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Keynote Day 2 – Herrod and Future of End User Computing

Today’s Keynote is all about the End User Computing experience and the Battle of the Platinum partners.

Branch in a box through the View Rapid Deployment Program.   Take an appliance, some configuration and deploy as many workstations as you need.

Mirage from Wanova is being presented as the future of secured solutions and centralized management.  ACE, Local Mode are great solutions for a limited set of end use cases.   Mirage is aimed at handling all the various other end devices out there.  It will offer disaster recovery and centralized management.

After an entertaining canned demo around Mirage.  They presented some more advanced demos of using Tablets and existing OS instances.   Project AppShift is some R&D making it more swipe style based interface for Windows 7.  This is User Interface Virtualization Techinques.  This took takes several of Windows basic interface experiences and made them Tablet friendly with swiping and copy/paste across the system.

Horizon Suite Administration is announced today and a quick demo.  One of the points is that Horizon can manage Xen App Applications.  Horizon Mobile on iOS will wrap applications into a secured workspace.   This separates applications and control around security policies.  So now it allows you to manage end devices cleanly and safely across multiple devices from a single interface tool.

VMworld Challenge -What is the things that Partners are doing to improve the VM space.  They get 4 minutes to give their presentation.  Then everyone at VMworld will vote using the mobile app on who gave the best preso (or is doing the most interesting thing).  The winner will have their charity get a sizeable donation from VMware.

What are partners doing

Cisco – Playing for Kaboom who help build playgrounds in dense city centers for kids.

Techwise TV is presented by Cisco to making Networking more close.   Gist of L.I.S.P.  An interestingly cute little preso around VM Mobility with all the different means to move VMs around between datacenters due to IPv4/IPv6.  LISP is a free technology to use from Cisco.

Dell – playing for Girl Scouts of America.

Dell vStart 1000 is a stack that gives you the full Dell solution from storage, networking and compute in a rack with a simple management interface.   Fully integrated

EMC – charity is Wounded Warriors

EMC believes that more things should be built in or easily available  Directly from the Web Client, Chad Sakac from EMC, he created a backup job directly in vSphere environment.  His demo is live as he does things and clicks it isn’t pre-recorded. Chad ran out of time.  He was the first and brave.

HP – playing for Big Brothers and Big Sisters

HP showed how they have integrated their HP Matrix Infrastructure orchestration suite and how it works with vCloud Director.  It organizes and automates the integration and backend creation of a provider DC.

NetApp- Playing for Be The Match, helps DNA matching for bone marrow

Data ON Tap infrastructure is the demo.  How do you demo that per Dave Hitz.  Peak Colo is going to be used an example of how NetApp helps them out.   Everyone in Peak Colo gets a vSAN since all the infrastructure is shared overall and the vSAN is for each customer.

NetApp won and VMware is donating $10,000 to Be The Match.

PCoIP painting issues

Finally got PCoIP with View 4.0.1 up and running.   All excited and thrilled to compare it to RDP.  It was looking good until I fired up IE 8 and went to a couple websites.  Some had issues.. Some didn’t.

IE8 based Painting Issues
IE8 based Painting Issues

I then launched vSphere client only to be unable to see any of the objects in the left hand window in the client.

vSphere Painting Issues
vSphere Painting Issues

This VM is running on ESX 3.5U4 on VM Hardware 4.   The quick fix is to upgrade to VM Hardware 7 which entails all the updates to vSphere 4 & VM tools updates.

The other fix is due to the following two bugs in Hardware version 4.

  1. Completely uninstall the View Agent
  2. Reboot
  3. Reinstall the View Agent (Make sure that the Video Driver version is […].0032)

If this doesn’t do it then you are probably having an issue with VRAM.   The fix is to adjust the pool inside of View for this machine and set the resolution and # of monitors so they come out to a number divisible by 64.  (Kudos to my Support Wizard for finding this one.)

The magic formula is

((#of monitors * Width of Resolution) * (# of monitors * Height of Resolution) * 4 )/1024 == Multiple of 64

Keep in mind if you have less monitors than you set the pool to, PCoIP handles this gracefully and it doesn’t cause issues.

New vmware.com HomePage Layout & View 4 is released

New vmware.com HomePage is now live.   I had an “anonymous internet tipster” give the heads up last night.   Looks good and a bit more sleek in fitting with the branding of the new vmware logo.

Along with that View 4 is finally released.   I’ve been playing with some beta bits for a while now and the PCoIP is pretty impressive catchup with ICA protocol.   I’m looking forward to the mass quantity of comparisons that are going to come out now between ICA & PCoIP.

VMworld 2009 – Keynote P3

View also includes the Mobile Technology dicussion.   Mobile Technology is longer term working for functionality.    Visa Product Development is up on the stage.   He sees this space as a huge innovation going forward.    Current development is significantly complicated.   Easing functionality for development is extremely interesting for Visa. 

The Visa demo uses Windows Mobile on a developer version of a phone (kinda big) running an Atom CPU.   The presentation shows some alerting from Visa transactions and finding local ATMs.   The impressive zing is that the Visa demo application is actually an Android app running on the Atom CPU.   Wow.  


VMworld 2009 – Keynote P2

A major goal of the View initative is to have the same image while providing the best experience possible with WAN, LAN and Direct machine speeds.    For WAN/LAN the solution will be PCoIP.   The performance numbers are very impressive and no numbers.    This protocol has shown some excellent capabilities over WAN connections.

The other piece for local machine usage is Employee Owned machines.   Hosted Virtualization is being highly developed.    Deals with Intel have gone the next step with Bare Metal Virtualization for Corporate owned machines.   

Demo of the Bare Metal Virtualization (type 1 hypervisor).   Direct3D works fairly well during the demo.   A presentation of OpenGL using the Google Earth demo over PCoIP and over the LAN was very nice.  The WAN demo back to Portland simply rocked.  

Wyse has an iPhone application to make the iPhone act as a thin client connecting over PCoIP to the same virtual machine ruled.   Quick and effectively to scroll around the screen and do what you would normally.   Which is appropriate having seen well over 2 out of 10 people having iPhones, more than Blackberrys here.

More to come.. next post…