This year we have put together the biggest, baddest and loudest EUC presence we have EVER had at VMworld!
Starting at our huge 16-screen HD video wall, you’ll be blown away by our Hollywood VFX artists using software like ZBrush, Maya, 3ds Max and more, all powered by smoking-fast Horizon desktops turbocharged with NVIDIA GRID graphics. (And yes, the Makerbot 3D printer is back, this year we have the Z18!!)
Checkout the AirWatch wall and while you’re there take the time to chat to our dedicated team of experts who can talk you through every aspect of our market-leading mobility platform.
Alongside all of this we’ve got our AlwaysOn Point of Care solution for healthcare, XenApp to Horizon migration tools, Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Fusion, Workstation, Socialcast, Workspace Portal, CloudVolumes, a Chromebook bar and loads more.
All our demos are run live locally and in the cloud for you to see in real-time how VMware EUC can help you transform your businesses to work at the speed of life. Swing by and check us out!
By: Josue Fontanez, Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon DaaS
Since launching VMware Horizon DaaS on vCloud Air, in March of this year, we’ve had the opportunity to listen and learn from our customers and partners. The feedback has been clear: customers love the ability to reap all the benefits of virtual desktops, while consuming them in an OPEX model that enables them to lower costs and gain greater agility.
The powerful combination of Horizon 6 and Horizon DaaS is empowering organizations with the best of both worlds: on-premises VDI and cloud-hosted desktops for a hybrid approach that is unmatched in the industry today.
By Sumit Dhawan, SVP and GM, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware
Welcome to the second day of VMworld U.S. 2014!
I hope you had a great time yesterday on the first day of the show. I know there is usually more going on than you have time for, but hopefully you had a chance to read our news to hear what’s new from VMware, attend a few sessions to learn more about our products, and catch up with friends and co-workers from the past.
The VMware End-User Computing team made some exciting announcements this morning that bring us closer to the vision that Sanjay Poonen laid out in the past with workers working at the speed of life.
By Erik Frieberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
Welcome to the second day of VMworld! I hope you enjoyed yourself with all the activities tied to the conference yesterday but brace yourself since there’s still much more to come today.
I have the privilege of introducing to you the new VMware Workspace Suite, a new solution that builds on the vision we introduced over two years ago. VMware Workspace Suite represents the culmination of a great deal of hard work that has gone into a product we see as a major step toward our goal of providing end-users with simple and seamless access to all of their applications and information from any device. VMware Workspace Suite is a new integrated platform that combines AirWatch by VMware and VMware Horizon to deliver a unified end-user experience in a single, virtual workspace that unifies mobile, desktop and data.
By Mason Uyeda, Senior Director, Industry Solutions and Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware
One of the most exciting announcements (for me, as an End-User Computing advocate) at this VMworld has to be the EVO: RAIL hyper-converged infrastructure appliance and partner ecosystem. Why? Because I believe EVO: RAIL building blocks will emerge as key enablers on the journey to the software-defined data center (SDDC). In the SDDC, linear scale, maximum performance, and minimized increments of cost all mean that end-user-computing assets (virtual desktops, workspaces, user data, etc.) can be enabled, managed, instrumented, and migrated in such a way that end users get a great experience, at the lowest possible cost, with maximum uptime. With SDDC, IT adds an extraordinary amount of value to the enterprise both in the economics of virtualization across data center assets, and in the automated management that provides a framework for policy-based management of resources and services. The use cases for EVO: RAIL range from general-purpose applications, to remote or branch office deployments, to a virtual private cloud, to (of course) end-user computing with VMware Horizon with View and VMware Workspace.
Hopefully by now most of you have arrived in San Francisco and are ready to kick off VMworld with us at the welcome reception in the Solutions Exchange in just a few minutes!
There’s one last thing before you finalize your schedule for the week. During my last blog on the spotlight session I alluded to big announcements that I couldn’t share yet. Well, the first one dropped this past Thursday – the announcement that VMware has purchased CloudVolumes. (For more details on why VMware purchased CloudVolumes, check our EUC CTO, Kit Colbert’s blog post.)
I am excited to announce that we will be adding a session to give all the detail on the acquisition of CloudVolumes. EUC3605 is titled “CloudVolumes Acquisition Overview: Simplifying App Delivery” and it is scheduled for Wednesday at 1pm in Moscone West room 3012. In the session, Jason Marshall, CloudVolumes Product Line Manager, will detail how CloudVolumes technology gives users a “just in time” desktop which provides the quality of experience of a persistent desktop, but the manageability and economics of a non-persistent desktop. He will discuss how Horizon 6 and CloudVolumes together will revolutionize desktop and application delivery.
Register for the session today and help us give the CloudVolumes team a warm VMworld welcome.
By Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, and Gary Sloane, Consultant, VMware End-User Computing
Our biggest customers deploy thousands, sometimes many thousands, of desktops throughout their enterprises. Some of the biggest challenges they face are how to manage backups, how to do proper image management, and how to migrate from one Microsoft operating system to the next.
In all cases, they need to protect the customization, applications, and data that personalize each system for the end user, while minimizing both down time and time required from IT resources. Backup and migration require substantial investments in IT and the use of separate tools for backup and PC lifecycle management.
Mirage Makes Life Easier for IT
VMware Mirage overcomes these challenges with centralized image management and enhanced capabilities for backup and OS migration. Here are just a few examples:
Guest blog by Dwayne Lessner, Technical Marketing Engineer, Nutanix @dlink7
As an end user of VMware end-user computing (EUC) products since 2008 when the product was called Virtual Desktop Manager 2.1, it’s been a great journey to see how VMware Horizon 6 (with View) has morphed into a full fledge application delivery platform. The latest version of Horizon, offering the ability to deliver virtual desktops and hosted applications with Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services, arms businesses with the right deployment method based on use case and cost.
Today customers can take VMware’s EUC strategy and deploy with the same speed and approach of Public Cloud Providers with the security and control over SLAs in the comfort of their own data centers. Nutanix, with the support VMware, is proud to release our latest Reference Architecture on VMware Horizon 6 that showcases benefits of Pay-as-you-grow infrastructure.
Some of the highlights include:
Nutanix and VMware EUC customers like Serco and Langs Building Supplies enjoy flexible, fast and simple deployments without making concessions for reliability or performance. Nutanix customers can embrace the blend of convergence and web-scale technologies to focus on deploying applications on their own terms.
By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing
I can’t believe VMworld 2014 is right around the corner! Next week, over 20,000 VMware enthusiasts will descend upon San Francisco. Many VMworld attendees will line up for the general sessions with amazing keynote speakers we have in place. Some attendees will be part of customer panel discussions. Some will experience our world-class hands on labs. Everyone has the opportunity to network with some of the brightest minds in software, which I expect people to take advantage of.
Having been focused on VMware Mirage for the past few years, I’m pleased to educate our new and existing customers on all things related to Mirage. Let’s take a look at some of the Mirage sessions you can find in the End-User Computing Desktop & Apps track:
EUC 1221 – VMware Mirage Best Practices & What’s New – I’ll be delivering this session with my colleague, Stephane Asselin – EUC Architect. In this session, you can learn best practices and what’s new with VMware Mirage. Stephane and I will share our tips and tricks for a successful deployment and continued management of Mirage. We’ll also review the latest and greatest features in Mirage. This is a must-attend session whether you’re new to Mirage or an experienced user.
EUC 1659 – VMware Mirage API – It’s Official Now! This is your chance to meet Mirage’s new API. Administrating a large Mirage deployment requires actions that are difficult or simply cannot be done with the Management Console: centralizing each new device once it connects to the Mirage Server, migrating thousands of XP machines to Windows 7 and monitoring the migration progress, identifying the endpoints that have not been backed up for a while and notifying the users, etc. These tasks plea for automation, and now Mirage provides an official Web Service API that can be called by any remote application, be it PowerShell, Java or Python script. Join us for the introduction on the new API’s concepts and a few demos of automated managing and monitoring using Mirage.
EUC 2182 – VMware Mirage Large Scale Reference Architecture and Customer Deployments. Stephane led the VMware Mirage Large-Scale Reference Architecture project. The project was built to demonstrate the scalability of a Mirage deployment, the resource utilized and the performance of all the components of the solution, at scale! The Large-Scale Reference Architecture was completed on the most recent version of Mirage, it proved that proper design and understanding of each component is key to a successful deployment. The project was done to address the following scenarios to solve two common challenges faced by IT managers today: 1) How to back up desktops deployed throughout the enterprise, protecting the unique customization, applications, and valuable data that personalize each system for its end user. And 2) How to efficiently migrate remote desktops form Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 7 with minimal impact on both IT resources and end-user productivity. Join us to not only learn about the large-scale RA, but also hear from a customer on why they chose Mirage, what use case they are fulfilling, and how their deployment is going. These are two great real-world examples that you won’t want to miss.
This time of the year is very exciting for everyone at VMware as we showcase what is on the horizon with our solutions. If you have an environment that requires Mirage, I highly encourage you to register for the sessions above. And don’t forget to swing by the VMware booth on the show floor to say hello!