Unidesk: Unidesk is not a "brokering" company. We don't provide a remote protocol, we have no brokering solution, we do not manage connectivity policies or provide SSL type access to desktops. On top of that, we don't build a hypervisor. We depend on the Citrix's and VMware's and even other partners to provide access to these desktops to make them fully useful. We just want to manage the C: drive. Most Citrix and VMware customers we speak with think our solution is a great side-by-side. They get to have a solid protocol and good user experience when remoting into a desktop, but also have extremely granular control of the desktop and its updates with our technology.
InfoWorld: And what, if anything, does Unidesk offer in response to the disk I/O issue being talked about?
Unidesk: Unidesk reduces the storage footprint (space used in GB) that will be used by the desktops. This allows IT architects to place the IO on the appropriate disk sub system at a much lower cost. As an example, moving 100 VDI desktops at 30GB each to SSD disks would require about 3TB of storage for persistent desktops. In our solution, you will more than likely be able to accomplish this with 600GB of writable disk. SSD instantly becomes more affordable and the risk of an IO performance bottleneck becomes mitigated.
InfoWorld: This market is still relatively new and maturing. What do you think it will look like over the next five years?
Unidesk: I think VDI will begin to become the neighbor to Terminal Services solution. It will be used for specific use cases and instances where the desktop is OK being centralized and only available when the user/consumer has a network connection. But at the same time, client-side desktop virtualization will continue to mature and our technology will filter into that space. I mean, it's almost OK to tell your users that they can't install applications on a desktop in the datacenter. They might not like it, but you can make a case for that and may win it. But try telling someone you have moved their laptop image from a local install of Windows to a local VM for easier management and explain they are not allowed to install (or keep) any user-installed applications. That will not fly. Unidesk will fully support the idea of locally installed apps on the VM sitting in a laptop environment while still providing the single image management capabilities we provide in the VDI environment.
I'd like to thank Ron Oglesby for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak with me.
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