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Monthly Archives: March 2011

VMware Workstation 7.1.4 Now Available

VMware Workstation 7.1.4 is a maintenance release that is a free update for all VMware Workstation 7.x customers.

Highlights include: 
- Support for Windows 7 SP1 and Ubuntu 10.10 guest and host operating systems 
- Resolves some security issues and addresses customer reported problems

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Technology Making a Difference – Children’s Hospital Central California

Nestled in the lush San Joaquin Valley of California, Children’s Hospital  Central California rises like a mirage from 50 acres of green meadow.  It almost looks like a children’s castle with brightly colored buildings, statues of giraffes and cute animal shaped topiaries. I recently visited the hospital to interview the CIO and the Network Engineering team for a video in support of our VMware View Client for iPad announcement last week.

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Technology Making a Difference – Children’s Hospital Central California

By Tisa Murdock, Product Line Manager, VMware View – Healthcare

Nestled in the lush San Joaquin Valley of California, Children’s Hospital  Central California rises like a mirage from 50 acres of green meadow.  It almost looks like a children’s castle with brightly colored buildings, statues of giraffes and cute animal shaped topiaries. I recently visited the hospital to interview the CIO and the Network Engineering team for a video in support of our VMware View Client for iPad announcement last week.

 


 

Being a Mother, I became choked up as I approached the hospital and at the same time grateful that -my son is healthy and- there are people and facilities dedicated to helping heal sick children. Children’s is the 2nd largest pediatric hospital in California, the 10th largest in the nation and has a long tradition of adopting technology to help improve patient care.  This tradition continues with their two desktop modernization projects – Advanced Clinical Systems and CPOE (Computerized Physician Order Entry) both going live this summer.

The healthcare industry is going through a complete transformation with the move from pen and paper to digitized records. This transformation will change the way both hospital IT professionals and hospital caregivers look at  point-of-care clinical desktops. Electronic medical records reduce medical errors, improve patient safety and produce better clinical outcomes, but if the caregiver needs to make a decision and cannot access their electronic medical record system because their clinical desktop is down – there can be serious consequences.

It has become absolutely imperative that desktops and electronic medical applications are immediately accessible and available to caregivers.

Children’s Hospital Central California is on the forefront of this industry wide transformation. They are creating clinical solutions that make the move to electronic medical records faster and less complex for their IT department. The solutions also provide caregivers with a highly available point–of-care environment that is easy to access and easy to use.

Children’s is piloting VMware View and VMware ThinApp to modernize and virtualize both their clinical desktops and medical applications. Abstracting desktop environments from PC hardware and moving them into the datacenter means that Children’s can better manage desktops and applications and deliver them as a service to their clinicians.

The virtual desktops are hosting on VMware vSphere, a key component of our VMware View solution. VMware vSphere provides unparalleled reliability with features that continually monitor, load balance and dynamically allocated resources across the virtual desktop environment.  As a result, IT can now deliver a non-stop point of care desktop with all applications and data readily available to the caregiver where and when they need them.

This enables new virtual point-of-care desktops to achieve the level of availability demanded by clinicians and staff. And now Children’s can also use new devices, such as the iPad, to access their virtual point-of-care desktop.

Clinicians tell me that they love the iPad. Now with VMware View Client with iPad they can access their virtual desktop and the small form factor and long battery life makes it portable and easy to take it bedside.  This means more time engaging with patients and fast order entry (via CPOE). Hospital IT professionals like it because all the data and information is being stored in the datacenter, making everything secure and compliant. In this use case the iPad acts like a thin client with no information being stored locally so there is no fear of a data breach if the device gets lost or stolen.

VMware’s mission in healthcare is to help our customers transform the cost, quality and delivery of patient care.  It is great to visit customers such as Children’s Hospital Central California who are committed to not only finding the best technology to help them transform to a digital environment but are also committed to improving the day-to-day workflow of their caregivers.

VMware vSphere Client for iPad has left the building…

We are excited to announce that VMware vSphere Client for iPad is available for immediate download from the Apple App Store.  The VMware vSphere Client for iPad is a companion interface to the traditional vSphere client and is optimized for managing your vSphere environment on the go from your iPad.  With this client you can monitor the performance of vSphere hosts and virtual machines.  You can also start, stop and suspend virtual machines, reboot them or put them into maintenance mode.

In this post I’m going to give you some background on the thinking and design principles behind this app.  I’ll also give you some hints on what its future might look like, but first, allow me to get some basics out of the way:

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ThinApped vSphere Client fling – new download available

Hi Guys,

Today we posted a free version of the vSphere Client packaged with ThinApp.

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VMware View Client for iPad #1 Free Business App – #Awesome App

Less than 12 hours after launch of the View Client for iPad we’re proud to say that we’re already number one on the App Store for Business Apps.  We’d like to thank all of those who have downloaded and reviewed the app so far and look forward to hearing your feedback.  We’ve also been getting some great coverage across the net on the various media outlets.  Here’s a list of a few of them:

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View Client for iPad is Here

2011 is shaping up to be an exciting year for VMware View.  About 2 weeks back we came out with the 4.6 release which delivered PCoIP support in our Security Server.  We’re getting some great feedback from that release and we’re seeing this open the door to new use cases for remote users.

Today we keep the excitement coming with the launch of the View Client for iPad.  This release is one small step for VMware and one giant leap for personal devices in the enterprise.  Now all of us iPad aficionados can use our iPads to access our desktops and get an awesome user experience without giving IT a heart attack about security.  It’s the best of both worlds.

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The power of AppLink

One great benefit of ThinApp’s bubble-to-bubble communication feature, called AppLink, is that you can have application dependencies assigned either static or dynamic. This will allow you some great flexibility but can just as easily make your design quite complex. As always, just because we support a feature or a usage of a feature doesn’t necessarily mean you should use it. In this blog post will I tell you about some of the functionalities of AppLink and then leave it up to you to decide how you’ll implement it…

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VMware View Client for iPad #1 Free Business App – #Awesome App

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Less than 12 hours after launch of the View Client for iPad we’re proud to say that we’re already number one on the App Store for Business Apps.  We’d like to thank all of those who have downloaded and reviewed the app so far and look forward to hearing your feedback.  We’ve also been getting some great coverage across the net on the various media outlets.  Here’s a list of a few of them:

If you don't already have a copy of the View Client for iPad you can get it here.

This is just the start of good things to come.  Be sure to check back to the View Blog often and follow @vmwareview on Twitter for product updates.

View Client for iPad is Here

View Client for iPad home screen

2011 is shaping up to be an exciting year for VMware View.  About 2 weeks back we came out with the 4.6 release which delivered PCoIP support in our Security Server.  We’re getting some great feedback from that release and we’re seeing this open the door to new use cases for remote users.

Today we keep the excitement coming with the launch of the View Client for iPad.  This release is one small step for VMware and one giant leap for personal devices in the enterprise.  Now all of us iPad aficionados can use our iPads to access our desktops and get an awesome user experience without giving IT a heart attack about security.  It’s the best of both worlds.

Our focus with this release is really around simplicity and we set out to make sure that the user experience from the iPad is seamless.  This means that access is a snap and interaction with the desktop is easy and efficient.

The iPad client is fully supported over WiFi or 3G connections and with PCoIP at the core you’ll be sure to get a great user experience.  Tight integration with View 4.6 means that logging into your View desktop from the iPad is easy and reconnection to the desktop is also simple with the ability to select from a list of previously connected desktops.

iPad users will feel right at home interacting with their View desktop using the gestures we’ve implemented making it easy to do things like click, select, drag and invoke the soft keyboard.  We’ve also included support for Bluetooth or dock connected keyboards for those prefer to type on a physical keyboard.  In addition to keyboards we’ve also added support for the iPad VGA connector which will let you connect your View desktop to an external monitor or projector.  If you wanted to, you could realistically go iPad full time!

This release is just the start of our support for the iPad and you’ll be seeing a lot more from us in the months to come as we continue to make improvements and add capabilities. 

To quote our Product Manager, Tedd Fox (@teddfox), we hope you think this client is as #awesome as we do.  It’s available as a free download today from the Apple App Store so download your copy and connect to your View desktop.  We look forward to your thoughts and feedback in the comments below and be sure to follow @vmwareview on Twitter to keep up on all of the latest product news.

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