VMware released VMware View 3, a new product? Yes and no, the number tells us it’s version 3, but the name is new. Let’s examine that. VMware View is a VDI product and it does offline and online desktops/laptops, maybe you recall two previous products of VMware: ACE (manager) – offline portable/virtual desktop management) – and VDM 2 (yes here it is the predecessor of version 3) a VDI Broker/management software for VDI solutions. Combine these two and add some extra features from the Lab Manager product (linked clones) and you have VMware View 3 with the VMware View Composer.
It’s the users perspective that’s responsible for it. In the database world a view is a simplified representation of a data structure, translating this into the virtualization language you may call it a simplified representation of an infrastructure, to be more specific it is just that part of the (desktop) system that counts to organizations nothing more and nothing less.
Nice to see that this solution moves up towards the expectations the market has. Also the possible combination of ThinApp which is stimulated by the enterprise edition is one to watch!
Too bad Softgrid (or as it officially is called Microsoft Application Virtualization) already has a strong position in the current market. Some evangelism is needed in favor of ThinApp I believe. That reminds me of the upcoming Virtual Friday in the Netherlands…
Several clients I spoke with recently are really optimistic regarding to VDI but didn’t want to buy two different solutions to manage their on- and offline desktops (ACE/VDM 2). With this product convincing them will get much easier, I’m glad it’s here and will give it a try soon.
The official talk from VMware’s website:
With VMware View 3, IT organizations can “decouple” a desktop from specific physical devices or locations to create a personalized view of a user’s desktop, applications, and data – called “myView” – that is securely accessible from almost any device, at any time. By hosting these virtual desktop images in the datacenter using the industry-leading virtualization and management platform, VMware Infrastructure 3, VMware View 3 enables IT personnel to provision and manage thousands of virtual desktops simply, securely, and with substantially lower operating costs.
VMware View 3 is a major step in VMware’s vClient Initiative, announced at VMworld 2008 in September, to solve the “desktop dilemma.” As described by VMware President and CEO Paul Maritz, the desktop dilemma is the business choice of whether to provide thick or thin clients for employees. Thick clients, or fully loaded PCs, give employees a rich set of applications in their desktop environment, but are a management nightmare because applications can be distributed across thousands of PCs that must be provisioned, updated, patched and secured individually. Thin clients are cheaper, more secure, and more cost-effective to manage, but traditionally have not been able to deliver the richness, flexibility, or compatibility of a thick client. Most businesses provide thin clients only for employees such as call center staff who can be productive in a more stripped-down environment. VMware View 3 solves this dilemma by combining the benefits of both approaches – delivering rich, personalized virtual desktops to any device (whether thick or thin), while simplifying management and securing endpoints with virtual desktops hosted in the datacenter.
VMware View 3 is a family of products available in two editions:
- VMware View 3, Enterprise Edition: includes VMware Infrastructure Enterprise Edition and VMware View Manager 3, a flexible desktop management server enabling IT administrators to quickly provision and tightly control user access.
- VMware View 3, Premier Edition: includes VMware Infrastructure Enterprise Edition, VMware View Manager 3, VMware ThinApp for agentless application virtualization and VMware View Composer, a new product that enables IT staff to create multiple virtual desktops from a single image, increasing the speed of provisioning desktops and reducing storage requirements.