VCE and VMware: Extending the VCE Experience to Strategically Scalable VDI Initiatives

first_imgVMware last week announced VMware Horizon™ 6 as a portfolio update to its application and desktop virtualization platform, which will enable tightly integrated joint virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions with VCE converged infrastructure. Through a single, unified platform, Horizon 6 delivers centralized management of any type of enterprise application and desktop, including physical desktops and laptops, virtual desktops and applications, and employee-owned PCs. VCE works closely with VMware to integrate its technologies into Vblock™ Systems, and Horizon 6 demonstrates another opportunity for how VCE and VMware can continue working together to enable business transformation for customers.VDI holds the promise of not only consolidating desktop computing into the data center for improved manageability, efficiency and security, but also supporting new services such as bring your own device (BYOD) and desktop mobility.  There are significant cost savings for enterprises that migrate to desktop virtualization, offering increased flexibility and productivity.The workspace can now be delivered to any endpoint device with the same look and feel of a traditional, corporate-owned desktop.  It also enables IT personnel to ensure data security, protect application data within the data center, and comply with regulatory policies while keeping operational costs down. VCE and VMware work closely to provide these end-user computing benefits while solving broader challenges in the data center such as management, data protection and the increased overhead of supporting virtual desktop users.Late last year, VCE introduced a new specialized system to solve many of these issues. The Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications is designed for running just that – “extreme applications” such as VDI that have unique data center requirements.  Integrated with VMware Horizon View, which is part of the Horizon 6 platform, this specialized system can deliver performance and responsiveness exceeding that of physical desktops, enabling a simplified VDI experience to end users while providing massive scalability for IT to easily manage thousands of user environments (up to 7,000 desktops per system).  In addition, this specialized system from VCE helps drive down the cost per desktop through integrated flash-based storage from EMC XtremIO – helping solve the storage complexity that can slow down VDI adoption.VCE and VMware together have partnered to offer a VDI solution that enables IT to transform their user environments in a world where providing anytime, anywhere access at a low cost is becoming the de facto standard for organizations.  With VMware Horizon 6, we’re taking our partnership to a new level in helping IT and their end users adapt to this changing and ever more mobile paradigm.last_img read more

Best Buddies hosts fashion show

first_imgThe Notre Dame Best Buddies club, a club serving people with intellectual disabilities, will host a fashion show as part of Disabilities Awareness Month on Wednesday in Legends.“The event is meant to gain awareness for disabilities, but is also just a fun night,” President of Best Buddies and senior Kelly Keenan said. “Our buddies are people in South Bend who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the event will be a chance for them to get dressed up and have fun.”The fashion show is part of a yearly initiative formed several yearsw ago on campus by Notre Dame graduate Soeren Palumbo to end the use of the R-word.  This year, Best Buddies is collaborating with Special Olympics and the Super Sibs club to hold the event, Keenan said.“The [fashion] show was a vision of another member of Best Buddies,” she said. “She had a friend on campus that is a Vineyard Vines representative, so they are supplying our men’s clothing. A boutique in Granger, Ind., called Sorella is supplying the women’s clothing, and we also have clothing from adidas and Dress Barn.”Keenan said planning the show has been an organizational process.“When we knew we wanted to hold a fashion show, we spoke to Legends because they had done fashion shows before, so they already had the whole event set up for us,” Keenan said. “There has also been a lot of communication to find clothing to borrow.”Keenan said she hopes the event will open the eyes of the Notre Dame community to disabilities.“The main thing we would love is to get a lot of people there and show them what disabilities awareness is really about,” Keenan said. “We want to show the Notre Dame community what this is all about and what our three clubs do.”In addition to the fashion show, members of the Best Buddies club will be in the LaFortune Student Center, North and South dining halls and the Hesburgh Library on Wednesday as part of a pledge campaign.“We will station ourselves around campus to gather pledges to end the hateful use of the R-word,” Keenan said.Keenan said an important component of the event is to make sure everyone has a good time.“Our buddies are so excited about walking the runway in awesome clothes,” Keenan said. “We want to make it a fun event for everyone involved.”Contact Katie McCarty at   kmccart6@nd.eduTags: best buddies, disabilities awareness, fashion show, NDlast_img read more