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Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure – July 2017 Technical Updates

There are several technical updates to the VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure this quarter. The updates for this release focus on expanding capabilities from the initial release in February. VMware will contact all customers individually to schedule the upgrade of their tenant(s) to the new release (17.1). For more details on this release, see the Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure 17.1 Release Notes.

New Data Center Availability Added!

VMware is continuing its partnership with IBM to bring VMware Horizon Cloud Service to more regions. Since Februrary, we have added capabilities to host Horizon Cloud in the United Kingdom (May), Germany (June) and in California (July). We now have three data centers in the U.S., one in Japan, and two in Europe. The Horizon Cloud team will continueto add more data centers in the next few months. Stay tuned!

Native Applications with App Volumes Technology Is Generally Available

In February, we enabled a few select customers to use VMware App Volumes technology to create and leverage AppStacks in Horizon Cloud. This feature is now generally available to any customer who requests it. Note that add-on storage is required to use this feature. If you are a HorizonCloud customer and would like to use Native Applications powered by App Volumes technology, consult with your VMware sales team.

Smart Policies Support

You can now leverage Smart Policies in Horizon Cloud. Smart Policies allow you to have fine-grain control over a user&#rsquo;s desktop experience. You can dynamically enable, disable, or control access to user features in Horizon Cloud based on who the user is, and how they are accessing Horizon Cloud. Smart Policies were released as an integration between VMwareHorizon 7 and VMware User Environment Manager in 2016.

For example, with Smart Policies, an administrator can decide to disable access to USB devices or to cut-and-paste from within the Horizon Client if a user is attempting to access the HorizonCloud environment from an untrusted or external network. You can also dynamically control display-protocol configurations based on the type of device that is being used.

Smart Policies in Horizon Cloud work the same as they do in Horizon 7. VMware Senior Product Line Manager Aaron Black wrote an excellent blog post pointing out some great use cases for Smart Policies. If you want to try out Smart Policies in your Horizon Cloud deployment, download the Reviewers Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Smart Policies.

Windows Server 2016 Support

Horizon Cloud continues to provide support for customers wanting to use the latest editions of Windows operating systems. With this release, Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure now supports Windows Server 2016 for RDSH hosts and for skinned Windows Server based virtual desktops. For full details on OS support in Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure, see the Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure Service Description document, which can be found in the Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Terms of Service page.

Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business Support

Full support for the Horizon® Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business isreleased for Windows clientswith Horizon Cloud. This solution enables customers to use Skype for Business within Horizon desktops to make optimized audio-video calls and telephony features using the native Skype client. Please note that this functionality is only available on VDI desktops today, but will be made available on RDSH desktops / apps in the future. Details on what features are supported with this release can be found in the release notes for Horizon 7.2.

Enhanced Troubleshooting Capabilities through Console Access (BETA)

We have added more troubleshooting features to the Horizon Air Console Access - HACA tool. HACA, which is currently in Beta,gives administrators direct access to individual desktop consoles for troubleshooting purposes. The tool has been enhanced to allow administratorsthe abilitytotroubleshootvirtual machines that get stuck during the Windows OS startup process, before the Horizon Agent starts.

Horizon Agent 7.2 / Client 4.5 Support

Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure supports the latest Horizon clients and agents. Organizations can take advantage of new feature enhancements in the latest clients including enhanced security with Blast Extreme with support of SHA-256 encryption. You can download the latest clients from the Horizon Clientdownload page.

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OpenStack Boston Summit VMware Sessions Recap

Watch below to experience VMware&#rsquo;s Speaker Sessions at this year&#rsquo;s OpenStack Summit in Boston!


OpenStack & VMware Getting the Best of Both

Speaker: Andrew Pearce

Come and understand the true value to your organization of combining Openstack and VMware. In this session you will understand the value of having a defcore / Openstack powered solution to enable your developers to provision IaaS, in a way that they want, using the tools that they want. In addition you will be able to enable your operations team to continue to utilize the tools, resources and methodology that they use to ensure that your organization has a production grade environment to support your developers.Deploying Openstack, and getting the advantages of Openstack does not need to be a rip and replace strategy. See how other customers have had their cake and eat it.


OpenStack and VMware: Enterprise-Grade IaaS Built on Proven Foundation

Speakers: Xiao Hu Gao & Hari Kannan

Running production workloads on OpenStack requires a rock solid IaaS running on a trusted infrastructure platform. Think about upgrading, patching, managing the environment, high availability, disaster recovery, security and the list goes on. VMware delivers a top-notch OpenStack distribution that allows you all of the above and much more. Come to this session to see (with a demo) how you can easily and quickly deploy OpenStack for your dev test as well as production workloads.


Is Neutron Challenging to You? Learn How VMware NSX is the Solution for Regular OpenStack Network & Security Services and Kubernetes

Speakers:Dmitri Desmidt, Yves Fauser

Neutron is challenging in many aspects. The main ones reported by OpenStack admins are: complex implementation of network and security services, high-availability, management/operation/troubleshooting, scale. Additionally, with new Kubernetes and Containers deployments, security between containers and management of container traffic is a new headache. VMware NSX offers a plugin for all Neutron OpenStack installations for ESXi and KVM hypervisors. Learn in this session with multiple live demos how VMware NSX plugin resolves all the Neutron challenges in an easy way.


Digital Transformation with OpenStack for Modern Service Providers

Speakers:Misbah Mahmoodi, Kenny Lee

The pace of technological change is accelerating at an exponential rate. With the advent of 5G networks and IoT, Communications Service Providers success depends not only on their ability to adapt to changes quickly but to do so faster than competitors. Speed is the of the essence in developing new services, deploying them to subscribers, delivering a superior Quality of Experience, and increasing operational efficiency with lowered cost structures. For CSPs to adapt and remain competitive, they are faced with important questions as they explore the digital transformatVMwareion of their business and infrastructure, and how they can leverage NFV, and OpenStack and open hardware platforms to accelerate change and modernization.


Running Kubernates on a Thin OpenStack

Speakers:Mayan Weiss & Hari Kannan

Kubernetes is leading the container mindshare and OpenStack community has built integrations to support it. However, running production workloads on Kubernetes is still a challenge. What if there was a production ready, multi-tenant K8s distro? Dream no more. Come to this session to see how we adapted OpenStack + K8s to provide container networking, persistent storage, RBAC, LBaaS and more on VMware SDDC.


OpenStack and OVN: What’s New with OVS 2.7

Speakers:Russel Bryant, Ben Pfaff, Justin Pettit

OVN is a virtual networking project built by the Open vSwitch community.
OpenStack can make use of OVN as its backend networking implementation
for Neutron. OVN and its Neutron integration are ready for use in OpenStack
deployments.

This talk will cover the latest developments in the OVN project and the
latest release, part of OVS 2.7. Enhancements include better performance,
improved debugging capabilities, and more flexible L3 gateways.
We will take a look ahead the next set of things we expect to work on for
OVN, which includes logging for OVN ACLs (security groups), encrypted
tunnels, native DNS integration, and more.

We will also cover some of the performance comparison results of OVN
as compared with the original OVS support in Neutron (ML2/OVS). Finally,
we will discuss how to deploy OpenStack with OVN or migrate an existing
deployment from ML2/OVS to OVN.


DefCore to Interop and Back Again: OpenStack Programs and Certifications Explained

Speakers: Mark Voelker & Egle Sigler

Openstack Interop (formerly DefCore) guidelines have been in place for 2 years now, and anyone wanting to use OpenStack logo must pass these guidelines. How are guidelines created and updated? How would your favorite project be added to it? How can you guarantee that your OpenStack deployment will comply with the new guidelines? In this session we will cover OpenStack Interop guidelines and components, as well as explain how they are created and updated.


Senlin: An ideal Bridge Between NFV Orchestrator and OpenStack

Speakers: Xinhui Li, Ethan Lynn, Yanyan Hu

Resource Management is a top requirement in NFV field. Usually, the Orchestrator take the responsibility of parsing a virtual network function into different virtual units (VDU) to deploy and operate over Cloud. Senlin, positioned as clustering resource manager since the born time, can be the ideal bridge between NFV orchestrator with OpenStack: it uses a consolidate model which is directly mapped to a VDU to interact with different backend services like Nova, Neutron, Cinder for compute, network and storage resources per Orchestrator’s demand; it provides rich operational functions like auto-scaling, load-balancing and auto healing. We use a popular VIMS typed VNF to illustrate how to easily deploy a VNF on OpenStack and manage it in a scalable and flexible way.


High Availability and Scalability Management of VNF

Speakers: Haiwei Xu, Xinhui Li, XueFeng Liu

Now network function virtualization (NFV) is growing rapidly and widely adopted by many telcom enterprises. In openstack Tacker takes the responsibility of building a Generic VNF Manager (VNFM) and a NFV Orchestrator (NFVO) to deploy and operate Network Services and Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) on the infrastructure platform. For the VNFs which can work as a loadbalancer or a firewall, Tacker needs to consider the availability of each VNF to ensure they are not overloaded or out of work. To prevent VNFs from being overloaded or down, Tacker need to make VNFs HA and auto-scaling. So in fact the VNFs of certain function should not be a single node, but a cluster.

That comes out a problem of cluster managing. In OpenStack environment there is a Clustering service called Senlin which provides scalability management and HA functions for the nodes, those features are exactly fit for Tacker’s requirement.

In this talk we will give you a general introduction of this feature.


How an Interop Capability Becomes Part of the OpenStack Interop Guidelines

Speakers: Rochelle Grober, Mark Voelker, Luz Cazares

OpenStack Interop Working Group (formerly DefCore) produces the OpenStack Powered (TM) Guidelines (a.k.a. Interoperability Guidelines). But, how do we decide what goes into the guideline? How do we define these so called “Capabilities”? And how does the team “score” them? Attend this session to learn what we mean by “Capability”, the requirements a capability must meet, the process the group follows to grade those capabilities… And, you know what, lets score your favorite thing live.


OpenStack Interoperability Challenge and Interoperability Workgroup Updates: The Adventure Continues

Speakers: Brad Topol, Mark Voelker, Tong Li

The OpenStack community has been driving initiatives on two sides of the interoperability coin: workload portability and API/code standards for OpenStack Powered products. The first phase of the OpenStack Interoperability Challenge culminated with a Barcelona Summit Keynote demo comprised of 16 vendors all running the same enterprise workload to illustrate that OpenStack enables workload portability across OpenStack clouds. Building on this momentum for its second phase, the multi-vendor Interop Challenge team has selected new advanced workloads based on Kubernetes and NFV applications to flush out portability issues in these commonly deployed workloads. Meanwhile, the recently formed Interop Working Group continues to roll out new Guidelines, drive new initiatives, and is considering expanding its scope to cover more vertical use cases. In this presentation, we describe the progress, challenges, and lessons learned from both of these efforts.

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Horizon Cloud Service with On-Premises Infrastructure May 2017 Release Updates

There are several technical updates this quarter to VMware Horizon Cloud Service with On-Premises Infrastructure. For more details on this release, see the Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure Release Notes.

Support for Cloud-Based Workspace ONE

With this release, we now support cloud-based deployments of VMware Workspace ONE. End users can access their VMware Horizon Cloud virtual desktops from the Workspace ONE application catalog and utilize single sign-on for authentication. We previously supported only on-premises deployments of Workspace ONE.

 

New Desktop Configuration – Performance (Enterprise Plus)

We have added a new desktop configuration option to better suit the needs of your power users. With Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure, you can now deliver Performance (Enterprise Plus) Desktops, with an 8 vCPU and 16 GB vRAM configuration.

Smart Policies Support

You can now leverage Smart Policies in Horizon Cloud. Smart Policies allow you to have fine-grain control over a user&#rsquo;s desktop experience. You can dynamically enable, disable, or control access to user features in Horizon Cloud based on who the user is, and how they are accessing Horizon Cloud. Smart Policies were released as an integration between VMware Horizon 7 and VMware User Environment Manager in 2016.

For example, with Smart Policies, an administrator can decide to disable access to USB devices or to cut-and-paste from within the Horizon Client if users are attempting to access the Horizon Cloud environment from an untrusted or external network. You can also dynamically control display-protocol configurations based on the type of device that is being used.

Smart Policies in Horizon Cloud work the same as they do in Horizon 7. VMware Senior Product Line Manager Aaron Black wrote an excellent blog post pointing out some great use cases for Smart Policies. If you want to try out Smart Policies in your Horizon Cloud deployment, download the Reviewers Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Smart Policies.

vSphere 6.5 Support

We have added support for VMware vSphere 6.5 on certified vSAN Ready Nodes. For details on supported hardware models from partners, see the Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure page.

SmartNode Consolidation

We have consolidated the management tier of a Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure deployment into a single virtual appliance. The Horizon Cloud Node appliance manages all of the critical functions including App Volumes, Instant Clone creation, and communication with the Horizon Cloud control plane. This change was made to keep the Horizon Cloud Node footprint small and efficient. For more details, see Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Architecture.

Summary

With this release of Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure, new features include

  • Support for cloud-based Workspace ONE
  • New desktop configuration: Performance (Enterprise Plus)
  • Smart Policies support
  • vSphere 6.5 support
  • Multi-region management
  • SmartNode consolidation

Horizon Cloud with On Premises Infrastructure continues to add new functionality on a regular basis. For more information, see Horizon Cloud Service with On-Premises Infrastructure.

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New vSphere, Horizon Cloud, and Exam Prep Courses Now Available

This month the VMware Education Services team released several new VMware vSphere® 6.5 courses, afree elearning course on VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™, plus a new video series to help you prepare for the VCP6-NV exam based on NSX v6.2.

VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V6.5]

This three-day training course equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design a VMware vSphere 6.5 virtual infrastructure. You’ll follow a proven approach to design a virtualization solution that is available, scalable, manageable, recoverable, and secure, and that uses VMware best practices.This course also discusses the benefits and risks of available design alternatives and provides information to support making sound design decisions.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage and Optimize and Scale Fast Track [V6.5]

This extended-hours course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure, and optimize vSphere 6.5. You will also explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect.

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop

This five-day, hands-on workshop teaches you the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to troubleshoot the VMware vSphere® 6.x environment. This workshop increases your skill and competence in using the command-line interface, VMware vSphere® Web Client, VMware vRealize® Log lnsight™, and other tools to analyze and solve problems.

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6.5]

This intensive, extended hours course focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting VMware vSphere® 6.5, including VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. Featuring plenty of hands-on training, this course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

VMware Horizon Cloud Fundamentals

This free eLearning course provides information on how VMware Horizon Cloud Service helps IT meet the expectations of today&#rsquo;s mobile workforce. This course explains the architecture, features, benefits, and functionality of the two service offerings of Horizon Cloud and demonstrates how to install an agent and create a desktop image.

VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6 - Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV) Exam v6.2 (2V0-642)

This comprehensive, 110-video training course focuses on preparing youto take the VCP6-NV exam #2V0-642. Itincludes tips for preparing, an in-depth review of each objective, and sample questions. These videos providea time-saving and methodical study plan designed to let you review exam topics and identify and close knowledge gaps – building both your knowledge and your confidence before taking your VMware Certification exam.

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Announcing the VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Multi-Site Reference Architecture Paper

Organizations want to keep the business operating during an extended or catastrophic technology outage, providing continuity of service and allowing staff to carry out their day-to-day responsibilities. VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Multi-Site Reference Architecture provides best practices and architectural blueprints for building a deployment that addresses these issues.

This reference architecture describes a typical configuration and requirements for a two-data-center strategy, which can easily be adapted and scaled to larger environments. All Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition components are included in this solution to deliver business continuity and mitigate against component failure:

  • Virtual desktops and published applications (RDSH)
  • Applications delivered through VMware App Volumes AppStacks and writable volumes
  • Profile data with VMware User Environment Manager
  • Secure external access by using VMware Access Point
  • Single sign-on workspace with VMware Identity Manager

Design begins by defining business requirements and drivers, which can be mapped to basic use cases and adapted to most scenarios. For a detailed description of this process, also see the VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Reference Architecture.

Figure 1: Example Service Blueprint for a Horizon 7 Enterprise Multi-Site Reference Architecture

To keep the business running with the shortest possible time to recovery and with the minimum amount of disruption, architecture designs in this paper have specific targets for the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and the Recovery Point Objective (RPO). RTO is the time it takes to recover a given service. RPO is the maximum period during which data might be lost. Low targets are defined as 30–60 second estimates. Medium targets are estimated at 45–60 minutes.

For low RTO and RPO targets, recovery services are designed to operate in active/active mode, in which service is available from multiple data centers without manual intervention. For medium RTO and RPO targets, recovery services are designed to operate in active/passive mode, which means the loss of an active Horizon pod or data center instance requires that the secondary site be enabled to accommodate impacted users, and their data and applications.

Note: A Horizon pod contains one block of management servers and one or more resource blocks for hosting virtual desktop or RDS hosts. Each pod supports up to 10,000 users or sessions.

The recovery services and availability are from a user&#rsquo;s perspective.

  • With an active/active service, the loss of a Horizon pod or data center instance does not impact service availability to the user because the remaining instances continue to operate independently. Active/active architecture uses one or more Horizon pods located in each data center. The pods are joined using Cloud Pod Architecture configured with global entitlements that allow named users to access either site at any given point in time.
  • With an active/passive service, services are run from both data centers, but in the event of an outage, manual steps are required to enable an available data center to accommodate users impacted by the data center that had the outage. The example in this paper uses Pure Storage arrays to provide data replication. This type of active/passive architectureis the same architecture as active/active, but global entitlements are configured to align a named user to only one site at a time.
  • Another strategy for an active/passive service uses an architecture that relies on VMware vSAN Stretched Cluster technology. This architecture is truly active/passive in that the services are run only from a single data center. In the event of an outage, the entire Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition management and desktop infrastructure is migrated to the passive site. VMware vSAN Stretched Cluster technology relies on certain networking requirements that might not suit customers with geographically dispersed data centers.

VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Multi-Site Reference Architecture shows how to build a resilient environment that is capable of delivering disaster recovery of Horizon 7 workloads. Appendixes include information such as detailed test plans for each use case and tables listing recommended settings for vSAN, VMware vSphere, distributed switches, and storage.

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