Planning for PCoIP on the Network

PC-over-IP is a purpose-built desktop remoting protocol designed to adapt to network conditions to deliver the best desktop experience possible. PCoIP renders desktop video, pixel by pixel, to the endpoint (thin client, zero client, Windows client, etc.), while receiving keyboard, mouse, and other peripheral device data (audio, USB) on the datacenter-hosted desktop. The UDP-based protocol uses a combination of codecs (graphics, text, icons, photographs, video, PDF), combined with compression and intelligent encoding, to deliver a lossless virtual desktop experience. Planning for PCoIP … [Read more...]

Horizon View & Horizon Suite: Per Concurrent or Per Named User Licensing?

A few points of clarification after the good Twitter discussion I just had with Dan Fallon, Jim Millard, and Matt Davis in response to my posting of the new VMware Horizon View and VMware Horizon Workspace / Suite licensing.  In the details on licensing for the new products (full details are on the Clearpath blog), I mentioned that Horizon View licensing changes to per named user from the previous per concurrent user licensing when you upgrade to the new Horizon Suite (a combination of Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, and Horizon Workspace) from View Premier bundle licensing.  A few things to … [Read more...]

VMware Horizon General Availability – Licensing and Promotions!

VMware Horizon Suite and all of the components that make up the suite were made Generally Available (GA) on Monday (March 4, 2013).  VMware Horizon View 5.2, VMware Horizon Mirage 4.0, and VMware Horizon Workspace 1.0 versions are available as stand-alone products or all bundled into the Horizon Suite.  This is an exciting set of releases from VMware.  I wrote a summary of the releases last week if you don't yet know what is included in the upgrades and new products. With GA came information on pricing and licensing for individual products and for the Horizon Suite, which includes all of … [Read more...]

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” -VMware ThinApp

I've had questions from customers and have seen some musings on social media about a VMware End of Availability Notice (EOA) for VMware ThinApp.  I thought I might set the record straight here.  The EOA notice is posted on the VMware ThinApp How To Buy page, with a PDF FAQ document here: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/thinapp/VMware-ThinApp-EOA-FAQ.pdf.  From the How to Buy page, we read that ThinApp will no longer be available as of December 15, 2013, with no orders for ThinApp being accepted after that date.  This is crappy wording by VMware. ThinApp is not being discontinued!  The … [Read more...]

Webcast: VMworld 2012 Recap: What’s New from VMware

Update: If you missed the webcast, you can watch the recorded session playback here: https://clearpathevents.webex.com/clearpathevents/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=5836487&rKey=29a86bf8d53cdfc8 The presentation is available on Sliderocket if you want to skip through the presentation quickly without listening to my goofy voice: Webcast: VMworld 2012 Recap: What's New from VMware Tuesday, October 2, 10-11 am Eastern In keeping current with the latest news from VMware, Clearpath's team followed all of the breaking developments at VMworld 2012 to observe and report on all the … [Read more...]

VMworld 2012 – Day 2 Summary

Another great day at VMworld 2012 in San Francisco.  This morning’s keynote featured VMware’s CTO Steve Herrod explaining VMware’s vision for end user computing (EUC).  We’re in the middle of a fundamental shift in EUC, where the days of IT telling users what to do are over.  IT needs to respond with new, transformative technologies to broker, secure, and deliver the apps and data that users are demanding to any device, anytime, anywhere.  To accomplish this, VMware has highlighted a few of their technologies in their growing EUC portfolio. The first is VMware View, VMware’s desktop … [Read more...]

Starting your Journey Towards The Cloud: Why VMware’s End User Computing Solutions Make Sense

Since joining Clearpath Solutions Group I have had many opportunities to present at company events, as well as at VMware User Group events and VMware Knowledge Series events.  I'm pretty serious about my introverted nature (I highly recommend the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking for anyone figuring out how navigate your own introversion in your professional or personal lives).  I've been very pleasantly surprised at my comfort and enjoyment in presenting in front of large groups, and interacting with the audience.  I've found that when I share my passion … [Read more...]

Clearpath Solutions Group VMworld Sessions – Vote Today

VMware's VMworld 2012 conference is quickly approaching.  Early-bird registration ends on the 8th, so be sure to register now.  And remember, VMware User Group (VMUG) Advantage subscribers get an $100 discount on admission to VMworld (plus other great benefits)! One of the cool things about the show is that attendees have input into the content to be presented by voting for the sessions they most want to have in the schedule.  Voting is open through June 8th - click here to vote.  The very talented VMware engineers at Clearpath Solutions Group (of which I am privileged to be a part) … [Read more...]