To Layer Or Not To Layer— Comparing VMware’s Wanova Software to ProfileUnity

  • Posted by Pete Del Rey
  • May 24, 2012 7:49:33 PM EDT

With VMware’s acquisition of Wanova -- partners, clients and prospects are sure to have more confusion and questions about how and when to use all of their options and strategies to deliver operating systems and applications to users. VMware and Citrix both have a number of choices to deliver applications and some of these include persona management and even migration… albeit with varying definitions of these functions. However, we are very excited to see VMware continue to invest into the end user computing space. According to Scott Davis, CTO of VMware EUC, the ‘Wanova Mirage [acquisition] broadens our EUC offerings by bringing many of the operational and centralized management benefits associated with VMware View to laptops and physical systems. This means both native user experience through local execution and disconnected access.’

It is commonly recognized that the majority of organizations won’t fully retire physical desktops over the next few years and truly viable solutions over the long haul have to be compatible across physical and virtual platforms as well as be able to support existing investments in training and a mix of technology and business practices that organizations have built and would like to "roll forward" into 2013, 2014, and into the future.

Liquidware Labs prides itself on being a pioneer and leader in desktop transformation for physical and virtual desktops on all the leading platforms. Our products support both physical and virtual desktops and beyond to ultra-book and tablet devices. Our ProfileUnity solution, which retains native Windows formats, allows users to work seamlessly on any Window OS regardless of platform. This solution has been way out in front on the score of compatibility. You can move Windows XP users to ProfileUnity today, and move them to Windows 7 or Windows 8 in the future with scarcely a hiccup, because the solution compensates for user profile differences.

One major way in which we differ from Wanova and others is that we don’t rely on “layering” technologies. ProfileUnity w/ FlexApp is a very practical alternative to layering strategies, is proven, supports stateless disposable desktops and is eminently scalable. The Wanova offering, on the other hand leverages layering to support persistent full image VMs comparable to physical desktop images. Over the long run, the Wanova product will be highly useful to support a portion of workers who are not good candidates for stateless shared or hosted VMs, for example, complex performance use cases and local hardware requirements.
ProfileUnity, by contrast, was purpose-built to support the LARGEST number of users in any organization by providing deep user personalization for shared, stateless non-persistent images. FlexApp user installed application technology furthers enables personalization by allowing users to install their own applications to non-persistent desktops today. And we will be adding department installed applications by the end of this year to support the most cost-effective, universally applicable, non-persistent VM approach for the vast majority of worker types and across a diversity of devices.

How ProfileUnity differs from the Wanova product …

• ProfileUnity is a lightweight solution that offers dynamic and just-in-time persona delivery (a single .EXE delivers perona)
• ProfileUnity supports shared image and thin provisioning designs across multiple platforms
• ProfileUnity offers context-aware policy driven management (connecting printers, drives shortcuts etc. with users in an environmental context)
• ProfileUnity creates a portable user layer that is easy to backup or browse with native file level solutions
• ProfileUnity removes profile bloat with pre-built portability rules migrating only key user profile information and data files
• ProfileUnity with FlexApp supports delivery of secure non-persistent desktops (destroyed and refreshed at reach logon) from the datacenter vs. using local PCs with local admin privileges as many do today

There are a lot of trends forcing organizations to examine their current desktop and devices policies. The coming end of life for Windows XP support. Diverse application / OS delivery across platforms and strategies. The constant refresh cycle of hardware and OS upgrades. The need for eyes-only security and desktop disaster recovery. The increased use of BYOD and ROBO workers. Organizations that want to combine all of these with delivering the best user experience for the lowest possible cost, will find Liquidware Labs provides your best bet for supporting user personalization and persona management across all your desktops with a single, highly scalable, extremely affordable solution. And as organizations explore new ways to break free from legacy computing, LIquidware Labs will continue to contribute powerful solutions to fast-track them to the next generation of desktops.

We invite organizations eager to explore the full suite of Liquidware Labs’ offerings to visit us at or contact us at

Pete Del Rey
Technology Evangelist
Liquidware Labs