VMworld Perspectives: Binghamton University Accelerates Application Lifecycle Management with Unidesk

Posted by Meghan Simmons on Nov 1, 2016

The Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University - part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system - is providing faculty, staff, and students with the highest quality academic and research computing support using Unidesk in their end user computing environment. The IT staff at the Watson School sat down with us at VMworld 2016 to explain how they have been able to package any Windows application that their end users require in 80% less time since deploying Unidesk.

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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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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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Unidesk Customers Star in Windows IT Pro's "VDI in Manufacturing" Story

Posted by TJ Racherla on Jan 14, 2016

With all the buzz around Unidesk's announced innovations for Citrix XenApp and traditional Server-Based Computing (SBC) this week, it was cool to see our VDI customers in the spotlight again. Windows IT Pro magazine's story "From Water Pumps to Sports Bikes, Manufacturers Like Their VDI" stars two of our manufacturing customers - Dayton Superior and Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing USA. One uses Citrix XenDesktop and the other VMware Horizon for workspace connectivity. But both attribute much of their VDI success to Unidesk, which they use to manage and deliver all of their Windows apps.

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VDI Price Analysis

Posted by TJ Racherla on Jun 15, 2015

As any technology matures and becomes more widely adopted, it gets cheaper. That's what's happening with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Citrix, Microsoft and VMware all now offer reliable hypervisors, fast protocols, and robust client support. Management is the remaining gap, and how each vendor looks to fill that gap impacts cost.

VMware has acquired many different tools for application delivery, image management, provisioning, personalization, and disk space optimization, adding capabilities - as well as cost and complexity - to VMware Horizon. Citrix has tried to leverage its existing XenApp tools for XenDesktop VDI. Microsoft has chosen Unidesk as its management partner for Microsoft VDI.

What's the best way to do VDI on a budget? This table offers a VDI price analysis for a 500-user example using data from the VMware Store, Citrix Store, and Unidesk Pricing Tool.

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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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VMware's most successful EUC customers use Unidesk

Posted by Andrew Nadeau on Apr 3, 2015

VMware recently announced their new YouTube channel for End-User Computing (EUC) featuring product tutorials, customer testimonials, new product features, tech tips, recorded presentations, and more.

They launched the channel with several VMware Horizon customer testimonials and we're proud that three of the customers highlighted are using Unidesk to provision their VMs, package and deliver all applications, manage a single Windows OS layer across all desktops, and provide their users with full personalization.

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Unidesk Law Firm Customer: "Our Journey to VDI"

Posted by Andrew Nadeau on Mar 27, 2015

We love it when our customers blog about their Unidesk experience in their own words. One of our law firm customers was recently featured in Law Technology Today. In "Murnane Brandt’s Journey to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure," IT manager Wayne Honeyman blogged about his firm's success mobilizing thier Windows apps. Here is what he wrote. (Note: since the article's publication, Murnane Brandt has become HKM Law Group).

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Test Your Hardest VDI Use Cases First

Posted by Tom Rose on Dec 3, 2014

This blog is an excerpt from the Unidesk eBook Ten Quick Tips for Scaling VMware Horizon View.

Many pilots focus on simple VDI use cases with a minimal set of applications. This is why so many organizations say, “Everything seemed to work fine in our VDI pilot. But once we started putting virtual desktops into production, we hit a bunch of issues we never anticipated.”

Use your pilot to simulate what VMware Horizon View, Microsoft RDS, or Citrix XenDesktop will look like at scale. Target power users and knowledge workers who require diverse desktop configurations and graphics‐intensive applications. And, load your storage systems to make sure you have enough IOPS.

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Yes, One Gold Image in VDI is Possible

Posted by Tom Rose on Nov 17, 2014

This blog is an excerpt from the Unidesk eBook Ten Quick Tips for Scaling VMware Horizon View.

When VDI projects first start, there is typically one clean master of Microsoft Windows– the “golden image” – that is the foundation for all virtual desktops. As you rollout more desktops, however, you will find that they need different sets of applications. Building every application into a single Windows image will force you to license every app for every user, which most organizations cannot afford. Plus, you’ll have to update the master image every time you need to update one app.

At this point, most organizations start creating multiple Windows images with different combinations of apps for different departments and groups of users. Not a good idea. The extra time it takes to patch multiple Windows images will drain IT resources and negatively impact ROI. To efficiently scale VDI, maintain 1 Windows gold image.

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How to educate your boss on cost savings of VDI

Posted by Tom Rose on Nov 12, 2014

This blog is an excerpt from the Unidesk eBook Ten Quick Tips for Scaling VMware Horizon View.

Those who have successfully virtualized their servers often go into their desktop virtualization project assuming the cost savings of VDI will be similar. That's not the case.

Server virtualization was easy to cost‐justify: consolidate a large number of under‐utilized small servers down to a small number of fully utilized, virtualized big servers. Save money.

Desktop virtualization is harder. By the time you add up the cost of servers, storage, and thin clients, then factor in licensing for software, the best you're likely to do is break even on capital costs compared to buying new PCs.

This is why many VDI projects have had trouble scaling - IT managers have been unable to educate senior IT management on cost savings of VDI beyond the soft benefits of enhanced mobility and security.

If you quantify cost savings, expanding your VDI deployment will be a much easier sell to your internal decision‐makers. Here's how to focus on the two primary sources of cost reduction: Energy Savings and OpEx Savings.

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How to transition VDI management to Tier 1 IT staff

Posted by Tom Rose on Nov 6, 2014

This blog is an excerpt from the Unidesk eBook Ten Quick Tips for Scaling VMware Horizon View.

Virtual desktop deployments are often managed, at first, by the same Tier 2 or 3 IT staff members who designed and implemented VDI. However, keeping day-to-day management in the hands of server and network administrators or outside consultants is not scalable. Not only will you be paying more to manage virtual desktops than physical PCs (tossing ROI out the window in the process), but you will also lose valuable IT resources from forward-facing, strategic IT projects. If you transition VDI to the same Tier 1 staff who managed your PCs, you'll be able to scale your VDI deployment at a lower cost.

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Can't Virtualize Allscripts EHR in VDI? Layer It!

Posted by Jordan Murphy on Nov 5, 2014

Allscripts is the electronic health record (EHR) software for many small and mid-sized medical practices. As more care providers move to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), they need a way to deliver Allscripts EHR to their new virtual desktops. Howerver, as most everyone now knows, and as Gartner covered recently in "The Secret Bottleneck of VDI," application delivery is one of the major reasons for stalled VDI projects and IT headaches. So, it's no surprise that many healthcare IT teams find they can't virtualize Allscripts for VDI application delivery.

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Give Your Knowledge Workers Persistent Virtual Desktops

Posted by Tom Rose on Oct 29, 2014

This blog is an excerpt from the Unidesk eBook Ten Quick Tips for Scaling VMware Horizon View.

With non‐persistent desktops, any settings, data, and user‐installed applications will be lost after the next patch or reboot. This might be acceptable for task workers. But it won’t be acceptable to knowledge workers who require a customizable desktop experience. Profile management helps preserve some changes, but cannot capture vital user‐installed applications and plug‐ins, and it adds additional management complexity and I/O overhead. The best way to scale VDI to knowledge workers is to give them persistent virtual desktops.

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How to market VDI to increase end-user adoption

Posted by Tom Rose on Oct 20, 2014

This blog is an excerpt from the Unidesk eBook Ten Quick Tips for Scaling VMware Horizon View.

If you don't put your marketing hat on and sell VDI to your end users, you will likely encounter resistance that can torpedo your project. Savvy IT organizations are no longer mandating virtual desktop adoption. Rather than demanding acceptance, they are employing new methods to build consensus for VDI and gain end user buy-in.

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How to Improve Graphics Performance in VDI

Posted by Tom Rose on Oct 8, 2014

This blog is an excerpt from the Unidesk eBook Ten Quick Tips for Scaling VMWare Horizon View.

VDI pilots typically start with basic applications. As the scope of the VDI deployment expands to more demanding users, VDI admins will look to improve the graphics performance of some applications. Some graphics intensive applications include: state, county, and city governments need GIS software such as ArcGIS for mapping and spatial analysis. Architectural services firms, building and construction firms, and engineering labs in colleges and universities require CAD software such as AutoCAD, Revit, and Civil 3D. Most marketing departments rely on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

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North Bend Medical Center's 3 Requirements for VDI Success

Posted by Jordan Murphy on Oct 1, 2014

As I wrote previously in Why North Bend Medical Center implemented VDI, this progressive healthcare organization on the Southern Oregon Coast was looking to simplify Windows desktop managment for IT, as well as to provide its physicians and clinical staff with a more conisistent, faster, and more easily accessible computer experience.

In this blog, we'll cover what CTO Doug McLeod and Systems Architect Joshua Rabe cited as the 3 requirements for VDI success in their healthcare organization.  So you can hear it directly from them, I've included the video excerpt from the North Bend Medical Center Shares VDI Best Practices webinar, which is now available on-demand.

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Improve VDI Performance by Increasing IO

Posted by Tom Rose on Oct 1, 2014

This blog is an excerpt from the Unidesk eBook Ten Quick Tips for Scaling VMware Horizon View.

Many enterprises are finding that moving Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) from pilot to production is harder than they thought. A VDI pilot that had great performance for 50 users is now not performing well for 100, 250, 1000 users and beyond.

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Why North Bend Medical Center Implemented VDI

Posted by Jordan Murphy on Sep 30, 2014

Last week 426 of you registered to hear our most recent VDI customer success webinar with North Bend Medical Center sponsored by Imprivata, Nimble Storage, and Unidesk.  Doug McLeod, CTO, and Joshua Rabe, Systems Architect, shared their experience implementing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and explained why VDI is now such a strategic part of North Bend Medical's healthcare initiative.

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VMware Buys CloudVolumes - We're Still Friends

Posted by Don Bulens on Aug 27, 2014

VMware has acquired CloudVolumes and its "Above the OS" layering technology to offer real-time delivery of Windows applications across its end user computing, software-defined datacenter and hybrid cloud businesses. Since Unidesk is the inventor of desktop layering and the market leader with 800 customers, most using VMware Horizon View, some will wonder what this means for our VMware relationship. Unidesk will continue to add extraordinary value and happiness to organizations deploying Horizon View.  And, we will continue to be a committed VMware partner.

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