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Desktop Transformation Powered by Dell Engineered Solutions for EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition (HE)

By Tony Paikeday, senior product line marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Today Dell is accelerating the desktop transformation journey for organizations small and large with their announcement of general availability of Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition (HE).

VMware and Dell have jointly invested in this space, to deliver on the benefits of the SDDC and hyperconverged infrastructure for desktop virtualization.  Our customers can tap into this powerful combination, benefitting from:

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Changing Desktop Economics: Cost Leadership with Horizon 6

by Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, End-User Computing

VDI has long shown a lower TCO than physical desktops, but until mid-2014 the savings were in operational costs; per user capital costs were actually higher, representing a barrier to adoption for many organizations. With the launch of Horizon 6, the scenario changed and VDI is now the lowest capital-cost option, as well.

This was a significant landmark for end-user computing, but not the end of the story. VMware sees cost reduction as a journey—and there are more steps to come.

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VMware To Expand VMware Horizon Air in the Asia Pacific Region

By Josue Fontanez, senior product line marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, I’m excited to announce the scheduled expansion of VMware Horizon® Air™ cloud services into two major markets in the Asia Pacific region – Australia and Japan. This is another example of the growing footprint and interest in cloud-hosted services by VMware from customers around the world. Customers can now take advantage of VMware vCloud® Air™ services for infrastructure-as-a-service and disaster recovery as well as desktop-as-a-service capabilities with Horizon Air.

With this expansion expected later this quarter, VMware will become the most geographically distributed desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) provider in the industry with four locations in the United States (Santa Clara, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Sterling, VA and Dallas, TX) and three in EMEA (U.K., France and Germany).

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Creating a Customized App Volumes AppStack Template VMDK

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware, and Dean Flaming, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager | Lighthouse and End-User-Computing Enablement, VMware

Would you like to optimize your App Volumes environment? Perhaps your current infrastructure is restricting performance. You may notice that it can take time to initialize the AppStack template. The default template size is 20 GB. But, you can create a custom-sized template, smaller than 20 GB, to better suit your environment.

A brief overview of the steps involved follows, and step-by-step details are discussed in the Knowledge Base article Creating a new App Volumes AppStack template VMDK smaller than 20 GB. Continue reading

VMware Previews Project Enzo – A Next Generation Hybrid Cloud Architecture Designed to Transform Virtual Workspaces

By Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

Sumit DhawanIf you could start from scratch and develop an innovative, bold new solution that could transform the way IT deploys and manages virtual workspaces with greater speed, flexibility and cost savings, what would it look like?

That was the question we asked ourselves on the End-User Computing team, which led the team to develop a brand new set of technologies that we are featuring today as a technology preview called Project Enzo.

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Jazz-Up XenApp – Taking A Closer Look at Applications with VMware App Volumes and WEM

By Harry Labana, vice president, products, End-User Computing, VMware

Harry Labana 2 Recently we announced the VMware Horizon® Application Management™ Bundle, which is included in VMware Horizon 6 Enterprise and available to Citrix customers, who we also love!

Today I’d like to double-click on the Horizon Application Management Bundle to explain a bit more how it addresses many common application delivery challenges. In this post I will discuss some future concepts including common capture of apps and per user entitlement, and explain why our approach is uniquely equipped to address the most comprehensive set of use cases across physical, virtual and cloud leveraging the other powerful innovations VMware has in its portfolio to provide a great experience. We’ll also be showing the bundle at the VMware booth (#302) at Citrix Synergy (May 12-14) so swing by if you’re at the show – we want to hear your feedback.

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Planning and Implementing a Horizon Virtual Desktop Solution for a Healthcare Provider

By Nancy Beckus, Writer and Editor, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

Stephane Asselin, Senior Architect, End-User-Computing Technical Enablement, VMware

Chi Chung Wong, End-User-Computing Architect, VMware

In the fall of 2013, Carroll Hospital Center (CHC), a Maryland healthcare provider, faced a challenge: It needed to transform its end-user desktops to a secure, centralized desktop environment for local and remote users using a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution. CHC wanted to convert 800 users initially, but have the ability to scale up to 1,500 users, encompassing CHC’s main location in Westminster, Maryland, as well as users in managed practices throughout the surrounding area.

“There were two options available to us: improve the current Citrix installation or implement a new VMware Horizon with View solution. To improve and expand the Citrix installation would be quicker but not cheaper initially or in the future. After evaluation, CHC preferred the Horizon with View solution because the virtualization uptake and technology development at VMware is more progressive, and the technology is moving faster.” - CHC

VMware Horizon with View Reference Implementation Case Study for Carroll Hospital Center describes this project. Continue reading

VMware NSX - Customer Imperatives for Desktop Transformation Security

Tony Paikeday, Sr. Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Customers share perspectives on what drives them to deploy NSX for securing virtual desktops and apps

I recently had the opportunity to attend RSA, and present at our breakout session “Limiting the Spread of Threats: A Data Center for Every User”. Here we explored the use cases for micro-segmentation, as it applies to both desktop virtualization and even to discrete apps. This was a good discussion, and you could tell from the Q&A, there’s expanding interest in understanding how virtualized users pose new considerations to organizations trying to protect mission-critical infrastructure within the data center.

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Manually Copying an App Volumes AppStack

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware, and Dean Flaming, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager | Lighthouse and End-User-Computing Enablement, VMware

Perhaps you have migrated or installed a new App Volumes Manager server, and want to know how you can import or share AppStacks. There are two scenarios to consider.

Scenario 1: The new management server can access the same storage as the old management server. In this case, you can import the App Volumes AppStacks directly, using the App Volumes Manager console and use the AppStacks in your new environment.

Scenario 2: The new management server cannot access the storage where the AppStacks are located, and therefore the AppStacks cannot be imported through the management console. Do not panic! You can move these AppStacks manually—read on to find out how.

Detailed step-by-step instructions are described in the Knowledge Base article Manually copying an AppStack to a new or migrated App Volumes Manager server. Continue reading

Apply Today! VMware Horizon Client for Chrome OS Early Access Program

by Claude Robinson, Director End-User Computing Enterprise Software Applications and Healthcare Alliances Team

VMware and Google have been working together over the last year to deliver compelling enterprise solutions to our customers. We have had the opportunity to work closely with Google to deliver a virtualization solution on Google’s Chromebook leveraging VMware End-User Computing products.

Many of our customers have deployed VMware Horizon and Google Chromebooks together with success to drive their businesses. A consistent question I hear from customers is, “When will Horizon hosted apps be available for Google Chromebooks?” VMware and Google have heard you, and we are excited to announce our first step to deliver hosted applications on Chromebooks. We are ready to get it into your hands.

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