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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

Soft 3D, vSGA, and vDGA all sound similar. So here is a look at what distinguishes these three solutions from one another. Continue reading

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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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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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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VMware Horizon View Clients Update

By Kristina De Nike, Senior Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

I once lost a checker piece. I found a red button that looked so much like the original piece that while I was playing I almost never thought about the replacement. We expect our new, RDS-hosted applications feature to be like that for end users. With Horizon 6, the remote Windows apps feel so native that end users will regularly forget that the applications are not running locally. For more information, see the VMware Horizon Clients documentation.

In this significant update to the VMware Horizon Clients, users connecting to a Horizon 6 View Connection Server can access applications running on a Windows Remote Desktop Session host (RDS host) from the Horizon Client over PCoIP. The applications look and behave like applications running natively on the local computer. For instance, on the Mac, the application icon appears in the Mac dock, and application windows layer over each other, as you would expect (see Figure 1). This seamless application access is available in the Windows and Mac clients.

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VMware Horizon and F5 BIG-IP Win Big

Three times faster and 15.7% less expensive!

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

Architecting a VDI environment for high availability and optimum load balancing became easier this year when VMware and F5 announced their joint solution that included VMware Horizon with F5 BIG-IP. The expectation was that the two leaders in their respective markets would combine forces to provide a secure, scalable, and powerful platform for today’s mobile workforce, while realizing low costs and easy deployments.

Today, we are delighted to announce that in an independent lab test and report published by Principled Technologies, the operational and capital expense savings with VMware Horizon and F5 BIG-IP are real:

We found that BIG-IP was considerably easier and three times faster to integrate with an existing Horizon VDI environment than Citrix NetScaler with its respective VDI environment, Citrix XenDesktop. In addition, the VMware-F5 solution was up to 15.7 percent less expensive than the Citrix solution. Together, these findings make VMware Horizon and F5 BIG-IP an attractive choice compared to alternatives on the market.

—Principled Technologies

Because VDI is a key initiative for many organizations moving toward cloud-based end-user computing in the post-PC era, choosing the right virtualization platform is both challenging and critical to the success of this transformation. Careful consideration is given to the underlying virtualization platform as well as to the supporting infrastructure—and that includes network considerations.

VDI deployments benefit from having more than one connection server to provide high availability. Many organizations use Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) to help balance the load across the multiple connection servers in their environment. ADCs also provide a number of other capabilities such as access control, SSO, and protocol proxy.

This short video demonstrates the business value that F5 BIG-IP Application Delivery Controller brings to a Horizon VDI environment.

Combining the two capabilities into a powerful and cost-effective solution is already benefiting customers:

VMware Horizon View and F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager have been a natural fit in supporting our VDI infrastructure, maximizing application uptime and performance for our clinicians. The companies’ solutions and prescriptive guidance optimize and extend functionality, simplify deployments, and lower TCO.

—Sean Graham, network architect, Kettering Health Network

Find out more in this VMware Horizon and F5 BIG-IP reference architecture.