When VMware Horizon 7 was introduced to the market just a few months ago, it represented a shift in the way virtual desktops and apps could be delivered and managed. Several new capabilities highlighted the innovations in Horizon 7, including Smart Policies and Blast Extreme. One of the most exciting features introduced was the concept of Instant Clone technology.
Instant Clone capability comes from our vision of helping customers deliver a Software-Defined Data Center, and cloning virtual desktops (VDI) happens to be a great use case in using that capability. This technology shifts the traditional VDI deployment model from a somewhat cumbersome and time-consuming process to a rapid and fully-customizable process. Instead of using traditional virtual desktop cloning methods, which require power cycle and reconfiguration calls, Instant Clone technology allows IT to clone virtual desktops in memory from an existing running virtual desktop, resulting in desktops that can be created in seconds rather than hours!
As if that’s not exciting enough, imagine what you can do when you combine Instant Clone technology with VMware App Volumes. App Volumes helps deliver applications to users and desktops in real-time, simplifying the lifecycle management of apps that helps reduce costs associated with managing images and storage capacity by 70%. Many customers are taking advantage of App Volumes for their Horizon, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop and RDSH environments today—and doing it at scale. Continue reading →
Mirage provides centralized image management for both physical desktops and View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. It also offers enhanced backup, recovery, updates for endpoints, and migration functionality for hardware and operating systems. Mirage centralizes endpoint content in the data center, downloads images to endpoints, and optimizes the data transfer.
In addition to accounting for new features and components, such as MongoDB databases, there are many small improvements to the paper that make the material more accessible. Additional deployment suggestions should be especially useful to design architects and IT administrators.
By Erik Bohnhorst, GRID Performance Architect, NVIDIA
When it comes to graphical workloads, users need a crisp, snappy experience or they simply can’t use virtualization. This can be challenging when accessing graphics intense workloads over remote networks due to latency and bandwidth requirements which significantly impact user experience.
With new VMware Horizon 7 and NVIDIA GRID, you can significantly improve latency, bandwidth, and frames per second, while decreasing CPU utilization and increasing users per host by using NVIDIA Blast Extreme Acceleration.
By: Shikha Mittal, Senior Product Line Manager, VMware
Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode
Virtual desktops have provided undeniable benefits to organizations for years, helping to save money and increase productivity. However, the consistent feedback has been that desktop virtualization solutions are complex to set up and manage, resulting in high capital and operational costs.
We are excited at VMware to change all of that by introducing Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode, a hybrid cloud software service hosted by VMware which enables organizations to deliver virtual desktops and manage applications from on-premises infrastructure, while centrally managing it all from the cloud.
By Fred Schimscheimer, Staff Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware
Just-in-time desktops? Really? Are you kidding me?
What Is Instant Clone Technology?
Instant Clone Technology is all about delivering VDI desktops just in time. For those of you who follow project names, think of vmFork and Project Fargo. Instant Clone Technology allows administrators to rapidly clone and deploy a virtual machine in less time than it took for you to read these two sentences. Yes, that is one clone created per second on average.
By Nancy Beckus, Writer and Editor, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware
And Judy Wu, Senior Solution Engineer, VMware
The ability to access printers from a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and from hosted application environments is crucial for today’s end users. Usually, each desktop has been configured to access one or more network printers. This is often sufficient, but mobile users might need to connect to their View desktops from different locations, sometimes even from outside the corporate network.
Either way, end users must be able to send print jobs to the nearest available printer, and IT administrators must have an easy way to manage printers and printer drivers.
With VMware Horizon 6, you can achieve both goals with two advanced features for printing from View virtual desktops: printer redirection and location-based printing. Continue reading →
By Susan Blau, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware
The new Windows Optimization Guide, formally titled Optimization Guide for Desktops and Servers in View in VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and VMware Horizon Air Apps, has undergone a radical transformation from the previous version. The new guide
Removes the scripts because the OSOT is an easier and faster way to optimize the Windows OS. The OSOT includes features such as the ability to roll back optimizations, and to customize your own optimization templates if you want more control over the optimization process.
Will later include Windows 10 optimizations (testing is in progress).
In this blog, we will look at some of the user-experience improvements in Horizon 6.2. If you read our first blog post, What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2, you may have noticed that there is a long list of new features and supported clients. In that blog, we covered a couple of user-experience improvements, such as seamless application-access using client-side file type association, and the ability to use HTML access for View desktops and Horizon 6 hosted applications (on RDSH) using VMware Cloud Pod Architecture. Continue reading →
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.