Layers: A Brand New, Simpler Approach to Managing Desktops
Unidesk’s patent-pending desktop layering technology combines the management simplicity and storage efficiency of non-persistent, stateless virtual desktops with the modern, customizable user experience of persistent desktops. Unidesk desktops boot off of a virtual C: drive made up of independently managed, cleanly separated “layers.” IT uses Unidesk to create single pristine layers of the Windows OS and standard applications. As end users use their desktops, their changes are automatically captured in personalization layers. Unidesk dynamically composes these layers at boot time into unified storage. Workers get desktops they can fully customize. IT gets desktops that are easy to provision, patch, and repair.
How Unidesk Desktop Layering Works
Unidesk Composite Virtualization™ technology dynamically combines the OS and app layers created andassigned by IT with each user’s personalization layer. IT can provision, patch, and update all desktops bysimply updating a layer once. None of IT’s changes affect the local profile settings, user-installedapplications, and data in the personalization layer. Because Unidesk operates between the hypervisor andMicrosoft Windows, anything can be a layer, including the OS itself, system services, and kernel-mode apps.
Where Unidesk Fits in the VDI “Stack”
Unidesk exceeds the capabilities of profile management, application virtualization, storage optimization,and PC configuration point tools with one, unified solution that minimizes VDI cost and complexity.
Seamless Integration with Existing Infrastructure
Unidesk software integrates quickly with your existing VMware vSphere infrastructure, connection broker, directory, and storage. Unidesk consists purely of virtual appliances – no additional hardware is required.
Next Step: Evaluate Unidesk
Evaluate Unidesk in your own environment – technical requirements are simple. All you need are:
- One VMware ESX™ (VI3™ or vSphere™) host, connected to VMware vCenter Server.
- 100GB of centralized or local storage. Unidesk’s automated Personalization Layer replication protects all desktops from local host or local storage failures.
- Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows 7 as your desktop operating system.
- Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (free with Windows) or any connection broker.