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Gridstore and Unidesk Partner to Deliver Breakthrough Economics to VDI Deployments
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.

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."

Published Thursday, November 05, 2015 10:49 AM by David Marshall
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