There are a few challenging technical areas that every VDI environment must overcome at some point. I have deployed VMware View 4 with great success and I’m looking forward to deploying VMware View 5 soon. Although the installation of VMware View components is very easy, there are some areas of design that need attention and may pose a challenge. The challenge level will depend on the environment and infrastructure you support.
VMware Workstation 8 was recently released and I have finally updated my home lab that previously ran Workstation 7.x on Windows and Fedora. If your like me you have a few workstations setup at home for testing different “Stuff”.
VMware has been focused on virtualizing infrastructure for a long time. VMware expanded there reach into enabling cloud computing and now they’re interested in the end user application delivery space with Project Horizon and VMware Appblast. VMware is also aiming to manage end user data as well with Project Octopus. Appblast and Project Horizon were the most impressive of the three.
VMware vSphere 5 became available for download today. Here are some of the updated products in the vSphere family.
Tintri VMstore is a storage appliance that’s built for VMware. Its VM-aware file system brings some innovative features that set it apart from general purpose storage products. If you haven’t seen my original deep dive, check it out here.
Micro Cloud Foundry is available as a downloadable virtual machine image compatible with VMware Fusion for MacOSX, VMware Workstation and VMware Player (available as a free download) for Linux and Windows.
Sprawl is a big issue across nearly all areas of IT. Server virtualization aims to combat server sprawl and reduce the physical footprint of servers in server rooms and data centers. It’s simple math: more consolidated systems on a lower number of higher capacity systems equals less server hardware. This works well for most systems and many have been able to reduce the footprint of their server hardware. Server virtualization has also made it easy to provision infrastructure and deploy systems in minutes rather than hours, days, weeks or months.
Site Recovery Manager (SRM) get’s new features with version 5. One of the most exciting is hypervisor based replication. This removes the requirements of having a storage array do the replication for SRM. This also provides greater storage compatibility and simplification to the deployment of SRM. Replication is done per VM instead of the storage lun allowing you to get more granular without needing to move the VM disk files.
If you plan on upgrading to vSphere 5 you probably already know about VMware’s new vRAM licensing. VMware has finally released a tool aimed at helping customers see how the upgrade and new licensing model would really affect them.
Boomerang is a cool little tool that installs on windows that gives you the capabilities to connect to multiple vCenters. You can do simple tasks like power on & off VMs or remote console to a VM. This is no way replaces vCenter for more complex tasks but it should make life easier.