Liquidware introduces User Profiles as a Service
Liquidware has announced the release of v6.7.6 of ProfileUnity, its User Environment Management (UEM) solution. This latest version breaks new ground with its universal object-based cloud storage for Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Liquidware is now the only company capable of moving a user profile from Microsoft Windows to object-based cloud storage, or multiple clouds, without the use of a Server Message Block (SMB).
The new functionality enables organizations, agencies, and enterprises to fully leverage the
cloud in their end user computing strategies, reducing the reliance on costly, complex, and
commodity based legacy storage solutions.
“ProfileUnity v6.7.6 introduces the ability to natively host user profiles and user authored data
(docs) on enterprise grade cloud storage such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, or Microsoft
Azure Blob Storage. Enterprises can now seamlessly automate their user profiles from on-prem
SMB storage to the cloud,” said Jason Mattox, CTO of Liquidware. “A key benefit is the ability to
move user profiles to the cloud in advance of a full Desktop as a Service (DaaS) transition with
the promise of a seamless cutover to DaaS when the enterprise is ready to make that move.
Other benefits include zero user downtime, built-in disaster recovery, and secure
ProfileUnity’s zero transition downtime breaks down a significant barrier to DaaS adoption for
large-scale enterprises. Silently, and unattended in the background – ProfileUnity harvests the
local settings, documents, and other personal attributes of user state from the current desktop,
and writes that natively to the cloud(s). With no loss of user productivity, the modern
organization can liberate the IP and Goodwill land-locked on each users’ desktop moving high
value resources to the cloud. Leveraging the intrinsic storage attributes of each cloud provider
also has additional benefits, and Liquidware is prepared to assist with those recommendations
“Desktop-as- a-Service has become an important enabling technology in the enterprise and
engagement layers of the digital enterprise,” said Shannon Kalvar, IDC Research Manager for IT
Service Management and Virtual Client Computing. “Tools that seamlessly provision and
transition user information between on-premises and multiple cloud providers allow enterprises
to leverage hybrid solutions to meet rapidly changing stakeholder needs.”
ProfileUnity v6.7.6 stores user-authored data to native cloud storage like Dropbox Business,
OneDrive, Amazon WorkDocs, and Google Drive. The new release builds on ProfileUnity’s
already well-rounded User Environment Management (UEM) capabilities that end the need for
roaming profiles or basic profile tools. The solution supports automated migrations to Windows
10 and Server 2016.
It speeds overall logon times and streamlines user management by providing unified User Profiles with Application Rights Management and Context-Aware Policies
for granular control of users on any Windows OS, on any desktop delivery platform, including
physical, virtual or cloud. ProfileDisk is a special feature in ProfileUnity that leverages a
provisioned VHD or VMDK to handle extremely large profiles – including those with MS Outlook
Index and Search, and Microsoft Office 365 Caching – to deliver lightning-fast profiles that are
“By using object-based storage to store user profiles and user-authored data in the cloud,
ProfileUnity v6.7.6 removes the last stumbling block for companies trying to get off-prem and
into the cloud (or a truly hybrid environment), where they can begin to unlock the potential of
DaaS,” said Chris Noon, director at Nuvens, a Liquidware partner.
Check out Liquidware’s Object-Based Cloud Storage webinar to learn more!