By Shawn Bass, CTO Desktop Technologies, End-User Computing, VMware
On May 11, 2015, we unveiled Project Enzo to the world as a next generation hybrid cloud architecture for the deployment and management of virtual desktops and applications. We shared some details publicly about the design principles that went into Project Enzo. Leading into VMworld next week, I think it’s important to touch on some of those objectives and provide a heads up on the sessions that you can drop by to learn more details about Enzo. In this blog I want to touch on some of the main reasons that we decided to do something completely new in this space:
VMware vSphere 5.1 introduced GPU virtualization and the ability to run 3D workloads on a virtual desktop. Now, the combination of VMware vSphere 6.0, NVIDIA GRID graphics cards, and View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6 enables access to the most advanced graphics applications, even from remote devices such as laptops and tablets.
Business mobility helps your people perform better. When employees have the ability to access their applications anytime, anywhere, and on any device, they’re happier and more productive. Business mobility means more than just remote access to email and a few SaaS apps, however; organizations need to provide a complete virtual workspace that’s as good as physical.
Workspace transformation with virtual desktops and apps offers your employees the access they need, but storage for virtual desktops and apps can pose challenges to your datacenter.
Desktop and app virtualization projects often run into issues when they come up against I/O hungry OSes and apps that were designed to take advantage of low-latency attached storage assigned 1:1 to users. Now, that storage and IO capacity is stretched across network and hundreds or thousands of users. Although some IT departments turn to high-cost specialty storage arrays to address this performance gap, Virtual SAN provides a lower-cost solution, with great performance and scalability for mission critical workloads like VDI.
by Josue Fontanez, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon Air
If yours is one of many companies with virtual desktop deployments, I probably don’t have to sing its praises. You already know how easy it is to manage virtual desktops from a central location, and the money that can be saved by extending the life of aging PCs by using them to access corporate apps and data stored in data centers. And how much more secure your environment is because sensitive information is no longer on workers’ physical desktops.
The question I continually hear from VDI users—most of whom deployed VDI the traditional on-premises way— is, what’s the best way to go about expanding existing deployments for new use cases?
These days, more and more businesses are considering DaaS, or cloud-hosted virtual desktops and apps. DaaS enables you to quickly and very cost-effectively extend the flexibility, efficiency and security benefits of on-prem VDI to more scenarios and workers.
Here are a few scenarios that make perfect sense for a DaaS extension:
By Tony Paikeday, senior product line marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware
Today Dell is accelerating the desktop transformation journey for organizations small and large with their announcement of general availability of Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition (HE).
VMware and Dell have jointly invested in this space, to deliver on the benefits of the SDDC and hyperconverged infrastructure for desktop virtualization. Our customers can tap into this powerful combination, benefitting from:
By Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware
If you could start from scratch and develop an innovative, bold new solution that could transform the way IT deploys and manages virtual workspaces with greater speed, flexibility and cost savings, what would it look like?
That was the question we asked ourselves on the End-User Computing team, which led the team to develop a brand new set of technologies that we are featuring today as a technology preview called Project Enzo.
VMware Horizon 6.1 and vSphere 6 with NVIDIA GRID vGPU enables designers, architects and engineers to run the most advanced, graphics-rich applications in a remote desktop – using NVIDIA professional 3D graphics and certified application drivers. This brings workstation-class performance to remote and mobile workers more affordably than ever before, even over high-latency networks.
Let’s get into the details of what is NVIDIA GRID vGPU and how it works with VMware Horizon to deliver scalable, high performance VDI.
By Tony Paikeday, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
Next week is GTC 15 – where end users and the graphics technology ecosystem converge to learn how to tap into the growing power of the GPU. Each year promises major steps forward in ground-breaking innovation, and this year is no different! GTC15 will feature front and center, the industry leading joint solution for delivering secure, immersive graphics from the cloud – VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID vGPU.