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  1. Scott
    Scott at |

    Thanks for sharing the story. We debate the value of VDI in our company. I had a terrible experience in my previous company as the latency made productivity very difficult. So I have a mental hurdle to overcome at this point and I hope that as VMware's Horizon View 6.0 product improves, the experience improves. As a user right now, I will believe it is a viable option when I can actually see it work in a real world environment.

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  2. mattheldstab
    mattheldstab at |

    Michael-

    Good to hear about your high-latency experience. With Citrix acquiring FrameHawk, they have raised the bar in this space. I was at a technical conference last week put on by a Heavy-Citrix VAR, and the Citrix folks really made Horizon View / PCoIP look bad. They showed a recorded demo which included two Windows 7 virtual desktops running a YouTube video. The first was a FrameHawk-enabled XD7.5 desktop at 250ms, and the second was a Horizon View desktop with the same network limitations. The View desktop could only muster 1-2 fps, while the XD7.5 with FrameHawk was probably more in the teens (fps). I asked them about a possible "testing specs sheet" and they said they didn't have one. Seemed like a FUD-fest to me.

    Not really apples-to-apples (in terms of latency), but I took out my laptop and connected to my Horizon View 5.3 desktop via my hotspot (which was getting just south of 100ms in latency. I watched a YouTube movie trailer without much of an issue. I think some of the folks next to me began to somewhat doubt the video we just watched.

    Matt

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    1. jondwaite
      jondwaite at |

      I saw a similar 'demo' recently (at Citrix's Synergy conference in LA) and I asked the FrameHawk technical guys afterwards 'so what were the frame rate and build to lossless (BTL) settings chosen for the View desktop?' and got blank looks. I suspect BTL was set very high (possibly even 100%) to show View in the worst possible light. As Michael says these 'demos' can be slanted to make any product look better than the competition and I take them all with a very heavy pinch of salt.

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  3. Yury Magalif
    Yury Magalif at |

    Michael,

    Was it pure View PCoIP client or HTML5 access (browser based) that you used to access your Virtual Desktop on the plane?

    Sincerely,
    Yury Magalif

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  6. Yury Magalif
    Yury Magalif at |

    Michael,

    I flew a week ago. Inspired by your blog and by Gunnar Berger's videos, I decided to try this up in the air. It worked well. Latency of 600-900 ms, bandwidth of 2-6 Mbits. Here is the video result:


    Sincerely,
    Yury Magalif

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