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VIDEO: VMware Zimbra a Key Collaboration Tool for Cal Poly State University


Learn how VMware Zimbra has become a key collaboration tool for students, faculty and staff at Cal Poly State University with its easy, intuitive and web-based email, calendaring, file sharing and task management features.

What Is the Business Case for Desktop Virtualization?

By Tina de Benedictis, Technical Marketing Manager, Enterprise Desktop

All of the hoopla about the cloud—does it apply to your organization? Can you trust your data and applications to the cloud? How can you take the first step and give the cloud a try?

VMware has announced its End User Computing journey to the cloud, and VMware Viewand ThinApp are the first steps on the path. You can keep the rest of your organization as is and begin by placing your user desktops in the cloud. On those VMware View desktops, you can place applications that have been virtualized with ThinApp. Both of these solutions save your IT department a bundle of time, and what organization doesn’t have a backlog of other projects for IT?  To delve into technical details on saving time with desktop virtualization, see The Business Case for Desktop Virtualization.

The VMware End User Computing Journey to the Cloud

At VMworld 2011, VMware announced products for each of the steps on the VMware End User Computing journey to the cloud. Some of these products are part of the VMware product set already, and others are coming to fruition in 2012. Here is the overall product mapping for the journey to the cloud:


In this journey, Horizon™ Application Manager is the secure, policy-driven broker for desktops, applications, and data in the cloud. Horizon Application Manager delivers these cloud services to end users on a variety of stationary and mobile platforms, including those that users choose as part of the bring-your-own-device trend. In this post-PC vision, VMware embraces the need to deliver legacy Windows and enterprise client/server applications alongside newer application technologies.

These are the VMware products for the End User Computing journey to the cloud:

  • VMware View: Virtual desktops as a managed service
  • VMware ThinApp: Virtual applications as a managed service
  • Project AppBlast: HTML5-based delivery of legacy applications via a web browser
  • Project Octopus: Secure data share and sync
  • Horizon Application Manager: Now, policy-based management of applications (SaaS, web applications, ThinApp virtualized Windows applications, and enterprise applications). Soon, policy-based management of all public and private cloud services (desktops, applications, and data).
  • Horizon Mobile: A secure, managed, and policy-driven virtual smartphone for work, isolated and protected inside a personal smartphone

Cloud-based social/collaborative applications, designed for mobility:

  • Zimbra: Open-source email and collaboration
  • Strides: Social task management

Watch this video about the VMware End User Computing vision:

Building the Platform for the Post-PC Era

The First Step in the Journey

Your first step in the journey to the cloud is to try View and ThinApp. In this initial setup, View is the broker between end users and the cloud of virtual desktops, applications, and data.


If you are ready to refresh physical desktop computers, now is the time to consider the virtual desktop solution. The budget planned for the desktop refresh can be diverted to virtual desktops.

View and vSphere

Built on the industry-leading virtualization platform, VMware vSphere, VMware View enables you to deliver virtual desktops to any device with all of the benefits of centralized enterprise desktop management. You can deploy desktop instances rapidly from secure datacenters to facilitate high availability and disaster recovery, protect the integrity of enterprise information, and remove data from local devices that are susceptible to theft or loss.

Saving Time with Desktop Virtualization

VMware View desktop virtualization not only benefits from the sophisticated features of a vSphere infrastructure, but View also frees up time for your desktop administrators. Managing physical desktop computers is something that every IT director wants to make more efficient, but it is difficult to save time with an old model and with tools made for the old model. The model of individual physical computers with Windows applications and a web browser is being replaced. The new paradigm is a user “view” into the cloud to access a personal desktop, applications, and data.

The Business Case for Desktop Virtualization white paper compares time spent on physical desktop management to time spent in virtual desktop management with View. Your IT department can save 57% of the time currently spent on desktop administration with a VMware View virtual desktop implementation. The more users you have, the more hours you save by converting to a View virtual desktop implementation.

You have a list of other projects for your IT staff to work on, right? Get the details on how you can save time in desktop administration with VMware View: The Business Case for Desktop Virtualization.




Federal Organizations Rapidly Adopting Mobile Technologies

By Doug Bourgeois, VP & Federal Chief Cloud Executive, VMware

The adoption of smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices is proliferating. In rapidly increasing numbers, people are adopting these technologies for use in their everyday lives. In fact, the adoption rates are staggering. It took 21 years for the annual number of PC shipments to top 1 million units. In stark contrast, it took only 4 years for annual tablet shipments to reach the million unit mark. For the first time, the combined number of tablets and smartphones that shipped in 2010 was greater than the number of PCs that shipped in the same year. What does this mean? People are adopting these mobile technologies for convenience in their personal lives and they expect to leverage those same conveniences at work.

With demand growing so rapidly, it’s not surprising that Federal organizations have accepted these devices into the enterprise. A recent survey reported that 99% of Federal employees are using some sort of mobile device to perform their jobs. With ever tightening budgets, Federal agencies are encouraging employees to bring their own devices to work. Sixty-two percent of Federal agencies have a “bring your own device” policy in place, allowing employees to use their own mobile devices at work. Almost half of the Federal workforce is doing just that. But the watchful eyes of the budget hawks are carefully scrutinizing the IT budgets across the Federal landscape. Analysts and the Congress alike are clamoring for investments in IT to increase productivity. When I served as the CIO of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Congress was relentless in holding agencies accountable for the delivery of productivity gains commensurate with investments in IT. These expectations have only intensified in the current budget climate.

For more, visit VMwaredoug.com.

VIDEO: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City - VMware View Case Study


In this video, see how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City is using VMware View desktop virtualization software to quickly deploy virtual desktops that meet security requirements outlined by HIPPA regulations while providing clinicians the anytime anywhere access they need to provide the best patient care possible.

VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care solution at HIMSS12 – Check it out!

By Tisa Murdock, Product Line Manager, End User Computing

We recently announced a new VMware reference design called VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care™ solution. This new solution is built to handle the last mile of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) delivery by providing constant availability to patient care applications. As healthcare providers continue the migration from paper to digitized records, Healthcare IT is under tremendous pressure to deliver extreme levels of availability to these applications from a variety of end point devices. This solution not only addresses the availability issue but also protects patient data with strong yet lightweight security – security that does not affect mobility.

Learn more about this solution this week in Las Vegas at HIMSS12. VMware will be showcasing our Point of Care solutions built to solve today’s real world Healthcare IT challenges. Hear a short presentation from Bill Hudson, CISA – Corporate Director, Information Technology at Kettering Health Network (KHN) Tuesday, February 22 at the VMware Booth #3862. Learn how his talented team was able to implement this solution using HP Converged Infrastructure at KHN and how they continue to innovate by recently introduced iPad tablets for doctors to access their Epic EMR for supreme mobility. Look for an announcement around this and more info in the next few weeks – KHN is rockin’ it!

Bill will also be conducting an education session at HIMSS12 on Friday, February 24 at 11:15AM -12:15AM in Casanova #503 titled “Data: Take it or Leave it”. In this session he focuses on how KHN, a multi-hospital network addresses the needs of clinicians, compliance and IT when implementing an enterprise-wide clinical data retention program. Not to be missed!

Make sure you stop by the VMware booth # Booth 3862, MP25 at the Sands Expo Hall February 20 – 24 and see all of the VMware Healthcare demos and learn how we are transforming the cost, quality and delivery of patient care. 


VIDEO: IT Support Support Guy Gets the Band Back Together with VMware Zimbra


VMware End User Computing Solutions at HIMSS12

By Tisa Murdock, Product Line Manager, End User Computing

Well I am just finishing up a week at VMware Partner Exchange in Las Vegas and am getting ready for another action packed week in Las Vegas at HIMSS12.

For those not familiar with HIMSS – it is the largest Healthcare IT conference and event of the year. They are expecting over 30,000 attendees this year. This will be the 5th year that VMware has exhibited and this year we have built an awesome demo area featuring VMware Point of Care solutions.

We will be showcasing VMware View displaying clinical images in 3D and patient care applications using Apple iPads, Samsung Galaxy TABs Tablets, MacBooks, new Wyse thin client laptops and Zero clients. Our partners Teradici will also be joining us in the booth and will be displaying a huge 55 inch touch screen with 3D medical images – this is going to be really cool! Using VMware View with lossless PCoIP technology and desktop virtualization to remotely deliver clinical images is gaining traction in the healthcare market. Check out the newest venture we recently announced with Peake Healthcare Innovations.  Cloud based delivery of medical images to any device will enable physicians to quickly make decisions, be more collaborative and ultimately provide better patient care – this is truly game changing!

Teradici will be demoing the new Zero Clients with Imprivata strong authentication and single sign on using proximity cards. This efficient workflow is really helping clinicians with super fast access to patient care applications by simply tapping a card.

We also will be showcasing VMware Horizon Mobile, VMware ThinApp and Cerner Instant Access solution and VMware Private Cloud solutions.

We will be in booth # Booth 3862, MP25 at the Sands Expo Hall February 20 – 24. Hope to see you there!