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Choosing a Horizon View Virtual-Desktop Operations-Management Tool

By David G. Wooten, End-User-Computing Product Line Manager, vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View, VMware

Have you ever tried to diagnose a VMware Horizon View end-user virtual desktop issue? If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because there are so many data sources involved, and so many “subject matter experts” (SMEs) advising you about the problem and its solution! So what do you do? Many people have found success by using vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View. But there are a few things you should know before you buy and implement a Horizon View monitoring-and-management solution, to ensure the highest possible operational and troubleshooting efficiency. This post will tell you what you need to know to select an effective Horizon View virtual-desktop operations-management solution that will let you successfully scale out your Horizon View virtual desktop deployment, while the tool manages the complexity and moving parts.

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VMware Horizon DaaS built on vCloud Hybrid Service, NOW AVAILABLE!

By Dave Grant, Senior Director of Product Marketing for DaaS, End-User Computing, VMware

Today I’m thrilled to announce the availability of VMware Horizon DaaS, built on vCloud Hybrid Service.  VMware Horizon DaaS provides Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service, to any device, anywhere, with a predictable monthly subscription.

Why DaaS?

The demand for cloud-hosted virtual desktops has reached a tipping point. We’re seeing a variety of factors contribute to this demand. End users are more diverse than ever before and they want to work from anywhere, on any device. IT is under a ton of pressure to enable this diverse, mobile workforce to get work done and that means being able to access corporate data, applications and resources. It’s now IT’s job to balance these requirements with security, operational simplicity and at the same time control cost.

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Persistence Pays Off

Guest blog by Lee Caswell, VP of Virtualization Products, Fusion-io

Back when VDI started, the persistent desktop was king.  The first virtual desktop wasn’t that virtual at all since persistent hardware was dedicated to individual users.  But it was fast and it was secure.

The downside of persistent desktops was cost.  Dedicated hardware gave way to shared storage and more efficient provisioning techniques, but the cost of a persistent desktop remained far above the cost of a physical desktop.  This made persistent virtual desktops a non-starter for all but the most security conscious customers.

Stateless desktops emerged to fill the gap with cheap desktops that were “good enough” for some workers.  Tradeoffs in performance, customizability and flexibility introduced a cost point that justified virtual desktops for task workers who could stomach the tradeoffs.

Even with advancements in persona management, it’s hard to find knowledge workers who are satisfied with a stateless desktop. Knowledge workers have an absolute standard for what constitutes an acceptable virtual desktop experience. It’s simply a physical desktop. Any compromise in performance or functionality from a physical desktop is instantly noticed and irritating.

Stateless desktops also forced tradeoffs on IT.  To meet aggressive cost targets, stateless architectures forced IT to give up shared storage along with the rich set of VMware tools, including vMotion, High Availability (HA), Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), and Site Recovery Manager (SRM). These features are critical in enterprise environments to simplify maintenance and provide maximum uptime at scale.

At Fusion-io, we have historically offered server-side flash solutions for stateless desktops.  Our latest product, ioVDI, introduces a radical reduction in the cost of persistent desktops that we think changes how millions of knowledge workers will view a virtual desktop. In case you missed our announcement, read more here about how ioVDI software speeds the deployment of VMware Horizon View virtual desktops by intelligently combining the stateless cost economics of server flash performance with the manageability benefits of installed shared storage required for persistent desktops. You can also find out about Fusion-io’s complete line of VDI products here.

Do you plan on using Fusion-io ioVDI with VMware Horizon View? Let’s hear from you! Tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter.

Setting Up Google Chromebook with VMware Horizon View to Access Windows Applications

By Kristina De Nike, Senior Product Manager, VMware

Google Chromebook is the perfect platform to use when you want quick access to a Windows application through a Horizon View virtual desktop. With Horizon View 5.3 Feature Pack 1, users can access their Horizon View desktops from an HTML-5-compliant browser, including the Google Chrome browser. Horizon View 5.3 HTML Access includes improved video playback performance, text copy and paste, and audio from the desktop.

Using web access naturally imposes some limits to a full desktop experience. But using other tools from Google can fill the gaps, enabling a smooth workflow.

Here are some tips for administrators to set up the best Horizon View experience for users on a Chromebook platform. For nonpersistent desktops, you will want to make these changes on the virtual machine template. For users with persistent desktops, you can make the changes for the users with Chromebooks, or have users make the changes themselves.

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EMC and LSI Optimize VMware Horizon View Virtual Desktop Deployments

By guest blogger Rob Callaghan, Manager of Product and Outbound Marketing, Data Center Solutions Group, LSI

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The manageability and security benefits of virtualized desktop environments are numerous. VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) deployments continue to grow like gangbusters. Deploying and supporting hundreds of desktops on a single server lets you easily centralize desktop support and security. Another advantage of VDI is that patches, security updates, and hardware and software upgrades demand much less overhead. VDI also dramatically reduces the risk that desktop users will breach security by providing configurations to prevent data from being copied onto portable media or sent externally.

EMC and LSI are putting together solutions that pair with VMware Horizon View to optimize a virtual desktop infrastructure. One nifty solution is EMC ScaleIO, software that helps streamline and speed up VDI deployments.

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New Virtual Editions of F5 BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager® Tailormade for VMWare Horizon View

By Shankar Iyer, VP of Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

At PEX this week, VMware and F5 Networks announced an expanded partnership that will introduce a new level of security capabilities to VMWare Horizon View. The soon to arrive virtual editions of the F5 Networks BIG-IP Access Policy Manager has been tailor-made for VMware Horizon View and offers customers an unparalleled combination of powerful features, easy deployment and tremendous value.

These virtual appliances from F5 Networks enable enterprises to consolidate secure access control across enterprise users accessing virtual desktops from local and remote environments across all devices. In addition, the F5 Networks virtual Big-IP Access Policy Manager will include a dedicated iApp and a reference architecture for Horizon View deployments.

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Innovation: A Way of Life in the VDI Ecosystem

by Mason Uyeda, Senior Director, Technical Marketing and Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

For those who have watched the news and announcements this week from VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) in San Francisco, and especially those who have the opportunity to attend, I’m sure you would agree that it’s impressive to witness the unstoppable march of innovation. In particular, I’m speaking about end-user computing (EUC) and the numerous VMware partners that are announcing advances that will drive cost down, enhance user experience, and make implementation of EUC services even easier. This rich ecosystem of partners driving innovation speaks directly to the DNA of Silicon Valley and other hubs of technology, as well as to the opportunities that lie ahead for end-user computing.

Storage is an especially hot topic and a rapidly evolving space—software-defined storage and flash are the topics of discussion and have been instrumental in driving down the cost of infrastructure for Horizon View virtual desktops. I’m hearing discussions about the cost of network/compute/storage per virtual machine well under $200, not including licensing—with more IOPS capacity than most users need (how often do you really need a hundred IOPS per virtual machine?)—all while providing great end-user experience (below 5ms storage subsystem latency!).

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Desktops as a Service Momentum at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX)

By David Grant, Senior Director, DaaS Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

What a week it has been for the DaaS market and for VMware here at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX). We continue to demonstrate why we are the clear market leader in DaaS with several great announcements this week. Not only did Desktone by VMware pioneer the DaaS market back in 2006 but now as part of VMware, we continue to drive innovation.

I have had many conversations this week with partners (4000+ VMware partners here!) and it is clear that DaaS is hot and we are in a fantastic position to help our partners accelerate their business. We made three huge announcements this week.

First, we announced a partnership with Google to modernize the corporate desktop and bring DaaS to Chromebooks. Second, we introduced the VMWare Horizon DaaS Platform, the industry’s first end-to-end software platform for DaaS built for cloud providers. Lastly, we announced that we have joined forces with Cisco, NetApp and Equinix to deliver the most simple and cost-effective way for service providers to get into the DaaS business with the new “OneStep” program.

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Introducing VMware Horizon DaaS Platform: Industry’s First End-to-End Software Platform for DaaS

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By Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop, End-User Computing, VMware

As we kick off VMware Partner Exchange 2014, I’m excited to make some announcements in the rapidly emerging market of cloud-delivered Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS).

We are announcing the availability of the industry’s first end-to-end software platform for DaaS, VMware Horizon DaaS Platform (previously Desktone), that provides a complete software stack for service providers to build a cloud-based DaaS offering at scale. With the close of the acquisition just four short months ago, VMware Horizon DaaS Platform integrates three key software ingredients for building a scalable DaaS offering into a single platform:

  1. The industry’s leading secure multi-tenant broker and orchestrator
  2. Mobile and cloud-optimized virtual desktop delivery technology with great user experience
  3. The world’s most widely used virtualization and cloud platform.

IDC predicts that the market for cloud-hosted desktops will grow at 85% CAGR over the next 5 years and near $1 billion. We envision high customer and partner interest will lead to significant growth in DaaS clouds.

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Customizing the View Portal in Horizon View 5.3

By Alexander West, Technical Writer for End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware, and Hans Bader, Consulting Architect, VMware Professional Services

In Customize the View Portal for Client Download with View 5.1 we learned to personalize the portal to provide specific client download links. Since then, a few things have changed:

  • In View 5.3, the default portal page does NOT automatically provide client download links, but instead links to the View Clients download page on VMware.com.
  • With the introduction of HTML Access, previously customized portal pages will be hidden if and when you install HTML Access.

These changes do not directly affect the portal-customization process, so here’s an in-depth outline (including screenshots) to refresh your memory.

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