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VMware and VMware Horizon View 5.3 the advent of View Composer API for Array Integration (VCAI) support in VMware Horizon View

VMware has released VMware Horizon View 5.3 : Read all about it: VMware® Horizon View™ 5.3 with a slew of new features and bug fixes. As always make sure you read the known issues.

There’s a treasure trove of value to be found here. We’re talking about things like full workstation class user experience with high-performance 3D graphics, enhanced abilities to access virtual desktops from any HTML5-capable web browser, a beautiful new iOS 7 client, as well as a completely rewritten Windows client with support for Windows 8.1.  As if all of that weren’t enough already—we’re providing a brand new way to use Horizon View in Desktop-as-a-Service deployments using View Direct Connect. And one more thing: support for deploying Windows Server 2008 as a desktop.


On of the new features is that now no longer tech preview is View Composer API for Array Integration (VCAI) support in VMware Horizon View.

I’m pumped!

The following KB outlines this.

 View Composer API for Array Integration (VCAI) support in VMware Horizon View (2061611) 

1. Is View Composer API for Array Integration (VCAI) supported on Horizon View? If so, which release supports it?

Horizon View 5.1 introduced VCAI as a Tech Preview feature that enabled customers to try VCAI with partner storage systems that support VAAI NAS primitives. Horizon View 5.3 introduces support for VCAI with select partner storage technologies (listed in question 2 below). VCAI leverages capabilities of VMware vSphere as well as some of the NAS storage arrays that have vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI) NAS native snapshot capability. This feature enables customers to offload the creation of linked clones to the storage array. It is used in conjunction with linked-clone desktop pools and NFS datastores that are exported by NAS storage arrays.

2. Which partner storage technologies support VCAI?

As of the Horizon View 5.3 release date, the following partner storage technologies support VCAI.
Vendor Storage Firmware*
Hitatchi Data Systems (HDS) Hitatchi NAS 4000 Series v11.x and later
*Vendors expect VCAI to work on these and later firmware versions. 

3. What is the support model for VCAI on Horizon View? 

The VCAI feature in Horizon View is supported only on specific storage arrays from certain vendors (listed in question 2 above). The VMware Global Support Services (GSS) organization provides joint customer support for this feature on those arrays only. 
Therefore, unless you are running at  Hitatchi NAS 4000 Series, put the breaks on! Althrough, I am sure we will see more storage support soon.

Here is the Hitatchi document.

Roger Lund

Xangati – Heading for the Clouds with Scaling and New features in version 9.

New press release today! Xangati released a new update to the XMD Suite.

“Cupertino, CA – May 15, 2012 – Xangati, the recognized leader in performance management for virtualization and the cloud, today announced a powerful new release of its Xangati Management Dashboard (XMD) virtualization and cloud suite. The new release of the XMD includes capabilities that give enterprises and cloud service providers a huge advantage in performance assurance for virtualized and cloud infrastructures, delivering: a comprehensive, continuous and high-precision performance management architecture now scalable to the cloud; integrated performance and capacity management in one solution; and the ability to performance profile virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) end-user activity without agents. The new release of the XMD also allows organizations to quickly uncover cross-silo contention storms with multi-dimensional and linked alert recordings incorporated into Xangati’s flagship Performance Management Engine.
In addition, Xangati simultaneously announced that all of the new XMD functionality is immediately available at absolutely no cost through integration into its VI Dashboard and VDI Dashboard trial software and the Xangati for vSphere—Free single host tool. Administrators can download and use the free two-week trial within a critical cluster or Xangati’s free tool for a single vSphere host for instant insights on what contention storms are within their environment. Xangati’s software has revealed contention storms in more than 90 percent of its deployments.”

 Link to full press release.

Source Xangati.
I love the new look of Xangati.


On to the New Features!

Now the feature list:

Ø Scale

o Multiple vCenter Support

o Support for up to 32K groups or 250K IDs

o Support for up to 256 Hosts

o Multi vCenter Flow Deduplication

Ø Capacity Management

o Capacity Health Index

o Capacity Alerts

o Capacity Reports

Ø Alerting

o Best Practice Threshold Alerts

o Linked Alert Replay

o Expanded Alert Aggregation

Ø User Object

o User-Desktop Mapping in VDI Dashboard

o User Monitoring, Alerting, Reporting

Ø Mapping

o Revised VM Naming

Ø VDI/VI Dashboard

o Summary Dashboard View for VI/VDI

o System Activity Popup for VDI/VI Dashboards

o Auto-Addition of Members into View Objects

o Health Index Reporting

Ø General Dashboard

o Consistent Look-and-Feel and Reporting


o Non-ID VTT Submission

o Health Status for ROV

Ø Access Control

o Windows-based Management User Authentication

Ø Notifications

o SNMP Trap Notifications

o Multi-Mode VTT Notifications

Ø Appliance (System) Functions

o Event-based System Alarm Clearing

o Alert/User/Triggered Recording Space Management”

Source Xangati
Boom, it’s Video Time!

Check out the General Dashboard!

Check out the VDI Dashboard!

I hope you enjoyed the post, make sure to check out Xangati!

Roger L.

VMworld 2009, John Troyer & VMworld Ustream Video


John Troyer did a great job on ustream and the VMworld Channel.

There are 25 episodes to date, plus the first two, which are not numbered. I’ll do my best to lay them out.

I kept the order of original upload date.

vmware: VMworld Live 08/31/09 04:46PM
vmware: VMworld Live 08/31/09 05:07PM
vmware: #1 – hello vmworld
vmware: #2 TechExchangeDeveloperDay
vmware: #3 Roundtable vExperts
vmware: #4 – SRM
vmware: #5 VMworldTV and VMware Europe
vmware: #6
vmware: #7 VMUGs, Partners, Labs
vmware: #8 – Day 1 Commentary, vCloud Express, Booth Babes
vmware: #9 Day 1 comments: vCloud APIs, VIew, VMware Go
vmware: #10 Andres Martinez
vmware: #11 vSphere 4.0 Quickstart Guide
vmware: #12 Client Virtualization Platform
vmware: #13 vCloud Express, vCloud API
vmware: #14 vStorage APIs, vCalendar
vmware: #15 vCloud API
vmware: #16 Moving to the cloud & Springsource
vmware: #17 Brian Madden & Gabe Knuth
vmware: #18 PowerCLI
vmware: #19 Cost per Application Calculator
vmware: #20 Scott Lowe
vmware: #21 VMworld, IT in the Cloud perspectives
vmware: #22 SpringSource VP Shaun Connolly
vmware: #23 Virtualization EcoShell
vmware: #24 Hypervisor architecture
vmware: #25 David M Davis



Thanks John for all the work, I hope to see you do interviews like this in the future on a scheduled basis.


Roger L.