There has been a lot of buzz and excitement last week around VMware’s announcement and plans to support Microsoft Lync 2013 (http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2012/07/microsoft-lync-2013-support-with-vmware-view-desktops.html). With Microsoft Lync 2013 and VMware View, customers will have full access to Unified Communications and Collaboration capabilities, and Office 15 integration.
Naturally, customers have also asked about our plans for Microsoft Lync 2010 support. As a result of a joint effort, I am excited to announce that VMware and Microsoft have officially completed validation testing of Microsoft Lync 2010 with VMware View 5.0. Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Lync 2010 Client Virtualization whitepaper to reflect the addition of VMware View as a supported Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution.
What does this mean for our customers?
Customers can deploy Microsoft Lync 2010 on VMware View infrastructure with confidence, knowing that the solution will be fully supported. With Microsoft Lync 2010 and VMware View, users will have access to features such as presence, instant messaging, application sharing, online meetings, and sharing whiteboards and PowerPoint presentations. Other features such as VoIP calling are only available when a Lync client is paired with a USB desktop IP Phone. A complete list of features supported with Microsoft Lync 2010 and VMware View 5.0 can be found in the Microsoft Lync 2010 Client Virtualization whitepaper.
Be sure to watch today’s session on installing and configuring vCenter Operations Manager for View. Join Tim Federwitz, VMware’s consulting architect to dive into design considerations and best practices and view a live demo of installing and configuring the product in a View environment.
Also if you missed yesterday’s session on location aware printing with Josh Spencer-click here to watch it now:
This session covers how you can leverage the Mobile Secure Desktop to handle printing to ensure end users can easily print where ever they happen to be.
Glasshouse has just published a VMware View 5.1 Stateless RA with Cisco UCS and Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI.
Reference Architecture Highlights:
- Storage-less - virtual desktop images (VMware View linked-clones) are stored using local server memory, eliminating the need for traditional storage (SAN/NAS, SSDs).
- Storage Optimization - Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI provided 227 IOPS per desktop and reduced the amount of memory per VMware View Linked Clone to 275MB.
- Density - The reference architecture supported 120-140 virtual desktops per Cisco UCS blade server.
- Performance - The architecture achieved better-than-PC performance with: -- Boot Time - 12 seconds per desktop with 2.5 minutes to boot 120 desktops.
- User Experience - VMware View planner had average response time of 0.53 seconds with application launch times consistently below 1 second.
- Operational Performance - VMware View can recompose in 45 seconds per desktop
VMware View 5.1 Stateless RA with Cisco UCS and Atlantis ILIO:
Press Release :
Mid-Coast Customer Deployment of VMware View 5, Cisco and Atlantis ILIO-this is a mid-market customer:
Video for Mid-Coast Health talking about the solution:
By Pat Lee, Director of Product Management, End User Clients
It is an exciting day for Mac users now that OS X Mountain Lion is available from the Mac App Store.
One of the great new features in Mountain Lion is Gatekeeper. Gatekeeper verifies the identity of the developer of Mac software downloaded from the Internet and requires that developers sign their software to ensure that the software is not malicious and has not been tampered with.
I am happy to report that the VMware View Client 1.5 for Mac just works with Mountain Lion. It is already signed and is compatible with Gatekeeper.
For weeks, we have been testing the VMware View Client 1.5 on the OS X Mountain Lion GM seed and it works great. Take advantage of Full Screen mode to run your View Desktop and then swipe back and forth to Mac apps as needed.
We are excited that OS X Mountain Lion is here and that our current VMware View Client for Mac is fully compatible.
You can download the current VMware View Client for Mac from the View Client downloads page.
By Warren Ponder, Director of Desktop Product Management, End-User Computing
As VDI solutions such as VMware View gain market adoption and the technology evolves, continuing to offer end-users a PC like experience is important to sustain the upward growth trajectory. That is why unified communications is important to VDI vendors who need to continually reassure IT and end-users that the user experience will be the same as if they were working in a traditional personal computer.
Today, VMware proudly announces that VMware is working with Microsoft to bring support for Microsoft Lync to VMware View desktops. The combination of VDI with Unified Communications leads to increased productivity, mobility and flexibility for employees, customers and partners alike. Customers will be able to communicate and collaborate with the Lync 2013 client, using rich voice and video features, all from within the VMware View desktop.
The combination of VMware View with Microsoft Lync helps to allow users the freedom to work, communicate and collaborate from their virtual desktop across a variety of devices and locations. It helps employees be more productive because they have full access to their business desktop and communications platforms, whether they are in the office, travelling or at home. This announcement highlights that Microsoft and VMware are committed to bringing forward solutions that our mutual customers desire.
“Microsoft is committed to providing its Office customers a complete experience, wherever they are. This includes supporting Lync in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. VMware provides a quick and easy way to integrate Microsoft technologies. We are excited to be able to offer this integration to VMware customers” says Jerome Berniere, Senior Product Marketing Manager.
Be sure to check out today’s session from Liquidware Labs on ProfileUnity + FlexApp™ for the Mobile Secure Desktop from concept to production in 30 minutes. In this session Liquidware Labs will walk you through the architecture and use cases of Mobile Secure Desktop deployments using ProfileUnity and FlexApp – The basic installation and configuration of the software, as well as a live demo demonstrating how the solution extends the power of Mobile Secure Desktop by VMware.
Be sure to also watch the first 6 bootcamp sessions click here: http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/desktop/view/msdbootcamp
VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop-Check Out Today’s Session on Radius
Check out today’s session on the VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop Bootcamp by Mark Benson on Radius authentication and configuration best practices here:
And if you missed the first five sessions of the VMware Mobile Secure Desktop Bootcamp you can check them out here:
Design Considerations and Best Practices for the Mobile Secure Desktop-Rory Clements, Reference Architect, VMware
Storage Considerations and Best Practices-Jim Yanik,Sr. Systems Engineer
Storage Best Practices for the Mobile Secure Desktop with Nimble Storage, Michael McLaughlin, Desktop Solution Architect, Nimble Storage
Advanced Security & Networking Demo for View using F5 BIG-IP, Simon Hamilton-Wilkes, Networks Solution Engineer, VCAP, CCIE, F5
How Agentless Security Can Optimize Mobile Desktop Performance, Udo Schneider, Sr. Solutions Architect, Trend Micro
Happy Birthday loyal VMware View Customers! Well, it must be someone's birthday since the folks on the VMware View team have been working on a pretty spiffy little gift...
Effective right now, the General Support period of View's Support Lifecycle Policy has been extended to 5 years, bringing the total support lifecyle for VMware View to a whopping 7 years -- an absolute best in the industry!
What's more, we're retroactively extending this policy to the View 4 release family. So under the terms of General Support, customers can continue to receive support, patches and View 4.6.z maintenance releases up through November of 2014 -- a full 5 years after View 4.0 was released. (Yes, you can bust out the cake and candles now).
So why are we doing this when it's clear that our existing policy was already a step ahead of what you'd get with the other guys? Well, to be honest, we get it. Virtual Desktop Infrastructe (VDI) has become mainstream, and we see more and more enterprise customers with 10k+ seat View deployments. With success comes great responsibily: we understand that our existing product is pretty darn good and many folks want to install it and leave it running for many years without worry. This was a lesson VMware learned well in the datacenter space with many years of vSphere success. So we're taking a page from vSphere's Support Lifecycle Policy; you get 5 years General Support from VMware in the datacenter space? Let's deliver that same sort of comittment for Enterprise Desktops with VMware View too! Of course there are some sublte differences between how vSphere handles its support and how View will move forward with this new policy, but you get the idea: we're raising the bar.
So once again, "Happy Birthday", and many years of happy VDI computing with VMware View 4, 5 and beyond!
It’s Day 4 of the VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop Bootcamp! Check out today’s session from F5 on correct use of authentication and traffic management for multi-pod or multi-site View deployments. This technical presentation and demo will review F5's solutions for enhancing the VMware Mobile Secure Desktop. Topics discussed include unified access, username-based persistence, single namespace in multi-site deployments, global and local traffic management and the wizard-based configuration of BIG-IP for View.
And if you missed the first three sessions-you can watch them now here:
Design Considerations Session for the Mobile Secure Desktop:
Storage Considerations for the Mobile Secure Desktop by VMware
Storage Considerations for the Mobile Secure Desktop by Nimble Storage
The VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop is a fully validated architectural design that provides end users with quick and easy access to applications and data across devices, locations and networks. This solution streamlines and automates desktop management and provides IT with the ability to apply location-aware, policy driven access to corporate resources to ensure higher levels of security and compliance. The Mobile Secure Desktop leverages VMware View, vShield security services and vCenter Operations Manager monitoring components. It has additionally been validated with technology and solutions from VMware partners to provide organizations with an end to end solution designed to securely support device diversity, mobile workers and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives.
Watch today’s Bootcamp session on storage and architectural planning for the VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop (MSD). This session will be a technical deep drive that goes into many aspects of storage planning for a MSD environment. We will look at storage I/O profiling for desktops and storage architecture best practices.
You can also register on the site to receive a FREE e-book (collection of all of the material that will be presented in the Bootcamp series).