VMware Prevalidating VDI Deployments

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-06-22 Print this article Print

Program provides users with validated desktop virtualization architectures that meet VMware's functional and scalability requirements.

VMware is finding new ways to keep its desktop virtualization business moving.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based virtualization provider on June 22 announced the expansion of its VMware Ready program for partners providing desktop VDI based on the company's View platform.

The program provides users with validated desktop virtualization architectures that meet VMware's functional and scalability requirements and are delivered by qualified VMware solution providers.

As part of the program, VMware and its partners validate the complete stack, including hardware components for compute, storage and network resources, and identify qualified delivery partners who can deploy and support an end-to-end desktop virtualization solution.

In a VDI scenario, desktop operating systems and applications run on virtual machines located on a server, and users access these machines remotely. Users can run thin clients to access their virtual desktops, or use full-fledged Windows, Linux or Mac hardware, regardless of the operating system running on the virtual desktop.

This model allows enterprises to separate the operating system and applications from the hardware, increasing flexibility and mobility. An example is providing a full desktop experience over RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) on a Windows Mobile device.

The use of VDI holds great promise as a way of easing the pain many enterprises feel while administering tens of thousands of physical desktops.

Some of these first VMware VDI validations will help U.S. government agencies comply with the Telework Act of 2010, which requires the head of each federal agency to develop IT infrastructure that supports telework policies.

VMware VDI deployments focused on federal telework are purpose-built to address the security needs of federal knowledge workers. Force 3 and Hewlett-Packard currently have their own implementations.


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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