San Mateo County taps Nutanix and Unidesk to virtualize 6,000 desktop computers

San Mateo County, California, is deploying the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform and the Unidesk virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) management solution to virtualize its 6,000 desktop computers as part of an internal Desktop as a Service (DaaS) initiative.

The new project is expected to streamline IT operations, enhance end user mobility and improve application access.

San Mateo County has already transitioned 235 PCs to persistent virtual desktops at its Fair Oaks Health Clinic, with another 1,300 desktops planned. The desktops along with 25 production server workloads are hosted on the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform.

The Nutanix platform enables a pay as you grow architecture and strategy, keeping project costs low and infrastructure growth simple. The desktops are created and configured with over 70 different applications using Unidesk VDI management software.

Jon Walton

Unidesk’s desktop layering technology eliminates the complex set of point tools needed to manage virtual desktops by integrating desktop provisioning, application virtualization, image management, persistent personalization and storage optimization into one platform.

Jon Walton, CIO at San Mateo County. “By leveraging the power of Nutanix, Unidesk and VMware Horizon View, San Mateo County is creating a world-class virtual computing model where there is little complexity.”

“With Nutanix, infrastructure is simple to scale and becomes self-managing, while Unidesk enables us to manage personalized desktops at lower cost. Now that we’re seeing the cost benefits and management efficiencies we expected from desktop virtualization, we look forward to virtualizing more of our 6,000 desktops county-wide,” Walton added.

Nutanix platform deploys in about 45 minutes.

Unidesk’s desktop layering technology enables applications such as the county’s eClinicalWorks electronic health records (EHR) software to be virtualized in less than 30 minutes, compared to the hours or days required by traditional technologies.

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