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May 27 2013

We are getting close, very close. Introducing the new VDI Calculator.

Early May I provided a sneak peek of my new Horizon View VDI Calculator. As mentioned in the previous post, many consulting professionals and architects asked for a portable – offline – version of the calculator. I also have been numerous times asked for a mobile version.

The new calculator is built on Java framework instead of Flash, and will run on Windows and Mac computers. There will also be a version specifically built for Android devices that uses native device capabilities. The Android version is coming a bit later.

The new calculator has all the features available in the previous Flash version, plus some new key features that will make life easier for many users:

  • Offline Support – The new version will be able to run when disconnected from the network. When connected, it will auto-update itself with the latest release.
  • Load/Save – Now you can save and load your configurations eliminating repetitive task of entering the values every time you use the calculator.  This is a great future for consultants that have to manage multiple projects for multiple customers.
  • Tool Tips – When you hover over a field or combo box you see an explanation what exactly that property will do.
  • Validations – Property validations have been added to reduce the number of possible errors. These validations include checking your numbers are within VMware’s supported numbers.
  • It’s FREE!!! – Thanks  to the sponsors  this tool is absolutely FREE, even for the mobile version that will be soon released. If you are a vendor and is interested in having your Ad dynamically presented on the calculator just send an email to at [email protected]

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What’s Next!!

Here is a list of ideas. If you like any of them or if you can think of anything else, please let me know.

  • Block Size and IO calculations for even better accuracy
  • Scale-out approaching using hyper-converged architectures
  • Server Profile – you select the brand and the calculator will spit out the model you should buy.
  • Upload configuration to Cloud and be able to access it from anywhere

We are currently running a small Beta test program to ensure you get a high quality product that you can rely upon to create and calculate your VDI and DaaS designs. We should have the Beta program finished in a week or so and then the calculator will be available to everyone. Keep tuned!!!

This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.

3 comments

  1. amitabhpancham

    This is ABOVE AWESOME, Andre! Thanks for the wonderful work!

  2. Jean-Marc Trappier

    Really nice Andre and thank you for all the informations you provide us.

    Is there a chance you explain the core calculation one day ? I mean there are so many features we don’t deeply know the maths behind them, I am curious to understand what makes what and what is the math effect.

    Not sure I’m really clear but I would like to know if you can share us the formulas behind the scene ?

  3. mulcas

    Great ! waiting for it.

    Thanks !

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