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Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0

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Altlantis Computing has released version 4.0 of there ILIO Persistent VDI solution. This was announced today at VMware’s Partner Exchange Conference in Las Vegas. These are the new features.

•In-Memory VDI – Unlike traditional storage, ILIO In-Memory storage decouples desktop performance from the traditional limitations of disk-based storage by running all sessions directly on server RAM – as primary storage –  to provide unparalleled desktop performance including 12 second boot time, near-instant application launches and desktop search results that appear immediately. In addition, because all desktops run on RAM, the amount of storage traffic sent on the network is drastically reduced, addressing one of VDI’s key deployment risks.
•Atlantis ILIO Fast Replication technology maintains a real-time optimized backup on shared SAN/NAS storage to preserve the state of all persistent virtual desktops to deliver data protection and recovery.
•Automated Deployment – Atlantis ILIO Center, the management system for Atlantis ILIO software, provides push-button automated installation, configuration, sizing and datastore creation for thousands of virtual desktops across multiple racks of servers. Atlantis ILIO virtual machines are automatically created and registered as NFS data stores that are ready to use by Citrix XenDesktop or VMware View provisioning tools, or by Atlantis ILIO Fast Clone, to complete the desktop provisioning process.
•Atlantis ILIO Fast Clone – Atlantis ILIO Fast Clone can create new full clones of persistent virtual desktops in as little as 5 seconds per desktop. Unlike other storage cloning, Atlantis ILIO Fast Clone creates new virtual desktops without generating storage traffic.
Atlantis ILIO Technology

Atlantis ILIO software uses patent-pending context-aware storage optimization technologies including: 
•Analysing & Processing of Storage IO Traffic – Atlantis ILIO performs context-aware processing of IO operations in real-time at the NTFS file system and block levels to significantly reduce the amount of traffic sent to storage.
•Inline Deduplication – Atlantis ILIO performs “on the wire” inline deduplication in real-time, eliminating up to 95% of the blocks before reaching storage. 
•Compression – Atlantis ILIO compresses the optimized blocks before writing them to memory.
•Coalescing (IO Blender Fix) – Atlantis ILIO converts all small random blocks generated by the Windows operating systems and hypervisor – often referred to as the IO blender affect – into larger sequential blocks, greatly improving efficiency.

If you want to learn more about the new release please visit the Atlantis website.

Links: http://www.atlantiscomputing.com/index.php?id=pr_20130226

Written by Christoph Harding

February 27th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

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Pivot3 and Teradici Join Forces to Deliver High Performance VDI solutions

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The companies are currently showcasing simplified and cost-effective approaches for deploying VDI environments at VMware Partner Exchange 2013.

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 26, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Pivot3, a leading provider of converged storage and compute appliances, today announced a partnership with Teradici, the developer of the PC-over-IP(R) (PCoIP(R)) protocol, to further drive exceptional end-user experiences within VDI environments. With joint customers across a wide array of industries in both the U.S. and EMEA, Pivot3 and Teradici have helped provide organizations with cost-effective solutions that boost end-user experience across the board. Through the partnership, both companies will work together on co-marketing initiatives and potential bundle programs addressing key vertical markets where VDI is a perfect IT solution.

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/pivot3-and-teradici-join-forces-to-deliver-high-performance-vdi-solutions-2013-02-26

Written by Christoph Harding

February 27th, 2013 at 10:11 am

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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

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Why Choose VMware View over Microsoft RDS 2012?

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Nice whitepaper by VMware explaining why to choose VMware View over Microsoft RDS 2012. You can directly access the whitepaper using the link below.

 Link: http://3url.de/cxq

 

Written by Christoph Harding

February 4th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Free VDI training videos from TrainSignal available

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David Davis from TrainSignal has done a brilliant job coming up with these free VDI training videos. This is what I call community! :-)

Start here - Intro to Desktop Virtualization

Lesson 1 – Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Overview

Lesson 2 – What is Desktop Virtualization and VDI

Lesson 3 – Desktop Virtualization vs Terminal Services

Lesson 4 – Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization Solution

Lesson 5 – Citrix’s Desktop Virtualization Solutions

Lesson 6 – VMware’s Desktop Virtualization

Lesson 7 – Next steps in Desktop Virtualization


Via: http://www.vtexan.com/2013/01/28/free-vdi-training-videos-from-trainsignal/

Written by Christoph Harding

January 29th, 2013 at 11:07 am

Case Study: Making the Case for VDI – BYOD (Video)

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January 22nd, 2013 at 10:44 pm

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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

Avaya Extends Unified Communications to VMware View Desktops

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I’m sorry I missed to blog about this topic back in December 2012. Here we go!

That’s what Tony Huynh, Sr. Product Manager at VMware says:

VMware is excited to announce that as part of the Avaya R1 Release, Avaya has added support for rich Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) using Avaya one-X communicator with VMware View desktops.

To enable enterprise-grade UC with Avaya one-X communicator on VDI desktops, Avaya implemented a new plugin that performs media signaling and media processing  – Avaya VDI communicator.  Avaya VDI communicator runs on the client endpoint and offloads all the media processing of VoIP packets from the datacenter server to the endpoint.  When Avaya VDI communicator is deployed with VMware View, customers get a highly scalable VDI and UC solution, with point-to-point media delivery and quality-of-service (QoS) support for VoIP.  Customers also get the added benefit of business continuity with Avaya VDI communicator – if IP connectivity to the datacenter is lost or the datacenter server goes down, a local “Session Down UI” acts as a local softphone and allows calls to be placed and received.

 

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For more information, please refer to the links below:

VMware View – http://www.vmware.com/products/view/overview.html

Avaya VDI Communicator – http://www.avaya.com/usa/product/vdi-communicator

Avaya VDI Communicator Datasheet – http://www.avaya.com/usa/resource/assets/factsheet/vdicommunicator.pdf

Avaya one-X Communicator – http://www.avaya.com/usa/product/avaya-one-x-communicator

Written by Christoph Harding

January 15th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

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How to Simplify User Desktops with VDI

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January 15th, 2013 at 11:16 pm

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Top 5 Predictions for 2013 Unified Communications with VDI

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VMware End User Computing Marketing has published an interesting article today on their VMware EUC blog. They give you their Top 5 predictions for Unified Computing with VDI.

Here you go:

  1. Tablets will become a primary way to communicate by voice
  2. Video communication in business will hit the mainstream
  3. Virtualized contact centers takeoff
  4. The need for desktop and communications availability will come to the forefront
  5. Device proliferation will continue unabated

Please visit the VMware blog for the details.

Link: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2013/01/top-5-predictions-for-2013-uc-with-vdi.html

Written by Christoph Harding

January 14th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

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