New Updates! Cisco Jabber & Microsoft Skype for Business Enhancements for Wyse ThinOS

Cisco Jabber & Microsoft Skype for Business, and other unified communications solutions, are some of the solutions often requested in virtual desktop deployments. Citrix & VMware have both made some key advancements on the server side, i.e. Citrix HDX RealTime Optimization Pack (RTME) & VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business.

Most of the client side solutions to ‘offload’ some of this processing has been focused on using Windows, or Windows Embedded, based endpoints. The request of many customers is to simplify & secure the endpoint as much as possible, which can lead to using a non-Windows based endpoint and running Windows 10/7 in the data center.

Dell Wyse just released Wyse ThinOS 8.6 which includes support for Cisco Jabber Softphone for VDI for Citrix and Skype for Business on VMware Horizon.

You can see more on these announcements here and some technical details in the Wyse ThinOS 8.6 release notes here.

Enjoy!

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Introduction to VMware NSX & VDI

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In my quest to learn a bit more about VMware NSX for Horizon virtual desktops I came across a few great resources I wanted to share. If your not familiar with VMware NSX you can get a good overview of this network & security solution here: VMware NSX for VDI. In order to further secure virtual desktops, NSX allows you to create rules and policies that are VM & user centric to control various levels of access to the users VM.

A lot has been talked about whether VDI is inherently more secure than a physical PC environment and the opinions vary. A great post a few years ago was hotly debated on this topic on BrianMadden.com and is worth a read.

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However you look at it, the industry is evolving to help further secure virtual desktop environment’s and VMware NSX is one solution to help in that area.

A great overview of the solution is below. Another deep dive that I thought was great can be found here.

New NVIDIA and VMware Community (NVC)!

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NVIDIA & VMware recently launched an online community for customers looking to deliver a VDI solution based on the combination of NVIDIA & VMware to deliver high end graphics. The community allows customers and partners to exchange best practices and troubleshooting ideas to get up and running.

It looks like a great resource for folks looking to deploy these solutions as there tend to be a lot of nuances with trying to deploy multiple solutions together so a community forum is a great source!