Earlier this week, VMware released Horizon View 7 and AppVolumes 3.0 to general availability. Over the next few days I’m upgrading Clearpath’s lab environment and running both updates through the ringer. I’ll update this blog with any obstacles I encounter; below are some highlights of the updates that I’ve noted so far. As an FYI, AppVolumes 3.0 requires repackaging all applications just to get started.
VMware announced this week the launch of several new products in the growing portfolio of End-User Computing (EUC) solutions, under the VMware Horizon family of products. The expansion of EUC products across the industry is being fueled by increasing demands for IT solutions for business users to be delivered ‘as-a-service’, as well as by the growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The ability of technology departments to deliver applications, user data, and desktop as a service, while maintaining user mobility and freedom must be balanced against the need to standardize and secure delivery of corporate information assets. That’s just what these new releases aim for.
VMware announced at Partner Exchange yesterday a new certification designed specifically around desktop virtualization. The VMware Certified Associate - Desktop or VCA4-DT is the first of these certifications and the test is being ran in beta at Partner Exchange. According to the education team this is the first of 3 new certifications. There will be a VCP-DT for desktop focused engineers as well as a VCAP-DT for the most advanced desktop focused virtualization architects.
The sheer number of virtual desktop solutions on the market can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned IT staff, if you combine that with the unknown costs and virtual desktops becomes a non-starter before it even gets on the whiteboard. In an effort to make VDI evaluation and the subsequent roll-out a manageable reality, I have created a 12-step journey into VDI.
While preparing this series of blogs on virtual desktops, it occurs to me that virtual desktop, like all technologies, has its own set of acronyms and terminology that may not be commonplace for everyone, but are necessary to define and understand. With that in mind, this first blog is actually a condensed glossary of acronyms and terms relevant to virtual desktop solutions. My next blog will outline the steps necessary to roll out a virtual desktop infrastructure in your environment… not surprisingly, the terms below will be used frequently:
Topics: Virtual Desktops
How do you save your company money? That's easy. Stop buying desktops every few years. Sounds simple, but there is a problem-- users seem to need workstations to do work. The answer comes in the "Bring your own computer" policy you are seeing implemented at many of the mid to large size firms around the world. BYOC comes in many different flavors, but the most common seems to be companies setting a price point for computers, somewhere in the $1,200 range, and then giving employees that much of a stipend and having them go buy whatever they want. If they find a good deal they will get a better machine, or use some of their own money and buy something more powerful.
Virtual Desktops can be considered both the newest and the oldest craze in IT. As a leading technology integrator, Clearpath has been able keep up with the craze and stay ahead of the curve with multiple deployments around the VMware View suite. One of the best and most underrated components in the View suite is ThinApp.