VMware makes a smart acquisition to bolster View, Wanova Mirage
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:
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.
Then I thought that maybe Mirage would just, “run better” if I used a beefier instance type. I then rebuilt my environment with a c1.medium and incurred a little over $360 in testing for the last two months. Note to self, c1.medium didn’t speed things up in a way worth that much money and the t1.micro instance works just fine (and it’s free for the most part, barring the EBS usage).
IOPS across all of my test instances for the last 2 months has been around 26.2M but that includes some of test t1.micro instances I’m using for a few other projects. This includes all inbound and outbound activity, including the capturing of upload of my Lenovo laptop CVD to my Mirage Server in Amazon EC2, and multiple uploads/downloads to the facility in San Jose.
Note: For those testing out products that don’t require vCenter or vSphere
Use Case 1 – Protecting a Physical Device (Centralize Endpoint)
How does an administrator manage Gold images for an organization that has both physical and virtual desktops? Well, with a bit of polish that answer very well could be VMware Mirage integrated with VMware View.
There would likely be one base layer, or client virtual disk, for the physical laptops and a separate base layer for the VMware View-based vDesktops. Now it’s roughly single image management for everything. Now it is not a question of whether to virtual the desktops, it’s a question of what percentage will be virtual versus physical, because VMware can (in the near future, potentially) manage them all.
Use Case 2 – Using Mirage to Update VMware View (Gold) Parent vDesktops in the Field
The vDesktop can be powered on, pull the latest gold bits from HQ, and then the field administrator can take a snapshot of the vDesktop and recompose a vDesktop pool based on the latest snapshot. Ideally integration would be done between the two products, but this manually works today.
I’ve tested this and it works well. I also briefed on this at VMWorld and will be briefing on this for VMWorld Europe and a few remote locations in October. For me at Nutanix it makes a ton of sense. Same architecture in your HQ (Nutanix) can be the same thing in your Regional offices (less Nutanix but still Nutanix). For true field it's just Mirage and laptops.
Use Case 3 – Using Mirage to Update vDesktops (not VMware View) in the Field
Mirage has a lot of promise, but it also needs a lot of polish visually, to be accepted in many of the organizations I speak to on a daily basis.
This looks nice!
This looks ass (and yes I do see some value in using MMC's, maybe)!