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Liquidware Unchains Enterprises from On-Prem to #DaaS with ProfileUnity v6.7.6

Today, Liquidware announced the release of v6.7.6 of ProfileUnity, the company's User Environment Management (UEM) solution.  This latest version breaks new ground with its universal object-based cloud storage for Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, and gives Liquidware the capability of moving a user profile from Microsoft Windows to object-based cloud storage, or multiple clouds, without the use of a Server Message Block (SMB).

The new functionality enables organizations, agencies, and enterprises to fully leverage the cloud in their end user computing strategies, reducing the reliance on costly, complex, and commodity based legacy storage solutions. 

"ProfileUnity v6.7.6 introduces the ability to natively host user profiles and user authored data (docs) on enterprise grade cloud storage such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, or Microsoft Azure Blob Storage.  Enterprises can now seamlessly automate their user profiles from on-prem SMB storage to the cloud," said Jason Mattox, CTO of Liquidware.  "A key benefit is the ability to move user profiles to the cloud in advance of a full Desktop as a Service (DaaS) transition with the promise of a seamless cutover to DaaS when the enterprise is ready to make that move.  Other benefits include zero user downtime, built-in disaster recovery, and secure authentication." 

ProfileUnity's zero transition downtime breaks down a significant barrier to DaaS adoption for large-scale enterprises.  Silently, and unattended in the background - ProfileUnity harvests the local settings, documents, and other personal attributes of user state from the current desktop, and writes that natively to the cloud(s).  With no loss of user productivity, the modern organization can liberate the IP and Goodwill land-locked on each users' desktop moving high value resources to the cloud.  Leveraging the intrinsic storage attributes of each cloud provider also has additional benefits, and Liquidware is prepared to assist with those recommendations as well.

All the major desktop platforms have a DaaS play now, including Amazon AWS, Citrix, Google, Microsoft and VMware.

"Desktop-as-a-Service has become an important enabling technology in the enterprise and engagement layers of the digital enterprise," said Shannon Kalvar, IDC Research Manager for IT Service Management and Virtual Client Computing.  "Tools that seamlessly provision and transition user information between on-premises and multiple cloud providers allow enterprises to leverage hybrid solutions to meet rapidly changing stakeholder needs."

ProfileUnity v6.7.6 stores user-authored data to native cloud storage like Dropbox Business, OneDrive, Amazon WorkDocs, and Google Drive.  The new release builds on ProfileUnity's already well-rounded User Environment Management (UEM) capabilities that end the need for roaming profiles or basic profile tools.  The solution supports automated migrations to Windows 10 and Server 2016.  It speeds overall logon times and streamlines user management by providing unified User Profiles with Application Rights Management and Context-Aware Policies for granular control of users on any Windows OS, on any desktop delivery platform, including physical, virtual or cloud.  ProfileDisk is a special feature in ProfileUnity that leverages a provisioned VHD or VMDK to handle extremely large profiles - including those with MS Outlook Index and Search, and Microsoft Office 365 Caching - to deliver lightning-fast profiles that are fully customizable. 


Check out Liquidware's Object-Based Cloud Storage webinar to learn more.  You can also download and try the new version today here.
Published Tuesday, April 24, 2018 8:39 AM by David Marshall
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