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Desktop Transformation Powered by Dell Engineered Solutions for EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition (HE)

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

Today Dell is accelerating the desktop transformation journey for organizations small and large with their announcement of general availability of Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition (HE).

VMware and Dell have jointly invested in this space, to deliver on the benefits of the SDDC and hyperconverged infrastructure for desktop virtualization.  Our customers can tap into this powerful combination, benefitting from:

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Changing Desktop Economics: Cost Leadership with Horizon 6

by Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, End-User Computing

VDI has long shown a lower TCO than physical desktops, but until mid-2014 the savings were in operational costs; per user capital costs were actually higher, representing a barrier to adoption for many organizations. With the launch of Horizon 6, the scenario changed and VDI is now the lowest capital-cost option, as well.

This was a significant landmark for end-user computing, but not the end of the story. VMware sees cost reduction as a journey—and there are more steps to come.

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VMware To Expand VMware Horizon Air in the Asia Pacific Region

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

Today, I’m excited to announce the scheduled expansion of VMware Horizon® Air™ cloud services into two major markets in the Asia Pacific region – Australia and Japan. This is another example of the growing footprint and interest in cloud-hosted services by VMware from customers around the world. Customers can now take advantage of VMware vCloud® Air™ services for infrastructure-as-a-service and disaster recovery as well as desktop-as-a-service capabilities with Horizon Air.

With this expansion expected later this quarter, VMware will become the most geographically distributed desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) provider in the industry with four locations in the United States (Santa Clara, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Sterling, VA and Dallas, TX) and three in EMEA (U.K., France and Germany).

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Creating a Customized App Volumes AppStack Template VMDK

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware, and Dean Flaming, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager | Lighthouse and End-User-Computing Enablement, VMware

Would you like to optimize your App Volumes environment? Perhaps your current infrastructure is restricting performance. You may notice that it can take time to initialize the AppStack template. The default template size is 20 GB. But, you can create a custom-sized template, smaller than 20 GB, to better suit your environment.

A brief overview of the steps involved follows, and step-by-step details are discussed in the Knowledge Base article Creating a new App Volumes AppStack template VMDK smaller than 20 GB. Continue reading

VMware Previews Project Enzo – A Next Generation Hybrid Cloud Architecture Designed to Transform Virtual Workspaces

By Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

Sumit DhawanIf you could start from scratch and develop an innovative, bold new solution that could transform the way IT deploys and manages virtual workspaces with greater speed, flexibility and cost savings, what would it look like?

That was the question we asked ourselves on the End-User Computing team, which led the team to develop a brand new set of technologies that we are featuring today as a technology preview called Project Enzo.

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Planning and Implementing a Horizon Virtual Desktop Solution for a Healthcare Provider

By Nancy Beckus, Writer and Editor, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

Stephane Asselin, Senior Architect, End-User-Computing Technical Enablement, VMware

Chi Chung Wong, End-User-Computing Architect, VMware

In the fall of 2013, Carroll Hospital Center (CHC), a Maryland healthcare provider, faced a challenge: It needed to transform its end-user desktops to a secure, centralized desktop environment for local and remote users using a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution. CHC wanted to convert 800 users initially, but have the ability to scale up to 1,500 users, encompassing CHC’s main location in Westminster, Maryland, as well as users in managed practices throughout the surrounding area.

“There were two options available to us: improve the current Citrix installation or implement a new VMware Horizon with View solution. To improve and expand the Citrix installation would be quicker but not cheaper initially or in the future. After evaluation, CHC preferred the Horizon with View solution because the virtualization uptake and technology development at VMware is more progressive, and the technology is moving faster.” - CHC

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VMware NSX - Customer Imperatives for Desktop Transformation Security

Tony Paikeday, Sr. Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Customers share perspectives on what drives them to deploy NSX for securing virtual desktops and apps

I recently had the opportunity to attend RSA, and present at our breakout session “Limiting the Spread of Threats: A Data Center for Every User”. Here we explored the use cases for micro-segmentation, as it applies to both desktop virtualization and even to discrete apps. This was a good discussion, and you could tell from the Q&A, there’s expanding interest in understanding how virtualized users pose new considerations to organizations trying to protect mission-critical infrastructure within the data center.

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Apply Today! VMware Horizon Client for Chrome OS Early Access Program

by Claude Robinson, Director End-User Computing Enterprise Software Applications and Healthcare Alliances Team

VMware and Google have been working together over the last year to deliver compelling enterprise solutions to our customers. We have had the opportunity to work closely with Google to deliver a virtualization solution on Google’s Chromebook leveraging VMware End-User Computing products.

Many of our customers have deployed VMware Horizon and Google Chromebooks together with success to drive their businesses. A consistent question I hear from customers is, “When will Horizon hosted apps be available for Google Chromebooks?” VMware and Google have heard you, and we are excited to announce our first step to deliver hosted applications on Chromebooks. We are ready to get it into your hands.

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VMware User Environment Manager Deployed in 60 Minutes or Less

By Dale Carter, Senior Solutions Architect, VMware Technology Consulting Services

In only two months after the acquisition of Immidio, announced in February 2015, VMware has released VMware User Environment Manager. User Environment Manager is a powerful, simple, and scalable user environment management solution that helps IT with profile management and setting up dynamic policies. It is part of our bigger Workspace Environment Management capabilities. We are helping our customers achieve end-to-end application and user management with real-time application delivery, app isolation, SSO capabilities, monitoring, and much more. User Environment Manager is an integral part of achieving Workspace Environment Management.

In the last several weeks, I have been doing some internal testing with User Environment Manager (UEM), looking at the capabilities the software has and how VMware UEM will help administrators manage users and improve the user experience. Continue reading

VMware Horizon Webcast: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Delivering and managing applications and users across any environment is difficult. IT has to go through a complicated process, has to use legacy solutions (and many of them at that), and is expected to deliver against an SLA that requires zero or near zero downtime. To begin this process, a tremendous amount of time and many resources are usually spent packaging applications. Then IT has to worry about delivering applications without them failing so their end users can get to what they need to as soon as they log in.

And what if that application doesn’t work with your other applications? After spending time figuring that out, you still have to deal with app updates and maintenance to stay in compliance. And what if your end users are using different virtualized environments to access their apps? At this point, you have to rely on even more solutions to manage your environments. All of this can be very tricky, time consuming, and costly.

This is where VMware can help! VMware has an approach that allows you to manage users and deliver apps in minutes. We call this Workspace Environment Management and this leverages the best of VMware’s portfolio to ensure that you can streamline the tools used to manage users, apps and polices and have one place for all of your users to go to get all of their desktops and apps every time they log in. This helps you deliver apps in seconds, eliminate app conflicts and ensures that you get a native app install experience every single time. It helps you get to zero downtime, maintain 100% compliance and also makes it easier to convert unused licenses into dollars you can use for other things.

To help you understand how you can do this—we are holding a webcast with Harry Labana and some great demos on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM PDT. Here we will be sharing what’s new with Horizon 6 as well as some brand new offerings that will help you better deliver and manage apps and end users across physical, virtual and cloud-hosted environments. Whether you are using Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon or haven't virtualized your desktops and apps at all — you'll want to take part.

Register to attend this webcast and learn how to:

  • Enjoy faster app delivery and simplify user and app management
  • Improve your ability to monitor your environment
  • Help your end users enjoy personalized, conflict-free access to all of their applications

We hope you'll join us — register today!