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Announcing the VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Multi-Site Reference Architecture Paper

Organizations want to keep the business operating during an extended or catastrophic technology outage, providing continuity of service and allowing staff to carry out their day-to-day responsibilities. VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Multi-Site Reference Architecture provides best practices and architectural blueprints for building a deployment that addresses these issues.

This reference architecture describes a typical configuration and requirements for a two-data-center strategy, which can easily be adapted and scaled to larger environments. All Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition components are included in this solution to deliver business continuity and mitigate against component failure:

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Enabling Just-In-Time Delivery with VMware App Volumes 2.11

When VMware Horizon 7 was introduced to the market just a few months ago, it represented a shift in the way virtual desktops and apps could be delivered and managed. Several new vmware app volumes test drivecapabilities highlighted the innovations in Horizon 7, including Smart Policies and Blast Extreme. One of the most exciting features introduced was the concept of Instant Clone technology.

Instant Clone capability comes from our vision of helping customers deliver a Software-Defined Data Center, and cloning virtual desktops (VDI) happens to be a great use case in using that capability. This technology shifts the traditional VDI deployment model from a somewhat cumbersome and time-consuming process to a rapid and fully-customizable process. Instead of using traditional virtual desktop cloning methods, which require power cycle and reconfiguration calls, Instant Clone technology allows IT to clone virtual desktops in memory from an existing running virtual desktop, resulting in desktops that can be created in seconds rather than hours!

As if that’s not exciting enough, imagine what you can do when you combine Instant Clone technology with VMware App Volumes. App Volumes helps deliver applications to users and desktops in real-time, simplifying the lifecycle management of apps that helps reduce costs associated with managing images and storage capacity by 70%. Many customers are taking advantage of App Volumes for their Horizon, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop and RDSH environments today—and doing it at scale. Continue reading

Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage 5.7

By Gary Sloane, Consulting Writer and Editor, VMware
Yaniv Weinberg, R&D Manager, VMware

We are happy to announce a new version of the Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage white paper, which brings it up to date for VMware Mirage 5.7.

Mirage provides centralized image management for both physical desktops and View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. It also offers enhanced backup, recovery, updates for endpoints, and migration functionality for hardware and operating systems. Mirage centralizes endpoint content in the data center, downloads images to endpoints, and optimizes the data transfer.

In addition to accounting for new features and components, such as MongoDB databases, there are many small improvements to the paper that make the material more accessible. Additional deployment suggestions should be especially useful to design architects and IT administrators.

For more information, see Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage.

VMware Horizon Blast Extreme Acceleration with NVIDIA GRID

When it comes to graphical workloads, users need a crisp, snappy experience or they simply can’t use virtualization. This can be challenging when accessing graphics intense workloads over remote networks due to latency and bandwidth requirements which significantly impact user experience.

With new VMware Horizon 7 and NVIDIA GRID, you can significantly improve latency, bandwidth, and frames per second, while decreasing CPU utilization and increasing users per host by using NVIDIA Blast Extreme Acceleration.

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Introducing Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode

By: Shikha Mittal, Senior Product Line Manager, VMware

Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode

Virtual desktops have provided undeniable benefits to organizations for years, helping to save money and increase productivity. However, the consistent feedback has been that desktop virtualization solutions are complex to set up and manage, resulting in high capital and operational costs.

We are excited at VMware to change all of that by introducing Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode, a hybrid cloud software service hosted by VMware which enables organizations to deliver virtual desktops and manage applications from on-premises infrastructure, while centrally managing it all from the cloud.

Best of On-Premises and the Cloud


Figure 1: Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode Schematic

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VMware Instant Clone Technology for Just-In-Time Desktop Delivery in Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition

Just-in-time desktops? Really? Are you kidding me?


What Is Instant Clone Technology?

Instant Clone Technology is all about delivering VDI desktops just in time. For those of you who follow project names, think of vmFork and Project Fargo. Instant Clone Technology allows administrators to rapidly clone and deploy a virtual machine in less time than it took for you to read these two sentences. Yes, that is one clone created per second on average.

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Announcing the Virtual Printing Solutions with View in Horizon 6 White Paper

By Nancy Beckus, Writer and Editor, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

And Judy Wu, Senior Solution Engineer, VMware

The ability to access printers from a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and from hosted application environments is crucial for today’s end users. Usually, each desktop has been configured to access one or more network printers. This is often sufficient, but mobile users might need to connect to their View desktops from different locations, sometimes even from outside the corporate network.

Either way, end users must be able to send print jobs to the nearest available printer, and IT administrators must have an easy way to manage printers and printer drivers.

With VMware Horizon 6, you can achieve both goals with two advanced features for printing from View virtual desktops: printer redirection and location-based printing. Continue reading

Kroll Ontrack Reaps Productivity with Powerful VDI Networking

What if your IT team could accomplish more, from anywhere? What if your users loved the technology you provided? What if you could do the job of 10 people?

That’s the power of virtualization and what Kroll Ontrack, a technology-driven services and software provider, experienced after moving their virtual desktop infrastructure to VMware Horizon™ 6 Enterprise Edition. Continue reading

The New Windows Optimization Guide for View in Horizon 6; VMware Horizon Air Desktops; and Horizon Air Apps

By Susan Blau, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

The new Windows Optimization Guide, formally titled Optimization Guide for Desktops and Servers in View in VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and VMware Horizon Air Apps, has undergone a radical transformation from the previous version. The new guide

  • Introduces the Fling tool, the VMware OS Optimization Tool (OSOT). It describes in detail how to use the OSOT to analyze and optimize master images in the data center (VMware Horizon 6) or in the cloud (VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps) for
    • Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktops
    • Windows 2008 and Windows 2012 RDSH servers
  • Removes the scripts because the OSOT is an easier and faster way to optimize the Windows OS. The OSOT includes features such as the ability to roll back optimizations, and to customize your own optimization templates if you want more control over the optimization process.
  • Will later include Windows 10 optimizations (testing is in progress).

What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2, Part 3

By Matt Coppinger, Director, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware

In our last blog post, What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 version 6.2, Part 2, we continued to look at some of the new features in Horizon 6.2, specifically VMware Access Point and the new Microsoft RDSH load-balancing feature for Horizon 6 hosted applications.

In this blog, we will look at some of the user-experience improvements in Horizon 6.2. If you read our first blog post, What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2, you may have noticed that there is a long list of new features and supported clients. In that blog, we covered a couple of user-experience improvements, such as seamless application-access using client-side file type association, and the ability to use HTML access for View desktops and Horizon 6 hosted applications (on RDSH) using VMware Cloud Pod Architecture. Continue reading