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We have a new video today which is brief and straight to the point. This video is specifically geared towards first-time users of our VMware Fusion product.
This video discusses and demonstrates how you can license VMware Fusion.
In this brief video tutorial you will learn how quick and easy it is to license your VMware Fusion product installation on your Mac operating system.
For more information, see VMware Knowledge Base article Licensing VMware Fusion (2014287).
Note: For best viewing experience, ensure the 720p quality setting is selected and view using full screen mode.
This is a guest post from vCloud Service Provider, Bluelock.
If you’re evaluating disaster recovery (DR) options you’re likely looking several options including traditional warm or cold-site solutions, cloud-based Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) DR and maybe even the age-old choice of simply crossing your fingers and hoping for the best.
When you’re classifying DR options, think of RaaS as the solution that protects your entire application, not just your virtual machine (VM) or the data within that VM. Cloud-based RaaS leverages consistency groups for application protection; meaning your entire application is recovered as a whole. The data is all recovered at the exact same point in time, so there’s less work needed from your team to stand your application back up after a declaration.
Even though cloud is in the name, the solution isn’t just for workloads currently hosted in the cloud. In fact, cloud-based RaaS can be used as a recovery solution for any VMware-virtualized workload, including those that live in your internal hosting environment.
If your company is new to cloud and wary of the learning curve, RaaS is the easiest on-ramp for new cloud customers. It allows organizations to learn about cloud’s flexibility, automation and self-service capabilities while keeping the scope manageable for any size department. The primary workload remains in your company’s internal datacenter, while the application is replicated and protected in the cloud.
If you want to learn how RaaS just might be your perfect choice for reliability, affordability and ease of use, register to attend How to Implement a DR Strategy that Works: Recovery in the Cloud, a webinar on Wednesday, May 22nd from 2 – 3 p.m. EDT.
In this hour-long webinar, Bluelock’s Chief Technology Officer Pat O’Day will show you how Recovery-as-a-Service can turn your disaster recovery plan from a pipedream to a reality. Crossing your fingers won’t even cross your mind after this session.
What you’ll walk away knowing:
Cloud makes DR easy and affordable.
Recovery-as-a-Service is a software-enabled recovery solution that is easy to install, has no agents and maintains a low barrier to entry. It’s easy and it works with any VMware-virtualized environment. With RaaS you’ll bulldoze any roadblocks that kept your team from implementing a DR solution in the past.
Cloud-based DR leaves you confident your entire application is protected.
Your data is important, but not as important as recovering your data in the context of the rest of your application. Cloud-based RaaS protects the entire application holistically and replicates at the hypervisor layer to ensure your workloads stand back up, ready to go immediately. Your team won’t have to put the puzzle pieces together after a declaration, because it will stand back up as a complete picture already.
RaaS prevents costly data and revenue loss with testable, reliable protection.
RaaS promises easy, affordable testing within its solution so you won’t have to take our word that your applications are protected; you’ll see it for yourself. In this webinar you will learn exactly how easy and affordable testing is by hearing the client success stories that will show first-hand how RaaS changes not only how the DR game works, but the way it’s played as well.
I came across a post last week that caught my eye: Don’t let training and skills be the forgotten investment in the digital revolution. You won’t be surprised to hear I agree with its call for companies to invest in continuing education for their IT staff.
“During any economic downturn, one of the first items to be struck from the corporate cost base is training,” worries author Bryan Glick. Which is a big problem considering that, in Europe alone, there will be 300,000-800,000 IT-related vacancies by 2015 as a growing skill gap makes qualified candidates harder to find.
However, I see a lot of companies who understand the value of continually training their IT professionals. When CompTIA interviewed 502 IT managers and business managers overseeing IT staff for its 2012 State of the IT Skills Gap, 57% said they were planning to train or retrain existing staff to address skill gaps.
“IT professionals have a strong propensity for lifelong learning and skills enhancement, so the large majority will welcome the opportunity to broaden their knowledge,” notes Terry Erdle, executive vice president of skills certification for CompTIA. I couldn’t agree more, which is why we are constantly adding new courses to our portfolio.
But lifelong learning isn’t just good for skilled IT professionals, it’s also good for businesses. Verified by a recent VMware study, cloud computing supported by highly skilled professionals consistently elevates the quality and speed of IT and business innovation. By prioritizing training in virtualization and cloud computer technologies, companies put themselves in a position to respond more quickly to an increasingly unpredictable market.
Still not convinced? Here’s one more reason to give IT professionals frequent opportunities to improve their skill sets: It will keep star players on your team.
In Keeping IT Staff Happy, Information Age cited a survey of 200 IT administrators in the UK, which found 73% of IT admins are considering leaving their jobs—the same percentage, not surprisingly, that described their job as “stressful.” Yikes!
While decreasing stress in most IT jobs will be a slow process, the post suggests a great way to improve satisfaction immediately: Give IT professionals fun problems to solve and better skills to help them solve them.
Scott Alan Miller describes the need for education in even more dire terms in his SMB IT Journal. “If an IT professional is not given the chance to not just maintain, but grow their skills, they will stagnate and gradually become useless technically and likely to fall into depression,” he says. “To maintain truly useful IT staff, time and resources for continuous education is critical.”
No more depressed IT professionals, I say! And I think our VMware training and certification programs are one of the best ways to keep your IT staff happy (I might be partial ) so they can help your business keep its bottom line happy, too.
If that sounds like a good idea to you, get started with our VMware Learning Path Tool to see which path is right for you. Or, jump right in and check out our growing list of courses, with flexible formats to work with every schedule and budget.
AUTHOR: Michael Francis
I’m a principal systems engineer with VMware and have been involved in the development of our cloud operations services. I’m sharing my experiences through a series of blogs pertaining to on-demand services. In this first blog, I reflect on what got us to this point and will follow this up with a discussion on how on-demand services transform both business models as well as the engagement model between enterprise IT and the associated business. In the final entry I’ll recommend how on-demand services can be delivered effectively—where the rubber hits the road!—and I’ll get into some specifics.
On-Demand Services, Part 1 – Remind me of how we get here again…
I have been with VMware for nearly seven years and in the IT industry for 20+ years—and over that time, like others, I have seen many changes. I think the biggest game changers in the past two decades are the smartphone and tablet form factor computers. Both devices have brought a mobility and price point revolution to computing that has enabled access to information to a very broad population from anywhere, at any time. This combination of form factor and ease of access to information through self-service mechanisms almost overnight changed the relationship between enterprise IT and the end user.
Let’s look back—I had a O2 Windows-based mobile that I used for business in the early 2000s, and it was great. I had access to email in a rich interface and integration with my contacts and global address lists anytime I needed them. And, I could communicate with corporate messaging in a small form factor. However, what it didn’t give me was the flexibility to access information like I could with my home PC—I couldn’t easily extend it to run other applications. And unlike my home PC with its mouse-driven interface, this phone forced me to use the keyboard—which was like trying to navigate in Windows for workgroups using only a keyboard.
Then came the next generation of smartphone and the advent of the touchscreen, which was analogous to the introduction of a mouse to our personal computer. The interface was easier to use and navigate and could be so much richer from a features standpoint. But the real power was that I could access a new universe of applications through a single self-service portal. And, the applications were cost-relevant, which meant they were easy to consume and demo in order to select an appropriate set of applications that worked best for my specific needs. It changed the phone from being a fixed-purpose device with keyboard control to a touchscreen-driven, openly flexible device ready to provide me with access to the world at my fingertips, from wherever I was.
For the consumer, it was the simplicity to access a marketplace of application services and then self provision a service that was the point where so many rapidly engaged in this transformation. This ability to self service combined with the size of the marketplace fueled the prolific use of the successful smartphone and tablet platforms. Consumers had a single storefront with access to thousands of application service suppliers.
The on-demand services built into these consumer devices created a broad ecosystem of suppliers eager to be able to showcase their wares. The single application store provided a single location for consumers to shop for services. Do you see the similarities? In the past, the enterprise IT organization was “everything IT” to everyone in the organization—from manufacturer, to distributor to reseller—and the consumer had little choice. Stepping up to meet demand, software as a service (SaaS) providers are the smartphone application builders for enterprise services, and like smartphone applications, more and more consumers seek their services.
So what’s missing from this equation? What’s missing is an equivalent enterprise-class, consumer-relevant application store with access to all IT services. An on-demand services capability within the enterprise to be the storefront to a varied selection of IT services—some sourced internally, some externally.
There’s another aspect to this transformation—and that’s the ease of creation, delivery and price point of these smartphone applications. All of which created a need for an agile application platform offering a low-cost of entry to feed the demand of so many new suppliers entering the market. Further, the swings in consumption of suppliers’ offerings has perpetuated the need from application suppliers to pay for flexible-scaling, consumption-based models for underlying compute capacity.
To sum things up, the on-demand services in our smartphone and tablet devices opened up access to services and information beyond what was previously available, using a single application store interface that made things simple to consume. It moved the power base of information access from enterprise IT into the hands of the consumer. The velocity of uptake of these consumer devices spawned cloud computing, cloud computing service providers and the concept of service consumption-based computing. On-demand services have transformed consumer information access.
I’ll follow up soon on how the introduction of on-demand services into the enterprise can transform business models and the engagement model between enterprise IT and the business.
Michael Francis is a principal systems engineer at VMware, based in Brisbane.
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by Steve Poitras, Solutions Architect, Nutanix
There are two things I normally notice when I visit the doctor – 1) a massive stack of paper medical records and 2) long visit times…
I’ve always been huge fan of adopting and evolving the IT services utilized in the medical industry. Here we have an industry who is pushing the forefront of technology for the analysis and treatment of patients – but plagued by archaic IT and paper based records.
In comes the consumerization effect…
The Consumerization of IT has been a big trend for businesses in the last years, essentially giving the “end-user” the ability to have flexibility over devices. When it comes down to it there are a few key things people care about:
- Analysis & treatment
- Quick visit times
- Policy & Control
However, a key concern with consumerization is always about keeping data secure and mitigating any potential security risk. With EMR and VMware® Horizon View™ this is now possible. Virtual desktops allow IT to centrally manage and host desktops and data from a secure location and then expose these services to end-user devices over encrypted and private networks.
Doctors and healthcare providers are always on the move and constantly moving from patient from patient to keep up with patient demands. Now, what if they had the ability to look at the next patient’s medical records while walking down the hall on a tablet or mobile device? The ability to view a digital x-ray immediately after its taken? Mobile crowdsourced collaboration with fellow medical professionals?
What you get is increased efficiency (aka patient turnover), flexibility of devices for doctors and medical professionals and, most importantly, a happy patient.
The VMware® AlwaysOn Point of Care™ solution bridges the gap between virtual desktops and EMR solutions. With VMware Horizon View becoming the first validated VDI solution to achieve “Target Platform” status for Epic , VMware is helping revolutionize how medical practitioners deliver services.
So what is it and how did we get here? To help highlight the solution I’ve broken it up into the following steps:
Step 1: Make the records electronic → Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
Step 2: Enable for secure and mobile consumption → VMware Horizon View (VDI)
Step 3: Make sure it’s highly available →VMware AlwaysOn Architecture
Result: Delivery of efficient patient services → VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care Solution (EMR + VDI)
To learn more about the solution visit the VMware Solutions for Healthcare Page. To learn more about the Nutanix + VMware solution for AlwaysOn delivery check out the following Nutanix AlwaysOn Solution Brief.
I’ve always envisioned a doctor’s office where I can be automatically checked in upon arrival, where doctors walked around with tablets allowing them to access my medical records and view digital x-rays in real-time. With the VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care solution with EMR, this can finally be a reality.
To learn more or if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me on Twitter.
Mid-sized companies face specific challenges when it comes to meeting the changing demands of the business, such as needing to balance limited resources while still remaining agile enough to respond to new business requirements. Indeed, many mid-sized companies cite limited resources as a common barrier to realizing the full benefits of cloud services. The question is, how can mid-sized companies achieve the same benefits enterprises see by moving to the cloud, such as improved flexibility, improved agility and cost reductions, without breaking the bank on initial investments?
Find out on May 21st – VMware is hosting a live webcast with VMware Executives Pat Gelsinger and Bill Fathers, where they will be unveiling a new cloud service from VMware, The webcast will provide mid-sized businesses with details to better understand the new VMware vCloud Hybrid Service and how they can best take advantage of its potential.
Register now for this free, LIVE online event: http://www.vmware.com/go/vmwarehybrid
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VMware Certified Instructor, Steve Jones, presents what’s new with vCenter Operations since 5.0 including:
- First Look Navigation Part 1 for V5.X
- First Look Navigation Part 2 for V5.X
- Operational Insight Through Drill Down Actions for V5.X
- Determining and Planning for Capacity for V5.X
- Using Groups to Manage Resources for V5.X
- Practical Tips for V5.X
Visit the VMware Education Video Site to see these and other topics too. Begin your learning journey today!
In order to obtain some real world perspective, we met up with some of our Technical Support Engineers at our support center in Cork, Ireland and mainly asked them two questions:
- What are the most common issues they deal with concerning vSphere Databases?
- What advice do they have for ensuring that a vSphere Database is maintained?
Here is what they had to say….
The two most common issues that come into our Technical Support teams are:
- Database Corruption
- Database Performance
These are really the two biggest issues that customers encounter with their SQL databases in their vSphere environments.
Many a database administrator has nightmares about database corruption and when an incident comes along quite often many hours are spent by the DBA trying to rescue the situation. Sadly, database corruption is something that just happens; nobody plans to have it.
If you are or were a system administrator or a database administrator at some point during your career, chances are that there was probably a time when you learned the hard way about not having a recent database backup.
However it is not all doom and gloom when it comes to database corruption incidents. The impact and headaches of such a corruption incident can be minimized and reduced by simply applying and enforcing a policy of regular database backups. Taking regular database backups will not fix the corrupted database but at least your road to recovery will be a much better and less painful one.
Along with database corruption the other big generator for support requests is that of database performance. A database is like the heart of the environment and just like a heart, if it is in a bad or a poorly maintained condition then it is going to experience performance issues.
The vSphere database is what manages and runs the jobs and processes that take place within the environment in any given moment. The speed at which the vSphere environment can run effectively and efficiently is quite often determined by the health of the database. If your database is unhealthy, then chances are you will notice performance impacts within your environment.
What symptoms should I look out for?
Symptoms of database corruption would include the vCenter Server failing to start or crashing on particular tasks.
Symptoms for database performance related issues can be more varied, however some common ones include:
- The vCenter Server taking a long time to start up
- Tasks taking a long time to complete or are timing out
Some Helpful Database Maintenance Tips
When it comes to database corruption scenarios the best thing that you really can have is a recent backup. This will save a lot of time and heartache when it comes to restoring your environment and the more recent the backup the better as it will minimize the loss of data.
In regards to database performance issues, prevention really is the best cure and so here are some steps and measures which will help to reduce or prevent your environment from encountering poor database performance:
- Monitor scheduled database jobs to ensure they are running correctly – For more information, refer to KB article: Checking the status of vCenter Server performance rollup jobs (2012226)
- Collect Stats
- Rebuild Indexes – For more information, refer to KB article: Rebuilding indexes to improve the performance of SQL Server and Oracle vCenter Server databases (2009918)
- Delete old data – For more information, refer to KB article: Reducing the size of the vCenter Server database when the rollup scripts take a long time to run (1007453)
- Monitor Database Growth – For more information, refer to KB article:
Determining where growth is occurring in the vCenter Server database (1028356)
A pdf document on vCenter Server Database Best Practices is available: VMware vCenter Server 5.1 Database Performance Improvements and Best Practices for Large-Scale Environments
by by Pam Takahama, Director of Solutions Marketing, Riverbed Technology
Healthcare turning to VDI to improve patient care
I recently took my daughter to the doctor for an earache, and chuckled when the pediatrician reached into his lab coat for what I thought was an iPad to write up a prescription only to realize it was, ahem, a good ole’ fashioned pad of paper! Spending another 45 minutes filling the prescription had me wondering how far the healthcare industry has come in the last 10 years. Notwithstanding the isolated throwback to the pencil and paper era, the reality is that the healthcare industry is reinventing itself, and in the process reshaping our experiences, and reorienting our expectations from how care is managed, to how it is paid for, to how it is delivered.
Many healthcare organizations are working to embrace innovative solutions like virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to improve patient care and provide clinicians 24/7 access to their most current patient data and resources — even during unplanned downtime.
Recently, Riverbed and VMware announced a joint solution that integrates Stingray Traffic Manager application delivery controller (ADC) with the VMware® Horizon View™ AlwaysOn™ Desktop solution. The joint solution ensures end users have continual access to a secure virtual desktop no matter what device they use and no matter where they are.
Moreover, this tested and validated solution augments VMware’s latest announcement with a leading electronic medical records (EMR) software provider for a virtual clinical desktop. Designed for the cloud from the ground up, Stingray™ Traffic Manager will improve overall performance for clinical desktops by delivering around-the-clock access to data and applications even if a primary site fails or is compromised by other unplanned events, all while meeting industry compliance regulations. Customers will be able to quickly modernize their computing environment and provide a highly available cloud-based desktop.
Rx for AlwaysOn Desktop
As healthcare organizations seek to deliver robust and proven desktop solutions to improve how care is managed and delivered, they should consider the advantages that Stingray Traffic Manager offers to help lower costs while ensuring high availability and securing computing endpoints:
Accelerate virtual desktop performance. Offloads performance-draining tasks such as SSL and compression accelerating services, increasing capacity and optimizing implementations. Also, administrators can cache commonly requested content and optimize VDI traffic delivery, enabling healthcare clinicians to gain fast and easy access to their applications and data.
Provide 24/7 access to virtual desktops. By intelligently shaping and directing traffic and avoiding failed or degraded servers, Stingray Traffic Manager ensures users are always routed to the closest available site based on the end user’s geo-location, including continent and country, IP address, and site availability.
Secure virtual desktops. Helps to preserve and maintain a highly secure virtual desktop environment by configuring the solution to admit certain traffic types only, and operating as a deny-all gateway. These capabilities ensure full control over how traffic is internally routed. Additionally, high-performance inspection interrogates any part of a request or response before applying global filtering or scrubbing policies.
Gain better control of VDI environment. Easily manage how users interact with the applications and the infrastructure that they depend on. Administrators can also use Stingray Traffic Manager to shape, prioritize, and route traffic; drain infrastructure resources prior to maintenance; and, upgrade user sessions across application while preserving user performance.
So the next time I’m at the pediatrician’s office and he whips out a pad of paper again, I may have to bring new meaning to an old adage and tell him that “an Apple” a day may help keep the paperwork away. Click here to learn more about the joint VMware and Riverbed AlwaysOn solution.
So you’ve take either VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.1], VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5.1], or VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5.1] and want to take your cloud infrastructure skills to the next level?
Then you’ll want to attend: VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5.1] In this 5 day course, you will learn to:
- Configure and manage ESXi networking and storage for a large and sophisticated enterprise;
- Manage changes to the vSphere environment.
- Optimize the performance of all vSphere components.
- Troubleshoot operational faults and identify their root causes.
- Use VMware vSphere® ESXi™ Shell and VMware vSphere® Management Assistant (vMA) to manage vSphere.
- Use VMware vSphere® Auto Deploy™ to provision ESXi hosts.
by F5 News
Healthcare providers face a unique challenge: continuously deliver quality patient care that is both effective and affordable. Today, this depends largely on technology – from diagnostic systems to patient record systems accessible by health care professionals dispersed amongst hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies.
Today these organizations increasingly rely on new software solutions from companies like Epic Software to manage every aspect of patient care. Epic infrastructures are the gold standard today, assisting health care organizations around the world to improve patient care through accessible and reliable health care systems.
It is critical that such applications are supported by an equally accessible and reliable IT infrastructure. To assure a high level of quality from top to bottom, Epic carefully certifies IT infrastructure providers that support a disaster-resilient, highly available, secure and increasingly mobile deployment.
Because of its focus on quality, resilience and affordability it has become a great honor to achieve full target platform status with EPIC. And that’s what happened recently with VMware® Horizon View™ – the first desktop virtualization solution to have achieved this status. Using VMware’s AlwaysOn™ Desktop for Healthcare reference architecture, F5 partnered with VMware for this historic launch.
VMware and F5 have long been offering joint solutions targeting desktop virtualization with a focus on resiliency, scalability, availability, security and performance. Together, along with partners such as NetApp and EMC, these joint reference architectures are the basis for secure, fast and available virtualization infrastructures capable of meeting the most demanding standards, such as that of Epic Software.
F5 is also establishing and documenting jointly with Epic a set of best practices for application delivery, designed to improve the scalability and availability of the most common HTTP, SSL, and FTP Epic components. F5 will be providing these best practices both as technical documentation as well as an iApp, to streamline deployment of these critical healthcare systems.
We’re excited about this announcement and extend a hearty congratulations to VMware on this notable achievement.
By Banit Agrawal, Senior Performance Engineer, VMware
VMware Horizon View 5.2 simplifies desktop and application management while increasing security and control and delivers a personalized high fidelity experience for end-users across sessions and devices. It enables higher availability and agility of desktop services unmatched by traditional PCs while reducing the total cost of desktop ownership and end-users can enjoy new levels of productivity and the freedom to access desktops from more devices and locations while giving IT greater policy control.
Recently, we published two whitepapers to provide a performance deep-dive on Horizon View 5.2 performance and hardware accelerated 3D graphics (vSGA) feature.
The links to these whitepapers are as follows:
The first whitepaper describes View 5.2 new features, including access of View desktops with Horizon, space efficient sparse (SEsparse) disks, hardware accelerated 3D graphics, and full support of Windows 8 desktops. View 5.2 performance improvements in PCoIP and View management are highlighted. In addition, this paper presents View 5.2 PCoIP performance results, Windows 8 and RDP 8 performance analysis, and a vSGA performance analysis, including how vSGA compares to the software renderer support introduced in View 5.1.
The second whitepaper goes in-depth on the support for hardware accelerated 3D graphics that debuted with VMware vSphere 5.1 and VMware Horizon View 5.2 and presents performance and consolidation results for a number of different workloads, ranging from knowledge workers using 3D desktops to performance-intensive CAD-based workloads. Because the intensity of a 3D workload will vary greatly from user to user and application to application, rather than highlighting specific case studies, we demonstrate how the solution efficiently scales for both light- and heavy-weight 3D workloads, until GPU or CPU resources are fully utilized. This paper also presents key best practices to extract peak performance from a 3D View 5.2 deployment.
By: Courtney Burry, Director of PMM, VMware End-User Computing BU
In the past several years, many customers have turned to desktop virtualization in an effort to drive down costs and improve operational efficiencies. This year, however, the tide has shifted. In a survey recently conducted by Forrester Research, Inc., and blogged about by David Johnson (Has VDI Peaked? A Change in the Adoption Drivers Sheds New Light, And New Life, April 1, 2013), the number one trigger for customer interest in VDI was actually around the need to support employee access across locations.
Interestingly, the drivers associated with reducing costs and improving manageability have not gone away. These are still very much on the minds of IT as they turn to VDI, thin client or blade PC technologies-but the need to support BYOD and device diversity has become a major focus of a large number of organizations-with many turning to desktop virtualization as a key technology enabler to help them address these requirements.
And while many customers have already made the move and are seeing real benefits, there are a number of organizations that have not. An inability to build the business case is often cited as a barrier, but as Johnson also points out in his blog-many organizations also feel that they don’t have the skills or resources on hand to dedicate to VDI projects.
VMware and Cisco recently partnered up to help take these objections off of the table. Together, the two companies have tested and validated a range of VDI architectures designed to meet the needs of organizations across a wide variety of use cases. These fast track architectures have not only allowed customers like COLT and University of Colorado Boulder to get started simply and cost-effectively but they also provide new customers with the ability to start small and effectively scale on demand.
As storage represents the largest cost outlay to any VDI implementation (Morgan Stanley, 2011), key to these validations was looking across a wide range of storage options including direct attached storage or “on-board architectures” with vendors like Fusion io, hybrid SAN or “simplified architectures” with companies like Nimble Storage, Nexenta, Atlantis Computing and Tegile and “converged architectures” with NetApp and EMC to help ensure great performance at lower costs.
Additionally, we also looked at storage optimizations native to VMware vSphere and VMware® Horizon View™, including unique features like SE Sparse, Storage Accelerator or Content Based Read Cache, VAAI and Storage Tiering to help customers further drive down costs and improve user experience.
The result is a wide range of prescriptive, highly automated design options (with plug-ins to VMware vCenter) that will allow customers to more efficiently and cost-effectively tackle VDI and address workplace mobility.
To hear firsthand, how organizations like yours are reaping the benefits of VDI deployed using VMware Horizon View with Cisco UCS, join us for this informative webcast. You’ll hear from featured speakers from Wipro and UC Boulder, sharing valuable perspectives that can accelerate your ROI on VDI
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Check out these other blogs for reference as well!
Rick Snyder’s Blog “Accelerating Your Success with Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions”