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VMware Announces General Availability of View 5 – View 5 in the House!

The VMware End-User Computing team is happy to announce the general availability of VMware View 5 – As we link to say, “ View 5 is in the house!”


OK, while that was fun, back to business… 

Why are we so excited and why are our customers excited?  VMware View 5 is a major leap forward, enabling IT organizations empower a more agile, productive and connected enterprise by creating a better desktop.

Built on VMware vSphere™, the industry’s most widely deployed virtualization platform, VMware View 5 simplifies IT manageability and control, while providing end users the highest fidelity experience regardless of WAN or LAN connections. View 5 delivers protocol enhancements that can provide as much as 75 percent bandwidth improvement over LAN and WAN connections, advanced support of 3D graphics, scalable unified communications integration for voice and video media services with industry leaders including Avaya, Cisco and Mitel and virtual desktop personalization with integrated persona management. 

View 5 Box Shot Centralized, automated desktop management provided by VMware View 5 enables the scalable management of tens of thousands of virtual desktops through a single console. VMware View reduces operational costs by as much as 50 percent while increasing availability, reliability and security levels far beyond levels of traditional PCs.

VMware View 5 Features and Benefits:
So what do you get in View 5?  VMware View 5 delivers an elastic, desktop services from your cloud for ultimate control and flexibility for user experience, administration and service levels, including:

  • PCoIP Optimization Controls – VMware View with PCoIP provides end-users with top performance regardless of network conditions. New PCoIP optimization controls, including client side caching and disable build to lossless, can decrease bandwidth usage by up to 75 percent and increases network user density on both LAN and WAN connections. Read more about View 5 PCoIP optimization.
  • Media Services for 3D Graphics – View Media Services delivers new capabilities for the end-user with 3D graphic support for Windows 7 Aero and Office 2010, 3D workloads, as well as support for 3D apps requiring DirectX and OpenGL.  IT administrators also benefit from enhanced flexibility for entitlement of 3D capabilities across any client end-point.  And because View Media Services for 3D graphics works with existing datacenter servers, there is no GPU required – helping to save costs by eliminating the need for additional graphics cards.
  • Unified Communications Integration – With VoIP support from leading Unified Communications (UC) vendors including Avaya, Cisco and Mitel, VMware View 5 can deliver an integrated workspace of virtual desktops and communications to provide a seamless productivity experience across desktop, voice and video media services.  These features enable business continuity for UC with View and quality of service for VoIP and desktop, all while saving costs by leveraging existing UC infrastructure.  No additional purchase required to support the integration. Read more about Unified Communications in View 5.
  • Personalized Experience, Stateless Desktop Costs – Available with VMware View 5 Premier Edition, View Persona Management enables IT administrators to manage the end user persona including settings and files, policies such as access privileges, performance and various other settings, as well as suspend-on-logoff, from a central location. The addition of an easy to deploy persona management feature can further reduce the total cost of virtual desktops by enabling more use cases with stateless desktops.  View Persona Management additionally improves the user experience by maintaining personalization between sessions while providing faster user access to their personalized settings and applications. Read more about View Persona Management in View 5.
  • PCoIP Continuity Services – Improves experience for roaming users with automatic detection, recovery and auto-connecting of sessions within 30 seconds of lost network when roaming unreliable networks, WiFi or 3G, and reducing impact to end user workflow by eliminating the need for user intervention.
  • VMware View Mobile Clients – Available in the coming days, an update to the VMware View Client for iPad will introduce support for multitasking, RSA integration and an innovative presentation mode that make the Windows desktop even more useful on the iPad. While the new VMware View Clients for Android and Cisco CIUS extend VMware View desktops to the latest, most popular Android based tablets.
  • User Experience and Performance Monitoring – PCoIP Extension Services improve end-user session management and support for IT administrators with new session stats and analysis capabilities across 31 individual session stats including General, Imaging, Network and USB statistics for any PCoIP session – enabled via existing tools supporting WMI with no additional console to buy or manage and allowing IT to quickly identify and resolve bottlenecks or issues.
  • New Teradici APEX 2800 PCoIP Server Offload Card – Offered by Teradici, the APEX 2800 is specifically designed to offload PCoIP image encoding responsibilities from VDI servers, effectively reducing CPU utilization. As a result, peaks in CPU processing demands will be instantly managed to protect and ensure a consistently high level of user experience at the desktop, and IT Managers can enable increased VDI consolidation ratios while managing data center space and power needs more effectively.  For more details on the APEX 2800 server offload card, visit www.teradici.com/APEX.
  • Teradici and Riverbed PCoIP Optimized Network Solutions – Announced at VMworld 2011, Teradici and Riverbed have established a strategic partnership committed to delivering market leading, high performance Virtual Desktop Infrastructure for VMware View environments. As part of this partnership, Riverbed will incorporate PCoIP technology into Riverbed QoS and network optimization solutions allowing for network optimization of UDP-based PCoIP traffic.

Visit the VMware View landing page to learn more.  And, remember “View 5 is in the house… Shake that!”

Link to VMware View 5 Release notes here.