Monday, 15 December 2014

VMware App Volumes

VMware App Volumes (previously Cloud Volumes) are generally available from VMware. The product has now been integrated.

VMware AppVolumes helps customers efficiently manage and deliver applications to virtual desktop environments, in real-time. In the VDI environment, Application delivery plays a key role which VMware AppVolumes takes care effectively.

It’s pretty impressive to see almost unlimited number of applications being delivered to a desktop in such a speedy way. Traditional deployments with Thinapps or through GPO and MSO packages works out, but it takes much longer time to provision.

There is a newly released Deployment Guide for App Volumes and this document is explaining what component are present in the product and how to setup and deploy the product, including backup of the SQL database

App Volumes Benefits

With App Volumes, applications become OS-agnostic objects that can be moved easily across data centers or
to the cloud and shared with thousands of virtual machines. In a virtual desktop environment, App Volumes
provides the following benefits:
Real-time application delivery
- Deliver and upgrade applications at scale and in seconds
- Dynamically deliver applications without interrupting users even if they are logged in
- Complete application lifecycle management (provisioning, delivery, maintenance, retirement)
Cost-optimized infrastructure
- Optimized application delivery drives down compute, network, and storage costs
- Can reduce storage costs for VDI significantly
- Works with existing infrastructure with flexible delivery to users, groups, or devices
Seamless end-user experience
- Support fully customizable desktops, with the freedom for end users to install their own applications
- Persistent user experience with non-persistent economics
Complete application lifecycle management
With App Volumes, administrators can manage the entire lifecycle of applications, from provisioning, delivery,
and maintenance to retirement. This begins with the initial installation of the application to users or devices.
When an application requires an update or an upgrade, App Volumes helps speed up this process and
additionally supports easy application replacement.
Dynamic application delivery to virtualized environments
App Volumes enables IT administrators to deliver applications and data to any number of virtual machines
in seconds. Applications are stored in shared read-only virtual disks that instantly attach to desktops.
Applications deployed through App Volumes perform comparably to natively installed Windows applications
for end users and provide a seamless desktop experience.
Reduced VDI infrastructure costs and improved efficiency
With App Volumes, enterprises can drive down compute, network, and storage costs by leveraging
on-demand delivery of applications in a non-persistent desktop architecture. App Volumes virtual disks can
be placed on any supported VMware vSphere datastore. This enables IT to use the most appropriate storage,
including fast storage with high read IOPS, such as VMware Virtual SAN™. By combining App Volumes with
VMware Horizon®, IT administrators can deliver and manage applications in virtual desktops with greater
flexibility, using less storage capacity than they would with Horizon alone.
Persistent end-user experience across non-persistent environments
End users can take advantage of fully customized desktops, with the freedom to install their own applications
and have them persist across sessions. App Volumes enables a persistent user experience with the cost
savings of a non-persistent architecture.

App Volumes integrates a simple agent-server-database architecture into an existing View deployment. Centralized management servers are configured to connect to deployed virtual desktops that run an App Volumes agent. An administrator can grant application access to shared storage volumes for users or virtual machines or both.

How App Volumes Works

See image below.

Agent installed on every Desktop.

Applications, data, settings and configurations act as separate, layered containers.

Application Stacks (Read Only)  – containers, when in read-only mode
Writable volumes – when read-write mode.

Look at the new App Volumes Deployment Guide to learn more about this exciting new solution from VMware.
Try VMware App Volume. The 60 days trial allows enough testing, if previously you have organized yourself that way.