It looks like VMware is preparing some new EUC nuggets for everyone to consume soon. Today marks the announcement of App Volumes 3.0 and with other events planned in February there seems to be other news coming also.
AppToggle – This feature introduces the idea of app cloaking or the ability to hide applications within a layer if the user is not entitled to them. This provides the option for organizations to create fewer application layers containing multiple applications rather than a larger amount of layers with single apps. In the briefing it was explained that VMware is not just simply hiding the application from the user, they are preventing individual apps from being layered on at the time of the layering being attached to the OS based on individual user entitlements. This sounds pretty interesting and I look forward to getting some hands-on time with this feature.
AppCature with AppIsolation – This feature is integrating ThinApp with the App Volumes capture process. Through a CLI in your capture VM you can enable the application to be isolated, which creates a ThinApp package as part of the process. This allows for applications to enjoy the benefits of isolation where needed and have it all happen in the same workflow. In the past you were able to separately create ThinApps and then include them in a layer, VMware is streamlining the process here.
AppScaling with Multizones – This feature is about working on improving the recovering and multi-site alternatives that App Volumes can support. In the past I’ve been pretty critical of several VMware products for not having a mature story around DR and Active-Active designs. I won’t know if this is a solid alternative or just a good enough one. What is now possible is the ability to use external file servers as the central point to pull AppStacks from. The external file servers has an association with each vCenter server and allows for flexibility in dealing with multiple sites. The idea allows for designs to use DFSR or NAS devices and take advantage of their replication functions, rather than build a replication engine into App Volumes.
Linux-based management VM – The previous versions of App Volumes required Windows for the install of the management console. This new version moves this to Linux which aligns with what VMware is doing for other products and allows for opening up API’s and the unified console story.
Other misc features to mention
- Layer merging – the ability to merge multiple AppStacks into a single layer (Stack).
- CLI – A command line interface has been added, which would primarily be used in the capturing and building of AppStacks.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status for 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design