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EUC is ROCKING the show floor @ VMworld

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This year we have put together the biggest, baddest and loudest EUC presence we have EVER had at VMworld!

Starting at our huge 16-screen HD video wall, you’ll be blown away by our Hollywood VFX artists using software like ZBrush, Maya, 3ds Max and more, all powered by smoking-fast Horizon desktops turbocharged with NVIDIA GRID graphics. (And yes, the Makerbot 3D printer is back, this year we have the Z18!!)

Checkout the AirWatch wall and while you’re there take the time to chat to our dedicated team of experts who can talk you through every aspect of our market-leading mobility platform.

Alongside all of this we’ve got our AlwaysOn Point of Care solution for healthcare, XenApp to Horizon migration tools, Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Fusion, Workstation, Socialcast, Workspace Portal, CloudVolumes, a Chromebook bar and loads more.

All our demos are run live locally and in the cloud for you to see in real-time how VMware EUC can help you transform your businesses to work at the speed of life.  Swing by and check us out!

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Next Phase of Desktop and Application Innovation

Sumit DhawanBy Sumit Dhawan, SVP and GM, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

Welcome to the second day of VMworld U.S. 2014!

I hope you had a great time yesterday on the first day of the show. I know there is usually more going on than you have time for, but hopefully you had a chance to read our news to hear what’s new from VMware, attend a few sessions to learn more about our products, and catch up with friends and co-workers from the past.

The VMware End-User Computing team made some exciting announcements this morning that bring us closer to the vision that Sanjay Poonen laid out in the past with workers working at the speed of life.

We introduced a brand new solution called VMware® Workspace™ Suite that brings to reality the single, integrated workspace that integrates applications, data and devices. It also offers customers best of breed solutions by combining VMware Horizon®, the leading desktop virtualization platform and AirWatch EMM, the leading enterprise mobility management solution – something our competitors cannot match. I won’t go into too much detail about it here since Sanjay Poonen and Erik Frieberg talk about it more in their blog posts and Kit Colbert offers a technical perspective. However, what I’d like to focus on is what’s next for desktop virtualization as we see it.

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VMware Delivers Workspace Suite

Erik FriebergBy Erik Frieberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Welcome to the second day of VMworld! I hope you enjoyed yourself with all the activities tied to the conference yesterday but brace yourself since there’s still much more to come today.

I have the privilege of introducing to you the new VMware Workspace Suite, a new solution that builds on the vision we introduced over two years ago. VMware Workspace Suite represents the culmination of a great deal of hard work that has gone into a product we see as a major step toward our goal of providing end-users with simple and seamless access to all of their applications and information from any device. VMware Workspace Suite is a new integrated platform that combines AirWatch by VMware and VMware Horizon to deliver a unified end-user experience in a single, virtual workspace that unifies mobile, desktop and data.

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VMware Horizon and EVO: RAIL – Value Add For Customers

By Mason Uyeda, Senior Director, Industry Solutions  and Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

One of the most exciting announcements (for me, as an End-User Computing advocate) at this VMworld has to be the EVO: RAIL hyper-converged infrastructure appliance and partner ecosystem. Why? Because I believe EVO: RAIL building blocks will emerge as  key enablers on the journey to the software-defined data center (SDDC). In the SDDC, linear scale, maximum performance, and minimized increments of cost all mean that end-user-computing assets (virtual desktops, workspaces, user data, etc.) can be enabled, managed, instrumented, and migrated in such a way that end users get a great experience, at the lowest possible cost, with maximum uptime. With SDDC, IT adds an extraordinary amount of value to the enterprise both in the economics of virtualization across data center assets, and in the automated management that provides a framework for policy-based management of resources and services. The use cases for EVO: RAIL range from general-purpose applications, to remote or branch office deployments, to a virtual private cloud, to (of course) end-user computing with VMware Horizon with View and VMware Workspace.

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Grab a Seat for our CloudVolumes VMworld Session

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Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, End-User Computing 

Hopefully by now most of you have arrived in San Francisco and are ready to kick off VMworld with us at the welcome reception in the Solutions Exchange in just a few minutes!

There’s one last thing before you finalize your schedule for the week. During my last blog on the spotlight session I alluded to big announcements that I couldn’t share yet. Well, the first one dropped this past Thursday – the announcement that VMware has purchased CloudVolumes. (For more details on why VMware purchased CloudVolumes, check our EUC CTO, Kit Colbert’s blog post.)

I am excited to announce that we will be adding a session to give all the detail on the acquisition of CloudVolumes. EUC3605 is titled “CloudVolumes Acquisition Overview: Simplifying App Delivery” and it is scheduled for Wednesday at 1pm in Moscone West room 3012. In the session, Jason Marshall, CloudVolumes Product Line Manager, will detail how CloudVolumes technology gives users a “just in time” desktop which provides the quality of experience of a persistent desktop, but the manageability and economics of a non-persistent desktop. He will discuss how Horizon 6 and CloudVolumes together will revolutionize desktop and application delivery.

Register for the session today and help us give the CloudVolumes team a warm VMworld welcome.

Pay-As-You-Grow with Nutanix and VMware Horizon 6

Guest blog by Dwayne Lessner, Technical Marketing Engineer, Nutanix 
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As an end user of VMware end-user computing (EUC) products since 2008 when the product was called Virtual Desktop Manager 2.1, it’s been a great journey to see how VMware Horizon 6 (with View) has morphed into a full fledge application delivery platform.  The latest version of Horizon, offering the ability to deliver virtual desktops and hosted applications with Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services, arms businesses with the right deployment method based on use case and cost.

Today customers can take VMware’s EUC strategy and deploy with the same speed and approach of Public Cloud Providers with the security and control over SLAs in the comfort of their own data centers.  Nutanix, with the support VMware, is proud to release our latest Reference Architecture on VMware Horizon 6 that showcases benefits of Pay-as-you-grow infrastructure.

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No Worry, Save Money – VMware Mirage with Hitachi Data Systems

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
and Dinesh Singh, Solutions Marketing Manager, Hitachi Data Systems

The advent of bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own PC (BYOPC) has pushed organizations worldwide to seriously consider centralized endpoint management.  IT teams have realized that managing end-user devices is quite different from operating enterprise servers due to unpredictable users and predictable servers. Any performance degradation or downtime during OS migrations or patch updates could have serious consequences for the business. The situation worsens if user devices are lost and user environments cannot be restored. VMware Mirage beautifully integrates critical end-user management abilities with the customer’s existing IT environment. Mirage enhances IT efficiency by improving end-user productivity and simplifying desktop management while maintaining a consistent user experience. Mirage offers single image management and disaster recovery of user devices for any unforeseeable service disruptions e.g. theft, data loss, physical damage etc. Another benefit with Mirage is the centralized management and migration of laptops/desktops to latest versions of Microsoft Desktop OS. End users benefit by getting native performance, consistent personalization, flexibility in operations, and continuous ability to perform business operations.

With all these benefits also comes the task of managing backend IT infrastructure including storage platforms, which would host the images of your burgeoning employee base and provide consistent data throughput to employee endpoints. The choice of storage deployment could potentially be a dealmaker or deal breaker in maximizing the possibility of realizing full benefits of centralized desktop management. The purpose of deploying Mirage is not fully served if slow data backup and slow restore result in user frustration and not meeting user expectations on recovery options. A storage array that cannot deliver performance in a sustained sequential write-heavy Mirage environment could have negative consequences for both IT and the end-user.

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Spotlight Session @ VMworld: End-User Computing for the Mobile-Cloud Era

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By Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, End-User Computing

Hopefully you are getting prepared for VMworld and an amazing week in San Francisco!

Recently I covered not-to-be-missed end-user computing (EUC) sessions at VMworld and I’m sure you have registered for all of them by now. Last week I talked about sessions ideal for organizations looking to move from their current non-VMware desktop and mobile solutions to Horizon and AirWatch.

Now I want to talk about another can’t miss EUC event at VMworld, our EUC Spotlight Session: EUC3319-S – End-User Computing for the Mobile-Cloud Era. This is a more in-depth look at many of the features and announcements that will be covered during the EUC section of the Tuesday general session (keynote). The session will feature Kit Colbert – CTO, End-User Computing, John Marshall – SVP & GM, AirWatch and Sumit Dhawan – VP & GM Desktop Products End-User Computing, as well as myself and Harry Labana of CloudVolumes doing demos. (Did you catch the CloudVolumes news!?)

  • Sumit will talk about our strategy for the next generation end-user workspace followed by a deep dive and demo of Horizon 6 and Horizon Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and even show off some upcoming new capabilities.
  • Sumit will also get further into some of the exciting things that will have just been announced during the keynote. This is the kind of stuff that I would love to tell you about, but I am not allowed to yet!
  • John will then give some updates and demos on what is coming from AirWatch. AirWatch will hold some of their biggest announcements for the AirWatch Connect conference that is just 2 weeks away, but John will still have plenty to share.

In summary, the EUC Spotlight Session will have great executive speakers, exciting information and compelling demos. We only have limited time to get across a ton of news during the keynotes, so this is our opportunity to get to the next level of depth.  I am looking forward to it, so I hope you will join us.

VMware Acquires CloudVolumes

by Harry Labana, SVP and Chief Product Officer, CloudVolumes

The industry’s virtualization infrastructure leader acquired us today. At just over three years old, VMware realized the potential of CloudVolumes’ technology to disrupt status quo application delivery.  

It’s a proud day at CloudVolumes today as we celebrate our acquisition by VMware and look forward to the prospect of continuing the growth of our product on a global scale with the power of the industry’s top player behind us.

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I’d like to briefly tell you the CloudVolumes story and explain why our technology will change how customers think about application lifecycle management.

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Deciding Between VMware Horizon 6 and Citrix XenDesktop?

By Cyndie Zikmund, End-User Computing Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware, and Scott Edstrom, End-User Computing Senior Consultant, VMware

You have heard about Horizon 6 by now, but are you curious about how it compares to Citrix XenDesktop?  The VMware Horizon 6 family of solutions offers a choice of new features and capabilities for desktop and application virtualization.

We describe the most prominent features of Horizon 6 in the white paper Why VMware Horizon is a Better Choice Than Citrix XenDesktop. By outlining six ways that Horizon 6 outperforms XenDesktop across the board, we show you that:

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