We're proud to announce that Unidesk has been named 'Citrix Ready Partner of the Month' for December 2016. Citrix is recognizing Unidesk for bringing unprecedented application and image management efficiency to end user computing environments based on Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.
Citrix Ready identifies recommended solutions that are trusted to enhance Citrix Delivery Center infrastructure. All products featured as Citrix Ready have completed verification testing, thereby providing confidence in joint solution compatibility. Unidesk has been Citrix Ready for Citrix XenDesktop since 2010 and Citrix Ready for Citrix XenApp since 2015.
Let's look at some of the innovations that led Citrix to select Unidesk as its partner of the month from more than 1,000 Citrix Ready Independent Software Vendors.
Layered Images for Patch-Once Efficiency
Unidesk is the only layering technology that can package every component of a Windows workspace - even the OS itself - as a virtual disk "layer." This unique capability can be used to completely eliminate image management in Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environments. Citrix admins can combine the same Windows Server OS layer with any combination of app layers to create standard Windows images. No matter how many different Citrix silos, PVS vDisks, and server configurations are needed, the OS layer and all app layers only have to be managed, patched, and updated once. Unidesk will automatically recompose the images with any new layer versions and update the Citrix environment.
Elastic Layering for Real-Time Application Delivery
Unidesk Elastic Layering attaches app layers at user login to XenDesktop virtual desktops and - in an industry first - XenApp shared hosted desktops. Users logging onto the same XenApp server can now have different apps delivered to their sessions based on Active Directory user and group membership. This innovation gives customers more options when making the XenApp vs XenDesktop decision. XenApp shared hosted desktops that previously could only deliver a small subset of apps can now be expanded to 100% of apps and 100% of users, without the complexity of application virtualization tools, and without having to create new XenApp servers and delivery groups.
Integration with Citrix PVS and MCS
Unidesk's connectors for Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) and Machine Creation Services (MCS) automatically deliver Layered Images to the appropriate PVS or MCS stores for effortless delivery to all XenApp and XenDesktop servers. This out-of-the-box, turnkey integration enables Unidesk to be quickly added to existing Citrix deployments without any rip-and-replace.
Easy On-Ramp to the Cloud
Citrix is helping its customers accelerate their cloud initiatives by delivering “as-a-service” versions of its solutions hosted in Azure. Unidesk supports this Citrix cloud strategy today. Unidesk is the only solution that enables the same apps packaged for on-premises XenApp and XenDesktop deployments to be delivered to Azure. Using Unidesk's connector for Azure, Layered Images can be published to XenApp servers in the cloud to eliminate the need to build and maintain custom images for every application combination. Unidesk is the only Azure-certified application management solution, the only app management solution available in the Azure Marketplace, and the only management solution whose management appliance can be hosted and run in Azure.
Support for All Hypervisors
Many Citrix customers initially deployed Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop on VMware vSphere, but are looking to reduce costs by switching to Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, or Nutanix AHV. Unidesk now supports all of these hypervisors. With Unidesk Platform layers, the same application layers and Layered Images can be delivered to different hypervisors and clouds without costly re-packaging. Customers see this as the ideal way to "future-proof" their end user computing environments, since they can now migrate from one hypervisor to another or from an on-premises environment to the cloud in minutes. Simply choose a different Unidesk Platform Layer, and the exact same app that was packaged on VMware vSphere and delivered through VMware Horizon can now be delivered through Citrix XenDesktop on Citrix XenServer.
The Platform layer also makes managing across heterogeneous environments simple. Enterprises that acquire new businesses with different hypervisors or desktop virtualization solutions can now package and deliver apps in a simple, uniform way.
We're very excited to be the 'Citrix Ready Partner of the Month' for December. If you're a Citrix customer and you want to experience firsthand the benefits that Unidesk can bring to your XenApp or XenDesktop deployment, request a free trial!