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Optimize Storage Fast with VMware Virtual SAN!

By Jessica Flohr, Technical Writer and Editor, End-User Computing, VMware; Donal Geary, Reference Architecture Engineer, Desktop Virtualization, VMware; and Wade Holmes, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, Software-Defined Storage, VMware

VMware vSphere5.5 Update 1 introduced VMware Virtual SAN. This new software-defined storage tier is the industry’s only vSphere-based hypervisor-converged storage solution. Virtual SAN allows compute and storage resources to be served by server platforms, combining local flash and magnetic disk to create a resilient, high-performance shared storage solution.

VMware Horizon with View can now leverage the power of VMware Virtual SAN to allow VDI deployments to scale linearly while maintaining great performance and user experience.

In the recently published technical white paper, VMware Horizon with View and Virtual SAN Reference Architecture, Virtual SAN is put to the test. Under medium-workload and heavy-workload testing, View desktop performance was exceptional, with low latency response times from Virtual SAN and minimal impact on ESX.

This test of 400 linked-clone desktops was performed on four Dell R720 PowerEdge rack mount servers with VMware Horizon with View and VMware vSphere 5.5. The results are summed up in this chart.

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Migrate to Windows 7 or 8.1 at 20% off!

By Sachin Sharma, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing

I’m still shocked with the number of PCs that continue to run Windows XP as their primary operating system. We all know Microsoft end of support for Windows XP took effect a few months ago, in April 2014. Yet according to netmarketshare.com, more than 25% of PCs are still running Windows XP. Twenty-five percent! If you are still running Windows XP in your environment, either you’re paying a good amount for extended Microsoft support, or running a high risk for security vulnerabilities with continued use of XP. Hackers are already reverse engineering methods to expose unprotected XP machines. For example, security flaws for Internet Explorer on Windows XP have already been exposed. So if you’re running Windows XP in your environment, it’s time to take control and migrate to Windows 7. And the easiest way to help you is with VMware Mirage.

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Say Bonjour to 3D Graphics Enabled Virtual Desktops for Computer Labs

by Geoffrey Murase, Solutions Marketing, End-User Computing

I recently went to Ottawa, Canada to meet with VMware customer, La Cite, the largest French community college in Ontario with over 5,000 students and faculty.  They offer a wide variety of programs including coursework in engineering, architecture, and interior design that require 3D graphics applications.  They agreed to share with us their experience using desktop virtualization to support their 3D graphics enabled computer labs.

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La Cite chose Dell, NVIDIA, and VMware to deliver virtual desktops to these labs and some of the benefits that they receive include:

  • Reduced login times
  • Easier troubleshooting
  • Faster updates with new applications and patches
  • Remote and mobile access to applications

We thank La Cite for sharing their story with us and hope that others can benefit from leveraging desktop virtualization to meet their computer lab needs.

See the video on YouTube here.  We also have a recorded webinar available here.

 

New VMware Safe Passage Program Offers Customers Great Products, Incentives and Migration Tools for Move from Existing Solutions

By Erik Frieberg, VP of Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Erik FriebergToday, VMware is introducing a brand new program called Safe Passage, an initiative that makes it easy for organizations to migrate from their existing desktop virtualization, application delivery and mobile device management (MDM) solutions to VMware Horizon and AirWatch by VMware. This program enables customers to upgrade to advanced VMware solutions while taking advantage of significant incentives to switch.

To help customers make the move, VMware has also developed a brand new set of tools and processes. These migration tools can help ease the anxiety that can come with change and make the upgrade experience as simple and smooth as possible.

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At VMworld: To EUC or Not to EUC? There is No Question

By Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, End-User Computing

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This is the first in a series of blog posts on how End-User Computing (EUC) enthusiasts like yourself can get the most out of VMworld which is just around the corner – kicking off on August 24th in San Francisco.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be covering things to do, sessions to attend and labs to complete. I’ll also discuss how you can learn about our latest technology, bone up on your technical skills and network with great people.

So why should an EUC specialist attend VMworld?  First things first, VMworld is one of the largest, single vendor Information Technology conferences in the world. VMware expects over 25,000 attendees this year, of which around 2000 will be partners, and 80% of attendees will be technical. There are announcement-filled keynotes, over 500 breakout sessions, labs, workshops, group discussions, and 1:1’s with experts.

EUC will be representing in a big way this year! In addition to the highly-anticipated keynotes, we are planning over 60 unique EUC sessions across five sub-tracks (Industry Perspectives, Industry Solutions, Desktop & Apps, Desktop as a Service, and The Mobile Enterprise). We have over 10 sessions where customers will be participating, sharing their real-world experiences including panels on healthcare, government, education, financial services and retail. Sessions will also feature 3rd party presenters from industry analyst firms, partners like Google, Dell, NVIDIA, F5, HP and EUC luminaries such as Shawn Bass, Benny Tritsch and Ruben Spruijt. There will also eight EUC “Ask the Experts” group discussions and you’ll even be able to set up 1:1s with the experts to dive deeper on Horizon 6, DaaS and AirWatch.

In addition to our amazing line up of sessions, EUC has an incredible setup this year inside VMware’s technology lab booth. Of course we’ll have demos of Horizon 6, but we’ll also show it’s integration with RDS, vCenter Operations Manager and unified communications. You’ll see 3D and BYOD use cases, follow-me desktop and apps,  and – back by popular demand – 3D printing! New installations will feature AirWatch and Google bars…more to come on this. And if the sessions, demos and access to experts don’t fulfill your technical needs there are Horizon 6, Workspace & AirWatch Hands on Labs available.

But beyond all of this is the most important part of VMworld, the ability to network with your peers. Some of the brightest minds in Information Technology will be joining us in San Francisco for VMworld, you should be one of them! Register today and then follow us (and me, too!) for real-time updates, tips and important announcements in the coming weeks and live throughout the course of the show.

Up next…the top 10 sessions you won’t want to miss! Have something specific you’d like me to blog about? Drop me a comment or a tweet!

IDC Discusses How Rapid Desktop Appliances from VMware Partners Help Accelerate Virtual Desktop Deployment

By Teresa Wingfield, End-User Computing Marketing Consultant

IDC predicts that the deployment, management, and support of virtual desktop implementations will become simpler over time.  Their research states that the introduction and adoption of virtual desktop appliances with converged infrastructure and validated reference architectures like those from VMware’s Rapid Desktop Appliance partners will account for much of this simplification.

According to IDC, the most obvious benefit of Rapid Desktop Appliances is faster time to value as these greatly reduce installation and implementation times. IDC points out that just the benefit and reduced costs from the speedier time to value make virtual desktop appliances attractive, but the benefits are actually far greater, including:

  • Improved utilization. Improved utilization of compute, storage, and networking reduces powerand real estate consumption.
  • Integrated storage. Fast flash or solid state drives that support high IOPS workloads like VDI nearly eliminate legacy VDI issues such as boot storms, scan storms, and poor user experiences.
  • Simplified performance. Performance tuning is simplified because all the pieces are validated to work together.
  • Reduced management. Many of these solutions have single management platforms, eliminating silos and reducing the effort required to maintain these systems.

Converged infrastructure, a pre-integrated, vendor-certified system containing server hardware, storage, networking and basic systems management, along with validated reference architectures take Rapid Desktop Appliances to a new level of deployment acceleration.   Converged infrastructure is designed to be deployed quickly using a modular building-block approach to rapidly scale up resources and workloads.  Validated reference architectures are templates to quickly deploy virtual desktops on specific hardware. These are tested for virtual desktop workloads so that customers know exactly what performance they can expect.

Download our free white paper by IDC, Rapid Desktop Appliances:  Accelerating Time to Value for VMware Horizon Deployments to learn more about how Rapid Desktop Appliances can help overcome legacy virtual desktop deployment issues and make deployment faster and less costly.  And, check out our Rapid Desktop Appliances to preview a range of solutions appropriate for any size virtual desktop deployment.

Get started with the VMware Horizon 6 Bootcamp!

Now that Horizon 6 is generally available, watch this bootcamp series to learn how to get started and successfully roll out and deploy your virtual desktops and applications. We have sessions covering deployment best practices multiple components of Horizon 6 including:

  • Desktop and Applications Virtualization Best Practices
  • Image Management Architecture Guide with Mirage
  • Workspace Portal Deployment Best Practices
  • Horizon 6 Integration with Virtual SAN
  • Getting Started with Horizon vCenter Orchestrator Plug In

We are also providing a free e-book of all the presentations included in this bootcamp series.

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USB Device Redirection in VMware Horizon with View: White Paper and Video

By Peter Brown, Senior R&D Manager, VMware, London, UK

We are all accustomed to using USB devices with desktop PCs and laptops in the form of mass storage devices, headsets, webcams, scanners, printers, and more. In the virtual world, where your actual desktop may be many miles away from your client device, physically plugging in a USB device is not possible. VMware Horizon with View supports using USB devices in the virtual desktop by using USB device remoting. View 5.1 and later introduced some complex configuration options for the usage and management of USB devices in a View virtual desktop session.

In order to assist users with these remoting options, I have published a white paper that gives a high-level overview of USB redirection, discusses the configuration options, and provides some practical worked examples to illustrate how these options can be used. USB Device Redirection, Configuration, and Usage in VMware Horizon with View is now available. I hope that this white paper will help you navigate some of the difficulties, options, and configurations to maximize the VDI end-user experience.

As a supplement to the paper, I have helped put together a video, Using Composite USB Devices in Horizon View Desktops, which talks viewers through USB-device splitting, and shows a worked example of how to configure splitting for a USB dictation audio-device.

Download the white paper: USB Device Redirection, Configuration, and Usage in VMware Horizon with View

View the USB device-splitting video: Using Composite USB Devices in Horizon View Desktops

If you have any USB-related questions for Horizon with View, please visit our forum to check out other discussions for help, or to post your own questions:

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Creating New Storage Policies in Virtual SAN for View 5.3.1 Desktops in Horizon

By Ting Liu, End-User Computing Solution Engineer, VMware

View 5.3.1 and later provide support for VMware Virtual SAN 5.5, a component of VMware vSphere 5.5U1. Using View with Virtual SAN 5.5 reduces the total CapEx of storage by up to 50%, which is a huge plus for businesses big and small.

In this blog post, we discuss how to configure storage policies in Virtual SAN for View 5.3.1 desktops. (View desktops in Horizon 6 operate differently.) We already know how to deploy a View pool on Virtual SAN storage. (See the Using a Virtual SAN Datastore in Horizon View section of Horizon View 5.3.1 on VMware Virtual SAN – Quick Start Guide for more.) This blog, on the other hand, shows you how to create a new virtual machine storage policy in Virtual SAN and assign it to the virtual machine template. This can help you keep part of the linked-clone pool’s replica desktop in the SSD storage, which may improve the performance of your linked-clone pool. (For more details on Virtual SAN policies, consult the About Virtual Machine Storage Policies and Working with Virtual SAN chapters in the vSphere Storage guide.)

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How Colt Technology Services Deployed View Desktops With Ease and Efficiency

By Alexander West, Technical Writer, End-User Computing, VMware, and Matt Coppinger, EUC Architect, End-User Computing, VMware

Recently, Colt Technology Services, a leading international IT- and telecoms-services company, confronted two crucial challenges: (1) enabling employees to work remotely and (2) reducing costly desktop and laptop replacements.

According to Colt, “We wanted to break the paradigm of a traditional and costly three-year laptop and desktop refresh project. We wanted to release our employees from their reliance on internal IT, and give them the freedom to use any device from any location to access corporate applications.”

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