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HPE Power’s the intelligent Edge at Citrix Synergy

 

At Citrix Synergy May 2019, HPE will show how dedicated graphics are delivered real-time by their HPE Edgeline solutions

HPE have following solutions:

Trader Workstation -HPE Moonshot & CITRIX are bringing Mobility and Security to Traders & Developers in Financial Services without compromising on End User Experience. 

Engineering Workstation – HPE Edgeline & CITRIX Cloud are bringing secure collaboration between engineering teams by enhancing systems and application performance and enable IOT & Industry 4.0 transition.

Bare metal VDI- Extending our success in POWER USERS to knowledge workers so that VDI does not need to be the lowest common denominator in terms of end user experience. 

I have helped HPE design & build the Engineering Workstation. Last year at HPE Discover in Europe, November 2018, the solution of the Engineering Workstation powered by Citrix Cloud solution was announced how customers can now use dedicated graphics with either Intel or adding AMD WX4100 GPU or now here in May 2019 add a NVIDIA P1000 GPU. The solutions are incredible how you can get raw dedicated and garanteed performance without any performance overhead of a hypervisor or an operating system that see’s a virtual system. Bare metal is same UX as a workstation, basically HPE is taking the physically workstation at the desk to the edge and making it intelligent with a high user density. HPE is the only vendor who can deliver 4 bare metal VDIs in 1U, which makes them a market leader for Baremetal VDI use cases at the Edge. Customers can as well use Citrix Virtual Apps (RDSH) and increase density, which is popular in the financial industry.

Follow on social media how HPE and Citrix is taking innovation at the edge. #HPECitrix #CitrixSynergy

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Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 1903 released

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 1903 which is now available for download.

Citrix Virtual Apps (former name: XenApp) Citrix Virtual Desktop (former name: XenDesktop)

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 & Windows 10 1809 is supported with this release.

Another great thing is that now “infrastructure components for Citrix” can be installed on Microsoft Windows ServerCore, which means a minimum OS and only install what is required, no GUI just raw performance, something which a lot of service providers, customers are going to like. This is important for scalability and automation and having best TCO running a Citrix infrastructure. Citrix director & delivery controller now works and is supported on ServerCore (WS2012r2/WS2016/WS2019).

Citrix raises the bar of for user experience and new product release of following technologies:

  • Director 1903
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 1903 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 1903 for Desktop OS Core Services
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 1903 for Linux
  • Provisioning 1903
  • Storefront 1903
  • Session Recording 1903
  • App Layering 1903
  • Workspace App 1903 for Windows
  • Workspace App 1903 for Mac
  • Workspace App 1903 for Linux
  • Workspace App 1903 for Chrome
  • Workspace App 1903.1 for Android
  • Workspace App 1903 for iOS
  • Workspace App 1903 for Windows Store

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VMware Horizon 7.8

 

 

VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 7.8, this is a major release and is for now GA 15th March 2019.

VMware have made some huge improvements in this release, which customers/partners are going to benefit from. I highly recommend you read my big overview so you can read why you should upgrade to latest release.

What is new in VMware Horizon 7.8

VMware Horizon 7.8 provides the following new features and enhancements

  • Horizon Connection Server
  • Horizon Agent for Linux
  • Horizon Agent for Windows
  • Horizon GPO Bundle
  • Horizon 7 Cloud Connector
  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • VMware User Environment Manager 9.7
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway 3.5
  • VMware AppVolume 2.16
  • Horizon Clients for Android, Chrome, Linux, iOS, Mac, Windows, UWP

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VMware Horizon 7.7

VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 7.7

I am very excited about this new release because now VMware is finally supporting physically workstations, so customers example can implement VMware Horizon on HPE Edgeline Engineering workstation I wrote about some weeks ago. I have been testing the new VMware Horizon client with m710x Intel Iris Pro graphics and AMD WX4100 and it is working out of the box, which is great.

There is also made some huge improvements on the VMware Horizon client for Chrome, Linux, Windows, UWP, Mac, HMTL5. I highly recommend you read my big overview so you can read why you should upgrade to latest release.

What is new in VMware Horizon 7.7

Compatibility Updates and New OS Support

  • Windows Server 2019 is supported for desktop and RDSH server VMs.
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 U1 and VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 1 are supported.
  • Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS (SDDC Version 1.5) is supported and includes new features.
  • Upgrades can now be performed on the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance. This appliance is used for integrating the Horizon Cloud Service with Horizon 7 on-premises and VMware Cloud on AWS deployments.
  • VMware Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business can now be used in an IPv6 environment.
  • Horizon Clients include support for recent OS releases, including macOS 10.14 (Mojave) and Android 9.1

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AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 18.Q3.1

AMD have released an important new driver for their AMD Radeon Pro GPUs in October 2018.

This release is fixing many major issues that AMD had with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (aka XenDesktop), I am very happy to see that the engineers inside AMD worked hard and now everything is working out of the box and no “tweak” have to be done to get it working. The drivers works both with a physically machine with Radeon Pro + Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (aka XenDesktop) or with a Virtual machine where the AMD Radeon Pro GPU are attached as GPU passthrough or sliced via SR-IOV with S7150/S7150x2 with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (aka XenDesktop). I have tested the drivers in my lab with AMD Radeon Pro WX4100 + S7150 and S7150x2 and I can confirm that AMD have fixed below, which is important. I haven’t tested with VMware Horizon yet.

The Radeon™ Pro Software for Enterprise is designed to deliver market-leading uptime and stability. Rigorous multi-wave testing and exhaustive ISV certifications help make this “the industry’s most stable driver”1.  Radeon™ Pro Software is certified in over 100 workstation applications including Autodesk® AutoCAD®, Dassault Systèmes® CATIA®, Siemens NX™, Adobe® Premiere® Pro, Avid® Media Composer®, Autodesk® Maya®, PTC Creo® and many more

Built to help content creators make the best, every Enterprise Edition is designed to deliver more quality, performance, security, and simplicity

Lets Dig in why this is important.

Fixed Issues in 18.Q3.1

  • Locked Clock Speed with AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 may be seen.
  • Dassault Systèmes® Solidworks® 2018 may crash at Customer Site while applying service metal fabrications.
  • “19.Light.vpb” file may show issues while rendering with Autodesk® VRED.
  • Application launching issues with Siemens NX™ 12.0.2 may be observed.
  • Some Viewport Corruption may be seen with Blender®.
  • Some issues may be observed with SPECapc™ Solidworks® 2015.
  • Solid Color Outputting may be seen on display using Specific DP 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 Dongle.
  • Dassault Systèmes® Solidworks® 2018/2017 may stop responding after rotating or changing display style on Windows® 7.
  • DXGI window mode stereo in Stereo 3D may only show left eye image when enabling active/passive stereo in Radeon™ Pro Settings on Windows® 10 RS4.
  • Application may stop responding while using ‘sliced geometry’ feature in Notch.
  • Corruption may be seen on model with change in Anti-aliasing modes with Dassault ICEM Surf™.
  • Display issues may be observed while running Nuke benchmark on AMD FirePro™ W8100 and AMD FirePro™ W9100.
  • Unexpected behaviour may be observed when running Intergraph SmartPlant FreeView on AMD FirePro™ 7150 with Citrix® XenDesktop®.
  • Toggling between full screen and windowed mode on Citrix® XenDesktop® may lead to temporary viewport corruption.
  • On Windows® 7, a Catalyst Control Center error may be observed when resizing Citrix® XenDesktop® window.

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