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Mar 23 2010

Cisco Solutions for a VMware View 4.0 Environment Design Guide

Mid February Cisco released a Networking Design Guide for VMware View 4.0 authored by Shannon McFarland. Only now I was able to have a look at the document and it seems to cover a reasonable amount of Cisco components that could possible integrate in a VMware View solution.

 

Some of the topics covered in the document are:

Cisco ACE—The ACE provides server load balancing, server/application health monitoring, and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) offload for the VMware View Connection Server and Security Server roles (if deployed).

Cisco WAAS and WAAS Mobile—WAAS offers an improved end-user experience by optimizing the transport protocol used by remote display protocols such as Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), and local data caching and compression of duplicate data sent between the VMware View Client and the VMware View Connection Server, Security Server (if deployed), and/or the View Agent.

Cisco ASA—The ASA offers perimeter protection for the VMware View Connection Server and Security Server roles by providing firewall services for traffic destined for the View Connection Server and Security Server (if deployed) roles.

Cisco Nexus 1000V—The Nexus 1000V offers policy-based virtual machine (VM) connectivity as well as mobile VM security by providing VMware View components with consistent network connectivity and policy enforcement between ESX hosts.

Cisco QoS:
– Classification and marking—Identifies and classifies/marks VMware View remote display
protocol traffic so that it is treated differently than other types of traffic.
– Policing—Ensures policy conformance to administratively-defined traffic rates for VMware
View remote display protocol traffic and takes action such as marking/remarking or dropping
packets if these rates are exceeded.
– Scheduling/queuing—Selectively drops packets as the queues are filling to avoid traffic
congestion.
– Link-specific tools—Shaping, link fragmentation and interleaving, compression and transmit
rings offer non-application-specific capabilities to smooth and reduce traffic over slow-speed
WAN links.

The online version of the document can be found here

The PDF version of the document can be found here

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