In this session Rawlinson Rivera, Sr Technical Marketing Architect; will cover Horizon 6 integration points with Virtual SAN as well as the ease, streamline management and implementation capabilities for virtual desktop infrastructures.
This reference architecture is based on real-world test scenarios, user workloads, and infrastructure system configurations. It uses Dell R720 PowerEdge rack mount servers with local storage to support a scalable and cost-effective VMware Horizon with View linked-clone desktop deployment on VMware vSphere 5.5.
Extensive user experience and operations testing, including Login VSI desktop performance and VMware View Planner testing on 400 desktops, revealed world-class performance at an extremely low cost. VMware Virtual SAN technology allows easy scalability while maintaining superior performance at a competitive price point.
VMware Virtual SAN is a hypervisor-converged, software-defined storage platform that is fully integrated with VMware vSphere. Virtual SAN aggregates locally attached disks of hosts that are members of a vSphere cluster, to create a distributed shared storage solution.
Virtual SAN enables the rapid provisioning of storage within VMware vCenter as part of virtual machine creation and deployment operations.
Virtual SAN uses a hybrid disk architecture that leverages both flash-based devices for performance and magnetic disks for capacity and persistent data storage. This hybrid architecture delivers a scale-out storage platform with enterprise performance and resiliency at a compelling price point.
The distributed datastore of Virtual SAN is an object-store file system that leverages the vSphere Storage Policy–Based Management (SPBM) framework to deliver application-centric storage services and capabilities that are centrally managed through vSphere virtual machine storage policies.
This document focuses on the definitions, sizing guidelines, and characteristics of the Virtual SAN distributed datastore for Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructures.
Horizon View Agent Direct-Connection Plugin is an installable extension to View Agent. It allows a Horizon Client to directly connect to a View desktop; or to Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 as View desktop; or to Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 as RDSH (Remote Desktop Session Host) role.
It is intended for use in specific View deployments that work without a full View Connection Server available. There are no changes required to Horizon Clients or the View Agent for this to work. All currently supported Horizon Clients from VMware and from third-party vendors are supported with View Agent Direct-Connection Plugin.
This guide walks through how to deploy View Agent Direct-Connection Plugin, provides information about installing and using this component, and includes system requirements and configuration details. For this type of View deployment, there is no requirement to have a Connection Server, security server, VMware vCenter Server, or View Composer server.
The virtual desktop can be joined to an Active Directory domain, but it can also operate without Active Directory if required and users can log in with local desktop credentials instead. Figure 1 shows the deployment
Complete a guided tour of Horizon 6 with View and its new features. Walk through the simple installation and configuration and learn the new features including Application Remoting and Cloud Pod Architecture.
This free Horizon 6 with View lab is designed to demonstrate the new Horizon 6 features VMware is focusing on starting with the ease of installation and configuration, RDS Hosted Application setup and configuration - including RDS Hosted Desktops, and Cloud Pod Architecture configurations including a basic understanding and some configuration scenarios.
Moving forward this lab will be the base lab for VMworld including other modules such as Virtual SAN integration, troubleshooting, and much more!
This paper addresses these concerns, and looks at some key considerations in determining if a zero client environment is right for your organization.
The specific example used here for the virtual desktop infrastructure is VMware Horizon with View, with the PCoIP protocol. In this context, zero clients are discussed as the preferred client to meet many needs.
This free eLearning course highlights the new features and enhancements in Horizon View V6 and VMware Mirage V5 products. It also presents use cases that describe how the new features align with customer needs.
At the end of this course, you should be able to explain the key features of Horizon 6 and describe the enhancements to the different product areas — View, Workspace, and Mirage.
The purpose of the VMware Horizon View 5.3 Reviewer's Guide is to support a self-guided, hands-on review of View 5.3. You'll
learn how easy it is to configure a View 5.3 environment, and use that environment to evaluate both new and core capabilities.
This document assumes you have basic knowledge of VMware vSphere ESXi and VMware vCenter and are comfortable configuring networking and storage in a virtual environment.
The step-by-step instructions will guide you through installation and how to work through the core and deployment scenarios.
This guide is not intended as a substitute for product documentation. You can find more detailed information regarding the installation, configuration, administration, and use of VMware Horizon View in the VMware Horizon View documentation.
VMware Unleashes Horizon 6 -- Delivering Published Applications and Virtual Desktops on a Single Integrated Platform.
Published applications and virtual desktops delivered through a single platform offers application and desktop virtualization delivered from a single solution
A unified workspace for simplified access provides one place for IT administrators to provision and end-users to access applications and desktops through single sign-on.
Storage optimization using VMware Virtual SAN drives down capital costs to where virtual desktops are near parity with physical desktops and less expensive than physical laptops.
Closed-loop management and automation offers a holistic view of your entire virtual infrastructure – from data center to device – while also providing cloud-like automation to simplify management.
Central Image Management offers central image management of physical, virtual and employee-owned PCs from a single integrated solution that includes the latest updates from VMware Mirage.
Hybrid cloud delivery gives customers the ability to deploy Horizon 6 in a hybrid cloud that balances between private and public cloud infrastructures to best satisfy their needs – all through a single integrated Horizon client that seamlessly connects to virtual applications and desktops.
VMware Virtual SAN is a software-defined storage technology that is available with vSphere 5.5 Update 1 (or later). Virtual SAN is a core component of vSphere that aggregates local server-attached storage (local storage on a vSphere host/server) and provides a datastore that is visible to all hosts within a vSphere cluster. VMware Virtual SAN is optimized for use with Horizon View 5.3.1.
Virtual SAN implements a policy-based approach to storage management. These policies define virtual machine storage requirements, such as capacity, performance, and availability. Storage is provisioned and automatically configured according to these policies.
The above characteristics of the Virtual SAN architecture are highly beneficial to virtual desktop environments that use Horizon View 5.3.1. Further, the architecture supports standard vSphere features that require shared storage, such as HA, vMotion, and DRS. Virtual SAN eliminates the need for an external shared storage infrastructure and simplifies storage configuration and virtual machine provisioning activities.