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F5 Integration and Migration Strategies for VMware Horizon

Guest blog by Justin Venezia, Sr. Solutions Architect, F5 Networks

Are you thinking of migrating to VMware Horizon from a competitive offering such as Citrix? Looking for ways to integrate your existing Citrix environment with VMware Horizon so everything appears in one easy place or with one simple interface? Oh, and how about making it as seamless as possible for your end users to access their applications and desktops, while keeping the migration and management efforts for your IT administrators minimized?

Well, have we got a webinar for you! I’ll be presenting a webinar on best practices and approaches for making a transition from Citrix to VMware Horizon. Also, I will share ways of how to integrate your current Citrix and VMware Horizon environments using VMware and F5 technology.

We’ll talk tech about how VMware and F5 work together to make seamless transition from Citrix to VMware Horizon’s suite of products possible. We will discuss the major migration and integration pain points, some best practices on how to get the job done (of course!), and sensible approaches for achieving a unified infrastructure that is seamless to the end user, easy to use, secure and scalable.

Come join me on March 25th to learn more about how to make the most of your Citrix to VMware Horizon migration and integration efforts.

More on the webinar (including a link for registration) can be found here:


See you on March 25th!

New Application Partners Validate Benefits of VMware-NVIDIA Collaboration That Offers 3D Application Support Using High-Performance Virtual Desktops

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

Here we are at NVIDIA GTC 2015 talking with customers, partners and the industry at large about the groundswell that’s been building for high-performance virtual desktops enabled by VMware and NVIDIA. With NVIDIA GTC as our backdrop, let’s talk about why there’s so much momentum around this joint solution and hear what our new ISV partners have to say about it. I look at this in two axis – the tangible business benefits our customers are sharing with us, and the confidence we’re hearing from the ISV partners who have endorsed our solution for their end-users.

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In-depth: NVIDIA GRID vGPU with VMware Horizon 6.1

 By Pat Lee, Sr. Director, Remote Experience, End-User Computing, VMware — @patlee

In February, VMware announced that NVIDIA GRID vGPU on VMware vSphere 6 with VMware Horizon 6 was coming soon and now the software is available for download!

VMware Horizon 6.1 and vSphere 6 with NVIDIA GRID vGPU enables designers, architects and engineers to run the most advanced, graphics-rich applications in a remote desktop – using NVIDIA professional 3D graphics and certified application drivers. This brings workstation-class performance to remote and mobile workers more affordably than ever before, even over high-latency networks.

Let’s get into the details of what is NVIDIA GRID vGPU and how it works with VMware Horizon to deliver scalable, high performance VDI.

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AirWatch Connect at Mobile World Congress – It’s a wrap!

By Lanier Norville, AirWatch by VMware

Last year at Mobile World Congress, we saw enterprise mobility emerge as a central theme, and it’s clear the enterprise space is only picking up steam. Many of this year’s biggest headline-makers, from device launches to educational sessions, demonstrated that enterprise demand is now driving the mobile market. As Forrester analysts note, it’s clear the enterprise mobile mind shift is well underway.

Last year, sessions focused on the importance of secure mobile access to email, documents and other business tools, and executives pontificated on the mobile-cloud future. This year, experts discussed how those tools are revolutionizing business processes and driving innovation. As Constellation Research founder Ray Wang noted in his keynote this Monday at AirWatch Connect, mobile is now driving the creation of entirely new business models.

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VMware Horizon 6 with GRID vGPU Powers Scalable High-Performance Desktops

By Will Wade, director, NVIDIA GRID, NVIDIA

Support for NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ technology is among the many new features of the recently announced VMware Horizon 6.

VMware Horizon 6 is the latest release of VMware’s well-known VDI platform that delivers virtualized and remote desktops and applications through a single platform. Using GRID vGPU technology on Horizon gives users the full performance of a modern desktop, while IT managers get the scalability needed to make a VDI solution feasible.

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Introducing A New Release of VMware Horizon 6!

Shankar IyerBy Shankar Iyer, VP of Product Management, Desktop Solutions, End-User Computing, VMware

I am excited to announce today the newest release of VMware Horizon 6 featuring advanced capabilities for application publishing, 3D application support through high-performance virtual desktops, enhanced Chromebook support, software-defined data center optimizations including network virtualization benefits from VMware NSX, and new features for U.S federal government customers. The best way to talk about all the new capabilities is to sum it up into six new innovation categories that help make applications and desktop virtualization better than before.

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So without further delay, let’s jump right into what’s new in VMware Horizon 6.

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Securing Virtual Desktops Against East-West Threats in the Data Center

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

This blog is first in a series where we’ll explore the considerations for building a more holistic approach to securing desktops in the data center.

Image 1If you’re in an industry that’s got a mandate around regulatory compliancy and risk mitigation, then the ongoing headlines around recent high-profile security breaches isn’t news to you. A recent study from PWC reveals that security incidents are growing at an alarming 66% each year, with an average $5.9M financial impact per breach (for large enterprises). What’s probably more surprising is that the same study points to insiders (current and former employees) as contributing to 65% of such crimes.

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Join VMware at GPU Technology Conference 2015: Delivering High Performance Workstations from the Cloud

By Tony Paikeday, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Next week is GTC 15 – where end users and the graphics technology ecosystem converge to learn how to tap into the growing power of the GPU.  Each year promises major steps forward in ground-breaking innovation, and this year is no different!  GTC15 will feature front and center, the industry leading joint solution for delivering secure, immersive graphics from the cloud – VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID vGPU.



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VMware App Volumes – What About Performance?

By Tristan Todd, End-User Computing Architect, VMware

With significant contributions from Fred Schimscheimer, Staff Engineer in the Office of the CTO, VMware, and Stephane Asselin, Architect on the End-User-Computing Technical Enablement Team, VMware

In a previous blog post, VMware App Volumes Deployment Guide Is Now Available, I discussed how easy it is to deploy App Volumes. Today, I want to talk about performance. Our customers and partners are reaping the benefits of App Volumes because it truly delivers on

  • Dynamic application delivery
  • Bringing persistence to nonpersistent desktops
  • Cost-optimized infrastructure
  • Seamless end-user experience
  • Simple deployment and management

Figure 1: Real-Time Application Delivery

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VMware Mirage 5.3 Now Generally Available – Go Download Now!

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

A couple weeks ago, we announced the new VMware Mirage 5.3 solution and its new capabilities. Today, I’m happy to announce that VMware Mirage 5.3 is now generally available and current customers can download the solution from my.vmware.com. For those who want to try the product for free, a free trial of the solution can be downloaded here.

VMware Mirage 5.3 is an exciting release, especially for our retail, financial, and healthcare customers. It provides a great management solution for point of sale / point of service (POS) devices and allows IT to migrate POS operating systems to new versions such as Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 or POSReady 7. Full image management, such as delivering a base layer for OS or application updates, can now be delivered to POS devices, and disaster recovery use cases, such as revert to snapshot, file restore, or desktop recovery are also supported.

Beyond supporting more use cases for POS device management, we’re also introducing bare metal provisioning. When provisioning new devices, IT can now bypass a full Windows installation and use our bare metal provisioning for bringing up new devices faster. We’ve also enhanced our API capabilities and Web Manager GUI. To read more about these enhancements in detail, read my previous VMware Mirage 5.3 announcement blog. And as always, for more updates, please visit us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or discuss in our Communities.