Unidesk Simplifies XenApp Management the Big News at Citrix Synergy

Posted by Tom Rose on May 12, 2015

xenapp-logoAnother week, another big announcement! After we launched support for RDSH and Azure at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, we are now in Orlando at Citrix Synergy where we've announced that Unidesk is verified as Citrix Ready for Citrix XenApp. That's right - Unidesk layering innovation now makes provisioning, patching, delivering apps to, and upgrading XenApp server farms fast and easy!

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Why Unidesk is needed for XenApp

Citrix XenApp is the #1 solution for publishing Windows desktops and apps so they can be remotely accessed from any device. But its growth has created application delivery and image management challenges for IT. If all apps are installed on every server for uniformity and interoperability, the duplicate “images” create extra work for the admins 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. Time-consuming server rebuilds and application re-installations are also required to upgrade XenApp from one version to the next.

Unidesk simplifies XenApp management

Unidesk virtualizes the Windows 2012 Server R2 operating system and all applications as read-only virtual disks, or “layers.” IT can quickly provision XenApp servers simply by assigning layers in any order or combination. Unidesk composites the layers into logical C: drives for each server, enabling new applications, application updates and Windows patches to be delivered to an entire farm or specific silos without ever being installed. Unlike traditional application virtualization, layering is fast and easy, works for all apps and Windows itself, and delivers apps as if they were locally installed – not isolated – for full interoperability. XenApp upgrades that traditionally take weeks now only take a few minutes, leveraging Unidesk’s ability to deliver the Citrix Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) as a layer to an entire farm, keeping all other server configurations and applications intact.

Says Calvin Hsu, Vice President of Product Marketing for Desktops and Apps at Citrix, "Unidesk’s advanced layering technology has been verified in Citrix XenDesktop environments to help streamline the management of desktops and applications. By earning Citrix Ready verification for XenApp, they are now extending the value of their solution, which can ease management and simplify the upgrade process for our customers.”

What this means for customers

If you're a XenApp customer, you can now get the same cost-saving benefits that more than 1,000 VDI customers have realized with Unidesk.

  • Provision silos or individual XenApp servers in minutes.
  • Deliver any app without installation to any server or silo.
  • Patch Windows once for your entire farm.
  • End XenApp upgrade pain once and for all.

You also gain the flexibility to deploy Windows apps and desktops wherever and however you want, without worrying about hypervisors, platform support, or management issues. Whether you choose XenApp, RDSH, or VDI on-premise in your private cloud or off-premise in Azure, Unidesk gives you the power and simplicity to manage it all.

No images. One solution. All apps. Any cloud.

Visit us at Citrix Synergy!

If you're at Citrix Synergy this week, stop by for a demo of our new capabilities, or talk to the great lineup of customers who will be at our booth (#428). Then give our software a try in your cloud.

Topics: Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix XenApp

Posted by Tom Rose on May 12, 2015

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