Posted on 16 May 2017
Today VMware has publicly announced the integration of Horizon Cloud with Microsoft Azure. As you may know, Horizon Cloud is available in two deployment models today; on-premises or cloud hosted. On-premises deployments take advantage of what was formely known as Project Enzo, where hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) can be deployed in your own data centers, but leveraging the cloud control plane which is managed by VMware and hosted with IBM SoftLayer. The other option is to deploy desktops to a fully managed Horizon Cloud where you don’t need to host any infrastructure of your own in order to manage the virtual desktops or applications.
Available in the second half of 2017, we will now have the option to host desktops with Azure. This is another leap for VMware’s cross-cloud strategy, and it allows customers to take advantage of Microsofts massive data center footprint. This also means customers can split their deployments between on-premises and the public cloud.
I have been fortunate enough to have been working closely with our EUC R&D team and spent some time with them to understand the key components and architecture behind this new announcement. I am sure in the coming months we’ll be releasing more information, and stay tuned for VMworld!
Posted on 03 May 2017
Horizon API module for PowerCLI 6.5 (R1), so I thought I’d share some of my notes on getting started with this incredibly useful new API for Horizon. It is hard to imagine working with any virtualization or cloud technology without adding API functionality into the mix. I use the Dropbox API to store database backups for this very blog. I heavily rely on the API provided by DigitalOcean, who hosts the Linux VPS this blog is running on. After speaking to some of my friends in VMware Professional Services, it suddenly dawned on me how a large part of their day is helping customers use APIs for our products. It has come along in leaps and bounds compared to the older SDKs and APIs available a few years back.
Posted on 27 Jan 2017
I recently published a white paper aimed at service providers offering VMware Horizon 7 for tenants adopting the digital workspace. Horizon 7 is a single-tenanted VDI and application platform, allowing IT administrators to manage not only desktop pools, but application delivery to their end-users.
The ‘digital workspace’ isn’t just a marketing term, it’s actually a “consumer simple” digital platform for end-users accessing their day to day and most critical applications. Underneath the hood, however, is a VDI architecture that has evolved and long since the days of the traditional desktop broker.
This white paper breaks down the digital workspace into five distinct layers, which have a direct correlation to tenant-facing functionality, service provider boundaries (for instance, firewall ports, user portal integration), core and management infrastructure.
Posted on 23 Jan 2017
I’ve been maintaining my own web server for this WordPress blog for several years now, dating back to 2005 when I first starting using CentOS 4 to run my website. Those were the days I switched from authoring websites with Dreamweaver and FTP, to using WordPress and ditching those antiquated tools alltogether. Talking of antiquated, I’ve been working with Unix since 1992 and was a Linux sysadmin for an ISP for several years after that. I’ve also been learning along the way with each release of CentOS/RHEL, and I have taken much more notice of security hardening including the use of SELinux.
Posted on 14 Jan 2017
For as long as I can remember I have never really had what you would call a ‘typical’ home network. Back in the early 2000s I had a Cisco home lab which included two Cisco 2610 routers that a friend gave me. I ended up using these to create a home DMZ for my WiFi network, which was still WEP in those days so I was a little paranoid about security. While this was great for my study, I was also able to use it for real world purposes. One application was my car. That’s right, in 2004 I had a WiFi connected car. This was before I had kids, so I decided to install a Shuttle XPC in the back of my Honda Accord Type-R], with a touch screen in the front console with full-screen Winamp for my MP3 collection. I won a few trophies at the UK sound-off competitions back then. All good fun.