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Horizon View 6 – Reference Architecture

thumbnail of coho-vdi-vmware-horizon6-1000hSince I joined Coho (back in March of last year; time flies), I’ve been hard at work to deliver on our technical marketing solutions collateral, specifically with regard to VMware integrations, among many other duties. (Coho is a start-up, first and foremost.) My first order of business was to tackle a Reference Architecture of VMware Horizon View 6 on the Coho DataStream platform. This was not without its challenges, but through much blood, sweat and tears from Engineering and me, we finally have something of value!

Fast forward to now and we have another code release (our 2.4 release) under our belt, and we’re ready to share our findings and performance numbers for VMware VDI solutions on top of the Coho Data storage solution. I can’t wait to share all the advantages of Coho’s combination of speedy PCIe flash alongside our scale-out architecture, all the while leveraging some cool SDN hotness!

This is only the first in a long line of deep technical collateral coming rapidly down the pike to help our field and especially our customers to truly leverage what “web scale” really means. Looking for more? Stay tuned!

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VMworld 2014 – Call for Papers Voting

Public voting for VMworld 2014 sessions is now open! Personally, I have submitted 2 sessions around my first area of focus here at Coho Data, End-user Computing

Here’s a look at my sessions:


We are also submitting (or are part of) several other sessions, submitted by my colleague, Forbes Guthrie, as well as a panel session with one of our founders (and CTO) Andy Warfield.

If you haven’t seen Andy speak, you are in for a real treat. He has the ability to explain complex subjects with ease (college professor) all the while focused on the technology.

Here’s the full list of Coho Data sessions:


Get out there and vote now!

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VMware Horizon Workspace on NetApp


If you have been following this blog anytime in the past 6 months or so, you have undoubtedly seen a fair number of posts around Project Octopus, Horizon Data, etc. in its various incarnations. I have also blogged extensively about Zimbra, upon which Horizon Workspace was partially based.

Well, the latest change to the name is Horizon Workspace. VMware (finally) officially announced details around the functionality and availability of the components of the Horizon Suite today, including Workspace.

Horizon Workspace, for those not familiar, is a solution aimed at the mobile workforce. A solution for helping enterprises deal with the influx of BYOD. This is an obvious break from the past, as we all know. It’s a way to combine access to Apps, Desktops and Data all from within a single “workspace”


Being part of a company supplying data storage to SMB and enterprise companies alike, NetApp is obviously very interested in technologies that utilize large amounts of data, and or shift data around in the datacenter to make it more viable to the business. Freeing the data for use by everyone in the organization in a way that encourages collaboration and ease of use is a huge enabler to business efficiency.

NetApp is also very conscious of the shift toward new protocols for sharing data, as well the need to store data in a secure fashion to maintain compliance standards (evidenced by the Iongrid acquisition). We can see the potential impact to protocols like CIFS/SMB and we will continue to be on the forefront of innovations in this space.

As a follow-on to the Horizon Workspace annoucement, we will be talking about our integrations with the product at VMware Partner Exchange next week. We will talk about the storage efficiency capabilities that deduplication and compression make possible, how NetApp is offering a unique backup and recovery solution (using NetApp Snap Creator) for Horizon deployments, as well as the non-disruptive operations afforded when deploying Horizon Workspace on top of NetApp’s Clustered ONTAP platform.

Please join me for session EUC1388: Sharing Enterprise Files Safely and Efficiently along with Mac Binesh from VMware on Wed. 2/27 from 11-noon. You’ll hear what we are working on to position NetApp as the preferred storage vendor upon which to deploy Horizon Workspace and the broader Horizon Suite. You can also visit the booth for demos of our combined capabilities or look for me around the show… I’ll be happy to fill you in on the exciting solutions we have in store!

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Quick Review: VMware View 5- Building a Successful Virtual Desktop






















In light of the fact that I have been living in the world of End User Computing (EUC) for a while now, especially with my work around VMware Project Octopus and now Horizon Data, I have been brushing up on my VMware View knowledge to round out my expertise.

As such, I wanted to pick up the most recent, up-to-date book on View. This came in the form of: VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop by Paul O’Doherty from VMware Press. This book was billed as follows:

Deliver high-value virtual desktop infrastructure and a superior user experience

Companies that have already realized the benefits of VMware server virtualization are now discovering that VMware View 5 offers equally powerful opportunities on the client side. VMware View 5 is a comprehensive enterprise-class solution. But, until now, crucial information about it has been scattered throughout dozens of technical documents. In VMware View 5, leading desktop virtualization expert Paul O’Doherty combines this critical information with deep insights and best practices from his extensive enterprise deployment experience.

O’Doherty walks through every step, from the earliest planning phases through configuration, implementation, and management. He addresses important considerations ranging from changes to end-user experience through support and performance management. You’ll learn how to plan and smoothly stage virtual desktop infrastructure deployments, and avoid pitfalls associated with latency, scalability, storage, and networking. 

Whether you’re an architect, system administrator, or virtualization consultant, this guide’s proven techniques can help you dramatically improve IT productivity as you build environments that are far more flexible and easier to manage.


I feel this book is great for someone new to View or someone who has a the basics down and is looking to cover all the aspects of the product.

All of the elements of a successful View implementation are covered, including technical details of View Persona, ThinApp, vShield Endpoint, vCenter Operations Manager, and View Adapter.


  • Great reference
  • Can skip to whatever section you are interested in, without reading cover to cover


  • Includes information about vSphere that can be found in other sources
  • Would have loved to see more on the planning of a View implementation

Overall, I would highly recommend giving this book a try! 5/5

*Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book for evaluation purposes. This in no way affect this review or any review done on this site.

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File Sharing and Sync Platforms – Part II

As I was catching up on my weekly dose of TWiT, I was reminded to go back and revisit my series on file sharing and sync platforms from late last year. You see, TWiT had an ad for Citrix ShareFile and it served as a convenient reminder for a follow-up to my introduction on this topic.

End User Computing (EUC) is becoming an important topic for VMware. From View, to Mirage, to Horizon, and the announcement of the creation of the Horizon Suite place a huge emphasis on this line of products. The depth and breadth of these products is, of course, creating the need for all-inclusive and very detailed architectures around these solutions. It is when placing these solutions on top of NetApp storage that I get most excited.

In this post, I would like to share with you some unique capabilities and benefits that can be had by implementing the Horizon Data component on NetApp. This can serve as a teaser for what I’ll be presenting at my session at VMware PEX this year, as well.

#1 – Support more users in less storage space

This benefit is two-fold. Not only can you spend less on the actual physical disks required for implementation due to deduplication, compression, and a combination of Flash Cache and SATA, you will free up that CAPEX for the purchase of additional user licenses of Horizon Data allowing more of your users to enjoy the benefits of Horizon Data. More users equals greater productivity benefits.

Pretty cool! What storage vendor would say that? You guessed it… NetApp!

#2 – Provide data security immediately & efficiently

What good is sharing your files in an enterprise file sharing system unless they are as safe and secure as any files you would place on your company file server. With a combination of Horizon Data, and NetApp Snap Creator, you can create application-consistent backups of your Horizon user data with minimal administrative overhead, just like you would any application already supported by Snap Creator. Snap Creator leverages NetApp snapshot technology to provide quick point in time backups at both the VM and application level to protect you in case of failure. Because the backups are snapshot-based, they take up very little space and can be restored in a fraction of the time of traditional backups.

I will be sharing these and many more detailed and interesting tidbits in my session at PEX. Join me if you can, or stop by the booth and we can have a conversation around our efforts!

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