Archives for February 2013


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View Accelerated – 3D Graphics with Horizon View 5.2

View 5.2 brings Hardware accelerated graphics for 3D and high performance graphical workloads. vSGA (Shared Accelerated Graphics) in View 5.2 will allow uses cases such as Adobe, CAD, CAM, HTML5 and will even give better user experience to Microsoft Office that is increasing using more 3D features.

vSGA will also help to increase user densities by allowing multiple VMs sharing single GPU. vSGA supports DirectX and OpenGL and doesn’t prevent the use of vMotion, HA or DRS. vSGA will allow you even to vMotion from a host with a supported physical GPU to host without a physical GPU. Desktops remain portable regardless of the Hardware.

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Zero to Big Data in 15 Minutes – Journey to Hadoop

I recently downloaded the Hortonworks Sandbox on my Mac Book Air. It was super simple and I really didn’t take any brain power to get going. In my quest to learn Hadoop the first couple tutorials in grain the basics and the terminology needed to proceed. The download contains a Virtual Machine configured with Apache Hadoop and all the material to get you going. It was great to see Pig, Hive, HCatalog and HBase in action.

The downside is that I actually want to learn how many mappers I need to configure and how many reducers I need. I think those types of questions may take a data scientist and I am not. From working at Nutanix and following some other Hadoop companies I would pick platforms the stay as close to the open source projects as much as possible. If you stray to far when new tools come out you won’t be seeing them anytime soon on your tool-belt. Hortonworks has figured this out.

If have a spare 15 minutes, clink the link below


Cloud Storage Will Be Embarrassingly Parallel

When I started to read up on the Intel Atom Processor S1260 my wheels just started to turn. The feature set of the Atom processor was pretty amazing for using so little power. The S1260 using a whopping 8.5 W, for comparison, the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2660 (Sandybridge) using 95W. The difference is vast if your company makes money by running a lot of servers. But Enterprises bread and butter are running applications and the servers are a necessary evil. For this reason I think the Atom processors will end up powering a lot of cloud Storage for long term storage. The IDC claims the digital world will grow to 35 zettabytes by 2020. There just isn’t anyway that most IT shops are going to be able to keep all of their data onsite. Cloud providers looking to squeeze every last penny out of their infrastructure should be looking at the Atom Processors.

Some of the other features of the Intel Atom Processor S1260

• Low power
• 64-bit processors
• Intel® Virtualization Technology support
• ECC memory
• Broad software compatibility
• Intel Turbo Boost Technology
• Intel Hyper-Threading Technology

The features above tells me that Software Defined Storage Players have a huge leg up on their competition. If your a regular reader of this blog you know I work for Nutanix. Nutanix being software defined plus being embarrassingly parallel could harness these small Atom processors today. While I am not setting company direction the future looks like it will have lots of options.

What are your thoughts on Cloud Storage and Atom processors? Please comment


ProfileUnity Flexing the Muscle with FlexApp 5.5

ProfileUnity FlexApp version 5.5 looks really good. Some of my earlier annoyances with the product have been wiped cleaned. The product always did it’s job but the new UI will go along way it giving people the warm fuzzy feeling after they have spent the cash on the product.

Automatic setup of Microsoft Active Directory is now apart of the setup.

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Unidesk Saves Cache

From an applications perspective I have been a liked Unidesk for awhile. ThinApp is good but unless you have a dedicated person for the role, hard applications can stall VDI projects waiting from them to be packaged. Don’t get me wrong, ThinApp has its place. If you need multiple versions of applications running on the same platform ThinApp is the way to go. ThinApp is also a must if you want to role out Horizon from VMware.

I think it’s important also to point out Unidesk can lower View implementation costs by allowing the customer to save on storage costs without having to pay the premium price for View Composer. On the XenDesktop side of the house, you wouldn’t have to use Machine Creation Services(MCS). From the XenDesktop people I have talked to, MCS doesn’t scale well.
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Teradici Arch: Field of Dreams?

Being a View guy you spend a lot of time indirectly with Teradici. I think PCoIP is a first rate display protocol with or without View. Teradici as company was a hardware company first and only moved to software with the VMware View opportunity. Teradici success of putting their hardware genius into software has caused revenue to flow into the company. As VMware trys to further ramp up their EUC team, lots of money will still come in but Teradici seems they don’t want to be a one trick pony. With the release of Arch, Teradici seems to be making a play for Microsoft Remote Desktop Services.

There are few things that will be interesting as this new tool plays out. Will companies pay for a View license so they can run Microsoft RDS? Even if they can legally use the PCoIP software code without View, will companies pay the extra money instead of using RemoteFX?

The Tech is Awesome but I am not sure if you build it they will come. It will be interesting seeing this Tech Preview play out.

Teradici Arch Enables High Performance & Security in Microsoft RDS Environments


The Black Hole of PCoIP

I have already written some tips of avoiding the black abyss of PCoIP but here are some current KB’s if you run into the issue of seeing a black screen instead of your warm and inviting company wallpaper.

Connecting to a View Desktop using PCoIP fails with a black screen

Connecting to a VDI desktop with PCoIP displays a black screen and disconnects after 10 seconds