PEX Track Session : VMware View

VMware View as a business catalyst. That was the overwhelming focus of the solution track boot camp at Partner Exchange today. I was very excited to hear the product team at VMware go into details about the total cost of ownership and return on investment that comes from a VMware View deployment. Imagine being able to take a physical server infrastructure that costs over $3 to manage for just a single dollar worth of hardware and being able to reduce that to just over $1.

The historical argument has been that it is impossible for the cost to be so much lower when you have to buy server and storage hardware instead of a desktop. Add in the Microsoft licensing and the View licensing and it has to be more expensive.

Not the case. Using some of the industry standard numbers you can get up to a 50% decrease in total cost of ownership. I will make sure to get all the details and get that out in another blog soon.

Cost savings is a great thing, but how is the user experience or the management experience? The ability to split the apps from the desktop and from the profiles allows management staff to customize the user experience for performance. This sounds great, but make sure you get an assessment done first. View is not the solution for every desktop and every application and an assessment can help you see exactly which desktops and which solutions will help you move into a virtual desktop infrastructure.

Once you have the results of your assessment there are a few things that may come in handy:

• Administrators have the ability to throttle PCoIP is now built into some of the View 4.5 adm files. The throttling can give minimum and maximums on bandwidth consumption.

• If you want to avoid the $100/year Microsoft VDA license, you can purchase a barebones PC with Windows licensing, no hard drive and maintain software assurance. This will drop your yearly cost in half since SA is normally about 30% of the cost of the OS purchase.

• USB load across PCoIP will show as more bandwidth than you probably imagine. This sounds like something that might not matter, except when your users want to sync their iTunes all at the same time.

More to come, stayed tuned throughout the week, tomorrow should be some more technical View info.

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