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In a recent Gartner field search study, two early internal IaaS cloud adopters noted that if Amazon was the benchmark by which they are measured in terms of cost, then they had to make tough decisions regarding best-of-breed vs. good enough. In particular, the two clients cited whether deploying a third party virtual switch (i.e., Cisco Nexus 1000V) was absolutely necessary, especially if the cost made the internal cloud less competitive with Amazon. These organizations weren’t doing apple-to-oranges comparisons either. They came up with a per-VM cost broken down by both infrastructure and management/operations software. The cost of operational software (Read more...)
VMware recorded a pretty humorous video that was unveiled at this week’s VMworld North America conference. A few minutes into the music video, VMware folks are literally shown dancing on Citrix’s doorstep (outside the Citrix office in Santa Clara). While this could be taken as a simple competitive prank, multiple conversations I’ve had with VMware’s end user computing team led me to believe that the dance was more of a metaphor for VMware’s confidence in their product portfolio. At the Gartner Catalyst North America 2011 conference, VMware announced that View 5.0’s PCoIP protocol enhancements would reduce bandwidth by up to (Read more...)
Last week I traveled through various parts of Europe, while stopping for two days in Copenhagen for VMworld Europe. With eight days of travel, I thought it would be a good opportunity to test the feasibility of working from a server-hosted virtual desktop while traveling abroad. I run both Citrix XenDesktop 4.0 SP1 and VMware View 4.5 in my office lab in New Jersey. Accessing virtual desktops over the local area network using my Wyse Zero clients offers nothing short of an outstanding experience. I connect to my XenDesktop systems using the Wyse Xenith and connect to View using the (Read more...)
This is the last post in my series “PCoIP vs. ICA/HDX: A Simple Experiment.” As a final test, I connected to my VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop environments from my hotel in Oslo, Norway.
I considered myself pretty lucky. For the last test, the conditions were pretty extreme. I consistently measured 405 ms of latency to my office lab, and bandwidth was low as well. My netperf tests yielded a point-to-point bandwidth of 131 Kbps.
Let’s start with VMware View. It took me three tries to complete a video of the test actions. On the first two occasions, (Read more...)
Today at VMworld North America, VMware announced the availability of VMware View 4.5. The View 4.5 Premier release represents a significant milestone as it places VMware in very select company with Citrix as the only two vendors that offer enterprise-ready server-hosted virtual desktop (SHVD) solutions.
For us to consider View 4.5 enterprise-ready, it had to meet all requirements in the Burton Group Server Hosted Virtual Desktop evaluation criteria.
The evaluation criteria was developed over a five month period. During that time, we worked with numerous early server-hosted virtual desktop (SHVD) adopters, as well as the key vendors in (Read more...)
I have three sessions at this year’s VMworld North America conference and thought I would post them here in the event you’re interested in attending one of them. Each session will run two times, and the session descriptions, times, and locations are listed below. I hope to see you at the conference. The in-depth discussions I have with fellow attendees has always been one of my favorite parts of the conference.
Server-Hosted Virtual Desktops: What the Vendors Aren’t Telling You (DV8044)
Many organizations are beginning to implement or plan server-hosted virtual desktop solutions. Vendor platform assessments in the emerging client (Read more...)