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AlwaysOn Desktop

Maximum Availability, Mobility and Security


for VMware View with F5 Networks
H O W -T O G U I D E
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Solution Overview
The VMware View AlwaysOn Desktop provides an innovative way for IT to provide business continuity and high availability for end-users
within organizations that require constant access to desktops, applications, and data without sacrificing mobility or end-user experience.

F5 enhances the VMware View AlwaysOn Desktop by improving availability, mobility, and security.

Availability

Intelligent local and global traffic management within and between datacenters for HA and DR

Global access management through single namespace support

Seamless and improved user experience with username persistence

Mobility

Support for all endpoint device (zero clients, tablets, laptops, etc.)

Access to existing session when switching devices

Security

Hardened access security using high-performance FIPS-compliant SSL VPN

Centralized access control for all application including View

Simplified login process for users

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Architecture & Design


This simplified network diagram represents a typical View deployment using F5 BIG-IP solutions.

F5s Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) are a critical component in the AlwaysOn Desktop design. In addition to providing standard
load balancing, the ADCs provide intelligent routing based on source IPs, geolocation, username, or latency. This ensures that the user is
always routed to the preferred site, and only in case of a site failure, routed to the next available site.

Furthermore, BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) work with the F5 iRules scripting language,
which allows administrators to configure custom traffic rules. F5 Networks has tested and published an innovative iRule that maintains
connection persistence based on the username, irrespective of the device or location. A user can change devices or locations and log back
in to be reconnected to a desktop identical to the one last used. This method of providing persistence across multiple View pods is available
only as a feature of VMware View when deployed with BIG-IP LTM and BIG-IP APM.
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Validation Result
The architecture consists of two identical View pods in an active-active configuration. Each View pod consists of two virtual machine
clustersthe management cluster and virtual desktop cluster for scalability purposes. Each pod is self-sufficient, i.e., all management
components, including Active Directory (AD), View Connection Manager, Security Server, etc. are built into each site. This allows complete
redundancy between the two pods and ensures that the environment will be able to deliver desktops even if one site goes down
completely.

The infrastructure is front-ended by F5 BIG-IP Application Delivery Controllers to efficiently route traffic between the two sites. Depending
on the organizations needs, traffic can be routed by source IPs, geolocation, latency, or user ID. Furthermore, application traffic is
managed within each site to provide optimal utilization of server resources.

The View pods are built based on the standard, highly scalable reference architecture published by VMware.

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Design Components
The VMware View AlwaysOn Desktop solution leverages the following F5 BIG-IP components:

F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)

BIG-IP LTM is an Application Delivery Controller system that provides intelligent load balancing and traffic management. It also brings
advanced application security, acceleration, and optimization to both VMware View and all your enterprise applications.

F5 BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager (GTM)

BIG-IP GTM is a high-performance DNS solution that gives you full control over global site routing and security. It uses pre-defined
business policies to intelligently and automatically route user access to applications based on a wide variety of active data.

F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM)

BIG-IP APM is a flexible, high-performance access management and security solution that provides unified global access to all your
business-critical applications and network.

All products can run on the same hardware platforms and share the same ultra-high performance Traffic Management Operating System
(TMOS). They are available in a wide variety of physical hardware platforms as well as virtual editions for vSphere.

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