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Deciding Between VMware Horizon 6 and Citrix XenDesktop?

By Cyndie Zikmund, End-User Computing Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware, and Scott Edstrom, End-User Computing Senior Consultant, VMware

You have heard about Horizon 6 by now, but are you curious about how it compares to Citrix XenDesktop?  The VMware Horizon 6 family of solutions offers a choice of new features and capabilities for desktop and application virtualization.

We describe the most prominent features of Horizon 6 in the white paper Why VMware Horizon is a Better Choice Than Citrix XenDesktop. By outlining six ways that Horizon 6 outperforms XenDesktop across the board, we show you that:

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What Is the Best Server Virtualization Platform for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

By Cyndie Zikmund, EUC Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware

Have you ever asked yourself: What is the best server virtualization platform for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)? VMware vSphere is the answer.

More and more organizations are moving towards virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as the solution to reducing administrative overhead, increasing productivity, and improving security. VDI is becoming an even more preferred solution as storage costs go down and virtual storage is more widely supported.

But the performance of a VDI deployment depends on the virtualization platform it is hosted on. Which one is best for you? Here are a few key considerations in your decision-making process:

  • Does the platform provide a secure foundation for all the virtual desktops that your organization needs?
  • Can your chosen platform be standardized on the same platform as your existing server virtualization?
  • How will the choice of a virtualization platform impact future migration to a cloud environment?
  • Do the platform’s features, reliability, and high availability meet your business requirements?
  • Is the platform optimized to run VDI workloads?

For more information about using VMware vSphere for desktop virtualization, download the white paper Why Choose VMware vSphere for Desktop Virtualization? This white paper will help you understand why vSphere is the best choice of a hypervisor for a VDI environment.  See VMware vSphere for more information about the VMware server virtualization platform.

VMware vSphere supports the VMware VDI solution, Horizon with View.  See Horizon with View for more information.

3D-Graphics Acceleration in View Virtual Desktops

By Alexander West, Technical Writer for End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

With significant contributions from Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, VMware

VMware Horizon with View offers excellent 3D-graphics capabilities to View users everywhere.

To ensure top-flight performance for 3D graphics in View, administrators have three different graphics-acceleration options to choose from: Soft 3D, vSGA, and vDGA. Read on for a look at the differences between the three, and which one in particular leads to the highest availability for 3D-graphics acceleration in View.

(Check out the newly revised Graphics Acceleration in View Virtual Desktops for everything you need to know about 3D-graphics acceleration in View.)

Definitions of Soft 3D, vSGA, and vDGA

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Migrating to Windows 8.x Using VMware Mirage 5.0

By John Domenichini, Technical Writer, VMware

With significant contributions from Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware Mirage supports Windows 7 migration and, with release 5.0, Mirage adds Windows 8.1 and 8.1 Update 1 migration support. Okay, but what does that mean to you? It might mean a lot.

While Windows 8 offers some advantages over previous Windows versions, especially in the areas of security and performance, the market did not initially respond positively to the strikingly different interface.

However, the updates to Windows 8.1 address some of the major concerns the market had with the operating system. All the same, the migration process itself raises some concerns. This is where Mirage 5.0 can help. Mirage 5.0 addresses the most common migration concerns, making the migration to Windows 8.1 or 8.1 U1 a compelling proposition.

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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.

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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.

VMware Horizon Is the Leading Virtual Desktop Platform, According to Gigaom Research

By Dave Grant, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

As you already know, VMware Horizon 6 was made generally available about two weeks ago so anyone interested should download the solution and try it for free, or they can demo it live using the Horizon 6 Hands-On Lab.

But for a customer searching for a virtual desktop solution, one of the foundational questions is always, “Why should we choose your solution over the other solutions in the market?”

Today, I am giving customers a new reason to add to the list that already exists for Horizon.

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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:

VMware View USB Community

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.

Note: After this blog was published, View 5.3.2 was released, which included a fix for industry-wide issues with OpenSSL. View 5.3.2 and later are now the only officially supported releases for using Virtual SAN with View.

 

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.”

Their solution: VMware Horizon with View. Continue reading