Architectural and Landscape Firm Powers High-Performance Design Workstations with Essentials
Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a leading architecture, interior design and landscape architecture firm. The company needs to frequently upgrade and customize its software applications and workstations to give its architects and designers the latest, most powerful tools. To make it easier to create, optimize and maintain a high-performance computing environment, the firm migrated its professional staff to non-persistent virtual desktops and used Liquidware solutions, Stratusphere UX and ProfileUnity to ensure the desktop environment met user expectations.
After investigating and testing many tools and techniques, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf chose an infrastructure featuring non-persistent Citrix XenDesktop virtual desktops and chose Essentials over the Citrix built-in tools because they could get more visibility and control. They leveraged Liquidware Stratusphere UX from the start in order to assess the environment, size the infrastructure and help to manage the migration from physical to virtual desktops.
Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf makes even more use of Liquidware’s ProfileUnity, the user environment management solution that is the key to enabling the architects and designers to keep all their customizations and personalized configurations on their virtual desktops. A key feature of ProfileUnity, ProfileDisk, allows organizations to have users’ entire profiles on a provisioned VHD or VMDK. Many organizations use ProfileDisk in production to provide Office 365 caching, to handle extremely large profiles, and to enable Microsoft Windows and Outlook Indexing and Search on virtual desktops. The ability to handle large profiles is very important for Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, as it allows user to make their own changes without compromising the environment.
The greatest benefit Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf got from the new environment is that everything can now be managed centrally. The control enabled by the Essentials solutions over the virtual desktop environment gave the company the combination of high performance with high personalization it needed to make its migration successful and keep their end-users happy.