Telecommuting can increase productivity, decrease IT costs and reduce your company’s carbon footprint. Project Performance Corporation (PPC), has been helping agencies in the US government and other organizations implement efficient VDI solutions to support telecommuting using technologies from VMware and NetApp. Robert De May (Virtualization Technical Lead at PPC) wrote an article for the June issue of Tech OnTap that describes how they helped one large government agency implement a telework solution that ultimately won several awards. He talks about various alternatives they considered and the reasons they settled on virtual desktops on VMware and NetApp. He also describes the architecture they implemented in some detail. You can check out the article at http://communities.netapp.com/docs/DOC-6172?REF_SOURCE=tot-1006
How does your company support telecommuters? Does the virtual desktop approach described make sense for you? Why or why not?
One of the issues with telework and VDI is the performance of graphics-intensive apps (Flash, PDFs, PPTs) when accessed remotely. It's true that VMware View includes the PCoIP protocol, which is certainly a great display protocol. However in some scenarios of high latency/low bandwidth remote connections (like over certain WANs), you may need to complement the VMware View deployment with Ericom Blaze, a software-based RDP acceleration and compression product that provides improved performance over WANs and other slow networks. Besides delivering higher frame rates and reducing screen freezes and choppiness, Blaze accelerates RDP performance by up to 10-25 times, while significantly reducing network bandwidth consumption especially over low-bandwidth/high latency connections.
You can use VMware View with PCoIP for your LAN and fast WAN users, and at the same time use VMware View with Blaze over RDP for your slow WAN users. This combined solution can provide enhanced performance in both types of environments, letting you get the best out of VMware View for your users.
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