vCenter Operations for View 1.5 – Part 3: Conclusion: Why should a customer use vCenter Operations for View
Let’s start with the traditional approach when troubleshooting View environments. One of the parts in a View deployment a customer will troubleshoot, is the User experience and consequential the PCoIP protocol.
All performance data of the PCoIP protocol can be found in these files on each VMware View Virtual Desktop:
It’s a great tool but in my opinion it’s not suitable for bigger View environments or to get information for the complete View POD, because you get only information of single desktops and not the whole infrastructure. Think about a View environment of 100+ desktops.
With vCenter Operations for View a customer gets the following benefits:
- Holistic visibility into the performance and health of the VMware View infrastructure from the VMware View
Servers up until each and every Virtual Desktop.
- Automated root-cause analysis – what is the most possible value/fault for the problem
- Self-learning analytics
- Dynamic thresholds and “smart alerts” that notifies early in the process before a performance issue happens
- Lower operating costs, because an administrator will get all the important data faster within a single pane of glass
- Better and consistent End-User experience
The only drawback of vCenter Operations for View is the price. It is a separate license which is not included in Horizon View or Horizon Suite. It is licensed by concurrent user with a list price of 100$. You can purchase it as 10 or 100 concurrent user pack.
I deployed vC Ops for View at a customer site because the customer had problems with desktop performance and logon times. After same days (need’s some time for vC Ops to collect enough performance data) we found out that the Pod Avg. Session Logon Time was about 120 seconds which was really high, but not every desktop encountered this problem. So we checked to group policies and there we found the problem. After reconfigure the GPO the Pod Avg. Session Logon Time went down to approx. 7-10 seconds.
At VMworld EMEA a new VMware Horizon Suite was announced which will include vCenter Operations for View. From my point of view it is the first step in the right direction to include it in the Horizon Suite because as a separate license it was to expensive and the main show-stopper. But it’s only the beginning. Most of the customer I know will only use View in their environments so the next logical step is to include vCenter Operations for View also in the Horizon View Bundle, so that the customer don’t have to buy the biggest edition.