UniDesk-Top player for me in desktop layer technology.
October 19, 2015

UniDesk-Top player for me in desktop layer technology.

Phyrun Heng | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Software Version

2.9.3.1

Modules Used

  • All

Overall Satisfaction with Unidesk

We are using Unidesk for persistent desktops for the entire organization for the users that demand virtual desktops. We find it so much easier and more efficient to use this layering technology to quickly spin up the virtual machines and assign the various layers to the desktops as we see fit. We are abstracting the desktops from the users so that if a desktop becomes corrupted for whatever reason, we simply assign them another one and do not worry about anything else since their data is on the network.
  • Creating application layers is easy to do. It's just a matter of installing the applications as you would normally do on a computer.
  • Unidesk's technology isn't sandbox like VMware's ThinApp technology so it works much better and is more compatible with other software.
  • The admin console and technology in general is easy to learn for the administrator while it's transparent to the end users.
  • Layering technologies still presents challenges in general. There are certain applications which are stubborn and do not work as intended so Unidesk keeps a library of "recipes" for many applications where it outlines specific ways or methods to install the applications so that it will work smoothly once it's assigned.
  • There are limits to the amount of layers that can assigned and the more layers you have, the more complex and more chances of the various layers stepping on each other toes. It may also slow the virtual machines but it's not that noticeable.
  • An application layer is tied to the OS that it's built from. So if you have two master OS images, you'll need to create separate app layers, one for each master OS, contrary to their claim.
  • We've managed to cut down on maintenance costs, administrative time, and improve the user's experience.
Make certain the applications you wish to virtualize work well with Unidesk's technology. I think Unidesk works great for the common desktop users. This is from anecdotal experience so I'm not sure how well it works for more advanced or power users which need to use sophisticated or uncommon applications.