The final day of TechEd started off with VDI and Windows 8. Microsoft has extended the storage support for VDI to DAS and SMB storage devices. This will greatly reduce the cost associated with a VDI deployment. The removal of the SAN requirement coupled for the integration of App-V is estimated to help lower your storage cost for VDI by an estimated 75%. The should help take the pain out of some of the cost of VDI deployment.
I took an opportunity to take a look at App-V 5.0. For those of you who have heard me talk about application virtualization in class know that I like the concept of virtualizing your applications. This decreases the complexity of deployment of a new client and accelerates software updates. Once again, PowerShell was pushed for App-V managers. I also enjoyed watching the improvements made to App-V to make deploying and managing your apps even easier. For applications that require other applications to work correctly, you can now create associates so the applications work together in the same isolated environment.
I finally got my 80’s flash back and was able to play a couple of my favorite arcade games in the Game Zone; Defender, Donkey Kong, and Joust. Ah, when times were more simple.
Can’t wait till next year!
The boxing Robots
Boxing Robots are controlled with Kinect.
This is a tiled window of some of the virtual machines running in the hands on lab. HP had 16 servers delivering these virtualized environments on demand.
The number of VMs running was actually in the thousands on Tuesday,
I did not win the Ducati Monster motorcycle, but I did get this cookie!