Gridstore and Unidesk Partner to Deliver Breakthrough Economics to VDI Deployments
More Desktops on Less Infrastructure, Elimination of Third Party Licensing Fees and Extreme Simplicity Combine for Lowest TCO and Best User Experience
Mountain View, California, and Marlborough, Massachusetts, November 5, 2015. Gridstore®, a leader in hyper-converged all flash infrastructure, and Unidesk®, a leader in management software for mobilizing Windows apps, today announced a collaboration to deliver breakthrough economics to VDI deployments.
Gridstore offers the ability to run 500 desktops in a 2U HCI appliance inclusive of failover, but can scale from as few as 100 desktops to tens of thousands. Unidesk extends Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) with scalable image management and application delivery capabilities that eliminate the need for third party desktop virtualization solutions. Together, Microsoft, Gridstore, and Unidesk provide flexible, high-performance, and easy-to-manage VDI at less than $600 per user “all-in.” For the first time, VDI that does not compromise the user experience is significantly less than the cost of new physical PCs.
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Gridstore HyperConverged Infrastructure delivers VDI building blocks of compute, storage, and storage networking, with sub-millisecond latency per I/O to deliver a better user experience than a local PC. The Gridstore HCI is simple to deploy and reduces management time and effort. It reduces infrastructure by 75% and price-per-VM by 65% over converged infrastructures.
Unidesk, the inventor of the groundbreaking Windows application delivery technology called layering, extends Remote Desktop Services (RDS) with enterprise-class image and application management, persistent personalization, provisioning, and collection management capabilities. The combination of RDS for secure client access to virtual desktops and sessions, RDP with RemoteFX as the high performance protocol, and Unidesk for scalable management eliminates the high cost of third party desktop virtualization solutions.
“Columbia Basin Hospital’s decision to go with Gridstore and Unidesk was due to a combination of cost savings, performance and flexibility for the future,” said Michael Dutcher, IT Manager. “We believe we have found this with the combination of Gridstore and Unidesk and anticipate that it will exceed our expectations.”
A VDI Reference Architecture for Gridstore, Unidesk and Windows Server Remote Desktop Services will make it easy for customers to scale desktop virtualization deployments at a predictable cost. The integrated solution is available immediately from Unidesk and Gridstore channel partners.
“The unified Gridstore/Unidesk solution provides an optimized platform and framework that delivers a true turnkey VDI experience,” said Kelly Murphy, CTO, Gridstore. “Unidesk’s application layering and efficient management capabilities combined with Gridstore’s price/performance promotes rapid adoption by ensuring the ultimate virtual desktop experience.”
“Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure and Unidesk’s innovative application layering technology are a natural fit, and take the delivery, performance, and management of remote desktops and apps on the Windows Server platform to a new level,” said Andrew Conway, Senior Director, Microsoft Enterprise Mobility. “We are excited to see these two companies extend Windows Server technologies and bring great new capabilities and value to businesses of all sizes.”
“Providing mobile access to Windows apps from any device shouldn’t cost two to three times more than physical PCs,” said Chris Midgley, Founder and CTO, Unidesk. “The market has been waiting for a disruptive VDI solution that offers IT simplicity and a great user experience at a lower-than-PC price point. With Gridstore, Microsoft, and Unidesk, that solution is here.”
To learn more, register for an exciting upcoming webinar as Unidesk and Gridstore discuss and demonstrate how Gridstore hyper-converged infrastructure and Unidesk application layering together deliver breakthrough economics for VDI.
The webinar is Thursday, November 12th, 9am PST / Noon EST / 5pm GMT / 6pm CET. Register here.
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About Unidesk Corporation
Unidesk is the leader in management software that mobilizes Windows apps. With Unidesk layering technology, IT organizations manage applications once across session hosts and virtual desktops on any cloud with unparalleled packaging simplicity and 99% application compatibility. Unidesk’s hybrid management solution supports leading cloud platforms including Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V, Microsoft Azure and VMware vSphere; and integrates with leading desktop and application virtualization solutions including Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, Microsoft VDI/RDSH and VMware Horizon. Unidesk is a privately held company headquartered in Marlborough, Mass., with 1,300 customers and solution partners around the world. For more information, visit www.unidesk.com.
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Gridstore™ is the leader in HyperConverged All-Flash Infrastructure for the Microsoft Cloud-Inspired Data Center. Our customers gain a 10X performance improvement over traditional storage as we put all-flash as close to the workload as possible. They realize 4X lower TCO by consolidation of three layers of infrastructure into one built on X86 hardware, and 10X less management effort due to less management points and less infrastructure to manage. Gridstore’s HyperConverged Appliances (HCA) include both compute and storage in a single system with the flexibility for nodes being compute and storage or storage only and can scale from a minimum of three nodes to 256. Gridstore’s patented software architecture delivers native Windows integration, per-VM I/O control, and elastic and independent scaling of resources. The Gridstore HCA is an ideal platform for infrastructure refreshes and specific Windows workloads such as VDI, SQL Server, Private Cloud, and ROBO. Gridstore is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. and its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers.
Gridstore is a Microsoft Gold OEM and Gold Data Center Partner, a member of the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance and Certified in the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Program.
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Douglas W. Gruehl