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Accelerating VDI with Cisco UCS and VMware Horizon View

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A few days ago VMware announced the new vFast Track Reference Architecture. With several storage appliance vendors they’ve designed a cost-effective and scalable solution for VDI deployments. Yesterday VMware and Cisco announced a new joint bundling of there solution called Cisco UCS SmartPlay with VMware Horizon View. 

New Discounted Bundles

The Cisco UCS and Horizon View SmartPlay bundle is a convenient single-SKU that combines Cisco UCS and VMware Horizon in an attractively discounted bundle. This SmartPlay Starter Configuration includes:

  • (2) UCS 6248UP Fabric Interconnects
  • (1) UCS Chassis w/ two 2208 FEX
  • (1) UCS B200 M3 Management Blade
  • (3) UCS B200 M3 Desktop Workload Blades
  • (300) View licenses

Expansion Bundles for additional users, and upgrade options for server-based storage are also available.

To read the full article, please visit the VMware blog.

Link: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2013/02/accelerating-vdi-with-cisco-ucs-and-vmware-horizon-view.html

Written by Christoph Harding

February 27th, 2013 at 9:58 am

Posted in Horizon View,VMware View

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Real-time Unified Communications Support from Cisco for VMware View Virtual Desktops

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Today Cisco has announced that the Cisco Jabber application, a all in one unified communication solution will be supported in VMware View desktop environments. Check this link for the announcement

 SAN JOSE, Calif., January 17, 2013 – As part of Cisco’s ongoing efforts to enable anytime, anywhere collaboration, Cisco today announced new software that extends the Cisco Jabber™ unified communications application to virtualized workspace environments. As part of a long-term software strategy for collaboration-enabling virtual desktops, this software, called the Virtualization Experience Media Engine (VXME), will be available initially on Cisco thin clients, followed by support for third-party devices, starting with Dell Wyse thin clients, and then Windows-based thin clients and Windows PCs.

 To see the full article, please visit either the VMware EUC Blog, or the Cisco Newsroom.

Link: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2013/01/momentum-for-real-time-unified-communications-support-within-virtualized-desktops-continues-in-2013-with-cisco.html

Written by Christoph Harding

January 17th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Cisco Office-in-a-box Solution, UCS E-Series Servers and VMware View

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If you’re going to NRF in New York next week you should stop by the Cisco booth. Cisco is showcasing a preview of their Store-in-a-box solution at the National Retail Federation Convention and Expo on January 14th and 15th, 2013 in New York City. Check this article to learn more about Cisco’s solution. VMware and Cisco have also a joint whitepaper on the solution which is based on Integrated Services Routers Generation 2, Cisco UCS E-Series Servers and VMware View.

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Link: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/partners/cisco/Cisco-BOD-Whitepaper.pdf

Written by Christoph Harding

January 10th, 2013 at 9:19 am

Posted in VMware View

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Cisco to resell VMware View Virtual Desktop Software

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Today Cisco announced that the company will resell VMware View 5 software as part of an integrated desktop virtualization solution based on Cisco’s UCS (Unified Computing System). Here’re are key facts highlights:

  • The Cisco UCS and VMware View integrated desktop virtualization solution provides customers with:
    • Simplified physical and virtual infrastructure and management associated with virtual desktop deployments, providing an excellent user experience, coupled with a foundation optimized for performance and availability.
    • A streamlined operational model that enables the deployment of virtual desktops to users in minutes.
    • A lower cost per seat realized through greater hosted desktop density, fewer components to purchase and manage, and reduced storage costs.
    • Scalability to meet customers’ business needs and regulatory requirements, while reducing risk and total cost of ownership (TCO).
    • Consistent security policy implementation and administration through UCS Manager and VMware View integration.
    • Consistent access to the desktop environment across locations and devices, with exceptional application responsiveness and graphics performance.
  • Cisco VXI builds on Cisco’s network-based architectures from Collaboration to Borderless Networks to the Unified Data Center, combined with services and support to deliver a comprehensive virtual workspace solution that simplifies deployment, reduces overall costs and minimizes implementation risk.
  • By the end of the first quarter of 2012, distributors, channel partners and customers will be able to purchase Cisco and VMware integrated virtual desktop solutions directly from Cisco.
  • Cisco is also introducing new channel enablement resources, such as playbooks and tool kits, to help channel partners to accelerate their customers’ journey to the cloud.
  • Through this agreement, customers can take advantage of Cisco Capital financing offerings when purchasing the integrated Cisco and VMware desktop virtualization solution which can reduce capital expenditures and spread out the cost.

More Information can be found at the following website.

Link: http://investor.cisco.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=648069

Written by Christoph Harding

February 13th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

VMware teaming with Cisco to accelerate desktop deployment

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Cisco and VMware are together simplifying the physical and virtual infrastructure management associated with virtual desktops deplyoments. to learn more, please check the VMware blogs. you’ll find the link at the end of the article.

Both Cisco and VMware have diligently delivered on our joint vision to regain control of the corporate desktop environment. We’ve integrated VMware View with the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). We’ve made the Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution with VMware View a core module of the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) system. Known simply as Cisco VXI with VMware View, the solution addresses today’s IT and end-user challenges: achieving scalable, high-performance desktop virtualization with media-rich communications, unified management, pervasive security and an uncompromised user experience. The integration of voice, video and virtual desktops transforms desktops into virtual collaborative workspaces.

In an effort to simplify implementation, we are working with our ecosystem partners including NetApp and EMC to deliver Cisco Validated Designs that provide detailed technical guidance based on validated and tested configurations. Both NetApp and EMC have worked with Cisco and VMware to deliver separate validated reference architectures for shared infrastructure and virtual desktops.

Customers of VMware, Cisco and NetApp, including Metro Health (a regional healthcare provider based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan) have embraced our joint solution, achieving significant cost and efficiency benefits. Read about optimizing clinical workflows with VMware View and Cisco VXI or hear what Metro Health has to say about utilizing desktop virtualization to optimize clinical workflows and improve care.

Metro Health in example is using VMware View with Cisco VXI and NetApp.

Link: http://blogs.vmware.com/alliances/2011/11/teaming-with-cisco-to-accelerate-virtual-desktop-deployment.html

Written by Christoph Harding

November 10th, 2011 at 10:48 am

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Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure using VMware View

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On 30.11.2011 Cisco updated the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure using VMware View document to VMware View Version 4.6. Check it out to get information.

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Written by Christoph Harding

June 9th, 2011 at 10:55 am

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Cisco Tablet: Rumour becomes Truth

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Two month ago I’ve written an article about some rumour saying that Cisco is working on their own tablet. This rumour became truth today: Cisco announced a new business tablet called Cius. The 7-inch screen device is powered by an Intel Atom processor running at 1.6 GHz and weighs 0,5 kg. According to Cisco the battery should run for 8 hours, which is 2h less then the iPad. As the iPhone 4, the Cius comes with two cameras. The front-facing cam records in high definition and the camera at the back does 5 megapixel. Video conferencing shouldn’t be a problem with that. It supports Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and 3G. 4G should be available at a later time. I really like the micro USB port which definitely and the SD card slot. The OS is Android and with that it has access to the Android Marketplace which offers thousands of applications. The price is targeted for less then $1000. Will this be the next Boom in the tablet market? Possibly companies see this device more in the business space then the iPad which comes in my eyes as a consumer tablet. I’m looking forward to see it live once! This could be a great way to access your virtual desktop.

Written by Christoph Harding

June 29th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

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The iPad changes the way of working

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Three weeks ago I bought an iPad and of course it’s an expensive gadget but I’m using it more and more in my business day. The Wyse Pocket Cloud application is just one example of great apps which are available for the iPad. Today I used the Cisco WebEx app for iPad for the first time and I’m really impressed to be honest. Normally I’m using WebEx on my Mac but what annoys me is the fullscreen mode which is automatically  started when the applications starts up. Then you can only hardly change to Outlook or other applications during a running WebEx session. Using WebEx on the iPad is cool because you can just work on your computer as usual and the display is big enough to show the presentation. A great feature is the call-back function where the WebEx systems needs your phone number and then gives you a call back. In this case your name is shown in the WebEx when you are talking. Just great, love it!

 

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Written by Christoph Harding

May 18th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

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The Tablet (PC) to be everyone’s darling?

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Tablet PC’s are not new to me – no I’m a proud IBM Thinkpad x61T user for over 3 years. When I’ve bought the tablet my objective was to write notes with the digitizer and do interactive presentations i.e. whiteboardings, directly on a blank Powerpoint presentation. People who attended my presentations were amazed about this presentation style because it was unique to them. I’ve seen Tablet PC’s really rarely in the past but I guess that will change soon. Apple lately started to roust the market when they announced the iPad, a tablet which can be used just with your fingers without any need for a digitizer. Well there is a onscreen keyboard but no digitizer, the reason for me to buy a Tablet PC years ago. It seems that vendors must have another objective as mine. Even the processing power in an iPad is not comparable to a standard PC but to be honest it doesn’t need to be because it’s designed to consume web services – no, to be clear here: applications hosted in the cloud! There are other hardware vendors who want to get a piece of the big cake! Last week, the CIO magazine published an article with the headline: Rumor: Cisco Wants to Come to the Tablet Party. A tipster hinted that Cisco is working on it’s own tablet device which is based on Google’s Android operating system. It should include a front facing camera, dual noise-cancelling microphones and VPN access. Cool ha? That sounds really interesting! What could you do with this device? Video conferencing? Having access to your virtual desktop? If this rumour comes truth I’m really looking forward to look deeper into it. It seems that Apple just started to revolutionize the tablet market, the iPad is great marketing for every tablet vendor and also for Software-as-a-Service.

Written by Christoph Harding

April 26th, 2010 at 11:02 am

VMware View on NetApp Deployment Guide using NFS

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There is a new VDI design guide available at the NetApp blogs which you should definitely should take a look on. It describes how to setup a VDI infrastructure for 2000 seats based on NFS storage. A great read.

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Written by Christoph Harding

June 18th, 2009 at 8:38 am

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