It wasn’t long ago that we launched support for Hyper-V, making Unidesk the leading solution for simplifying and streamlining management of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft VDI and VMware Horizon. This week at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, we’re upping the ante again. We've announced Unidesk support for Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Hosts (RDSH) in both Hyper-V and Azure - press release here. Unidesk is now the first and only open solution for managing remote Windows desktops and applications in private and public clouds.
What are we delivering?
Unidesk layering technology now makes creating and patching session host virtual machines and delivering apps to these server VMs incredibly fast and easy. IT can provision RDSH VMs on Hyper-V or in Azure from our reusable operating system and application “layers” that only need to be installed and updated once. By compositing these virtual disk layers into logical C: drives, new apps, app updates, and Windows patches can be delivered to any number of VMs without any additional installations. Unlike traditional app virtualization, Unidesk layering is fast and easy, works for all apps, and delivers apps (and Windows, too!) as if they were locally installed -- not isolated -- for full interoperability.
Why is this needed?
Managing application lifecycles for multi-user Windows sessions has always been a challenge for IT. If all apps are installed on every server for uniformity and interoperability, the duplicate “images” create extra work for the administrators who need to keep Windows and apps up to date.
If “silos” are created with fewer apps on each server, or if application virtualization is used to isolate applications in separate containers, apps can no longer interoperate and duplicate copies of Windows must still be patched.
Unidesk overcomes these challenges. To quote our CEO Don Bulens, “Our layering innovation replaces application lifecycle and image management complexity with Imageless Management simplicity and efficiency.” Windows can now be patched once to update all silos. Any app can now be delivered without resource-sapping, failure-prone agent-based installations or application virtualization limitations and complexity.
What does this mean for customers?
Service providers and enterprise IT organizations can greatly reduce the operational costs traditionally associated with installing, patching, and retiring applications and updating Windows, even as their user bases scale to thousands of sessions.
Customers also get the freedom to deploy Windows apps and desktops wherever and however they want, without worrying about hypervisors, platform support, or management issues. Here's what one customer who stopped by our booth at Ignite envisions:
- Full virtual desktops (VDI) on vSphere for corporate workers
- Microsoft VDI on Hyper-V in large branch offices
- Multi-user Windows RDSH sessions for contract workers
- Specific apps published from Azure for special use cases
What does this mean for Unidesk?
We continue to expand our market. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to help more than 1,000 VDI customers de-risk their projects and spend less time managing Windows desktops and apps. But we’re excited to help the many thousands more who are publishing desktops and apps with RDSH and/or moving to the Azure cloud.
If you're at Microsoft Ignite this week, stop by for a demo of our new capabilities, or listen to the great lineup of customers who are presenting in our booth (#344). Then give our software a try in your cloud.