Simplified Approach to Desktop Virtualization

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Streamline the deployment and management of a variety of digital displays with the simplest desktop virtualization software. Replace numerous physical PCs with affordable, low-wattage zero client devices all easily managed from one server. Any organization, from small retail stores to large call centers, can afford the flexible virtualization solution to reduce computing headaches and provide an exceptional desktop experience.

Userful Multiplatform, a virtual desktop software, delivers a choice of customized Microsoft™ Windows, Linux and a free, integrated cloud desktop simultaneously to multiple displays within a local area network. With a dramatic reduction of hardware, software and electricity requirements, Userful Multiplatform enables anyone to save money and still enhance computing power.

Infographic on the advantages of desktop virtualization with Userful

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is often too complex, expensive and performance-limited for most of the world's desktops. Userful's unique approach to virtualization creates centralized desktops that are simple and affordable for everyone.

Containers create a cost-effective and flexible solution

Userful's container approach to VDI lets anyone offer a mix of applications, user sessions or full virtual machines all from the same appliance, each delivered inside a container. The result is a more flexible VDI solution, happier users and significant savings on servers and Microsoft VDA licensing.

No data center required

Userful's appliance approach replaces a complex multi-server data center with a simple browser-managed appliance. The result is a simpler and more cost-effective virtualization solution with significantly faster performance.

Better performance from an affordable thin client

Unlike traditional thin client devices, the Userful hardware endpoint device is the thinnest possible thin client. As a true zero client, it is essentially a network graphics card, sound card and USB hub. Much of the encoding, decoding and compression traditionally needed for a one PC per seat solution is completely eliminated. This creates a much more efficient computing architecture with two to three times the multimedia performance of a conventional thin clients, at about 25-50% the cost. Zero clients are available from many leading hardware brands. Learn More

Infinitely scalable virtualization

Userful's server appliance approach leverages low-cost hardware, making it simple to get started and easy to expand. Any business or organization can scale from one to thousands of servers and locations by simply plugging in more servers as the deployment grows - no data center required. It is all managed with simplicity from your browser and updated with zero downtime. Learn More

Run any application or operating system

Most VDI solutions limit operating system options by only delivering Microsoft Windows™. Userful's "container" approach to virtualization enables administrators to deliver any app or OS to users in a controlled and managed way with unparalleled performance and flexibility. Learn More

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Point and click management

Userful has made browser management of virtual desktops so simple that even non-technical staff can set up and manage a virtualization install. Accessible from any web browser, the control center dramatically cuts downtime to increase productivity and eliminates management complexity, a key VDI adoption barrier. Learn More

Virtualization beyond desktops

While traditional VDI is too expensive and performance-constrained for many use cases, Userful is the perfect fit not just for desktops, but also for touch screens, kiosks, video walls, digital signs, and more. Learn More


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Compatible with Many Types of Displays

Power multiple desktops and turn low-cost touch monitors or TVs into kiosks and TVs into single or multi-panel digital signs.

Touch Screen Support

Add a touch screen including Advantek, PHIStek and other monitors.

Basic Signage Player

A basic signage player, integrated into the Control Center, enables you to turn any digital display into a digital signs that plays multimedia files and weblinks.

Centralize Desktops

Centralize all PCs, operating systems and desktops into a low-cost, server appliance that replaces stand-alone physical PCs, independent operating systems and desktops.

Server Appliance

Using a local server appliance simplifies desktop virtualization and eliminates latency to create a visibly better performance than complex virtualization products that encode and decode data sent from a data center.

Virtualize Desktops

Deploy one or many customized desktops to each computer station, touch screen or large interactive display. Administrators can deploy a range of desktops, including a mix of Microsoft Windows, Linux and cloud-clients, or deploy the one desktop to everyone.

Welcome Screen

At each desktop, users can get started quickly by selecting from the range of desktops presented to them, and switch between them with a click.

Simplify PC Deployment

Setup a network of virtual desktops in just hours and easily maintain it with even limited IT skills. Scale deployments by adding additional servers.

Deliver Secure Access

Reduce security risks by working on a local server appliance inside the local area network instead of a data center or the cloud.

Ensure High Availability

Reliably provide high availability via fail-over redundancy from another server that can take over in the unlikely event that the original server is down.

Hybrid Docking Station

Empower collaboration in meeting rooms and increase productivity in hotdesking work spaces by sharing or extending content from a laptop to a second display. Use a single USB cable to plug the laptop into the ultra-thin or zero client to mirror or extend the content. Unplug the USB cable to run the original virtualized desktop.

Broadcast Alert

Send a message from the control center to all connected displays to instantly broadcast messages. Messages are distinguished by color and alert level ranging from green announcements to red emergency notices.

Virtual Microsoft Windows Machines

Create virtual Microsoft Windows XP, 7 or 8 machines once and map to any number of computers. Customers can use a cost effective MIcrosoft Windows Diskless COA licenses instead of VDA licenses.

Shared File Storage

Store and share content between multiple desktops by saving files to a shared folder on the host PC. Saved files can be downloaded through a simplified list in a web browser and saved on the desktop to edit locally.

Reduce Ongoing Costs

Ultra-thin or zero client devices have an extended lifespan since they have no moving parts that can fail and no local processing power. They consume only 3 watts of power compared to 120 watts of power per PC.

Cloud Transition

Shift to cloud apps by deploying any mix of cloud-client and Linux desktops plus Microsoft Windows desktops, as needed. Only the number of Microsoft Windows desktops in use at one time require a license which saves on expensive software licensing.

System Operations

Centralizes all host PC administration, including check and install updates to review software updates that are available and monitor installation progress until complete or perform system diagnostics to check the summary overview of system health and instantly understand which updates and upgrades will improve overall performance.

Remote Desktop Support

Includes basic support for Citrix, VMWare to access and work on remotely located desktops Full support coming in a future release. Access a Microsoft Server.

Benefits >

Centralize all desktops and operating systems

Efficiently centralize all stand-alone PCs, independent operating systems and desktops into a low-cost, server appliance. Set up is easy with plug and play simplicity, even with limited IT skills. The simplified approach to VDI in Userful Multiplatform software creates a visibly better performance than other complex virtualization solutions. Userful Multiplatform offers the high performance of a stand-alone PC that users expect with even the most demanding applications like playing multiple, full HD videos.

Virtualize multiple operating systems from one server

Deploy one or many customized operating systems to each desktop display, touch screen, digital sign, interactive whiteboard, or large interactive display. Operating systems include Microsoft Windows, Linux and a free, integrated cloud desktop, which is ideal for organizations that rely on web apps like Google Drive. Administrators can deploy a single solution to everyone or provide a simultaneous choice for users to switch between with a click. Only in-use Microsoft Windows desktops require a license, which saves on costly software licensing.

Power many types of low-cost displays

From desktops to digital signs, Userful Multiplatform is a single solution to power and manage many displays throughout an organization. Userful Multiplatform not only reduces the cost of desktops, it enables organizations to afford low-cost monitors or TVs and turn them into self-serve kiosks and single or multi-panel digital signs. The content on all screens are all easily customizable from the central server, including a basic digital signage player.

Centrally manage from any device

Seamlessly manage the entire solution using a browser-accessible control center from a desktop, tablet or smartphone, even with limited IT skills. Managing just one image on the server to instantly deploy new applications and updates to all desktops makes it easy to reduce IT management time and resources.

Case Studies >

  • Brazil

    Brazil Ministry of Education
  • San Jose | Costa Rica

    Autopartes Fraga
  • San Calixto | Colombia

    San Calixto School
  • Ecuador

    La Salle Latacunga School
  • Costa Rica

    Lakeside School
  • Guadalajara | Mexico

    The Valle Real Americano School
  • El Salvador

    IEPROES El Salvador
  • Veracruz | Mexico

    Government of Veracruz
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Userful makes it simple and affordable for organizations to drive and centrally manage intelligent interactive displays from video walls to digital signage, to desktops, to touch-screens and beyond with exceptional performance, unique flexibility and the lowest cost on the market.

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