vSphere Single Sign On? Rethink Your Architecture

vSphere Single Sign On (SSO) is a new feature in vSphere 5.1, introducing a standalone service that act as an authentication broker for various VMware products such as vCenter Server, vCloud Director, VCO, vShield Manager or VMware Horizon. SSO is a critical component that is required before any other vSphere 5.1 component is installed or upgraded! Single Sign On (SSO) uses SSL certificates to encrypt network traffic between for example vCenter Server and Horizon. VMware uses standard … [Read more...]

Nutanix – NOS 3.0 & NX3000 – The 400VM 2U Building Block

Nutanix's mission is to virtualize a datacenter without the need for a SAN. This approach allows for many benefits, such as buy what you need, when you need it and a reduction in complexity around architecture and operations. The NX3000 The Nutanix NX3000 comes per block of 4 blade like servers called ‘nodes’. Each Node has local storage comprising of 1x PCI-e SSD (400GB) , 1x 2,5” SATA SSD (300GB) and 5x 2,5” SATA HDD (1TB). All the nodes have two CPU sockets. Each socket can now contain 8 … [Read more...]

Nimble Storage Unites with Cisco and VMware to Deliver New Reference Architecture

Nimble Storage introduced a new reference architecture with Cisco Systems and VMware for 1,000 simultaneous VDI users, requiring only 3U of rack space, for $43 for storage per desktop. A preconfigured, fully-integrated system built around the reference architecture, which consists of a Nimble CS220G-X2 array, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series Blade server platform, and VMware View 5.1  enables customers to rapidly provision VDI, realize significant savings over deployment of … [Read more...]

in the test: SolarWinds Virtualization Manager

Today we are testing Virtualization Manager from SolarWinds, a product to help IT departments that have to manage a large amount of virtual machines. This enterprise-grade software is compatible and highly integrated with VMware and Hyper-V, meaning that it is usable in the majority of big-business virtualization deployments. Features: Real-time dashboards simplify forecasting, detection, & troubleshooting of capacity bottlenecks. Identifies VM sprawl, helps you reclaim & optimize … [Read more...]

View Storage Accelerator explained

An introduction to View Storage Accelerator, a caching feature that can reduce storage costs and improve performance in VMware View. … [Read more...]