We all need to learn something from Redhat and the Spice protocol. They have a lot of work in front of them before they can catch up with the two giants.
I like the ability of Spice protocol being OS agnostic. If Vmware and Teradici can learn from this architecture and be able to accomplish the same thing to their PCOIP protocol then I can see this being big for both company. It would be nice to have a second NIC (or teamed NIC) manage by the hypervisor just for PCOIP protocol alone and not mix with other management interface (that would be catastrophic)..
The benefit of doing it on the hypervisor instead of running it as a services is huge. The biggest one is what I already stated above and this alone should be a sufficient reason to do it. Here is a short list:
-OS agnostic. It does not care what OS you are running. It can be Window XP, Linux, Mac OSX, or even Windwos 15 whatever.
-No extra service to run on the VM. Which means you don’t need to install anything else on the VM. Which also means no security hole or extra port that needs to open on the VM IP stack.
-Security patches on the PCOIP protocol would be done on the hypervisor. On ESXi this means a firmware update. (I like firmware updates)
-Possibly, one IP for the whole PCOIP interface. Your firewall admins’ going to kiss you for this.
-You can see the machine booting up just like a traditional PC. (I know how everyone gets excited watching a beautiful machine boot up just like I do)
That only took me a few minutes to jot down those reasons so I am sure there are others I miss but the beef of it is there.
This can also apply to Citrix and the HDX protocol. But the problem with Citrix is the XEN hypervisor, not a lot of people in the industry trust the XEN hypervisor for their important services. You can argue with me on that note but Vmware is the industry standard when it comes to virtualization, they have been doing this gig for a while and they are the best of what they do, and that is why they are number one. Sure HDX can run on Vmware, but you have to have complete control of the hypervisor to do this architectural change easily (key word “easily”). Most IT trust Vmware hypervisor with their precious data so they are more positioned to accomplish this task if they want to.
That’s it, now we’ll see how the future will roll. I really have a good feeling about this…