Citrix Application Layers (Unidesk)

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“Unidesk layering is simply the best method of enterprise application lifecycle management.”Unidesk


Unidesk (now part of Citrix) employs layering technology for simplified application packaging, deployment and management. Packaging an application as a portable virtual disk is achieved through a standard installation process. It can then be updated, rolled back or removed from a central management console.

It claims to benefit IT leadership by reducing capital expenses up to 50% and for IT administrators by reducing application and image management effort up to 80%.

Key things to know

  • Application Deployment

    Unidesk employs its own “Elastic Layering” feature to make applications available to users at login, based on account entitlements. No reboot is necessary, the virtual disk/layer is simply made visible to those users for which it is specified. Such can also be used to offer a custom user experience in environments that are normally delivered as static like VDI, Citrix XenApp or RDSH.

  • Compatibility

    The first thing many think of when they hear about application virtualization technologies is compatibility. Unidesk claims 100% compatibility with all applications. This is to include system and device drivers, apps that need to be run prior to user login, and even changes to the Windows operating system normally not possible due to Windows File Protection.

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