The VMware purchase of SpringSource seems to be paying off heavily in the past few weeks. After the long awaited release of the VMware View App for the Ipad last week, VMware followed up with the vSphere Client for Ipad on Friday Unlike the View app that connects directly to a current production environment, the vSphere client requires you to install the vCMA or vCenter Mobile Access appliance fromhttp://labs.vmware.com/flings/vcma.
As a premier partner with VMware, we've seen a significant uptick in sales and pilots of the VMware View virtual desktop solution. The solution gives you a lot of flexibility for access including the flood of mobile devices hitting the market; iPad 2 anyone?
After working on updating my View 4.5 environment to 4.6, I came to the conclusion that the documentation is not exactly complete. I have listed out a few tips to take note of during your update process.
Manage the User Locally, but Extend Identity to the Cloud
VMware, like many other large corporations, announces new products at their large conferences. So far at Partner Exchange, I've seen VMware announce new competencies for its partners, new products to run the cloud, new certifications for technology professionals, and new email collaboration suites. The questions that come to mind are how all of these will impact the consumer, why it matters to the IT manager and how it will affect normal business user. In an effort to sum up the changes and the impacts, I will break each of these down along with why you should care.
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.
VMware View as a business catalyst. That was the overwhelming focus of the solution track boot camp at Partner Exchange today. I was very excited to hear the product team at VMware go into details about the total cost of ownership and return on investment that comes from a VMware View deployment. Imagine being able to take a physical server infrastructure that costs over $3 to manage for just a single dollar worth of hardware and being able to reduce that to just over $1.
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.
The newest trend being released for mobile devices looks to solve the single most annoying, and fashion unfriendly look that business people and IT staff alike have had to face in the last 15 years. The growth of mobile devices in the workforce has led to many people carrying multiple devices, often a personal phone, a smartphone for work, or a Blackberry. This directly led to the dreaded multiple belt holster, or "batman belt." In the past two months both Android, in conjunction with VMware, and Blackberry have announced products to eliminate the use of multiple devices.
Topics: News & Updates
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