In mid-November, the VCE coalition released a document entitled Vblock Powered Solutions for VMware View 4.5 Reference Architecture. This document describes a Vblock 1 srchitecture enabled by Unified Storage solution on VMware View 4.5. (Vblock 1 enabled by Unified Storage, hereinafter referred to as Vblock 1.) This solution comprises Cisco’s Unified Computing System, EMC’s Vblock 1 storage (EMC Celerra NS-960), VMware vSphere 4.1, and VMware View 4.5, for managing virtual desktops.
In short, it's a pre-architected, fully-supported solution that can be dropped into a data center to quickly enable the provisioning and deployment of VMware View-based virtual desktops.
According to the reference document, the VMware View on Vblock 1 solution allows you to:
Consolidate the desktop environment into one infrastructure behind the firewall making it easy to update the operating system, patch applications, ensure compliance, perform application migrations, and provide support from a central location. You can deliver a consistent user experience for employees, whether they are at corporate locations, conducting travel, or located in a remote office. Using this solution, you will spend less time reacting to regulatory compliance and security issues and more time adding value to your business.
Simplify the desktop environment with pre-integrated, validated units of infrastructure providing virtualized compute, network, and storage resources. With validated configurations, you can significantly reduce the time spent on test and development, generating significant cost avoidance. At the same time, your time to production, and therefore to revenue generation, is accelerated.