FileShadow for Windows Virtual Desktop enables companies to implement thin provisioned storage

FileShadow announces FileShadow for Windows Virtual Desktop. The new version provides thin provisioned storage to companies using virtual desktops, separating users’ data from the operating system, local applications and user settings in the data center—reducing costs for any company using virtual desktops.

FileShadow thin provisioned storage allows virtual desktops to have access to large vaults without synchronizing data to the virtual desktop server. All of the content is available, but only downloaded on demand to the local virtual desktop when edited or modified.

Users can store all of their content in FileShadow, enabling them to access their content and receive the archiving, aggregating and searching capabilities of FileShadow’s service. IT departments will save money by using FileShadow to minimize the amount of storage allocated for their virtual desktop servers, and user storage will be protected by the FileShadow vault—made explicitly for reliable storage, search and access of files.

“One of the issues that accompany a virtual desktop deployment is how to secure long-term storage of users’ files,” said Tyrone Pike, president and CEO of FileShadow.

“With FileShadow, all of the archiving, aggregation and searching capabilities used by traditional desktop users are now available for virtual desktop users. Users simply install the FileShadow Desktop App on their virtual desktop and sign in; all of their files are available.”

FileShadow for Windows Virtual Desktop supports and integrates with cloud-based Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and premise-based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions. With FileShadow in place, customers can move easily between DaaS and VDI because their data is now portable.

Gartner recommends: “Use DaaS today and in the near future for selected use cases, based on applications requirements, user workstyle, and user and data location. Suitable use cases to start the DaaS journey include proof-of-concept testing, short-term employees, seasonal workers, remote users, business continuity and disaster recovery.

“For smaller organizations that are aggressively migrating to cloud services and have fewer legacy integration challenges, the adoption of DaaS as a complete workforce solution is likely to be more viable in the short term. Large enterprise organizations should be more cautious with their speed of adoption, but will increasingly find the decision to move to a cloud service model more compelling than refreshing their existing virtual desktop infrastructure.”

Fred Whitridge, president of Evergreen Slate, said, “When our company was searching for a virtual desktop solution for our computer aided manufacturing systems, we were introduced to Amazon Workspaces. Provisioning was seamless and complete in less than 30 minutes.

“We included FileShadow for Virtual Desktops to easily share, save and preserve every iteration throughout our workflow of our programmable logic controller (PLC) design. Having our files and programming tools accessible through the cloud is a game changer.”

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