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Horizon 6.0 – Introducing Virtual SAN Integration

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone on the End-User Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to bring you another exciting product announcement from EUC.

View 5.3.1 was introduced early in the first quarter of 2014 to support Virtual SAN 5.5 GA. As you may have read recently, VMware announced the release of Horizon 6 (with View). With this release, we are continuing to expand the Virtual SAN integration capabilities delivered by Horizon. The Virtual SAN integration capabilities introduced in Horizon 6 deliver the following benefits to our customers:

  • Reduces CAPEX cost of storage by up to 50% when compared to the cost of using an external shared storage array based on magnetic disks
  • A package that contains both View and Virtual SAN
  • A simple three-step setup and management workflow
  • Performance capabilities similar to that of an all flash/all SSD external storage system

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Microsoft Lync 2013 in View Windows 8.0 and 8.1 Desktops

By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Horizon 6 with View will be adding support for Microsoft Lync 2013 VDI integration on Windows 8.0 and 8.1 desktops. In View 5.2, VMware added support for Lync 2013 Client capabilities, including VoIP and videoconferencing, in View desktops running Windows 7 SP1. With Horizon 6 with View, customers will be able to run the Lync 2013 Client with full functionality inside Windows 8.0 and 8.1 virtual desktops as well.

Customers can use View PCoIP technology to deliver an optimal user experience when accessing their View desktop. Once inside the View desktop, users can fully leverage the Lync 2013 Client to communicate and collaborate using its rich VoIP and videoconferencing capabilities.

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Customizing the View Portal Page After HTML Access Has Been Installed: Horizon View 5.3

By Alexander West, Technical Writer for End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware, with significant contributions from Kristina De Nike, Senior Product Manager, VMware

HTML Access is extremely handy for always-on-the-move VMware Horizon View users. But keep in mind that installing HTML Access in your Horizon View deployment will automatically disable your previously customized View Portal page and replace it with a new portal page that contains both an icon for downloading View Client and an icon for accessing your virtual desktop via HTML Access.

Unfortunately, any customizations to the original View Portal page are not automatically included in the new portal. But, on the bright side, you can customize the new portal page using essentially the same technique you used to customize the original View Portal page. (Check out Customizing the View Portal in Horizon View 5.3 to find out how to customize the original View Portal page.)

Note: HTML Access 2.2 is available only as part of the VMware Horizon View 5.3 Feature Pack 1.

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Horizon View 5.3.1 Is Here and Supports VMware Virtual SAN

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone in the End-User-Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to bring to you an exciting product announcement from EUC, just in time for the other Virtual-SAN-related announcements from VMware!

Today, VMware announced the General Availability (GA) of VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 and I’d like to take a moment to also introduce Horizon View 5.3.1. With this release, we are continuing the tradition of rapidly introducing innovations to market. And, now, the details:

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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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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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