VMware has released View 5.1. The main points in this release surround Total Cost of Ownership, Simplified Management and Increased IT Control, and Virtual Desktop Experience.
VMware View 5.1: Simplifying the Delivery of a Better Desktop – VMware View 5.1 will continue to enable the industry’s best end-user experience while simplifying IT management for large-scale deployments and reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) associated with a virtual desktop infrastructure by up to 50 percent.
Reduced TCO – New storage capabilities in VMware View 5.1 enabled by VMware View Storage Accelerator will reduce shared storage costs by optimizing shared storage loads. A Tech Preview of VMware View Composer Array Integration (VCAI) will leverage the native cloning abilities in the storage array to offload storage operations to improve provisioning speeds. In addition, VMware View Persona Management will extend to physical desktops, preserving user settings across all Windows devices and streamlining the migration from physical to stateless virtual desktops.
Simplified Management and Increased IT Control – Enhancements to VMware View 5.1 will enable IT organizations to streamline key IT processes such as provisioning, configuration management, connection brokering, policy enforcement, performance monitoring, and application assignment from a single management console. VMware View also enables IT organizations to increase security and compliance by moving data into the data center, centrally enforcing endpoint security and policy configuration and streamlining anti virus processes.
Industry’s Best Virtual Desktop Experience – VMware View 5.1 features a new USB stack that will improve device support, while integration of RADIUS two-factor authentication will provide users and organizations greater security choices. VMware View with PCoIP® adapts to the end user’s network connection to provide a high-quality, customized desktop experience over the LAN and WAN. Users can connect to their VMware View desktop from a variety of mobile and fixed endpoints with updated clients for Mac, Windows and Linux desktops, thin or zero clients, and Apple iPad, Android and Amazon Kindle Fire tablets.