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Profile management void has VMware View users seeking options

When VMware pulled RTO Software profile management from View 4.5, it left many solutions providers searching for viable profile management alternatives for their VDI offerings.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of July 5-9, 2010.

VMware pulls RTO Software profile management from View 4.5

As a result of VMware Inc. removing RTO Software profile management from View 4.5, solutions providers will need to find new profile management software options for customers' virtual desktop infrastructures.

VMware initially included RTO in its View 4.5 beta but removed it from a second beta because of its lack of Windows 7 support. A comprehensive VDI project requires profile management software, along with the desktop OS, applications and user data.

VMware's plan was for RTO to help solutions providers manage Microsoft's roaming profiles by automating synchronization for profile changes back to their servers, according to RTO was appealing to customers because of its low price, but when weighed against other tools, VDI experts consider it basic. An alternative such as AppSense costs $40 per concurrent user but offers more than just profile management, including physical-to-virtual desktop migration.

Other profile management choices include ProfileUnity from Liquidware Labs, which can work with VMware's ThinApp application virtualization tool. begins internal jump to cloud computing is in the introductory stages of putting its money where its mouth is and moving IT resources from its internal servers to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Amazon said that the move to the cloud was a business decision, and the goal is to lower operating and investment costs and offer enhanced flexibility and reliability. The company has already virtualized and consolidated its servers and will start the migration toward AWS with basic applications. Because of security and compliance mandates, the complex portions of IT operations will be moving last. was previously apprehensive about the cloud because of potential security issues, according to The Amazon Virtual Private Cloud service helped quell some of the fears had moving to the cloud because it lets solutions providers and their customers use Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), which is cut off from the public Internet.

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