VMware Starts Shipping Online-or-Offline Virtual Desktops

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-09-13 Print this article Print

View 4.5 is the company's first desktop virtualization package to bring virtual desktop functionality to users whether they are online or offline.

As it promised two weeks ago at VMworld 2010, VMware on Sept. 13 starting shipping VMware View 4.5, the company's first enterprise-class desktop virtualization package to bring virtual desktop functionality  to users who are either online or offline.

In previous versions, VMware View was VDI [virtual desktop infrastructure]-only software. Version 4.5 now offers control not only for a virtual desktop system that can scale to thousands of users but also for standard local applications on a user's own PC. The VDI deployment, controlled completely in an enterprise data center, appears as a separate window on the PC.

What v4.5 does not do is handle instances of cloud services. That is planned for a later version.

"The key is that with these new products, users can have both VDI and offline access to their applications at the same time-that's something that's not been available previously," Raj Mallempati, VMware director of product marketing in Enterprise Desktop Solutions, told eWEEK.

"It's also about allowing people to use legacy applications that still work just fine, even though they may not be supported in more recent operating systems."

VMware View 4.5 establishes a clear path to the modern desktop for a user-centric application and data delivery model, said VMware Vice-President of End User Computing Products Vittorio Viarengo.

"VMware View 4.5 provides the best of both worlds: end user mobility and IT manageability," Viarengo said. "It allows users to check out their virtual desktop from the data center and take it on the road with them."

New features in View 4.5, as described by VMware, include:

Offline desktop access: VMware View Client with Local Mode enables users to access virtual desktops even while disconnected from the network.

Rapid Windows 7 migration: View 4.5 fully supports Microsoft Windows 7 while providing a model for enterprises to reduce the cost and time required for migrating from legacy operating systems. Users who combine VMware View 4.5 and VMware ThinApp for application virtualization can reduce the time and cost of Windows 7 migration significantly, VMware said.

Expanded administrative capabilities: VMware View Administrator has been enhanced with role-based administration, monitoring dashboards, simplified reporting and support for third-party tools.

Integrated application assignment: View 4.5 simplifies use of virtualized applications through integration of application assignment with the VMware View Administrator console.

Enhanced security: Security card support in View 4.5 expands secure access for virtualized desktops while protecting sensitive data. VMware View 4.5 also supports the FIPS 140-2 U.S. Federal Government Security Compliance.
VMware View 4.5 Enterprise Edition is priced at $150 per concurrent connection; VMware View 4.5 Premier Edition is priced at $250 per concurrent connection. Users can download a 60-day free trial of VMware View 4.5 or existing customers with active SnS contracts can download the VMware View 4.5 update.

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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