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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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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.

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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Update! Key Considerations in Choosing a Zero Client Environment for VDI

By Jessica Flohr, Technical Writer and Editor, End-User Computing, VMware

Zero clients are getting a refresh! The popular white paper, Top Five Considerations in Choosing a Zero Client Environment, has been updated with new case studies, graphics, and a deeper technical perspective. The original paper, written by Cyndie Zikmund, was one of the most frequently downloaded white papers in End-User Computing at VMware. This long-awaited update takes a fresh look at key concerns IT administrators have when choosing client endpoints for a virtual desktop infrastructure.

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Lakeside SysTrack Provides an ‘Assist’ to Get You Moving with Horizon 6

By Aaron Black, Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

If you are a sports fan, or simply have the experience of playing a sport that involves passing, you know the value of an ‘assist’. We at VMware have put together an inspiring set of products with the launch of Horizon 6, but we realize that you may be faced with the daunting realities of another upgrade or the business justification for a new implementation. Those of us who build and manage environments are often presented with challenges that are not purely technical or even architectural—the difficulties are providing visibility to what is really happening and providing enough certainty so that people feel comfortable with moving forward with their end-user-computing project. Lakeside Software is a partner that we have been working with for several years; Lakeside can provide customers and partners with a valuable ‘assist’ to help get started with Horizon 6.

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Delivering a Seamless Experience: VMware Horizon 6 and Teradici PCoIP

Guest blog by Mabel Louie, Director of Product Marketing, Teradici

VMware has raised the bar with the unveiling of VMware Horizon 6 – a single, seamless platform for delivery of an uncompromised experience to a broader base of end users, across multiple devices and locations from public or private clouds.

As a longtime VMware partner, Teradici® drives continuous innovation of the PCoIP® protocol, aligning to the industry’s most stringent security standards, and providing best performance, and ease-of-manageability for virtual desktops and application delivery.  The protocol compresses, encrypts and encodes the entire computing experience securely in the data center and transmits it as ‘pixels only’ to a user’s device for an outstanding result.

Teradici worked closely with VMware on PCoIP enhancements in the Horizon 6 release, contributing to even greater end user productivity, flexibility and performance:

  • RDS desktop and application delivery using the PCoIP protocol
  • Roaming IP address support to allow PCoIP sessions to persist when a client IP address changes (e.g., transition from one wireless access point to another)
  • Improved bandwidth management for a better user experience over congested and wireless networks

Our broad PCoIP ecosystem of hardware and software partners is committed to fulfilling the VMware Horizon 6 vision for unified delivery and management of desktop and application services – anytime, anywhere – via secure, high-performance PCoIP zero client devices, complemented by  PCoIP hardware accelerators and performance monitoring and optimization tools.

Over the past 5+ years, Teradici has enabled the PCoIP Experience for millions of VDI and DaaS users (VMware and Desktone), and sales of 1.5M+ PCoIP zero client devices in a variety of form factors (desktop, laptop, and all-in-one monitors).

Teradici and our partners are dedicated to the continued success of IT managers in deploying cloud environments to meet today’s pressing challenges:

  • Delivering a consistent user experience and access to media-rich content and high-end graphics applications – even at peak usage times. With the Teradici PCoIP Hardware Accelerator, IT management can cost-effectively maximize the number of virtual machines placed on servers with VMware Horizon, while ensuring a consistent, high-performance computing experience across all users, at all times and regardless of task or activity level. By reducing server CPU utilization and complementing physical GPU support in VMware VDI deployments, it’s possible to improve consolidation ratios by up to 2X.  For example, a U.S. federal agency is better serving citizens at a highly-trafficked airport by making secure, “forensic-quality” video surveillance footage accessible to airport personnel on any device at any time, in collaboration with technical services firm, Jacobs Technology.
  • Simplifying IT deployment and manageability. In a recent survey of nearly 1200 VMware end users, the top 3 reasons cited for selecting Teradici PCoIP zero client devices were tied to ease of deployment, configuration and maintenance, plus greater system resilience and reliability. For example, AAA of the Carolinas System Engineer, Doug Robinson, reports that “PCoIP Zero Clients we deployed to replace our aging Call Center computers allowed us, in a matter of two days, to convert our 200 users to PCoIP Zero Clients with little to no down time. Repair and replacement costs have almost completely disappeared, and the users are very happy with the solution.”
  • Streamlining workflows and increasing user productivity in a secure environment.  By enabling more efficient use and sharing of computing resources, PCoIP zero client deployments with VMware Horizon can improve organizational effectiveness – in compliance with industry best practices and regulations. For example, at HIMSS 2014, North Kansas City Hospital described how its VDI deployment with VMware, Teradici and Imprivata helped streamline workflows, giving medical personnel secure access to vital information on zero client desktops at the point-of-care, from anywhere on the hospital floor throughout the day.

We look forward to many more successes with VMware Horizon 6 in the coming months – please share yours with us at PCoIPExperience@teradici.com!

 

Linked Clones the Easy, Scalable Way: Why View Composer Rocks

By Cyndie Zikmund, Product Line Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

In searching for information about View Composer, I found that VMware has not published many articles on this subject. When I asked around, I heard people say, “Composer just works,” or “It is a feature of View everyone knows how to use.” This led me to think that maybe the time has come for Composer to have its day in the sun on this blog.

What Does Composer Do?

Simple answer: It provides linked clones.

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