VMware View 5 with PCoIP Improvements Verified Through Liquidware Labs Stratusphere UX

Significant improvements to protocol performance and bandwidth utilization validated through benchmarking measurements of Stratusphere UX solution at VMworld 2011

Today at VMworld 2011, Liquidware Labs, the leader in desktop transformation solutions, announced that the latest version of its award-winning Stratusphere UX™ desktop virtualization solution will be integrated with VMware View™ 5. With the integration, users will have deep-level visibility into the performance of the new VMware protocol layer.

New in VMware View 5 are significant enhancements in the PCoIP® protocol that yield 75 percent bandwidth consumption reductions in both LAN and WAN deployments. Advancements like this from VMware expand the potential range of use cases, making it feasible for more types of desktop configurations to run on virtual desktops.

During pilot and on-boarding phases of VDI, desktop and infrastructure support require new solutions to provide granular visibility into the performance and operation of now virtualized subsystems. Within VDI, the user crosses various infrastructure ranging from endpoints and over various network protocols, and then through application servers, hypervisors, and storage subsystems. The ability to monitor and validate PCoIP performance by username as well as the related server infrastructure is critical to user-acceptance testing and smooth scaling during migration.

“Stratusphere UX™ has the ability to monitor and validate PCoIP® performance with the enhanced release of VMware View™ 5, making it a solid solution for customers,” said Vittorio Viarengo, Vice President, End-User Computing, VMware. “Together with Liquidware Labs, we are delivering elastic desktop services to customers that offer the utmost control and flexibility for user experience, administration and service levels.”

Liquidware Labs Stratusphere UX™ reads performance metrics directly from PCoIP APIs and is among the first solutions on the market to do so. PCoIP technology is the result of a breakthrough in display compression and packet handling for connecting desktops over existing, standard IP networks. Because PCoIP technology allows all enterprise desktops—from task workers to power users—to be centrally located and managed in the data center, the virtual desktop performance metrics are now exposed to solutions such as Stratusphere UX, which in turn can deliver visibility to these critical aspects of the VDI infrastructure.

“Adoption of cutting-edge technologies are spurred significantly when third-party software vendors like Liquidware Labs take the initiative to support new advancements such as VMware View PCoIP,” said Chris Akerberg, SVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Liquidware Labs. “We have worked closely with VMware in real-world engagements with our assessment, design, and migration offerings, and we are confident our new ability to deliver performance insight into PCoIP will surely lead to customer adoption and success.”