VMware released Horizon 6 on the 9th April, only a day after the demise of Windows XP support. Horizon 6 has an array of fancy End User Computing (EUC) related features that make a really compelling case, however, writing a … [More]
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VMware released Horizon 6 on the 9th April, only a day after the demise of Windows XP support. Horizon 6 has an array of fancy End User Computing (EUC) related features that make a really compelling case, however, writing a piece solely around this is not the plan with this article. Instead let us consider the VMware portfolio for a moment. It has been a busy time recently, with a number of innovative technologies being released and starting to gain some traction. Let us consider a handful of these technologies as a bit of a thought exercise for a moment.
New and Improved vSphere and vSANVMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1 was released relatively recently. This accompanied the release of vSAN – VMware’s own storage virtualisation technology. This, in itself, is something of a game-changer. Taking a set of relatively proprietary servers with some SSDs and spinning rust, it is possible to configure a vSphere environment with performance and resilience without needing to buy an expensive SAN with all the paraphernalia that such a solution usually requires.
vCloud Automation – Presenting and Automating Service ProvisioningNext, let’s consider vCloud Automation Center. This provides a highly customisable self-service portal that allows an enterprise to present cloud provisioning servers to customers, whether internal private-cloud customers, or externally, in the case of cloud providers. A nice idea – a user can request a service from a catalogue and all the technical processes can be automated and hidden away.
Horizon 6 - End User Compute, Reloaded.Now we look at the new boy on the block – Horizon 6. This is more than simply an extension of the Horizon View stack. With the release of Horizon 6, we start to see the integration between the somewhat disjointed elements of the previous Horizon Suite. We see a raft of changes:
- Application presentation from different sources (ThinApp, web applications and Citrix XenApp).
- An improved Horizon View, with enhanced performance and extra features.
- A centralised Workspace interface for ease of use for the end user.
- Local SSD storage
Networking with NSXThe last item on the shopping list is VMware NSX. This is VMware’s new network virtualisation stack which allows the provisioning of a whole networking environment within a virtual infrastructure:
- Provisioning of virtual VLANs – VXLANs – across a virtual estate. Pretty much as many as you will ever need, as well as several ways of bridging to physical VLANs upstream.
- Firewalling – at several different levels, from the virtual NIC on a VM, to VXLAN wide and across network boundaries, NSX includes its own firewall solution, as well as providing integration mechanisms to support third party options.
- Load Balancing – Not merely IP address sharing, but quite feature rich, including the ability to host certificate based load balancing.
- Integration with vCAC for provisioning network services.