VMware View Reaches Out to Service Kindle Fire, Mac, Linux
VMware is expanding its virtualization empire by adding VMware View support for Mac and Linux platforms, and is planning to add the Amazon Kindle Fire to its list of supported devices. What does an expanded VMware View mean for the channel? You’ve come to the right place …
VMware View, the virtual desktop software, has been around for quite some time but its reach has been expanding steadily. Case in point: This past summer VMware launched VMware View for the iPad and the Android platform.
Now, VMware wants a bigger piece of the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) pie, and sees the (eventual) launch of a Kindle Fire application along with Mac and Linux VMware View support as an easy way to proliferate and reach out to new markets. For VMware, Mac and Linux support represent a better way to attack the educational vertical, which often has a mixed set of PCs and Macs, all of which need to access the same information and applications. Providing Linux and Mac support for VMware View also makes it easy for schools to repurpose older machines as giant thin clients. VMware calls this effort “supporting device diversity,” but here at The VAR Guy we call it VDI proliferation.
More simply put, if you’re a VAR or a partner running an entirely VMware shop, your life just got a whole lot easier if you were looking to build out virtual machines for any purpose. The bare minimum system requirements for Windows are 2GB of RAM and a somewhat recent processor (Core 2 Duo or very high-end Pentium 4) so deploying this on Linux boxes should be a breeze. If you want to run your own benchmarks and check out the software now, head on over to the VMware View tech preview pages for Mac and Linux. You’ll definitely want to look into the Linux page, since VMware has specifically tailored its contents to the process of repurposing old Windows PCs as Linux boxes with VMware View. Smart move, VMware.
As post-PC devices continue to grow and mature, expect VMware to continue to support as many platforms as possible for its VDI infrastructure. That should make it particularly easy for VARs to sell or upsell virtualization services to existing customers and maintain stickiness even as a company (or school district) grows.