Welcome to Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1!

We're very excited to announce the release of Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1 (Maintenance Release), already the second release of vWorkspace in being a part of Dell - the world's largest startup!

Building on top of the solid foundation of Dell vWorkspace 8.0, Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1 is a maintenance release that accumulates all the fixes and solutions that we have added to Dell vWorkspace 8.0 over the last several months. Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1 is much more than a service pack however, delivering some very powerful benefits and new features to our customers. These benefits and new features are a testament to our mission to provide our customers with a cost-efficient desktop virtualization solution that provides unique value and enables customers to embrace BYOD while delivering a secure, excellent user experience no matter where they are or what connectivity they might have.

Let's have a look at some of these benefits and new features in more detail.

Providing Monitoring and Diagnostics for Everyone!

At Dell we believe that operational performance, availability diagnostics and historical insight of your virtual desktop environments is becoming ever more important. Whether your organization is adopting virtual desktops for the first time, or if you are expanding the scope of your existing deployment, we've seen an increasing need for good quality monitoring and diagnostics. That's why we, over 2 years ago, launched a product called Foglight for Virtual Desktops. This product, built on the award-winning Foglight engine provides unique monitoring, diagnostics and reporting for vWorkspace environments.

Based on customer demand we have, over the last several vWorkspace releases, integrated vWorkspace and Foglight for Virtual Desktops more and more. In addition, we have seen a steady uptake on customer adoption of Foglight for Virtual Desktops. These two factors, combined with the fact that we believe that any vWorkspace deployment should be able to benefit from built-in monitoring, diagnostics and reporting have made us decide to make this functionality available in all vWorkspace Editions!

And it does not stop there! Not just are we offering Monitoring and Diagnostics (the new name for Foglight for Virtual Desktops) with every vWorkspace license, we've also added a lot of great new functionality like our new Hyper-V Monitoring which provides detailed information on a wealth of vWorkspace-specific Hyper-V metrics, a completely new Connection Broker Monitor that informs customers about individual Connection Broker configuration items and performance indicators, ranging from detailed system resource utilization to newly created vWorkspace-specific performance counters and new Logon Time Monitoring just to name a few. Be sure to check back later here on the vWorkspace Community to read more details about the new Monitoring and Diagnostics!

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 Support

Dell has a longstanding, close partnership with Microsoft and as a result of this relationship it gives us great pleasure to announce that Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1 has full support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Windows 8.1. This will allow our customers to fully enjoy the benefits of deploying Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1 with the latest Microsoft platforms, maximizing the value for our joint customers.

For instance, our preferred platform for desktop virtualization, Hyper-V, got even better with many great new features. Hyper-V was already a great choice for cost-effective desktop virtualization and now, with Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1 and Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2, we think this combo provides unbeatable value for customers.

We're even more excited about the updated deduplication feature of Windows Server 2012 R2. In Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1, we've updated HyperCache to be compatible with the updated deduplication feature of Windows Server 2012 R2, allowing customers to reduce the storage requirements even further while retaining the IOPS savings and performance enhancing capabilities of HyperCache that customers love. In our testing we've seen that using these Dell and Microsoft technologies in concert can save as much as 80% disk space - on top of the significant built-in disk savings that Dell vWorkspace already offers! This technology is available as a Tech Preview. Please see the vWorkspace system requirements document for more details.

While on the subject of HyperCache, vWorkspace 8.0 MR1 also ships with our fourth generation Hyper-V Catalyst Components including a new Hybrid HyperCache for VDI!

Support for Microsoft Lync 2013 and for the Lync VDI Plugin

Over the last couple of years, we have seen a dramatic increase in adoption of unified communication solutions in desktop virtualization deployments with vWorkspace. Microsoft Lync seems to be be the most popular solution for our customers and we have a long standing history of supporting Microsoft Lync. With Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1 we're continuing this trend.

With Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1 we now support Lync 2013 with EOP Audio enabling deployments over LAN and WAN with great quality and low bandwidth requirements. In addition, Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1 now also supports the Microsoft Lync 2013 VDI Plugin. The VDI Plugin provides “point-to-point” connectivity for functions such as desktop sharing, audio and video calls. With this functionality it offloads the connection through the VDI compute host thus reducing CPU, memory, IOPS, and network consumption from the VDI compute host while at the same time offering the best audio and video quality.

Speaking of popular Microsoft technologies, App-V is another one of those and in Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1 our App-V integration has been updated to support Microsoft App-V 5.0.

Naturally, vWorkspace has been fully qualified on Dell infrastructure, offering an end-to-end solution. For more information visit: www.dell.com/dvsforvworkspace

Learn More

During the next couple of weeks we will discuss these and all the other new functionality in much more detail right here on our blog, so make sure to stay tuned for that! In the mean time we understand that you will want to have a look for yourself. There’s nothing we’d like more. Here are some things you can do to learn more:

That’s it for now. We hope that you are excited about Dell vWorkspace 8.0 MR1! Please let us know what you think - also using the social sharing buttons on the top right of this post.