Updated HAProxy Load Balancer Virtual Appliance

Last year I shared a free load balancer virtual appliance for VMware View that I created on SuSE Studio.  The load balancer uses HAProxy and came with a very basic configuration for use with VMware Horizon View Connection Servers or Security Servers.  The appliance has been downloaded a few hundred times and has been useful to me in my own home lab. Since publishing the appliance I have made several changes to the configuration and thought I would share those updates. You can download the latest version of the appliance in OVF format here: … [Read more...]

Refer a Friend to the Potomac VMware User Conference and Win!

The Potomac Regional VMware User Conference is just a couple days away.  We still have room for more attendees, so we are offering a Refer-A-Friend reward for folks who get their IT associates to come out to our awesome, free, full-day customer-focused event. The day will offer in-depth technical sessions, demonstrations, exhibits, and networking opportunities that will feature the latest in virtualization, cloud computing and mobility. Refer at least 3 friends, and all 4 of you each have a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card!* Simply have your colleagues enter your name under … [Read more...]

Conccurrent User Licensing for VMware Horizon Suite

VMware has made some changes to the Horizon Suite licensing since my last post about VMware’s Horizon Suite licensing and promotions.  The changes are included in the VMware End-User Computing Licensing, Pricing and Packaging Whitepaper, but are not well called out.  Here’s what you need to know about the licensing changes. Horizon Suite (a combination of Horizon View for virtual desktops, Horizon Mirage for physical desktop management, and Horizon Workspace for application and data presentation and management) is now available in a Concurrent User scheme.  Previously, the Suite was only … [Read more...]

Horizon View vs. Horizon Mirage

I recently covered the launch of VMware’s Horizon Suite of End User Computing (EUC) products, including VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon Mirage, and VMware Horizon Workspace.  The products present a set of tools that enable IT to exercise comprehensive end-point management while delivering a unified user experience across a variety of devices and access methods. Today, I want to focus a bit more on View and Mirage. Specifically, when would you choose one solution over the other? Let’s briefly review each product. VMware Horizon View provides a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) … [Read more...]

Updated VMware Horizon View Visio Shapes Stencil

It's been about 9 months since I published my own set of Visio shapes for VMware vSphere and Horizon View.  The VMware Visio stencils have been quite popular, with the pages that host them seeing more than 37,000 page views since I first published them.  I've since updated both stencils with new shapes and diagrams as I've worked on different projects at Clearpath.  Most of the changes are in the Horizon View Visio Stencil, with new shapes and diagrams.  I included some hand-drawn shapes for Horizon View for some fun whiteboard like diagrams that I'll be using in some posts very soon - the … [Read more...]

EMC ViPR Overview

EMC showed off ViPR (previously known as Project Bourne) at EMC World 2013. ViPR is EMC’s solution for Software Defined Storage (SDS), helping to round out the EMC² family’s (EMC, VMware, Pivotal, RSA) Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) vision. Dave provided our introductory coverage of ViPR here. Since being unveiled at EMC World, I’ve heard some confusion in social media circles over what exactly ViPR is – along the lines of ‘ask 10 people what ViPR is and get 10 different answers’. To try to clear up some confusion, here is a brief overview of ViPR. First, keep in mind that ViPR is not … [Read more...]

Pivotal Announcements

At EMC World yesterday, the newly formed joint venture between EMC and VMware, along with a strategic investment by General Electric (GE) was discussed by Paul Maritz (former VMware CEO) in the morning’s keynote address.  Pivotal combines intellectual property and engineering resources (1200 employees) from both EMC and VMware to focus on solving big and fast data problems.  Pivotal combines solutions such as EMC Greenplum and VMware Cetas to serve and analyze ‘Big Data’, VMware Gemfire to rapidly ingest ‘Fast Data’, VMware’s Spring and vFabric technologies, and Pivotal Labs software for rapid … [Read more...]

EMC Elect Shirts!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - it's awesome working for an awesome company that supports the greater EMC, VMware and Cisco communities.  The inaugural class of EMC Elect are finding the custom shirts that Clearpath had made for them at EMC World.  The shirts are just one of our ways of saying thanks to the EMC Elect for their contributions to the EMC community.  If you are one of the EMC Elect, make sure you stop by the Bloggers area at EMC World to pick up your custom shirt! … [Read more...]

EMC DataDomain DDOS 5.3 Released

The Clearpath team is attending EMC's EMCworld event in Las Vegas this week.  EMC is announcing new products and solutions, and we'll be covering those announcements in a series of posts on the Clearpath Blog.   If you're not already following Clearpath, feel free to subscribe to our RSS feed or fill out the form for email updates on our site.  The first update of the week is from Ted Evans, our Baltimore area pre-sales technical consultant.  Ted writes about EMC's DataDomain OS upgrade (DDOS) to version 5.3.  5.3 includes a host of improvements that will improve backup performance using … [Read more...]

VMware Product Updates – April 2013

VMware has released updates to several products over the past couple weeks.  Many of the updates take the version 5.1 products announced at VMworld 2012 to Update 1 (i.e. the first major service pack).  The updates, spanning vSphere (ESXi and vCenter), vCloud Director, vCenter Operations, vCenter Orchestrator, vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), vSphere Data Protection, and the vSphere Storage Appliance, include bug fixes, security fixes, and functionality changes.  Here’s what you need to know about the updates, including a few upgrade bugs that you need to know about before you pull the … [Read more...]