As VDI and application delivery become higher priorities for more organizations, streamlining the process and the management of it has become a major topic of conversation. VMware recently released Horizon 7 with a group of new features that do just that.
Instant Clone Technology
If you’ve got an environment that supports a lot of non-persistent users (say, like a call center or school computer lab), this is a great improvement because it reduces infrastructure overhead and time spent during clone process.
Think of this as a faster, less intensive way of cloning your end user desktops. Previously, you would have done this with a linked clone deployment, which required customization scripts and post-clone setup activities. Now you can have a running desktop image that you can make multiple hot copies of on the fly that leverage the same disk and memory as the parent, so they clone already in a “booted up” state. If you run App Volumes or Environment Manager, your personalizations stay with the user sessions, requiring little to no configuration.
On top of the improvement on the management and time consumption, this also lightens up the storage and compute load that traditional cloning had always presented.
User Environment Manager
With Horizon 7, VMware has completely reworked the user personalization and persona tools in the form of User Environment Manager. You may remember that VMware acquired Immidio, and we’re now seeing the fruits of that labor trickling into VMware’s suite of products.
User Environment Manager has the ability to replace any current user profiles, GPOs or logon scripts with an integrated, centralized user management tool. There are a few third-party tools out there still that do this (some of which are more robust), but this is a great way to get started in centralizing user management.
Blast Extreme Protocol
The office is divided on whether this sounds more like the name of a water gun or the flavor of a sports drink, but it’s really a new protocol, alongside your traditional PCoIP. It’s network friendly because it uses TCP and UDP transports. It’s natively on the H.264 codec. This gets you lower network bandwidth requirements, faster frame rates and overall better end user experience.
If you’re using NVIDIA GRID, which we all know is bandwidth and CPU intensive, Blast Extreme allows you to much more efficiently allocate your CPU and networking. Basically, it’s a win-win. It makes your system run faster and uses less resources at the same time.
You can check out VMware’s blog on a few of the new features in Horizon 7.