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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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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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VMware PEX – 2013 Edition

Well, it looks like the first conference of the new year for me will be VMware’s Partner Exchange in Las Vegas. I just got word yesterday evening that my breakout session was selected for this year’s edition of PEX. Earlier in 2012, I presented at the NetApp technical boot camp, so I am really happy to be participating again. That as my first official speaking engagement since joining NetApp.

The title of my session will be:

EUC1388: Sharing Enterprise Files Safely and Efficiently with Horizon Data and NetApp

In this session, I’ll be speaking about the joint value proposition of Horizon Data from VMware and NetApp.

Here is my session abstract:

“While there are many vendor choices for storage for your Horizon Data environment, when deployed on NetApp, enterprise file sharing can be both efficient and secure. In this session the audience will have an understanding of the collaborative work between NetApp and VMware around implementation, data protection, efficiency and scalability capabilities. The audience will come away with the knowledge that Horizon Data is the preferred enterprise file sharing solution in the industry, with NetApp as the preferred storage vendor.”

More to come as we get closer to the event! (PEX runs from February 23rd to 28th, 2013)

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File Sharing and Sync Platforms – Part I

Now that my presentation from the NetApp Insight conference is completed, I would like to share our plan going forward for integration with VMware’s Horizon Suite, specifically with regard to Horizon Data (formerly Project Octopus). 

The session that Cedric Courteix and I did was a joint vision for integrations with Citrix ShareFile as well as VMware Horizon Data, but I will be concentrating on the VMware solution here, as that is my focus. 

It shouldn’t be a suprise that many of the integrations between VMware and NetApp begin with some very unique backup and recovery capabilities. For the Horizon Data solution that integration is in the form of our Snap Creator plug-in for Horizon Data. This plugin will provide application-consistent backups of all the components of the Horizon Data appliance, protecting both the OS and the data from potential data loss and providing disaster recovery capabilities, should the unforeseen happen.

We showcased the capabilities of our Snap Creator framework in this year’s partner HoL at VMworld, where we used it to perform backup & recovery for VMware vCloud Director. Snap Creator is a very unique backup and recovery solution, due to the separation that exists between the backup logic and the application logic. This allows us to create plugins for a wide variety of applications without changing the core backup code.

For more specific information on Snap Creator, visit: www.snapcreator.com

I’ll share some more details of the solution after the holiday break. Thanks for reading!

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