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Free Listen: “Smartphones but Dumb Apps” on the Echo ONE Podcast

Ever wonder: why do we have smartphones, but dumb apps?

The hard truth that IT knows all too well is: If you build it, they may not come.

Blake Brannon joins the Echo ONE technology podcast to delve into the current business app ecosystem, the consumerization of IT and why users continue to demand more from mobile experiences. We explore a new movement that brings the consumer experience into the way work gets done, without sacrificing the productivity and security needs of the enterprise.

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VMware Horizon Remote Applications Just Got Better

It started a few years back with the release of VMware Horizon 6. VMware had entered the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) game. There were doubters, and many pundits wondered if VMware was really serious about making a dent in the RDS market. Naturally, some competitors made cute marketing videos and labeled the product a nonstarter—among other things. Fast forward two years, and Horizon RDS is now giving our competitors a run for their money.

[Related: VMware Horizon 7: Your High Performance, Ultra-secure, Throwaway Laptop Is Waiting for You]

Strengthening End-user Experience & Performance

From a strategic perspective, the plan was to get Horizon 6 out the door and then innovate every quarter to build upon our RDS capabilities. With each quarterly update to the Horizon EUC Insights 2016 square CTAagent and client, new capabilities were added to support additional clients and peripherals and support new use cases. In the two years since the release of Horizon 6, VMware has improved the end-user experience, optimized performance and improved management and automation capabilities for RDS.

In Horizon 6.2, major platform enhancements were added to dramatically simplify deployment, provide automation, reduce storage costs, add fault tolerance and provide improved load balancing. Continue reading

5 Things You Won’t Want to Miss at EUC Insights 2016

A few weeks ago, we opened registration for VMware’s biggest End-User Computing event of the year: EUC Insights 2016. On June 7, IT leaders from businesses of all sizes all over the world EUC Insights 2016 square CTAwill converge online to talk about all things digital workspace and business mobility. Learn more here.

2016 has already been a year of huge advancements in EUC, with the February announcement of VMware Workspace ONE—the digital workspace platform that integrates identity, applications and enterprise mobility management (EMM). At EUC Insights 2016, we expect more big industry news and a much-anticipated “special announcement.”

If you haven’t already, click here to get your free ticket to the free online event.

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Enhancing Your VMware Horizon 7 Implementation with Smart Policies

Written in partnership with Raymond Wiesemann, VMware EUC product engineer.

There has been a great deal of enthusiasm around the launch of VMware Horizon 7 and the innovative features delivered by the platform. But sometimes, a big launch can overshadow some of the more practical features in architecture and performance. So, we decided to create a series of blog posts to highlight these practical features and explain them to you.

To start the series, we will begin to leverage Horizon 7 “Smart Policies” in your environment, where we will get into the details about our Smart Policies functionality.VMware Horizon Smart Policies 1

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We’re Bringing a VMware Horizon SociaLab To You

It’s time for another VMware Horizon SociaLab, coming to a city near you. Join our experts in person as they guide you through advanced technical concepts of Horizon, while you work directly with the solution in our hands-on lab environment. Don’t miss out on the chance to transform your workspace environment, and discover how Horizon delivers virtualized or hosted desktops and applications to end users through a single platform. RSVP for a Horizon SociaLab near you today!

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VDI with Horizon Accelerates Workflows at BDP International

VDI for Transportation Enterprise

BDP International helps chemical producers, major enterprises, pharmaceutical companies, oil and gas suppliers and major retailers track their product shipments around the world. BDP also provides their customers with just-in-time logistics to ensure sensitive shipments get where they need to be in days by land, sea and air.

However, BDP’s IT organization realized they couldn’t provide that same responsiveness to their own customers, the company’s employees located across 130 countries. When IT failed to successfully deploy their critical BDP application suite to Google Apps, they took it as a wakeup call.

The company sought out a true enterprise, scalable solution for their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and found it in VMware Horizon. The Horizon platform provides BDP with a suite of solutions to deliver a digital workspace.

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Enhance & Optimize Your Citrix Environment with VMware

See You In Vegas, Baby!

Visit us at Citrix Synergy on May 24-26, where we will demonstrate many new VMware products and innovations that complement and optimize a Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop environment, including:

Comprehensive Application Lifecycle Management for XenApp

  • Real-time App Delivery with VMware App Volumes
  • End-to-End Monitoring with VMware vRealize Ops for Published Apps
  • App isolation with VMware Thin App
  • Contextual Access with VMware User Environment Manager

Real-time Image Management for XenDesktop  (Technology Preview)

  • Project Orion works to bring Instant Clone capabilities to Citrix XenDesktops

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The End of “Good Enough” User Experiences for the Masses: NVIDIA Tesla M10 + VMware Horizon 7

tug of war computingIt used to be that graphics performance was purely the domain of CAD professionals, enthusiasts, creative agencies and the like. For the longest time, a virtual barrier existed between the haves and have-nots. The haves depend on an immersive, high-powered experience to get work done, while the have-nots spend their day peering into mundane apps, like presentations and spreadsheets.

When we think about virtualizing workspaces and delivering apps from the mobile cloud, we traditionally focused our technology “horsepower” on ensuring the graphics experience has been uncompromised for the top of the food chain: engineers, designers, creative types, etc. Rightly so, given the substantial investment traditionally found in physical graphics workstations and the transformation of that asset into a virtualized one sitting in the data center. Continue reading

Watch Citrix XenDesktops Provision Faster Than Ever Imagined

Have you ever wished you could provision personalized Citrix XenDesktops at the speed of stateless ones?

We have been working hard to bring VMware Instant Clone capabilities to XenDesktops.

VMware Horizon 7 Instant Clones overviewCome see us at Citrix Synergy—booth #520G—as we demonstrate this capability as a technology preview called Project Orion.

Instant Clone technology works by “forking” a running parent virtual machine (VM) into cloned virtual desktops. These cloned virtual desktops share the disk and memory of the parent VM, which helps eliminate boot storms and reduced IOPS in virtual desktop environments. A patented technology that puts virtual desktops through a short customization period that does not require the rebooting of systems for the desktops to obtain their uniqueness, such as IP address or joining the domain. They can be powered on and ready to go once a user is entitled for access. Continue reading

It’s Here! The EUC Insights 2016 Free Online Event

Virtual app and desktop delivery, unified endpoint management, identity and security, mobile productivity apps…the world of end-user computing (EUC) never stops changing. Register today for EUC Insights 2016, our free virtual tradeshow where you can learn how to tackle EUC’s newest challenges.

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Click here to register for EUC Insights 2016 on Tuesday, June 7, at 9 a.m. PST (noon EST).

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