I introduce the vendorwag – just a quick note. For reasons beyond my control, I have a LOT more
“vendorwags” than I have “chinwags”. Things are getting a bit silly because in some cases a
recording is done with a vendor, and then it can take up 8 weeks before they get aired – simply
because I have THAT many in the can. So for the next couple of weeks I’m going to be doing TWO
vendorwags a week – and no chinwags – until I clear this backlog…
This was a funny one. When I first approached Unidesk, the lady there said to me – I know who you
should speak to – let me introduce you to Ron Oglesby. Well, as you probably know Ron and me go
back a bit. To the days when he, Scott Herold and Co were one of the most active folks on the
VMware VMTN Forums. I partnered with Scott & Ron for the Vi3 book, and knew I could have
confidence in them as a team – because they had more than delivered on the ESX 2 Advanced Technical
Of course time and tide wait for no man, and we have all moved about in that time – with Scott now
at Quest Software, and Ron at Unidesk. As you probably have gathered I’m a somewhat of a polymath.
And along side all my other interests I have a strong passion for VDI, mainly because it takes me
back to a time when I was a “Citrix Guy” before I became a “VMware Guy”. You’d be surprised how
many people like Ron & me there are – former Citrix folks who crossed over to virtualization
around 2003/4. We know a good thing when we see it.
Of course, you should be familiar with Ronno. But if you not here’s a bit of his back story:
Oglesby educates enterprise IT organizations and solution providers on how to reduce the costs of
desktop management and accelerate application delivery through successful virtualization
deployments. His years of desktop experience as a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), extensive
knowledge of Microsoft and VMware virtualization technologies, and strong rapport with IT
professionals equip him to shape implementation strategies for Unidesk customers and the Unidesk
joining Unidesk, Ron was the Practice Executive for Virtualization Services at Dell
where he developed methodologies that helped Dell’s strategic customers implement their
virtualization and consolidation initiatives. Prior to Dell, Ron was the Director of x86 and
Virtualization Services at GlassHouse
Technologies, one of the world’s largest independent data center consulting and services
companies, where he oversaw North American consulting operations and directed a large team of
engineers on numerous enterprise virtualization projects. Ron joined GlassHouse through its
acquisition of RapidApp, where, as CTO and Senior Architect, he managed the professional services
business and developed unique intellectual property for managing virtualization
industry credentials also include:
author of advanced technical design guides for VMware
Infrastructure 3, VMware
ESX Server, and Terminal
Services for Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
speaker at industry events, including BriForum, Citrix Synergy, iForum, VMworld, and VMware User
of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award, given to inspiring individuals for
representing the voice of thousands in the community through independent feedback, and for helping
customers maximize the potential of their software.
Briefly explain in a nutshell what is Unidesk and how it works
Unidesk is able to create distinct “layers” of OS/Apps/Personalization. How are those layers
How well does Unidesk scale? What’s the largest installation you have running in production
currently – can you share the specs… (Opportunity to state how you scale out over scale up, How you
sit in the I/O stack so will benefit from any improvements in ESX/Array such as VAAI, and to say
how you want to do more scale-up testing)
Given a choice between using your own “layer or container” for applications – or using ThinApp or
App-V – why would recommend your own method other these application packagers – when would it
better to use ThinApp or App-V…?
Unidesk seems very much focused on persistent desktops both from a software and licensing
perspective – where users return each day to the same desktop – where are you with non-persistent
desktop which offer a more “concurrency model”?
It seems you have the whole desktop stack stitched up – Windows/App/Personalization – the only
thing you lack is broker. Much of the work done say by VMware Linked Clones – becomes irrelevant
once I have Unidesk – so the only missing piece of the puzzle is the actually SSL connection. Do
you have any plans to develop a broker of your own – say based on native RDP with enhancements for
graphics along the lines of Wyse TSX and Quest EOP?
How does the pricing work out comparatively between using View+View Composer Vs View+Unidesk?
Where are the single-points of failure in Unidesk? Are they serious? What can I do to mitigate
What is the future direction of the Unidesk Product (Bridgehead servers for Branch/Remote