VMware delivers View 5 with persona management, PCoIP boost

VMware View 5 is available this week with profile management, more client device support and better PCoIP WAN performance.

VMware View 5 is generally available now with PCoIP improvements, profile management, more client device support and other awaited features.

Earlier this week, VMware also released new versions of its other desktop products: VMware Workstation 8 and VMware Fusion 4.

VMware View 5 Premier Edition includes View Persona Management, which lets IT pros manage end user profiles that include settings and files, policies, such as access privileges, and various other settings. VMware initially planned to deliver this feature -- acquired through an RTO Software acquisition -- in View 4 last year.

View 5 also brings PCoIP improvements that increase network user density and reduce overall bandwidth usage on both LAN and WAN connections. WAN performance issues have been a problem in previous versions of VMware View with PCoIP. VMware said that internal testing shows up to 75% bandwidth savings, though actual percentages depend on the environment.

An update to the VMware View Client for iPad coming within a few days adds support for multitasking, RSA integration and a presentation mode for Windows desktops running on View clients on the iPad.

Additional features, issues and information can be found in the View 5 Release Notes.

VMware View 5, Enterprise Edition, includes VMware vSphere 5 for desktops, VMware vCenter Server 5 and VMware View Manager 5, a desktop management server to provision and control user access. Pricing is $150 per concurrent connection.

VMware View 5, Premier Edition, includes VMware vSphere 5 for desktops, VMware vCenter Server 5, VMware View Manager 5, View Client with Local Mode, VMware ThinApp 4.6, VMware View Composer and VMware vShield Endpoint. Pricing is $250 per concurrent connection.

VMware Fusion 4, which lets users run Windows on a Mac, is available until the end of the year for a promotional price of $49.99. The suggested retail price for VMware Fusion 4 is $79.99.

The new VMware Workstation 8 -- used for building, sharing and uploading virtual machines to VMware vSphere -- includes more than 50 new features. VMware Workstation 8 is available for purchase for $199 and Workstation 6 and 7 users can upgrade for $99.

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