EUC2045 VMware View plus Virtual Cloud Infrastructure: What’s New and Future Directions

Summary at the top = nice View 5 feature overview and then HUGE stuff around using vCOPs to monitor View environments. This is critical stuff for building out and maintaining large VDI deployments.

  • Found that a lot of the underlying requirements for Server Virtualization are the same as for VDI (stability, speed, scalability, etc.).
  • First VDI solution to enable full 3D in Windows without any hardware….can do it all in software.
    • Easily enable 3D apps for users
  • Storage Access Optimization with Content Based Read Cache
    • In-memory cache of common block reads
    • Applicable to all types of desktops
    • Completely transparent to the guest
    • 100% server based
    • No special array technology needed.
    • Lower storage costs by reducing peak IOps
      • This is huge for boot storms….will cache I/Os at the ESX level.
    • Ensure consistent user experience by handling worst case peak usage.
  • vShield Endpoint
    • More benefit to storage I/O
    • Publicly announced commitments from….
      • Trend
      • Symantec
      • Kaspersky
      • Sophos
    • Glad to hear commitments…it’s taken quite long enough for anyone but Trend to support it.
    • Higher security as AV module is isolated and more difficult to evade.
  • vShield App in the future for better physical network protection.
    • Context aware in enforcing security with vMotion, etc.
    • Transparent, application aware firewall.
    • Talked about this morning in the General Session.
  • vCenter Operations for View
    • End-to-end monitoring for vCloud environments using vCenter Ops
    • Now a live demo about this….
  • Looking at the entire solution..who is involved?
    • VI Admins – build and configure ESX, on/off-board users, Maintain healthy infrastructure, guarantee good end-user experience.
    • Desktop Specialists – provide 1st level technical support, perform basic triage, engage VI admins when needed.
    • Helpdesk – log and manage tickets, hotline for end-users.
    • BUT….end-users just want to do their work!
  • Typical problems in the end-to-end View infrastructure
    • Client side — using iPad from home….network issues.
    • Internal network
    • ESX configuration.
    • View-level config issues (not enough VMs provisioned, etc.).
    • Storage — lack of storage and/or backend bandwidth.
  • vCenter Operations for View — “Divide, Correlate, and Conquer”.
    • Gather thousands of metrics to measure performance in real time.
    • PCoIP stats (user experience), IOPs, r/w latency, etc.
    • Breaking up into sections watched by vCOPs for…
      • Clients
      • Network
      • vSphere
      • Storage
      • View Application
  • How does it work?
    • Learns the dynamic ranges of each and every performance metric.
    • Learns behavior patterns and identifies abnormalities.
    • Correlates multiple anomalies into a Health Score
    • Isolates root-cause for performance degradations.
    • Automatically – no configuring/tuning needed.
  • Walkthrough of an end-user call.
    • Can search by user.
    • See lots of info about the user/VDI session/etc.
    • Red/yellow/green scoring to highlight any issues.
  • Canned video walkthrough
  • Discussion about how vCOPs can and does alert before end-user visible issue happens (based on robust trending/alerting).
  • Even further futures – enhanced vSphere web client that is really a mashup with vCOPs, has specific stuff even for View admins too.

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