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Embracing Consumerization for the Digital Workspace: VMware Introduces Workspace ONE

By Kevin Strohmeyer, senior director, product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Introducing Workspace ONE

VMware is proud to announce Workspace ONE, the simple and secure enterprise platform that delivers and manages any app on any device by integrating identity, application, and enterprise Picture1mobility management. The introduction of Workspace ONE is the result of over two years of planning and well over a billion dollars in investment both organically and inorganically.  This investment includes the market-leading enterprise mobility management (EMM) from VMware AirWatch, the recently introduced VMware Identity Manager and the new cloud management service in VMware Horizon Air. While these products have been and will continue to be developed and sold individually, there has been an even greater ongoing effort to both integrate common services and innovate by creating net-new functionality, packaging and purchasing flexibility.

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VMware Instant Clone Technology for Just-In-Time Desktop Delivery in Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition

By Fred Schimscheimer, Staff Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

Just-in-time desktops? Really? Are you kidding me?

No!

What Is Instant Clone Technology?

Instant Clone Technology is all about delivering VDI desktops just in time. For those of you who follow project names, think of vmFork and Project Fargo. Instant Clone Technology allows administrators to rapidly clone and deploy a virtual machine in less time than it took for you to read these two sentences. Yes, that is one clone created per second on average.

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10 Things You Can’t Miss at Mobile World Congress

We’re less than two weeks away from the biggest mobility event of the year, the annual celebration of all-things mobility. Mobile World Congress 2016 promises to be full of cool new tech, mobile reveals and huge industry names (well, hi, Zuck). If you’re heading to Barcelona, I’m breaking MWC down into the top 10 things you need to experience—five just for fun and five can’t-miss business mobility events.

Not in Barcelona? Keep reading below for opportunities to get in the action virtually.

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The Next Step in Converged Infrastructure Solutions with Dell and VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode

By Jeff McNaught, Executive Director of Marketing, and Chief Strategy Officer, Dell Cloud Client-Computing

In today’s workplace, flexibility is key. Whether it is flexibility in how employees choose to work, or in how IT departments manage and scale resources to meet changing business needs, delivering solutions to help businesses be their best is at the heart of all Dell technologies. In talking with customers, we are hearing that they are looking for ways to embrace this flexibility, but need a solution that keeps their data secure, that is easy to deploy and manage, and that allows them to scale out as their business grows.

An effective converged infrastructure solution provides organizations with this flexibility while giving them the security and management capabilities that they need, and we are working closely with VMware on the upcoming Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode solution to meet these customer needs.

Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode provides businesses with a greater selection of management options in their VDI environments by offering a cloud-based management plane to simplify management, while also increasing the time to value and scalability. Customers just starting out on their cloud journey can implement a flexible strategy, whether based on a public cloud, private cloud, or a combination of both.

Dell worked with VMware on a 90-day beta testing program for Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode based on Dell hardware. Through this program, organizations from a variety of industries, including education, healthcare, finance, and Fortune 500, had the exclusive opportunity to work with the solution and evaluate the cost and management benefits provided. The benefits the organizations enjoyed were certainly significant. Outcomes included:

  • Set up initial desktops and applications in less than an hour
  • Deployed 2000 virtual desktops in under 20 minutes
  • Broker deployment and installation bits were downloaded from the cloud management plane automatically, reducing TCO

And, ultimately, they were able to cost-effectively achieve seamless desktop and application virtualization management.

We will continue to collaborate closely with VMware as we develop our own solution based on Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode. To learn more, watch the video Dell Solutions for VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode.

The Next Level of Mobility for VDI

by Gil Shneorson, vice president and general manager, Hyper-Converged Appliance, EMC

Virtual desktops continue to transform organizations of all sizes. We journey from meeting emc vmware hyper converged webinarroom to meeting room, home office to local café, building to building. No matter where we go, our applications and systems need to be with us on any device—but at what effort and cost? Setting up an environment that is secure, cost effective and can scale as your company grows can be a laborious task, one that spans days, weeks or, dare I say, months.

When it comes to VDI, VCE has a converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solution for any size business or application. One hundred users, 500 users, 5,000 users—the breadth of portfolio with Vblocks and hyper-converged appliances and racks can meet all business needs. For a traditional converged infrastructure, Blocks are unrivaled for centralized core data center VDI, and customer successes are numerous with VMware Horizon, but the excitement lately is all about hyper-converged appliances—what about those? Simply put, a hyper-converged appliance is the fastest and easiest way to stand up a software-defined environment. It’s also extremely cost effective and fits a wide variety of applications and workloads, including VDI.

The opportunity today with hyper-converged and VDI has just been elevated. The new release of Horizon 7 brings VDI to a new level. Hyper-converged delivers software-defined simplicity to the data center, and when combined with Horizon 7 and its new hybrid capabilities, VCE solutions can change the way data centers view VDI.

One aspect that is particularly exciting in the new Horizon 7 release is the cloud delivery option: Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode. So let’s look at how we can leverage that new capability in a hyper-converged appliance. In the above example of individuals going from office to office with their devices and applications in tow, this is what just got an upgrade.

Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode installed on a hyper-converged appliance now allows customers to take VDI on the move. For example, imagine a team of geologists heading out to an oil rig to collect data. How effective will they be if their connection back to their apps at corporate HQ is sluggish? Would IT have even attempted to use VDI? The new capabilities of Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode would allow them to switch from hosting their apps back at home to having them hosted on an appliance on the rig itself as a local private cloud. With no need to connect back to home, there will be no need to worry.

The combination of VCE hyper-converged appliances and Horizon 7 are a perfect fit for large enterprises with edge use cases or medium-sized businesses for use in the core data center. The combination of these two powerful solutions provide a compelling reason to make the move to a software-defined data center and VDI. VCE hyper-converged appliances running Horizon are a cost-effective, fast-to-deploy virtual desktop environment, assured to keep organizations on the move and productive.

Learn more about how Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode is taking VDI to the next level here, and don’t forget to tune in on February 16th to see how EMC and VCE are doing the same for hyper-converged appliances!

 

Say Goodbye to Cost and Complexity: Introducing Next Generation Cloud-Scale Horizon Air Service for Hybrid Desktop and App Virtualization Deployments

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

For many years, enterprise organizations around the world have been interested in using virtual desktops and apps to address a wide range of use cases including branch offices, call centers, contractors, BYO employees and offshore developers. In fact, 2015 was no different with roughly 78% of respondents in a TechTarget survey stating that they were planning on implementing VDI, 43% app virtualization and 23% terminal services/RDSH.

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The benefits are clear: For end-users, desktop virtualization means they can get work done anywhere on any device and be more productive. For IT, desktop and application virtualization provides a much needed platform to streamline management, enhance security and improve operational efficiencies.

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VMware Horizon 7: Your High Performance, Ultra-Secure, Throwaway Laptop Is Waiting For You

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

Don’t you love it when your brand new laptop finally arrives – pristine, unspoiled by corrupted registry, malware, or app bloat.  It just hums along perfectly, lightning fast, super responsive, snappy graphics.  All your apps are there, everything customized just the way you like it.  You’re in that state of computing bliss, silently judging your peers with their old clunky machines, staring at an hourglass.

Fast forward a couple months – what happened?  Your beautiful machine is now sluggish, taking forever to boot and login.  The graphics are laggy, no longer snappy.  Endless O/S notifications, prompting some required vulnerability patch. Now it’s just like everyone else’s.  Why can’t my corporate/PC life be more like my consumer/mobile life?

Too bad PC’s aren’t disposable, with IT serving up a fresh-out-of-the-box laptop experience to you every Monday.  Even better, every time you login!

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Five End-User Computing Predictions for 2016

by Shawn Bass, CTO, End-User Computing, VMware

shawnbass-4401So many times people make outrageous predictions for what will come in the next year for IT trends that most often are completely and utterly wrong. I think the issue is that people like to be provocative rather than pragmatic. While I’d love to see a future that has billions of Internet connected things and flying cars, the reality is I still walked into several customers in 2015 that were struggling to complete their Windows XP migrations. That being said, I don’t think it makes sense to focus entirely on the stragglers when thinking about where the industry is headed. However, it does help to keep in mind that there’s a balance of thinking in the industry and despite rapid innovation in this space, there will be those customers that adopt change immediately and those that are more conservative with their approach. What follows are my thoughts on the top 5 trends that will impact End User Computing (and to a greater degree IT as a whole) in 2016.

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New Video Exclusive: What is the Digital Workspace?

We’re mere days away from VMware’s biggest breaking news event of the year. And we have vmware breaking news cta buttonyour exclusive pass to finally answering the question that will transform businesses across the world: What is the digital workspace?

On Tuesday, February 9, join VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and EUC SVP and general manager Sanjay Poonen as they present VMware’s groundbreaking digital workspace vision and the innovations that will make this ecosystem a reality. Continue reading

The Parallel History of the Smartphone & Mobile World Congress

by Gregory Lehrer, senior director of technology alliances, VMware End-user Computing

Once upon a time in the smartphone world, there were two major operating systems that dominated the market.

End users from the consumer or the corporate world were quickly adopting these devices for personal use, email and/or business needs. These two players seemed to rule that part of the industry. Adoption for one of these devices was viral, thanks to its popularity among high-profile celebrities and corporate VIPs.

There were other players, of course, but their market share was marginal, so these two companies running these two OS’ were planning for world domination over the next few years, surfing on massive device adoption.

While everyone could believe this is a depiction of 2016’s mobile industry and the two players described being Apple and Android, this was not the case in the earliest days of the smartphone. Continue reading