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.