Last Thursday we attended the VMware vSphere 4.1, vCenter 4.1 and View 4.5 launch event at Amerongen (NL).

We already brought you all news regarding vSphere and vCenter 4.1 and View 4.5 but we heard some interesting thing we would like to share with you.

VMware View 4.5

With VMware View 4.5 VMware has changed the names for some product related features. Let us welcome Local mode, persistent disk, dedicated and floating pools.

View Client with Offline Desktop -> View Client with Local Mode
User Data Disk -> Persistent Disk
Persistent Desktop pool -> Dedicated Desktop pool
Non-persistent Desktop pool -> Floating Desktop pool

VMware View Composer now supports tiered storage so you can place all View desktop components on the appropriate storage which delivers the correct performance without over-sizing your storage.

RTO profiles is not included in the final version of View 4.5 because of stability issues with Windows 7.

The port for PCoIP has changed to port 4172.

View 4.5 Best practices – View 4.5 can now support 16 to 20 virtual desktops per processor core;

  • Plan for 200-250kbps average bandwidth for a typical basic office productivity desktop;
  • Plan for 500kbps – 1 Mbps minimum peak bandwidth to provide headroom for bursts of display changes;
  • Plan for 1Mbps per simultaneous user running 480p video;
  • Plan for less than 70-80% network utilization.

(These assumptions are based on 8-10 hours continuously usage, Bandwidth estimation (250Kbps/0.80) * 5 = 1.5Mbps T1)

vSphere & vCenter 4.1

VMware changed the packaging and licensing for VMware vSphere. They added vMotion to the vSphere Standard and Essentials Plus license versions.

As we previously reported, VMware change the licensing on several product from CPU-based to VM-based licensing. As of next week these VM-based licenses can be purchased per VM instead of a 25 VM-pack.

In the past Partner could not register Academic licenses with the VMware OpReg program. Now Academic licenses comply with the VMware OpReg registration so partners get a discount when registering.