Introducing VMware AppVolume 3.0 and whats new ?

It’s an interesting time, VMware has announced a major release of App Volumes 3.0. The new version was announced in February 2016 and have lots of improvements. VMware App Volumes 3.0 is an integrated and unified application delivery and end-user management system for Horizon and virtual environments. Here are some of the improvements you have to look forward to.

VMware Appvolume 3.0 new capabilities:

  • AppToggle – A new patent pending capability that enables per user entitlement and installation of applications within a single AppStack for maximum flexibility. This helps IT reduce the number of AppStacks that need to be managed, lowers storage capacity and management costs even further, improves performance, and allows applications to share or have different dependencies in a single AppStack. The AppToggle architectural approach of only installing entitled applications also offers greater security as opposed to simply hiding installed applications, which can easily be exploited.
  • AppCapture with AppIsolation – A new capability that easily captures and updates applications to simplify application packaging, delivery and isolation with a command line interface that enables IT to distribute AppStack creation to different teams and merge AppStacks for simplified delivery and management. With support for AppIsolation, AppCapture also integrates with VMware ThinApp to enable IT to deliver native applications and VMware ThinApp applications in one consistent format through AppStacks.
  • AppScaling with Multizones – Allows integrated application availability across datacenters so customers no longer need additional software to replicate AppStacks across sites. IT admins can add multiple file shares to host AppStacks and pair them to VMware vCenter™ instances. An import service will then scan the file shares and populate the AppStacks into the data stores of the vCenter instances. This removes the requirement of having a shared data store between vCenter instances to replicate AppStacks.
  • Integrated Application, User Management and Monitoring Architecture – A new modern architecture for the VMware App Volumes manager component offers the industry’s only solution that combines application and user environment management with monitoring. With an architecture streamlined for faster provisioning and context-aware user policy, this offers a flexible and reliable application and lifecycle management solution for the digital workspace.
  • Unified Administration Console ­– A single pane of glass across application management, user environment management and monitoring. This next-generation admin view recognizes patterns to create simple, yet powerful workflows for application delivery, user environment management (beta for this release), and desktop and published application environment monitoring. This removes the complexity of managing multiple consoles but still enables customers to use legacy consoles if desired. Out of the box functionality also enables IT admins to address end-user needs quickly and efficiently.

VMware App Volumes 3.0 comes in three editions: Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise.

Here are the details:

Standard License Includes:

  1. App Volumes
  2. User Environment Management

Advanced License includes:

  1. App Volumes
  2. User Environment Management
  3. ThinApp

Enterprises License includes :

  1. App Volumes
  2. User Environment Management
  3. ThinApp
  4. vRealize Operations for published applications

What’s new in VMware AppVolume 3.0?

VMware AppVolume 3.0 has lots of improvements and added several new features. Here are some of the features that I am very confident that you’ll like it.

  • AppToggle – which allows per user entitlement and installation of applications within a single AppStack.
  • AppCapture with AppIsolation – allows users to capture and update applications to simplify application packaging, delivery and isolation with a command line interface.
  • AppScaling with Multizones – allows integrated application availability across datacenters.
  • Integrated Application, User Management and Monitoring Architecture – combines application and user environment management with monitoring.
  • Unified Administration Console – single source for admins to view application management, user environment management and monitoring within their environment.

AppToggle and AppCapture with AppIsolation is really a cool feature when we compare with the previous version of AppVolume (2.x)

AppToggle – is known as a new way of delivering applications. The mechanism essentially the same, However the application assignment is totally different. AppToggle allows administrators to have a granular control of the applications in side a AppStack. Now Administrator can assign individual application to individual persons from an AppStack. This means admins can deploy an AppStack that has more applications than a user needs, but only install the apps the user requires. In the past, Administrator would have had to create a separate AppStack, with only the apps that user needed.

AppCapture and AppIsolation –  it allows administrator to capture single applications into a AppStack and later it can be merged them into an existing larger AppStack contains other applications on it. Then Admins can use AppToggle feature to assign individual application to users on that appstack.

See the AppToggle assignments:

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Next Blog Post, will talk about Appvolume Installation and Configuration !!.