Book now available, "Desktops-as-a-Service: Building the Model"
This book analyzes the key considerations of a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution. Written by globally recognized virtualization and VDI experts, this book covers not only large-scale VDI, but true DaaS which involves multi-tenancy, cloud automation, and chargeback. In addition to key technical concepts, this book also analyzes cost models for a DaaS solution and provides working examples.
This book is for anyone looking to use, build, analyze, or support a DaaS cloud.
This excellent article by Christoph Harding explains how someone could use VMware Mirage with VMware View linked clone vDesktop pools. Since the Wanova acquisition announcement, I’ve been testing the following:
Mirage client installed on a physical Lenovo laptop running Windows 7
Mirage client installed on a VMware View vDesktop running in San Jose
Mirage Server running on an Amazon EC2 instance
Mirage Branch Repeater running on a separate VMware Vew vDesktop running in San Jose
Using the above image as a visual representation, HQ for my testing was Amazon EC2. Regional was a datacenter in San Jose and my house was the, “Field Office.” Using EC2 for the last 2 months to test out this solution cost me a total of $24. Well, in reality, I started this test on a t1.micro instance for free up to 750 hours and then spilled over 16 hours, which cost me 32 cents.
2011 was a great year in the world of virtualization and technology in general. For me there were a few companies that really stood out as leaders and innovators in 2011. These companies, from my experience, have all been fantastic to work with from both the partner and the end-customer perspective. All of these companies have exhibited fantastic customer support, and all of them made an impact for me in 2011.
The concepts discussed in this article can apply to VMware vCloud Director, CloudStack, or other IaaS platform. This article is meant to provide design considerations in the planning stage of rolling out an IaaS solution. Garbage in, garbage out, so let's think smarter.
Citrx CloudStack as an IaaS layer managing a vSphere, et al. environment
VMware Cloud Foundry as a PaaS layer on top of the IaaS
This first article touched on, “abstracting the Operating System” due to an, “increasing importance of the apps that an organization uses and the decreasing importance of the operating system.” This is an important concept to understand as it is a cornerstone of designing a cloud solution. This article will discuss why the abstraction of the underlying operating system instance from the application or service provided is a concept of paramount importance. This will be covered in even greater detail.
The concept of volatility, as discussed in this article, is not something proprietary to a CloudStack or VMware vCloud Director-based solution. It is a consideration that should be made when designing your internal IaaS solution as well as how external IaaS providers will be leveraged.
Werner Vogels' presentation at AWS Gov Summit 2011 discussed the advantages of instance volatility, such a significantly lower price per instance and the importance of time-to-market. Casey Coleman, the keynote speaker, also discussed how her agency is realizing very significant cost savings by adopting the use of cloud computing in various forms (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS).
This event will feature a select handful of up to 8 vendors with booth space downtown. Unlike previous Federal VMUGs, this event will go from breakfast until early afternoon (with #vBeers to follow). The day will be broken down into two halves, so those that cannot break free for a full day of virtualization can come to the half that makes the most sense to them.
The Super Federal VMUG will also have:
Solutions Row - Table and Booth exhibits from a select handful of Federal vendors
Technology Table Talk - A demonstration table setup to showcase the technologies discussed throughout the day
Tech PowerPlay Sessions - Sponsoring vendors get a rapid 15 minutes of presentation time (in addition to their booth) to deliver their message and value. Right to the point discussions.
Guest Speakers - Hand-selected speakers from the Federal space
Food - Delicious, delicious, food.
Ask the Experts - our very popular, "Ask the Experts" session returns; ask vExpert and VCDX caliber professionals your tough VMware-related questions
While I was researching the Citrix Startup Accelerator program for various reasons, I decided to go through the entire list of companies in the Citrix Startup Accelerator portfolio to see what type of company and solution were getting accepted. Two companies quickly floated to the top of the pile for me, and the one I'm reviewing in this article is a company called Nukona
According to Nukona's website, they provide, "enterprise app distribution, policy management and governance – designed to scale." Wait, doesn't this sound like VMware Horizon?
What is VMware's Project Horizon?
To anyone that follows Vittorio Viarengo, VP of End User Computing at VMware, you have probably heard about VMware Project Horizon. VMware Horizon is assumed to provide:
An AppStore whereby published apps, SaaS apps, published desktops, etc. can be distributed
Identity management across multiple domains (internal AD, external LDAP, SaaS provider's, etc.); my guess is that VMware's Tricipher acquisition finally proves its worth here
Support for any [major] device such as Win-based desktops/laptops, Apple iPads, and Android-based tablets
This sound fantastic! The problem is, when Viarengo talks about Horizon, he's talking futures. There's nothing wrong with talking futures in small doses and ensuring your current and potential customer base understands corporate direction, but the old addage, "sell what's on the truck" should be king (and what helps field reps most).
"View 5 looks great and all, but man, Horizon is going to be great, make me 4 inches taller, and heal my bad knees. I'm just going to wait for now."
I can't wait for Project Horizon personally, and now, maybe some of the goodness is already here, thanks to Nukona.
This series of upcoming articles here at ThinkVIRT is my attempt to educate server virt admins and engineers (primarily VCPs) on an alternative Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform to VMware's, and one that is poised to emerge as a leader in the space. That platform is CloudStack. I'm not saying that CloudStack is the end all be all solution for every organization, but I do believe it is worth taking a look at due to its flexibility and it's adoption and inclusion in some high-profile and mega-scale cloud implementations by Zynga, KT, and Edmunds. I've been fortunate enough to mentor and career coach some virtualization folks much smarter than me, and I think it's important for the VCPs of the world to start to diversify their scope. The great news is that seasoned VMware engineers have sharpened their skills with the most feature-rich hypervisor on the market, VMware ESXi/vSphere. It's great news because all the other hypervisors are typically less feature-rich, meaning someone that can design a server virt solution with VMware vSphere, can likely design a XenServer solution once they learn the vernacular and the limitation points.
MicroStak(R) VDI simplifies the VDI equation by combining a modular 2U hardware appliance to an integrated software stack. This allows organizations to focus on what matters most in a VDI solution – a positive end user experience.
Many thanks to Tedd Fox for tweeting about the availability of the SlideRocketapp for the Apple iPad. To those that follow me on Twitter (@langonej), you will know that I cutover to using SlideRocket a few months ago (paid subscription). My very first attempt to use SlideRocket for a customer presentation was in an offline (no WiFi, no 3G) secured building with some very high profile Government officials. Fortunately (a big fortunately), I had the presentation also loaded in Keynote, so I plugged along without hiccup.
I’ve tweeted about my displeasure for a lack of offline support for the Apple iPad and for Android-based tablets (I love my Asus Transformer). Unfortunately, VMware has only release an Apple iPad version today.
Seeing a tweet from Christian Reilly yesterday about new product development from MeLLmo, the makers of Roambi, I decided to post a solution I developed at MicroTech based on the Roambi platform. Regular readers of this site or my Twitter feed will know that I’m deeply immersed in the world of VDI these days. Last year it occurred to me that there was no great dashboard for executives, directors, telework coordinators, power administrators, or integrators to monitor what is actually going on in their VDI. I focused on a solution that coupled the important metrics of a VDI to the emerging preferred platform of executives and decision makers, the tablet, or in this case, the Apple iPad.
Enter VDIRecon™ from MicroTech.
What is VDIRecon™ from MicroTech?
VDIRecon is a VISUAL DASHBOARD for your VDI environment. It’s perfect for C-level executives, decision makers, Telework Coordinators, VDI administrators, and other individuals needing a high-level overview of a VDI environment from their tablet device.
VDIRecon has the ability to collect across multiple VDI environments which is perfect for organizations supporting multiple groups with their own standalone VDI or for desktop providers supporting a multitude of tenants. The intelligence and data are dynamically updated to ensure accuracy. All updates are encrypted and any data at rest on the tablet device, for example, an Apple iPad, is encrypted.
With a deep understanding of the various zero clients available, as well as efficient avenues through major product contract vehicles, such as SEWP, pricing, procurement, and delivery can be an expedited and painless experience, from the zero client experts.
This week at VMWorld 2011, I had the honor of being on SiliconAngle.TV, hosted by Stu Miniman (@stu). The session was about the current state of the VDI market as well as some forward-looking thoughts. I was extremely happy to sit alongside VDI Legend, Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) for this discussion as we talked about what Andre is seeing from a former VMware and now EMC perspective, and what I’m seeing from a MicroTech perspective. The video is posted below, but some of the topics discussed were: