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    VirtZine #52 – Video – “VMware New Technologies Announced!”

    Coming soon: VMware vSphere 6.5, VMware continues to update its industry-leading hyper-converged solution with Virtual SAN 6.5, VMware vRealize: out-of-the-box support for Azure and Containers, Announcing VMware Cloud for Amazon AWS!


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    VirtZine #52 – Audio – “VMware New Technologies Announced!”

    Coming soon: VMware vSphere 6.5, VMware continues to update its industry-leading hyper-converged solution with Virtual SAN 6.5, VMware vRealize: out-of-the-box support for Azure and Containers, Announcing VMware Cloud for Amazon AWS!


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    Announcement: VMware Cloud on AWS!

    Currently in Technology Preview, VMware Cloud on AWS will be a new solution that makes it easy for customers to run VMware workloads on the AWS Cloud.

    VMware Cloud on AWS is the only VMware-delivered, sold and supported service available on a leading public cloud.

    Customers will be able to use VMware’s virtualization and management software to seamlessly deploy and manage VMware workloads across all of their on-premises and AWS environments. This new offering will allow customers to leverage their existing investments in VMware skillsets and tooling to quickly and seamlessly take advantage of the flexibility and economics of the AWS Cloud.

    Official Announcement of VMware Cloud on AWS

    Demo of VMware Cloud on AWS

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    VMware vRealize: Enhances Ease of Use with Out-of-the-Box Support for Azure and Containers

    VMware today introduced a number of updates to its cloud management platform with significant enhancements to vRealize Automation and vRealize Log Insight™. To better address the needs of developers and IT teams, VMware vRealize Automation 7.2 will introduce out-of-the box support for Microsoft Azure as well as new container management capabilities. With this new release, the ability of IT and DevOps practitioners to use unified service blueprints to simplify the delivery of integrated multi-tier applications with application-centric networking and security will be extended to Microsoft Azure, as well as currently supported clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS), VMware vCloud® Air™ and the vCloud Air Network™.

    VMware vRealize Automation 7.2 support for containers will enable developers and application teams to accelerate application delivery. The latest release will feature Admiral™, a highly scalable and lightweight container management portal to deploy and manage containers to Docker hosts supporting operating systems that Docker supports. Currently VMware is testing Admiral to deploy containers to virtual container hosts on VMware vSphere Integrated Containers in a private beta. Beyond Admiral support, developers will be able to provision container hosts from the vRealize Automation 7.2 service catalog. They will have the choice of modeling containerized applications using unified service blueprints or Docker Compose. Application teams will have the ability to build hybrid deployments consisting of VMs and containers. Cloud administrators will be able to manage container hosts and apply governance to their usage including capacity quotas or approval workflows. vRealize Automation 7.2 is well suited to organizations required to support existing apps while modernizing them via the adoption of microservices and a cloud-native architecture. VMware’s multi-technology approach across private and public clouds with support for containers and OpenStack affords customers the flexibility to manage their talent pools and technology stacks as needed today and over time.

    VMware is also introducing vRealize Log Insight 4.0 and vRealize Operations 6.4. The latest release of VMware’s log management and analysis solution will feature enhanced alert management functionality and a redesigned, easy to use interface. VMware vRealize Operations 6.4 will deliver improved alert management and metric grouping for faster troubleshooting and new dashboards customized to specific user personas that span infrastructure, application and cloud teams. Both vRealize Log Insight 4.0 and vRealize Operations 6.4 will also include integrations with the newly announced vSphere 6.5.

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    VMware Virtual SAN 6.5: Further Lowering TCO for Hyper-Converged Infrastructures

    VMware continues to rapidly update its industry-leading hyper-converged solution with Virtual SAN 6.5 — its fifth product release in less than three years. The new release will improve total cost of ownership (TCO) savings an additional 50 percent by adding support for containers and physical workloads, unveiling iSCSI support, eliminating networking hardware costs from two-node Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO) configurations, and adding all-flash hardware support to Virtual SAN Standard Edition. VMware Virtual SAN 6.5 will deliver:

    • iSCSI Support – will enable Virtual SAN storage to be presented as an iSCSI target for external physical workloads including clustered applications such as Microsoft SQL Server with Failover Clustering on a limited number of physical servers.
    • Containers Support – Virtual SAN will provide persistent data layer for containerized applications via VMware vSphere Integrated Containers.
    • Two-node Direct Connect – new functionality will eliminate the need for routers/switches between Virtual SAN systems in ROBO sites helping customers lower infrastructure costs by 15 to 20 percent per site.
    • REST APIs and Expanded PowerCLI – will help customers accelerate responsiveness with enterprise-class automation that brings cloud-like flexibility and management to Virtual SAN environments.
    • 512e Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs) – support for 512-byte emulated disk drives enables high-capacity drives to be supported.

    In Q4 2016, VMware will update the packaging for Virtual SAN Standard Edition to introduce support for basic all-flash configurations enabling customers to further lower TCO for their storage system.

    VMware today is announcing a new VMware Ready for vSAN certification program to provide customers with the confidence that file services and data protection partner solutions will seamlessly deploy, run and interoperate with Virtual SAN. The program will accelerate customer time-to-value by helping them to quickly find a qualified solution partner. Dell EMC, NetApp and Nexenta are the initial file services partners. Commvault, Dell EMC, Veeam and Veritas are the initial data protection partners participating in this program. Over time, VMware expects to work with additional partners to further enhance the ecosystem.

    In addition, VMware is also announcing vSphere Virtual Volumes™ 2.0, which will feature enhanced enterprise-readiness through capabilities like native support for array replication, as well as support for business-critical applications such as Oracle Database with Real Application Clusters.

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  • The Virtual World

    Coming Soon… VMware vSphere 6.5: Next Gen Infrastructure for Modern Applications

    VMware vSphere 6.5 will feature a simplified customer experience through increased automation and management capabilities, comprehensive built-in security, and support for new application types including containers. With these new capabilities, VMware vSphere 6.5 offers customers a universal application platform that supports traditional and modern applications — spanning 3D graphics, Big Data, cloud-native, containerized machine learning and Software as a Service — to run any application anywhere. The new release will feature:

    • VMware vCenter Server® Appliance – will deliver a simplified building block for vSphere environments offering an easy to deploy and manage approach that reduces operational complexity by embedding key functionality into a single virtual appliance. The appliance will offer customers simplified patching, upgrading, backup and recovery, high availability and more, including a 2x increase in both scale and performance of their vCenter Server environments.
    • REST APIs – will improve both the IT and developer experience by enabling greater control and automation of virtual infrastructure for modern applications via new REST-based APIs.
    • VMware vSphere Client – based on HTML5, the new vSphere Client will simplify the administrative experience via a modern, native tool that meets the performance and usability needs and expectations of users for day-to-day operations.
    • VM Encryption – new virtual machine-level encryption will protect against unauthorized data access safeguarding data at rest as well as virtual machines that are moved with VMware vMotion®.
    • Secure Boot – new feature will prevent the tampering of images as well as the loading of unauthorized components into vSphere environments.
    • VMware vSphere Integrated Containers™ – will allow IT operations teams to provide a Docker-compatible interface to their app teams enabling vSphere customers to transform their businesses with containers without re-architecting their existing infrastructure.
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  • VirtZine - Video Netcasts

    VirtZine #51 – Video – “Virtualization News and a Raspberry Pi Citrix Client!”

    Dell buys EMC For $67B, Citrix scales back and spins off GoTo lineup, containers come to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016, Citrix, Raspberry Pi2 & ThinLinx: High-res graphics client for $50!


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    VirtZine #51 – Audio – “Virtualization News and a Raspberry Pi Citrix Client!”

    Dell buys EMC For $67B, Citrix scales back and spins off GoTo lineup, containers come to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016, Citrix, Raspberry Pi2 & ThinLinx: High-res graphics client for $50!


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  • The Virtual World

    A Citrix VDI Client for $50.00?!?

    Can you imagine a high resolution client for Citrix VDI that only costs $15.00? Well, they have done it!

    Citrix, Raspberry Pi2 & ThinLinx: High-res Graphics Client for $50!

    Citrix Blog – Allen Furmanski – “These days, we’re all being challenged to do more with less. People are increasingly working with high-res graphics, full-frame videos and real-time audio with their business apps, while most IT budgets are shrinking.

    The capabilities of cost-effective thin clients and re-purposed PC solutions have continued to evolve and help keep pace with this challenge.

    Why we want to support the Raspberry Pi2

    With the explosion of new, low-cost devices like the Raspberry Pi, Arduinos and Onion Omega, at Citrix we are continuously working on ways to support these devices. A Raspberry Pi2 costs just $35 and we had a lot of customers asking us to produce a Citrix Receiver for such a device, for a range of use cases:

    • People looking for that $35 HDX accelerated endpoint – with a Linux VDA and OpenOffice you have a seriously cheap yet capable VDI solution
    • Finance/Federal – so cut down this is an ultra-secure endpoint with no memory on it and nothing significant to steal (the memory stick can be stored in a safe when not in use)
    • Large enterprises – because cutting $250+ off the cost of each thin client on a 10,000+ endpoint deployment makes sense ($2.5 million worth of sense!)
    • Healthcare – those kiosks nurses/doctors use etc. become easier to maintain – so cheap an endpoint that you can pull it out and replace it rather than spending time trying to fix it
    • Military – because cheap to replace if blown up/lost/needs to be destroyed
    • Thin-client refresh cycles are long, often 5 years or more, so you can afford to upgrade and refresh more often and a Pi used for 3 years will cost less than a dollar a month.

    The history

    One of our architects, Muhammad Dawood, took a keen interest in the Pi in particular and released a prototype Citrix Receiver for the Pi along with some hardware-accelerated plugins. His blogs generated phenomenal demand and reaction to the prototype.

    Productizing this has been tricky, because producing a specialized Receiver for just one hardware device would have been inefficient. So, behind the scenes we’ve been working with the Pi Organization to ensure our existing Linux Receiver would work with their new Pi2 architecture and supported OS images.

    With the release of XenDesktop/XenApp 7.6 FP3 and the new HDX Thinwire compatibility codec, we also had a codec that would perform efficiently on the Pi2 without the need for hardware accelerated plugins. This helps enable a full supported Linux Receiver on a $35 device.

    Martin Rowan from our test team also took a keen interest and has published his results showing 19+ FPS with this setup on his blog.

    Even higher framerates – H264 hardware acceleration

    Muhammad’s prototype included a basic H.264 plugin to leverage the System on a Chip (SoC) architecture of the Pi. These plugins are not something Citrix maintains or distributes as it is usually undertaken by the thin client manufacturer or third-party vendor. One such vendor, ThinLinx has now done this and is offering a supported operating system, complete with HDX hardware acceleration support and management software.

    Introducing ThinLinx

    ThinLinx produces the ThinLinx Operating System (TLXOS) for devices such as the Pi with the ability to deliver modern workloads using the Citrix HDX protocol. With TLXOS costing $15 per endpoint and providing a supported solution with client management software, we think this will be a great solution to use the Pi2 at scale.

    ThinLinx already supported other low cost devices such as the Intel Atom NUC. In fact, we demonstrated frame rates of 55FPS+ on a $165 thin-client at Synergy 2015. We think it should be possible to obtain similar results on a $35 device now.

    Citrix professional, Tobias Kreidl, of Northern Arizona University, recently did some testing with the low-cost Raspberry Pi2 running TLXOS. Impressed with the results, here is what Tobias had to say:

    The new package installs and runs AMAZINGLY well on XenDesktop under Windows 8.1. There are NO SIGNS OF HESITATIONS at all at full screen resolution and 1080p! Unigine Heaven runs very well, with smooth displays…YouTube videos run very well…Audio synchronization is spot on.

    View the video Tobias recorded to see the solution in action.

    Check out these other great videos with ThinLinx and Raspberry Pi devices:

    Have you used ThinLinx to deliver XenApp or XenDesktop workloads? Is a $50 thin client a game-changer? If so, we’d love to hear from you!”

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