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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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Horizon 6.0 – Cloud Pod Architecture Details

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

In my previous blog post introducing cloud pod architecture, I provided you with a high level conceptual overview. Now, let’s get to the details.

Cloud Pod Architecture and Multi-Data-Center View in Horizon 6

One of the key features of the Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture is the high availability and scale-out of virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. Many of you may have heard about this feature referred to as Linked-Mode View or Multi-Data-Center View or Federated View Pods. All of these mean the same thing.

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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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Northrim Bank Gains High-Availability, Low-Cost Desktops with Horizon View

Northrim Bank is committed to the very highest level of service. That’s why the popular Alaska-based community bank deployed VMware® Horizon View to help meet its “Customer First Service” goals.

Now Horizon View enables workforce mobility between headquarters and branch offices. It also serves as a critical component of the bank’s “branch in a box” high-availability solution. Together with Cisco UCS E-Series Servers and Atlantis Computing ILIO data-storage technologies, Horizon View reduces costs, keeps the bank in compliance, and enables always-on access to applications for business-critical processes performed by management, bank tellers, and loan originators.

Learn more about the benefits Northrim Bank is gaining with Horizon View in this success story or video case study.

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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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VMware Horizon DaaS built on vCloud Hybrid Service, NOW AVAILABLE!

By Dave Grant, Senior Director of Product Marketing for DaaS, End-User Computing, VMware

Today I’m thrilled to announce the availability of VMware Horizon DaaS, built on vCloud Hybrid Service.  VMware Horizon DaaS provides Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service, to any device, anywhere, with a predictable monthly subscription.

Why DaaS?

The demand for cloud-hosted virtual desktops has reached a tipping point. We’re seeing a variety of factors contribute to this demand. End users are more diverse than ever before and they want to work from anywhere, on any device. IT is under a ton of pressure to enable this diverse, mobile workforce to get work done and that means being able to access corporate data, applications and resources. It’s now IT’s job to balance these requirements with security, operational simplicity and at the same time control cost.

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Persistence Pays Off

Guest blog by Lee Caswell, VP of Virtualization Products, Fusion-io

Back when VDI started, the persistent desktop was king.  The first virtual desktop wasn’t that virtual at all since persistent hardware was dedicated to individual users.  But it was fast and it was secure.

The downside of persistent desktops was cost.  Dedicated hardware gave way to shared storage and more efficient provisioning techniques, but the cost of a persistent desktop remained far above the cost of a physical desktop.  This made persistent virtual desktops a non-starter for all but the most security conscious customers.

Stateless desktops emerged to fill the gap with cheap desktops that were “good enough” for some workers.  Tradeoffs in performance, customizability and flexibility introduced a cost point that justified virtual desktops for task workers who could stomach the tradeoffs.

Even with advancements in persona management, it’s hard to find knowledge workers who are satisfied with a stateless desktop. Knowledge workers have an absolute standard for what constitutes an acceptable virtual desktop experience. It’s simply a physical desktop. Any compromise in performance or functionality from a physical desktop is instantly noticed and irritating.

Stateless desktops also forced tradeoffs on IT.  To meet aggressive cost targets, stateless architectures forced IT to give up shared storage along with the rich set of VMware tools, including vMotion, High Availability (HA), Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), and Site Recovery Manager (SRM). These features are critical in enterprise environments to simplify maintenance and provide maximum uptime at scale.

At Fusion-io, we have historically offered server-side flash solutions for stateless desktops.  Our latest product, ioVDI, introduces a radical reduction in the cost of persistent desktops that we think changes how millions of knowledge workers will view a virtual desktop. In case you missed our announcement, read more here about how ioVDI software speeds the deployment of VMware Horizon View virtual desktops by intelligently combining the stateless cost economics of server flash performance with the manageability benefits of installed shared storage required for persistent desktops. You can also find out about Fusion-io’s complete line of VDI products here.

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Horizon View Helps Mecklenburg County Employees Better Protect and Serve

When Mecklenburg County, North Carolina needed to overcome significant device proliferation, security, and IT management challenges, it undertook an aggressive “One Person, One Device” initiative. It gave each person a single device and streamlined the management of it with VMware® Horizon View™. The effort to empower employees to be more productive and reduce computer replacement equipment (CREP) purchases has been so successful that the county is saving approximately $3.2 million per year.

Mecklenburg County Youth and Family Services social workers, Park and Recreation employees, and Food Service inspectors now use tablets and virtual desktops to securely access and input information on the go. This helps improve the reach and availability of county services. And because data doesn’t reside on any individual device, citizens can rest assured that the data county employees collect and process is well protected.

Watch the video or read the case study to see how Mecklenburg County is using Horizon View to improve the mobility, security, and productivity of its workforce while reducing costs.

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