VMware Adds New Storage Features into View 5.1

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-05-03 Print this article Print

VMware View 5.1 now has new storage capabilities for virtual desktop deployment enabled by VMware's View Storage Accelerator, which optimizes shared virtualized capacities.

VMware was busy May 2, releasing the latest edition of VMware View, launching a new version of its Horizon Application Manager cloud platform, and upgrading its end-user computing catalog.

The most important aspect of all this for enterprises is that VMware View 5.1 now has new storage capabilities for virtual desktop deployment enabled by VMware's View Storage Accelerator, which optimizes shared virtualized capacities.

No. 2 most important news item: VMware View 5.1 can be deployed in mobile devices.

The View Storage Accelerator allows IT administrators to cache the most frequently read data from disks inside the hypervisor memory, enabling in-memory-type performance for disk access, Vittorio Viarengo, VMware's vice president of marketing, end-user computing, told eWEEK.

The View 5.1 virtual desktop package now features upgraded USB connectivity, which improves USB device support within virtual environments.

VMware also has added improved security with Radius two-factor authentication. It also has included PCoIP, a new protocol that provides users with customized desktop environments across LANs (local-area networks) and WANs (wide-area networks).

Some Storage Administration Duties Automated

Another new storage-related feature, VMware View's Composer Array Integration (VCAI), offloads and automates storage administration and makes for more efficient provisioning by using native cloning abilities within the storage array.

From one Web-based management screen, IT administrators using VMware View can perform their routine IT administrative tasks, such as patch management, connection brokering, policy enforcement, performance monitoring and applications assignment.

View 5.1 may be a mere point solution, but it's a major point solution.

Here's a summary of the updates in VMware's Horizon end-user computing products:

VMware Horizon Application Manager features centralized policy and entitlement management to broker user access to apps, virtual desktops and data resources.

VMware vCenter Operations for View provides insight into desktop performance, allowing IT to efficiently detect and troubleshoot issues.

VMware Project Octopus allows IT to enable data and collaboration from any device as well as govern usage and set policies for data access and sharing.

VMware Zimbra 7.2 is part of VMware's personal cloud application offering. It now features support for Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME), an encryption technology often required for government organizations.

VMware View 5.1 and the other updated VMware products will be generally available by June 2012, Viarengo said.

Chris Preimesberger is eWEEK's Editor for Features and Analysis. Twitter: @editingwhiz

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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