Unidesk Releases Guide to Windows Desktop Layering

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Outlines requirements for IT professionals looking to simplify and scale virtual desktop deployments

Desktop layering overview

Desktop layering overview

... requirements such as application compatibility, cross-layer conflict resolution, the ability to layer Windows itself, and distributed layer management have a major bearing on whether or not customers will realize the expected benefits.

Unidesk, the leading provider of open virtual desktop management software, today announced the release of its Definitive Guide to Desktop Layering. The white paper helps IT professionals understand what layering technology is and what the essential requirements are to simplify and scale delivery of Windows desktops in the cloud.

Interest in this innovative approach to desktop management is at an all-time high. Gartner recently compared layering to traditional application delivery methods in its research note “Selecting the Right Application Delivery Model for Virtual Desktops” (Gartner Research G00269228). VMware is actively promoting the App Volumes (formerly CloudVolumes) layering technology it acquired earlier this year. Unidesk continues to enjoy rapid adoption of its desktop layering platform, with 900 customers using it to manage Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). The time is right for a definitive guide that IT organizations can use when evaluating layering solutions.

“The industry is becoming more focused on the role layering can play when deploying and managing virtual desktops in private, public, and hybrid clouds,” said Chris Midgley, founder and CTO, Unidesk. “But requirements such as application compatibility, cross-layer conflict resolution, the ability to layer Windows itself, and distributed layer management have a major bearing on whether or not customers will realize the expected benefits. It is important to know what to ask and what to look for – and not rush just to ‘check the box.’”

Simply stated, layering separates the Windows C: drive into distinct, virtualized components, or “layers.” Windows OS and Application layers are controlled by IT and stored as read-only virtual disks that can be shared by many virtual machines. Personalization layers are writable virtual disks that capture all desktop-specific settings, data, and user-installed applications. Advanced file system and registry virtualization technology merges assigned layers, presenting a virtual C: drive to Windows as a single image and ensuring that layers interoperate in any order or combination as if they were locally installed.

Unidesk’s Definitive Guide to Desktop Layering explores the technology in more detail. The full document can be found at http://get.unidesk.com/the-definitive-guide-to-desktop-layering-for-vdi.

To hear IT professionals in different industries explain why the requirements outlined in the guide are critical to real-world success, watch these on-demand and upcoming webinars:

  • Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, featuring Unidesk and Citrix XenDesktop. Airing live December 18, 2014, 2pm ET; register at http://bit.ly/1vFE2mU
  • Shannon Medical Center, featuring Unidesk and VMware Horizon View. Aired December 4, 2014; watch at http://bit.ly/1rTUpHb
  • County of Sacramento Superior Court, featuring Unidesk and Citrix XenDesktop. Aired November 12, 2014; watch at http://bit.ly/1yxeIBP
  • Auto Europe, featuring Unidesk and VMware Horizon View. Aired October 29, 2014; watch at http://bit.ly/1Gb1aNo

About Unidesk Corporation
Unidesk enables customers to simplify and scale the delivery of Windows desktops and applications in the cloud. With Unidesk virtual desktop layering software, IT organizations can provision desktops, deliver applications and patch Windows images with unprecedented ease, while offering the personalization and support that delights end users. Unidesk’s open platform manages desktops virtualized on Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere and integrates with leading connection brokers including Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS and VMware Horizon View. Unidesk is a privately held company headquartered in Marlborough, Mass., with authorized solution partners around the world. For more information, visit http://www.unidesk.com.

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