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Building VDI Solutions to Meet Heightened Customer Expectations

Guest blog by Patric Chang, Sr. Director Global Alliances, Fusion-io

In the new VDI world, customer expectations have progressed from robust, snappy virtual desktops to having ready access to corporate and personal applications, using multiple rich media on preferred devices to easily access content from any location.  Satisfying customers requires using highly efficient and scalable infrastructure to deliver VDI on premise or on public or hybrid clouds.  IT professionals can address heightened customer expectations by utilizing the simplicity, performance and cost effectiveness of VMware Horizon 6 and Fusion ioVDI.  Horizon 6 speeds VDI deployment with an architecture built for an on-premise and cloud-based future and delivers consistently great experiences across devices, locations, media and connections through a unified workspace.  ioVDI optimizes desktop performance so that IT professionals can deliver the following value:

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VMware Horizon and Trend Micro team up for secure, agile end-user computing

Guest blog by David Silverberg, Global Alliances Director, Trend Micro

In today’s high pressure, ultra-competitive business environment, organisations are demanding smarter, more mobile ways of working. Gone are the days of monolithic Windows desktop environments where costs were predictable and securing corporate data relatively straightforward. These changes  brought with them a whole new set of challenges for IT departments tasked with delivering end-user computing in an efficient, agile and secure manner.

That’s why VMware designed Horizon; to provide users with access to physical, virtual and mobile endpoints from any device. It’s also why we’ve been working closely with VMware on integration to make sure Horizon customers can benefit from Trend Micro protection no matter where or how they use the platform.

IT at a crossroads

IT departments are at the centre of a user-generated storm. They need to support BYOD on a multiplicity of devices and platforms, delivering an ever-increasing volume of data in a secure, compliant and efficient manner. Users want control over how they access business applications and they have high expectations regarding performance…they want and demand a great experience.  With this backdrop, it’s not surprising that many IT managers are struggling to deliver end-user computing quickly, efficiently and at low cost.

Enter Horizon 6

VMware Horizon 6 offers a new approach to these problems. It offers a device-independent workspace, providing centralised, single sign-on access to apps, files and desktop images from a wide range of mobile devices and computer platforms. With Horizon, IT can finally offer strategic innovation securely, while enabling a happier and more productive workforce. Horizon 6 includes greater manageability to ease the delivery of new workspaces and applications, as well as support for hybrid cloud environments, among many other benefits.

Trend Micro secures Horizon customers

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Horizon 6.0 – Introducing Virtual SAN Integration

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone on the End-User Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to bring you another exciting product announcement from EUC.

View 5.3.1 was introduced early in the first quarter of 2014 to support Virtual SAN 5.5 GA. As you may have read recently, VMware announced the release of Horizon 6 (with View). With this release, we are continuing to expand the Virtual SAN integration capabilities delivered by Horizon. The Virtual SAN integration capabilities introduced in Horizon 6 deliver the following benefits to our customers:

  • Reduces CAPEX cost of storage by up to 50% when compared to the cost of using an external shared storage array based on magnetic disks
  • A package that contains both View and Virtual SAN
  • A simple three-step setup and management workflow
  • Performance capabilities similar to that of an all flash/all SSD external storage system

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Microsoft Lync 2013 in View Windows 8.0 and 8.1 Desktops

By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Horizon 6 with View will be adding support for Microsoft Lync 2013 VDI integration on Windows 8.0 and 8.1 desktops. In View 5.2, VMware added support for Lync 2013 Client capabilities, including VoIP and videoconferencing, in View desktops running Windows 7 SP1. With Horizon 6 with View, customers will be able to run the Lync 2013 Client with full functionality inside Windows 8.0 and 8.1 virtual desktops as well.

Customers can use View PCoIP technology to deliver an optimal user experience when accessing their View desktop. Once inside the View desktop, users can fully leverage the Lync 2013 Client to communicate and collaborate using its rich VoIP and videoconferencing capabilities.

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Ushering the Software-Defined Workspace

Guest blog by J. Tyler T. Rex Rohrer, Co-Founder, Liquidware Labs

As traditional desktops continue to morph and become less dependent on hardware, the term “workspace” has been adopted to describe what people experience on their devices.  Probably a more appropriate term would be “software-defined workspace,” which more clearly evokes a flexible and portable structure that represents the future of the desktop. (Or a secure virtual workspace – as is the VMware end-user computing vision.)

It is clear that the evolution of desktop to software-defined workspace has made great strides since Liquidware Labs was founded back in 2009.  Yet, even with incredible progress, we recognize that this is only the beginning. We have only scratched the surface of the potential of this model.

So, where is this headed?  Well, we think we know.  As a strong VMware partner, we believe we have seen the future and it’s VMware Horizon 6.   We are extremely excited to see the latest enhancement to the VMware platform come to market and to be a supporting cast member in the march toward next-generation workspaces.

We believe that with the launch of Horizon 6.0, VMware demonstrates that they get the big picture…that it’s clearly time for convergence.  And this makes a great deal of sense because, after all, isn’t the entire cloud concept based on the idea of convergence?

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The Latest View on Horizon 6 & Pivot3 vSTAC Appliances

Guest blog by Greg Pellegrino, Product Manager, Pivot3

Exciting news from VMware that Horizon 6 was announced this week! VMware provided the opportunity to beta test the product, so I thought it would be fun and beneficial to share my thoughts on the new capacities framed by the impact to Pivot3’s customers and their business operations.  I spent a few hours with the Horizon 6 beta software loaded on the Pivot3 Test Drive array.  Pivot3 purpose-builds converged storage appliances for desktop virtualization. The vSTAC R2S P Cubed appliance comes pre-configured with VMware Horizon.

Major features in the VMware Horizon 6 release include:

  • Cloud Pod Architecture
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Services integration
  • Virtual SAN integration

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Horizon 6.0 – Cloud Pod Architecture Details

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

In my previous blog post introducing cloud pod architecture, I provided you with a high level conceptual overview. Now, let’s get to the details.

Cloud Pod Architecture and Multi-Data-Center View in Horizon 6

One of the key features of the Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture is the high availability and scale-out of virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. Many of you may have heard about this feature referred to as Linked-Mode View or Multi-Data-Center View or Federated View Pods. All of these mean the same thing.

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VMware Horizon 6 – Virtual Desktops with Hybrid Cloud Flexibility

By Josue Fontanez, product line marketing manager, DaaS, End-User Computing, VMware

Virtual desktops provide a great solution for end-users and IT. End-users get access to corporate apps and data from the device of their choice and IT can provide that access while maintaining security and control. Today, organizations have a lot of flexibility – they can choose between deploying virtual desktops within the walls of their corporate datacenter using VMware View or with the cloud using Horizon DaaS.

Unlike other legacy vendors, at VMware we believe that both on-premises and cloud-hosted virtual desktops provide a great solution for organizations. And it’s clear enterprise organizations agree.

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VMware Horizon 6 – Driving Costs Down with VMware Virtual SAN Integration (Again)

Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, End-User Computing, VMware and Rafael Kabesa, Product Marketing Manager, Cloud Infrastructure, VMware

The capital cost of virtual desktops has been a hot topic for some time now. As market interest in virtual desktops has grown, an increasing number of customers have faced the realization that the cost of servers, storage and networking is often more than the cost of physical PCs. The savings they targeted in operations and administration would be partly offset.

Over the last two years, the market has innovated to drive these costs down and unlock latent demand. Our ecosystem of partners has been at the vanguard of this, releasing a range of storage appliances that deliver significant cost savings through tiered storage approaches. This is exactly how markets should work.

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VMware Horizon 6 – Introducing Cloud Pod Architecture

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone in the End-User-Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to introduce you to a brand new capability of VMware Horizon 6, Cloud Pod Architecture.

The key features of the Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture are high availability and scale out of virtual desktops provided by Horizon 6. Virtual desktops can now be deployed across multiple sites or multiple datacenters and managed globally through a single entitlement layer. The Cloud Pod Architecture lays the foundation for delivering Horizon virtual desktops from different locations across the globe and centralizing the operations and management of the associated infrastructure.

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