end, you'll see why I think Unidesk is the right choice for customers who want maximum app compatibility, simplicity, open support for any platform, and an easy path to the cloud.App Volumes, VMware, Unidesk | Read this post >
Last year around this time, VMware launched its End User Computing (EUC) YouTube channel with a number of customer testimonials. Almost all of them use Unidesk for Windows application management, so we blogged that VMware’s most successful customers use Unidesk.
VMware is now sponsoring a series of VDI success stories in Windows IT Pro magazine. Every story so far features Unidesk customers. Why are more of VMware's most successful customers using Unidesk, when VMware now offers 3 different application management solutions in App Volumes, Mirage, and ThinApp?
The answers are in the customer stories themselves.VMware, Unidesk Customers | Read this post >
We're often asked about what the end user reaction is to having their PCs replaced with virtual desktops or published apps. Do they like it? More importantly, will they accept it? We got the answer directly from the end users themselves on our recent webinar with Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.Government, Customers, VMware, End-Users, Unidesk, App Mobility, Tintri | Read this post >
I spent last week in Canada, where I met with hundreds of IT pros at the Microsoft MVP Days Community Roadshow. At our stops in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, we heard the same IT challenges repeated:
Unidesk was a big hit on the roadshow because our layering innovation offers relief from these challenges when it comes to the delivery of Windows desktops and applications:Microsoft VDI, azure, Citrix XenApp, Application Delivery, VMware | Read this post >
Our Ebook 6 Reasons Why VDI with Hyper-V and RDS is Ready for Takeoff is being downloaded a lot. It's clear that a lot of IT pros are looking for ways to avoid the so-called VMware tax and stretch their IT budgets farther by leveraging the lower cost of Microsoft VDI.
Here's another technical reason to consider Hyper-V over vSphere for hosting virtual desktops: with the enhanced Dynamic Memory improvements for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, you can attain higher VM consolidation numbers and improved reliability for restart operations. This can lead to lower costs, especially in pooled VDI environments that have idle or low-load virtual machines.
To understand why you can achieve greater VM density on Hyper-V than vSphere, you need to understand how VMware's Memory Overcommitment and Microsoft's Dynamic Memory technologies work. Let's compare the two.Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft VDI, VMware | Read this post >