Unidesk 4 Brings Enterprise-Class Application and Image Management to VMware Horizon

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Elastic Layering™ for Real-Time App Delivery and Layered Images™ for Scalable Image Management Accelerate Time to Value for VMware Horizon Customers, While Providing an Easy Path to the Cloud

Unidesk 4 Integration with VMware Horizon

Unidesk 4 Integration with VMware Horizon

Unidesk 4 redefines what is possible with application layering technology and makes digital workspaces more flexible, agile, and cost-effective than ever before.

Unidesk® , the leader in application packaging and lifecycle management software for the digital workspace, announced today at VMworld 2016 that its award-winning Unidesk 4 solution now supports VMware Horizon. The redesigned Unidesk 4 breaks new ground in the areas of application compatibility, image optimization, login performance, scalability, resource utilization, and hybrid cloud support. VMware end-user computing customers can now confidently expand their virtual desktop deployments, accelerate time to value, and reduce deployment costs, while also being assured that their applications are “future-proof” should they decide to switch hypervisors or move to the cloud.

Unidesk 4 Capabilities

Unidesk is the inventor of application layering, which enables IT to package apps as independent virtual disks for fast, install-free delivery to users. Unidesk 4 adds these new industry-leading features:

  • Unidesk Layered Images™ make Unidesk the only solution capable of 100% application compatibility and zero-impact login performance. By merging assigned OS and app layers into a standard disk image before Windows boots, Layered Images allow all apps, including agents, services, drivers, and the Windows OS itself, to be independently packaged, patched, and delivered.
  • The Unidesk Connector for VMware Horizon View Composer leverages the image delivery capabilities of VMware’s native provisioning tool to eliminate patching inefficiencies common in VDI. Instead of managing an image for every Horizon pool and parent machine, IT only has to patch Windows and app layers once. Unidesk will automatically update the Layered Images and distribute them through Composer. Unidesk 4 also fully supports VMware Instant Clones and Virtual SAN.
  • Unidesk Elastic Layering™ delivers personal and departmental apps at login based on directory attributes, eliminating the need to create a virtual desktop for every user and enabling smaller pools of virtual desktops to be customized on-demand.
  • Unidesk Platform Layers™ enable the same Unidesk app layers to be deployed to different hypervisors and clouds. For the first time, IT can manage apps once across different platforms, migrate to new platforms without costly repackaging, and leverage the cloud for infrastructure-free app delivery and more affordable disaster recovery.

“Unidesk has enabled us to easily package and deliver all of our apps on one Windows 7 instance, even though all of our VMware Horizon users have very different requirements,” said Henrik Frank, Lead Infrastructure Architect for the Virtual Infrastructure Team at Amdocs. “As a global company with users in distributed offices, we are excited about Unidesk’s new ability to deliver custom apps at login, enabling us to offer a persistent user experience without a dedicated machine for every user. Being able to seamlessly move our apps and images from VDI to the cloud is another powerful feature that will help us future-proof our end user computing environment going forward.”

The new Unidesk capabilities for VMware Horizon, as well as integration with VMware Horizon View Composer, are being demonstrated this week at VMworld 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada at Unidesk Booth 2001. The new features are available for testing in the current release of Unidesk 4 and are expected to be generally available in October.

“We listened to our customers and partners and delivered a re-architected application management solution that meets the needs of even the largest enterprises and service providers,” said Chris Midgley, Unidesk Founder and CTO. “Unidesk 4 redefines what is possible with application layering technology and makes digital workspaces more flexible, agile, and cost-effective than ever before.”

About Unidesk Corporation
Unidesk is the leader in application packaging and lifecycle management software for the digital workspace. Unidesk’s patented application layering technology captures any Windows app as a virtual disk for error-free, install-free delivery to end users and package-once, update-once efficiency for IT. Unidesk maximizes IT agility by enabling the same app packages to be provisioned to any hypervisor or cloud and delivered through all leading desktop virtualization solutions, including Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft RDS, and VMware Horizon. 1,400 customers and solution partners around the world trust Unidesk to reduce the operational and capital costs of application management and accelerate business services. Unidesk is a privately held company headquartered in Marlborough, Mass. For more information, visit http://www.unidesk.com.

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