The tradeoff between storage costs, user personalization, and management complexity is one of the reasons desktop virtualization adoption has been slower than predicted. By eliminating the need to make these tradeoffs, Unidesk expands the market for desktop virtualization solutions such as XenDesktop to a significantly broader set of desktop use cases.
San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) May 10, 2010
Virtual desktop management innovator Unidesk® is showcasing its Citrix Ready® provisioning and personalization solution for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) at Citrix Synergy this week. This will mark the first large-scale public showing of Unidesk's desktop layering technology, which extends the use cases for Citrix® XenDesktop® by offering end users the ability to customize their desktops with user-installed applications, locally saved documents, and profile changes. Unidesk is unique in its ability to support this 100% persistent personalization, which sustains all user modifications through any IT patch or update to Microsoft Windows, while at the same time reducing VDI storage requirements up to 80%.
"For VDI to really take off, it needs to provide not only the Windows image management and application delivery efficiencies that have been promised, but also a rich user experience that's as good as any physical PC," said Ron Oglesby, Unidesk Chief Solution Architect. "The tradeoff between storage costs, user personalization, and management complexity is one of the reasons desktop virtualization adoption has been slower than predicted. By eliminating the need to make these tradeoffs, Unidesk expands the market for desktop virtualization solutions such as XenDesktop to a significantly broader set of desktop use cases."
Oglesby will examine the issues that must be addressed to unlock widespread virtual desktop adoption in his Synergy breakout session "Server Virtualization - smashing success, Desktop Virtualization - on hold. Why?" on Wed., May 12 at 3:30pm PST at the Moscone West Convention Center.
Unidesk is also announcing this week that its virtual desktop management solution is verified as Citrix Ready for use with XenDesktop (see today's companion media release "Unidesk is Verified Citrix Ready)". Live demonstrations of XenDesktop providing access to fully personalized Unidesk desktops will be given at Unidesk Booth #538 at Citrix Synergy in the Solution Expo Hall.
Booth visitors will see firsthand how Unidesk uses storage virtualization to capture profile customizations, user-installed applications, documents, security credentials, and other user changes in discrete personalization layers. By compositing each user's personalization layer with a shared layer of Microsoft Windows and shared layers of common IT-assigned applications, Unidesk is able to sustain personalization through desktop logoffs, reboots, and operating system upgrades. Users benefit from virtual desktops that rival a traditional PC in flexibility and power. IT benefits from unprecedented simplicity and control over provisioning and patching. Enterprises benefit by being able to extend XenDesktop deployments to more use cases without having to incur the storage cost of a full, persistent virtual desktop for every user.
Unidesk (http://www.unidesk.com ) is the management solution for desktop virtualization that makes IT and end users fall in love with virtual desktops. Unidesk is the only software solution that delivers all three requirements needed for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) success - storage efficiency, 100% personalization of the user experience, and simple, failure-proof provisioning and patching of Microsoft Windows and any application. The company's patent-pending desktop layering technology gives IT unprecedented control over desktop administration, while enabling end users to completely customize their desktops for maximum productivity and job satisfaction. Unidesk is a privately-held company with worldwide headquarters in Marlborough, MA USA. For more information, visit the virtual desktop management blog or http://www.unidesk.com .
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