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Uniprint = New Gold Sponsor

I’m pleased to announce UniPrint as the next gold sponsor.

 

I have a long history with UniPrint going back a decade now. I even once was a UniPrint instructor, I think I only ever delivered 1 course though before VMware consumed my life.

 

So what is it? Well if you want to print from a VDI session, lets say from a branch office for example you need this in your life. We all know that both Citrix and VMware have a cut down effort of a universal printer driver but come on, we all know in the real world that won’t cut the mustard. What you need is a full featured solution like UniPrint.

 

UniPrint pioneered the use of PDF-based universal printer driver technology to streamline and enhance printing in Server-based Computing (SbC) environments.  Today, we are the recognized leader in printing virtualization.

 

Some of you may be asking yourself, what exactly is printing virtualization and how can my business benefit from this technology?  A quick answer is that printing virtualization was created to extend the benefits of VDI to printing, helping you to reduce help desk overheads, increase operational efficiency and cut printing costs enterprise-wide.

 

In VDI environments, the desktop’s operating systems and application programs are hosted within a virtual machine that runs on a centralized server, delivering abundant measurable benefits to organizations. One major benefit is simplified central desktop management. Because all virtual desktop images are hosted in one location, updating or installing new software is quick and easy, since most of it can be done by updating the golden image. Another huge benefit is security. With VDI, corporations can control what applications are installed on each desktop image and how they are being used. Virtual desktop images can be easily locked down from external devices, such that data cannot be transferred from the image to a local hard drive. Data is also more secure since it is stored on servers in the data center, reducing data breach concerns if a mobile user’s laptop or tablet is stolen. Therefore, it would seem logical that given the benefits and the fact that most large enterprises employ VDI within the workplace today, that VDI would also extend to printing. However, this isn’t so and many VDI solutions lack the functionality to allow VDI users to print from their VDI image.

 

In the same vein, managing your VDI printing environment can offer various paybacks toward cost cutting. For example:  a single universal printer driver negates the need to install multiple manufacturer printer drivers on each virtual desktop image. This eliminates printer driver incompatibility issues, which in turn saves system admin and help desk manpower and costs.  Since everything resides in one data center, hardware costs can be easily managed.  Also, pesky printer problems can predominantly be solved all within in one data center, as opposed to troubleshooting each remote printer.

 

Why is this important?  Well, as the number of people working remotely increases, a managed VDI printing environment enables employees working from anywhere to print the documents they need at any time. In addition, as the BYOD (bring you own device) and mobility trends proliferate, employees are given the ability to alternate between devices, depending on their location and task requirements. As a whole, staffers have become so accustomed to the performance, ease of use, and flexibility in their personal IT experiences that they expect the same level of accessibility and flexibility at work. Printing virtualization fulfills these expectations by allowing users to print from their VDI session to the closest printer physically.

 

It is evident that VDI brings forth an array of benefits for the business world, and will continue to move full throttle, but also brings forth challenges in printing. It is inevitable that when it comes to streamlining enterprise workflows, the growth of VDI printing solutions will become a staple and relied upon by corporate IT departments.  To learn more about VDI printing, contact sales@uniprint.net.

VMware and Wildcard Certificates

Recently I rebuilt my lab and decided to go for a wildcard certificate to get rid of those irritating security warnings.  I found some nasty things happen down the line and in fact I ended up rebuilding my lab completely once again to fix the numerous problems I had which I believe was caused by using wildcard certs. Below I drew up a table of my experience:

Feature Use Wildcard Comment
vCenter Yes but NO Seems to work but then you find nasty things later like the storage profile function doesn’t work
vCenter SSO NO Stops services
Web Client No Stops services
Log Browser No Stops services
vCAC No Not happy about the hostname in the cert
vCAC SSO No Not happy about the hostname in the cert
View Yes Seems OK
Horizon Workspace Configurator Yes Seems OK
Horizon Worksapce Gateway Yes Seems Ok

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Tegile = New Gold Sponsor

I’m pleased to announce Tegile as the next Gold Sponsor.

 

Tegile has been very good in supporting the vExpert community and you’ll see them this year at VMware but here’s what they do:

 

Tegile System’s portfolio of Intelligent Flash storage arrays are designed to accelerate enterprise applications – from smaller workloads to mission-critical deployments.  Tegile flash arrays deliver a comprehensive set of data management capabilities and support different storage media (hard disks, dense flash, high-performance flash) under a single storage operating system. 

 

What’s cool is you user can decide the amount of flash storage to meet the specific performance needs of your applications and get the needed performance of flash with the economics of disk storage.

 

I suppose if you think about it: If you had traditional storage what you do to get it as fast as SSDs? You’d put a storage accelerator in front of it. Well Tegile is one and the same out of the box, so no need for SSD, or storage acceleration + spindles.  Nice.

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