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Agenda: End-User Computing Virtual Conference – May 3rd, 8:30am PST

End-User Computing Virtual Conference Agenda

 Only a few days a away! Get the details from Vittorio to see why you should join the Virtual Conference.  

Keynote – 8:30am

Accelerating the Journey to the Post-PC Era

Vittorio Viarengo, Vice President, End-User Computing

Enterprises are dealing with two fundamental client computing challenges—end-users are becoming more mobile, requesting data and applications to be provided readily on different devices; IT needs a simple, secure solution to manage the proliferation of data, applications and devices required for employee productivity.

In this keynote, learn how the VMware End-User Computing platform addresses these challenges by providing solutions to free businesses from a device-centric computing to user-centric experience. Traditional technology silos are lifted, application and data entitlement are centralized, and people are connected to technology and each other in new collaborative ways.

On-demand Product Breakout Sessions

VMware View
VMware View simplifies desktop management, control and delivery while providing a high fidelity virtual desktop to increase end-user productivity. See how VMware View continuously improves to simplify management, improve user experience, and lower the total cost of ownership.

VMware Horizon Application Manager
VMware Horizon Application Manager is a new cross-platform enterprise management solution. Understand how this solution simplifies IT by centralizing application management while providing a new on-demand end-user workspace. Go beyond the pc-era and embrace the cloud with flexibility but not complexity.

Project Octopus
Project Octopus provides data as a service to multiple devices in the post-PC era. This session discusses how the way people manage and share information within the Enterprise is changing, and how Project Octopus enables IT leaders to empower their users with secure anywhere access to their data with full control and governance over the data from either the private or public cloud. Watch this session to see a demo of Project Octopus.

Socialcast by VMware
Socialcast is the enterprise social platform that connects people to the knowledge, ideas, and resources they need to work smarter. See how Socialcast unifies communication and collaboration across the organization into one streamlined flow of work by integrating a robust social layer within the business applications and systems people use every day.

VMware Zimbra
VMware Zimbra is an enterprise-class, open source email, calendar and collaboration platform. Zimbra provides an open platform designed for virtualization and portability across private and public clouds, making it simpler to manage and more cost effective to scale.

On-demand Solution Breakouts

VMware View Solutions

As desktop virtualization garners more momentum, IT organizations are looking for a solution that is cost-effective and easy to deploy, manage, and scale. VMware View provides a comprehensive set of features that address the most challenging desktop use cases for customers

This session shows how VMware View can meet your desktop use cases:

  • Enable IT to easily deploy and manage desktop infrastructure on any device and any time for mobile, secure desktops. Give end-users to flexibility and choice to work they way they want to.
  • Meet the desktop requirements of end-users, from task workers to power users, working from out sourced or off-shore locations
  • Easily manage an agile and secure desktop infrastructure from a central location to remote offices and branch offices.

VMware View for Healthcare

The healthcare industry is in the midst of major transformation.  Hear how VMware View and ThinApp can modernize existing clinical desktops into a highly available, secure and mobile virtual desktop solution. Streamline clinician workflows, simplify desktop and application management and prepare for the next generation clinical workspace.

The Post-PC Era in the Federal Government

Hear how VMware technology is impacting three important building blocks of mobile computing in the Federal space. Learn how to embrace the post-PC era, by leveraging managed desktops, user-centric applications, and collaborative environments. 

How Desktop Virtualization Helps Cut Spending and Improve Computer Services at Schools
Desktop virtualization is a strategic investment that helps campuses overcome many of the critical technology hurdles they face today. Hear VMware and IDC Government Insights discuss desktop virtualization adoption, as well as the benefits and challenges that 10 primary, secondary and higher-education customers. 

Scheduled Expert Chats

10am – 10:30am PST
VMware View Vertical Solutions
Discuss how VMware View can help solve business challenges in Healthcare, Government, Education, and Financial Services.

Hosts:
Pam Takahama, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing
John Dodge, Director, Desktop Solutions

10:30 – 11:00am PST
VMware View Solutions
Understand how VMware View can help Mobile Secure Desktop, Business Process Desktop, AlwaysOn Desktop and Branch Office Desktop solutions.

Hosts:
Courtney Burry, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing
Sreekanth Kannan, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing
Muthu Somasundaram, Sr. Technical Solutions

11:00am – 12:00pm PST
Technical Expertise for VMware View
Have a technical or more detailed question on a specific feature of View? Ask the product experts here.

Hosts:
Robert Baesman, Director, Desktop Product Management
Lebin Cheng, Group Manager, Desktop Product Management
Rory Clements, Reference Architect Engineer, Desktop Product Marketing

12::00 – 12:30pm PST
VMware View Clients
Share your experience with using View on different devices and provide feedback to the View Client team. 

Hosts:
Ben Chong, Sr. Product Manager, End-User Clients
Pat Lee, Director, End-User Clients

End-User Computing Virtual Conference

May 3rd, Thursday    
8:30am – 1:30pm PST / 11:30am – 4:30pm EST

Register and Learn More 

 

 

 

 

3 Reasons on Why You Should Attend the End-User Computing Virtual Conference – from Vittorio (@vmwjourney)

Interview with Vittorio Viarengo, VP, End-User Computing

Q: Just to start off, tell me a little bit about what exciting things you and you’re team are doing lately. 

Vittorio: Where do I start? We’re always doing something exciting! The engineering team continuously amazes me with their new projects they’re working on. Our marketing team, along with myself, have been traveling and showing off View 5 on their personal laptops. And guess what? People couldn’t even tell the demos were run off a virtual desktop! Most recently, we’re all preparing for our End-User Computing Virtual Conference.

Q: Can you tell me a more about this End-User Computing Virtual Conference?

Vittorio: It’s an interactive online conference where we talk about different EUC solutions that will help our customers on their journey to the post-PC era. I’ll be delivering the keynote myself. Other members from the management team will also highlight the products they’re working on, such as View, Horizon Application Manager, Project Octopus, Zimbra and Socialcast.

Q: Why should people attend the conference?

Vittorio: You mean other than a chance to listen to me? Just kidding. [You’re not going to put that in are you?] 

Q: Yes I am and I’m sure you’ll be stunning.  But other than hearing your keynote, what are next top 3 reasons to attend the End-User Computing Virtual Conference?

Vittorio: Well, this is a great experience to hear the different technological advancements for each product.  You’ll be one of the first to see what we’ve been working on. That’s one. Two, you have the opportunity to ask questions directly to everyone on my team. How’s that for customer service! And three, you can network with each other. Join a chat, start one of your own, just have fun with it. 

Q: Is there a cost to attend the conference?

Vittorio: No, it’s free. You just need to register. 

 Q: I’ll add it in. Anything else you want to add?

 Vittorio: Yes, follow me on twitter. @vmwjourney.

  End-User Computing Virtual Conference

May 3rd, Thursday    
8:30am – 1:30pm PST / 11:30am – 4:30pm EST

Register and Learn More 

 

Why Physicians love iPads and how VMware helps IT Embrace BYOD

By Tisa Murdock, Product Line Manager, Enterprise Desktop

Physicians love the iPad for the mobility, lightness of form factor, screen resolution and long battery life. It is easy to take bedside and engage patients in their treatment and care.  CIOs and IT struggle with how to introduce iPads into their environment, continue to protect patient data and not have to manage another device.

Delivering clinical workspaces and patient care applications as a managed service means IT can satisfy clinician’s requirements and alleviate security concerns.  With a virtual clinical desktop, there is nothing stored on the device used to access the clinical desktop. Think of it as a TV screen. But a TV screen where you can interact with keystrokes and mouse clicks. Or in the case of the iPad finger gestures.
At Children’s Hospital Central California- their nutritionists had to take heavy binders bedside to consult with patients. Now all the information can be displayed through an iPad using a VMware View virtual clinical desktop. They have implemented about 400 View virtual clinical desktops and they are now considering a “Bring your own device policy” allowing physicians to purchase their own iPads. They simply provide physicians access to their point of care applications securely over the LAN or the WAN using VMware View.

Another emerging use case is clinical imaging. VMware View with PCoIP is brilliant at delivering lossless clinical images and proving to be an ideal solution for viewing these images remotely. Again- the iPad is quickly becoming the client of choice here as well. Imagine you are a physician and you get paged. You need to look at an image of your patient. Before VMware View you had to:

  1. Get in your car and drive to the hospital and use a dedicated workstation to check the image
  2. Have someone at the hospital look at it for you and report back

Physicians are demanding a better work life balance and using a VMware View to securely deliver images means that physicians can get that life work balance.  

MidMichigan Health another VMware View customer with about 1200 virtualized point of care desktops in production are using thin clients within the hospital to access patient care applications and data. During a panel discussion on VDI for Healthcare we heard this comment about how delighted their physicians are with iPads and View, "  I give the product a big thumbs up. I read a head CT in a restaurant last night during a business meeting and was able to give a preliminary report. The iPad screen is better than the laptop we had been using and the app speed is faster.” Nice!

Here at VMware we have recently installed a new demo in our Executive Briefing Center featuring View for Clinical Imaging. See firsthand how seamless the user experience is by stating your virtual desktop session with a clinical image on a laptop or zero client and then transfer that virtual desktop session to an iPad. Very Cool. Here is a picture of me showing a customer the demo.

  Tisa_HCDemo

For more information please see our website,  watch some great videos from HIMSS12 or visit the VMware Healthcare team in the Intel Booth  in Copenhagen for the HIMSS World of Health IT, May 7 – 9.

Enhancing a Citrix XenApp Implementation with VMware View and ThinApp

By Tina de Benedictis, Technical Marketing Manager, Enterprise Desktop, VMware End User Computing

You can enhance your Citrix XenApp implementation by presenting VMware ThinApp virtual applications to users on VMware View virtual desktops.

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Figure 1: The Combined Solution of View, XenApp, and ThinApp 

How does VMware ThinApp enhance XenApp?

Presenting ThinApp virtual applications through Citrix XenApp provides the following benefits over standard XenApp application presentation:

  • Requires only a single application instance: With ThinApp in a XenApp implementation, you need only one copy of the virtualized application stored on a ThinApp file share. With other applications presented with XenApp, you must install the same application on each of the XenApp Servers in your server farm, and each of these native installations must be individually maintained.
  • Application conflict is eliminated: To avoid application conflicts, Citrix isolates applications from each other via XenApp silos, which requires additional hardware. ThinApp isolates applications with software, not hardware. ThinApp virtual applications are isolated from each other and therefore can be placed on the same XenApp Server.
  • Recovery is simpler: If a XenApp Server fails, you have to reinstall the XenApp server. However, if you have stored your virtual applications separately on a ThinApp file share, you have only the baseline XenApp server to reinstall, and you do not have to reinstall the applications.
  • Updates are simpler and faster with ThinApp: With a standard Citrix XenApp setup, you must update each natively installed application on each XenApp Server, and you need to take each server offline to update the applications. If you use ThinApp to virtualize applications, you update only the single application on the file share, and ThinApp applications can be updated automatically while in use.
  • ThinApp can virtualize IE6, and the migration to Windows 7 is eased: ThinApp allows you to virtualize Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), and you can package IE6 along with a legacy application that depends upon IE6 or an older version of Java. Users can run virtual IE6 alongside a later version of native IE on the same desktop. The migration to Windows 7 or to later Windows versions becomes easier if you have the option of carrying forward any IE6-dependent legacy applications.

For full details on these points, see Integrating VMware View and VMware ThinApp with Citrix XenApp.

How does VMware View enhance XenApp?

A VMware View virtual desktop infrastructure enhances Citrix XenApp in various ways:

  • Users have their own desktops, with their own operating system and applications: XenApp provides users with a shared operating system and shared applications, and users can conflict with each other. VMware View provides users with their own desktop environments, with their own operating system instance and their own applications. Users do not conflict with each other.
  • The underlying infrastructure is familiar: If you have used VMware vSphere to virtualize your XenApp Servers, you can use your vSphere expertise to run View virtual desktops on the familiar infrastructure.

If you are adding a virtual desktop solution to your XenApp environment, VMware View is a better and more cost effective choice than Citrix XenDesktop because:

  • View directly leverages the power of vSphere
  • View is easier to deploy and manage than XenDesktop
  • View is one-half the cost of XenDesktop

For a comparison of VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop, see Desktop Virtualization with VMware View 5 Compared to Citrix XenDesktop 5.5.

How do you integrate View and ThinApp with XenApp?

Placing one copy of a ThinApp virtualized application on a file share is much simpler than installing multiple copies of XenApp applications on multiple servers in server farms. If you stream packages from the ThinApp file share to the XenApp Server via a LAN, and then present applications from the XenApp Server over the WAN or Internet to end users, you can take advantage of the combined ThinApp-XenApp solution.

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Figure 2: ThinApp Virtual Applications Streamed to a XenApp Server, Then Remotely Displayed to Endpoints

VMware View virtual desktops give your users isolated use of the operating system and applications, just as with a physical desktop. Placing shortcuts on View desktops to XenApp-presented ThinApp virtual applications gives users the best of all three solutions.

VMwareViewDesktopCitrixXenAppVMwareThinApp

Figure 3: XenApp Applications, Including a ThinApp Package, on a View Virtual Desktop 

For further information on combining VMware View virtual desktops and ThinApp virtual applications with XenApp application presentation, see:

Integrating VMware View and VMware ThinApp with Citrix XenApp

 

 

Register for the End-User Computing Virtual Conference on May 3rd

Please join VMware as we discuss the next step forward in end-user computing for the post-PC era.

Listen to Vittorio Viarengo, VP of End-User Computing, discuss the latest advancements in the VMware End-User Computing Platform.  Understand how VMware provides solutions to simplify traditional technology silos, enable policy driven management, and connect people to technology and each other in new and collaborative ways.    

This virtual conference will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Attend a keynote from the VMware leadership team
  • Learn about the latest innovations in the VMware End-User Computing portfolio
  • Chat with VMware End-User Computing product experts
  • Network with peers

Register now and "see" you there!

The VMware EUC Team

Save the date! VMware End-User Computing Virtual Event – May 3rd

Please join VMware as we discuss the next step forward in end-user computing for the post-PC era.

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
8:30am – 1:30pm PST

More information to come soon.

 

VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care ™ Solution Solves Healthcare Dilemma

By Tisa Murdock, Product Line Manager, End User Computing

For healthcare IT today – it is all about application and data availability. When the paper based records go away – the desktop will be viewed as a Tier 1 “life critical” device and it will be absolutely imperative to provide immediate and constant access to patient care applications. If a physician is in the middle of a procedure and they cannot access a clinical image or patient history to see drug allergies – there can be serious consequences. With so much change and disruption happening in the Healthcare industry, how can Healthcare IT take on such a huge undertaking? 

Let’s look at the problem…Shared clinical workstations within hospital are like hummingbird feeders. The clinician quickly swoops in – accesses or enters information, charts a patient and moves on. If the end point device is not working the clinician will move to another device until they find a working unit. If the system is down the clinicians may be forced to file a patient safety violation and Healthcare IT is then forced to prepare a corrective action plan so the violation is not repeated. 

Applications in healthcare are typically client server applications. Most healthcare providers have some apps delivered over network using Citrix Metaframe/Presentation Server /XenApp. This has caused them to build out huge siloed server farms that are complex, hard to manage, expensive and with multiple points of failure 

How can VMware help solve these issues?

First of all, we can start by installing the client portion of the client server application on the virtual desktop for a better more stable end user experience. Think about it… the application is installed and running in a Windows environment where it was designed to run. Nobody built their applications to run in a shared services environment such as Terminal Services or Citrix XenApp. Simply moving the client portion of the client server application onto a virtual desktop means the application performs and behaves better.

Next we can deliver the clinical workspace as a managed service from the datacenter or private cloud. Easily manage all of your desktops and applications from a central location and allow physicians to access their virtual clinical workspace with that iPad. Go ahead! Nothing is stored on the tablet so there are no security concerns; and you don’t have to manage the device. Sweet! 

Next we provide a solution to solve the last mile of Electronic Medical Record/Electronic Health Record delivery. VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care is a tested and validated reference design using VMware View for delivering constant availability to patient care applications and patient data. This load- balanced active active configuration has no single point of failure, built in redundancy and multi pathing to ensure an end user is ALWAYS able to reach a clinical desktop with their patient care applications.

Now that is what I call a home run – a single solution solving healthcare IT’s application availability dilemma AND creating a more secure and mobile clinical desktop.

Need a visual? Watch the short demo of VMware AlwaysOn Point of Care:

For more information please visit: www.vmware.com/go/transformhealthcare

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