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
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
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
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
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