News briefs for March 4, 2013

Integrated solutions are often a help for IT departments because hardware and software combinations are usually tricky to configure.

Dell Inc. and VMware hope to ease the burden somewhat by release a pre-integrated system for organizations running VMware’s virtual desktop infrastructure.

Although stuck with a lengthy name, the Dell DVS Enterprise–Active System 800 with VMware Horizon View 5.2 says it all: it combines Dell server, storage, networking thin clients and infrastructure management software for VDI.

Available in Canada this summer, the partners said the package has a simplified chassis networking and modular infrastructure to speed deployment for desktop virtualization.

This is the third VDI solution Dell and VMware have collaborated in.

The Active System 800 uses Dell PowerEdge M620 blades, EqualLogic PS6110 10GbE iSCSI storage arrays and Dell Force 10 S4810 10GbE top of rack switches. It also comes with two PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator blade modules to create a conferred network fabric.

Riverbed Technology says it has delivered on promises it made last fall to deliver network infrastructure products that integrate with VMware Horizon View’s virtual desktop solution to improve performance.

Riverbed said this week at VMware’s partner conference

— that its Granite branch office management appliance is now certified to work with View 5.2 to help control remote offices from the data center;

– its Stingray Traffic Manager –a software application delivery controller—works with View so there is no disruption as the number of virtual desktops scales up;

Ultimately the compatibility of Riverbed solutions with View should make the management of virtual desktops easier and quicker, Pai Venugopal, Riverbed’s vice-president of global alliances and business development, said in an interview.

Riverbed has had a technology partnership with VMware for some time. Early last year it announced compatibility of its appliances with vCloud suite to help move workloads between data centres.

The latest moves will let the Stingray load balancer integrate with vFabric Application Director; when an app in a virtualized stack can be launched a copy of the Stingray controller is as well to balance loads when needed.

The capability will be available by the end of March.

Oakville, Ont.’s Mozzaz Corp. has upgraded its TalkingTILES mobile application for Windows 8. The app helps those with speech problems and their teachers, therapists and family use images, symbols as well as audio and voice for communications.

They do it through a cloud service that lets users access a library of more than 50,000 symbols and words in over 30 languages.

There are versions of TalkingTILES for Andoid and Apple tablets and smartphones.

The app, downloadable from the Windows Store, is free for speech therapists and professionals. Plans for individuals start at $10 a month.

Avaya Inc. has enhanced its Learning Virtual Campus, an online 3D learning environment where IT staff of organizations can learn about, train and complete credentials for the company’s solutions.

The changes include unlimited access to mentoring and practice lab sessions with virtual instructors, and a streamlined curriculum representing Avaya’s solution concentrations in unified communications, contact centers and networking.

Organizations or individuals need to buy an access licence.

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