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Delivering Secure and Scalable Desktop as a Service

Guest Blog by Dwayne Lessner, Technical Marketing Engineer, Nutanix, @dlink7 

Security and flexibility don’t often end up in the same sentence, especially when it comes to delivering IT as a service. But VMware Horizon DaaS Platform and Nutanix hyper-converged infrastructure together are able to deliver the same value proposition with our validated reference architecture for desktop and applications as a service (DaaS).

Together, VMware and Nutanix provide what is arguably one of the best solutions for secure multi-tenant desktops for service providers and the enterprise. Continue reading

Workspace Environment Management with Horizon

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

A constant theme I hear when talking to customers about managing their virtual, physical, and cloud-hosted environments tends to center around the challenges they face with applications and users. In particular, the questions that customers are looking to solve are ones like how can I simplify management of my 100s of apps throughout their lifecycle, from provisioning, to updating, to dealing with app conflicts? How can I optimize delivery of applications to all the different environments, devices, and users I manage?  How can I drive down costs of managing user personas while delivering a consistent experience across devices? And these are just some of the questions I hear. Well, we’ve been working to help tackle these challenges with a complete Workspace Environment Management solution using our Horizon technologies. Continue reading

Finding the Ideal Match With A New Desktop Assessment Service for VMware Horizon

By Ben Goodman, VMware Horizon evangelist, End-User Computing, VMware

When looking to make an important investment such as buying a house, having informative data matters. Web-based solutions like Realtor.com, Trulia and Zillow offer information that helps people make intelligent buying decisions. These tools take into consideration a variety of variables such as location, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, to find a place that fits into your budget. Without these tools or realtor partners who know how to use them, we would have to physically drive our cars from “for sale” sign to “for sale” sign until we found a match.

Having the right data also matters when deciding on end-user computing infrastructure. Many customers and partners struggle to make the business case for new technologies because they do not understand their end-user needs, requirements and costs associated with satisfying them with a new set of modern technologies.

Free Cloud-Based Desktop Assessment Service

With this in mind, I’m delighted to announce that Lakeside Software will be offering a new cloud-based assessment service that is designed to help customers streamline the move to virtual desktops. This new solution, called the Lakeside SysTrack Desktop Assessment, is a free, cloud-based offering that will give customers and partners the data they need to make good decisions.

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Socialcast and the Annual Performance Review

by Inna Fabrikant, Sr. Client Development Manager, Socialcast

With 2014 in our rearview mirrors, many workplace conversations are turning to performance reviews.

Employees are racking their brains trying to document all of their accomplishments over the past 12 months, while managers have the equally daunting task of acknowledging the successes of all direct reports.

At VMware, we’ve developed an integration between Socialcast and Workday that is helping us to alleviate these very real pain points, while simultaneously saving countless man hours in the process.

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Five Analytics Features Every Socialcast Admin Should Use

by Jeff Sato, Sr. Business Intelligence Analyst- Statistician

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Social Business Intelligence (SBI), Socialcast’s in-app analytics platform, is enabled for all Socialcast communities and has many great features that add tremendous value for community administrators.

Today, we would like to highlight some of the most useful SBI features that we think every admin should leverage to increase adoption and engagement in their Socialcast community.

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Keep your workforce productive, even when disaster strikes

If there’s one thing that’s certain, besides death and taxes, it’s the unpredictability of Nature. I was reminded of this recently, when my colleagues in Boston were buried under piles of snow, and thousands of people couldn’t drive into the office. Has your organization ever experienced anything like this?

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Has a storm, earthquake, power outage or cybersecurity attack ever separated your workers from their desktops and applications? No business is exempt from disaster these days, so even if you haven’t experienced one yet, it’s important to have a recovery plan in place.

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Maximizing Use of vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.0: Newly Updated Deployment Guide

By Cindy Heyer, Technical Writer, Technical Marketing, End-User Computing at VMware

The newly updated Maximizing the Use of VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.0 (formerly the VMware vCenter Operations for View Deployment Guide) is now available. The new version is full of tips on how to make the most out of your Horizon with View and vRealize Operations Manager systems by using VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.0.

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Software-Defined, Hyper-Converged VDI with Nexenta

By Michael Letschin, Director of Products, Nexenta

Image 1VDI has moved from an IT administrator’s pet project into a de facto standard for many enterprises, regardless of size, scale, or vertical industry. This acceptance might not have been the case previously, unless of course the IT admin was one of the early zealots and adopters who found that the security, reliability, and efficiencies gained were worth the early pain.  Unlike in so many other industries, the consumer has been heard, and, in August, VMware announced EVO: RAIL, a hyper-converged platform built with full backing and automation to go from zero to virtualization in 15 minutes with an interface like the latest Smart TV.  Alongside the EVO: RAIL release came NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN, a full-featured file-service solution, integrated with the vCenter Web Interface and using the storage profiles of Virtual SAN for both SMB and NFS shares on top of the scale-out VMDK storage on either standard Virtual SAN or EVO: RAIL.

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Announcing VMware Mirage 5.3

By Sachin Sharma, senior product marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, I am excited to announce VMware Mirage 5.3, the latest version of the product that includes enhancements that help IT administrators manage point of sale/point of service (POS) machines. The product is expected to be generally available later this quarter and it will be especially helpful to IT administrators supporting retail, finance, healthcare, or other distributed organizations. When we introduced POS support in VMware Mirage 5.2 late last year, we were just scratching the surface of what the product could do for POS device management. Now let’s talk about what’s new in the latest version of the product.

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Mirage API White Paper Now Available

By Judy Wu, End-User-Computing Solution Engineer, VMware

The Using the VMware Mirage API to Develop Your Own Front-End Interfaces white paper is now available.

This paper introduces the new Mirage API feature that was released along with Mirage 5.1. Mirage API is a group of APIs which allows IT administrators to develop their own front-end interfaces to the Mirage infrastructure. With Mirage API you can not only speed up the management of endpoints but also integrate your Mirage environment with third-party systems.

Organization of the White Paper

The paper consists of the following content:

  • Setting up your Mirage environment for the Mirage API – Describes the steps to set up your Mirage environment for the Mirage API in Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.
  • Configuring your development environment – You can develop your own front-end interfaces using the Mirage API in Windows C#, Java, and Python. This section illustrates the configurations for each development environment.
  • Use cases and workflows – Both centralization and OS migration are supported in the Mirage API in Mirage 5.1. This section introduces possible workflows for each use case.

Take a look at the newly published Using the VMware Mirage API to Develop Your Own Front-End Interfaces.