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Introducing VMware Horizon FLEX

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Do your employees want to use Macs in the workplace? Do you want to say ‘Yes’ to a BYO program? Perhaps you are hiring more temporary and contract staff? However, you struggle with balancing corporate access and corporate compliance…

VMware Horizon FLEX is an exciting new product that addresses these use cases and more! Horizon FLEX was announced at VMworld Europe 2014 and will be generally available soon. The VMware Horizon FLEX Solution Brief discusses the enterprise use cases solved by Horizon FLEX, as well as how it works and a sample of some of the functionality. Continue reading

VMware Horizon Client for Mac Is Ready for OS X 10.10

By Kristina De Nike, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

No need to be alarmed. Apple has announced that Mac OS X 10.10 is available. But if you are running the latest Horizon Client for Mac, version 3.1, you do not need to change anything. The current client works beautifully with Yosemite and looks beautiful doing it.


Figure 1: Horizon Client for Mac in Front of Seamless Horizon Hosted Application (Windows Chrome)

For weeks, we have been testing the Horizon Client 3.1 with the OS X Yosemite beta. Now that OS X 10.10 has shipped, we can confirm that the Horizon Client for Mac that we shipped in September is fully compatible.

If you are not running the latest Horizon Client, download the Mac client from the Horizon Client download page.

For more information about the Horizon Client and View virtual desktops, see Horizon with View.

VMware Fast Track 2.0 Program: New Proven Storage Solutions to Accelerate Your Horizon Deployment

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

Horizon has long been recognized for its ease of deployment, manageability, and predictability…all critical factors in the world of IT. These attributes have helped make Horizon with View the market-leading VDI product that it is. But the importance of these same factors applies to other infrastructure components, especially storage. Feedback from customers has typically been that storage is one area where they would like to see improvements in ease of deployment, predictable scale and performance, and, of course, lower costs.

To help tackle these challenges, we have created Proven Storage solutions in the VMware Horizon Fast Track 2.0 program. Continue reading

VMware Horizon FLEX Makes VMware the Vendor With the Most Comprehensive Virtual Desktop and App Portfolio

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

Coming off of the tremendous momentum of VMworld U.S., here we are at VMworld Europe 2014! I have been to Barcelona about half a dozen times and it is always great to spend time here – great vibe with interesting architecture, delicious tapas, beautiful flamenco and more. In the midst of all this, I am pleased to share some exciting announcements we made today for End User Computing products and services.



It’s only been 6 weeks since our last VMworld where EUC made several exciting announcements that included the introduction of the brand new VMware Workspace™ Suite, an integrated platform that combines AirWatch mobile and content management with Horizon virtual desktop and applications to deliver a unified end-user experience. Also, we announced our acquisition of CloudVolumes to provide real time application delivery and in conjunction, showcased our next-generation desktop paradigm with Project Meteor to deliver Just-In-Time (JIT) Desktops.

We continue to believe that mobility is driving change from traditional PC-centric architectures to the mobile-cloud architecture. In the new world of mobile-cloud, customers can easily adopt a device agnostic strategy and deliver their corporate apps and data securely from any cloud. We are continuing to push the pace of innovation and keeping our foot on the pedal to deliver the best solutions to our customers for this journey.

Today, we made several announcements including the introduction of a new product in the VMware Horizon® family ­– Horizon FLEX™, a new service – VMware Horizon Air™ Desktop DR, integration of VMware App Volumes with Horizon Enterprise, and the further expansion into Europe (France and Germany) of our cloud hosted end-user computing services.

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VMware Horizon Air Adds New Cloud Service for End-Users

Erik FriebergBy Erik Frieberg, VP of Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Hola from Barcelona! It’s about 70 degrees and a bit humid here in the city… and it feels like I haven’t left Palo Alto. Regardless of how similar the weather might be, Barcelona is one of a kind when it comes to its food and hospitality. That’s why this has always been one of my favorite cities to visit every year.

Today at VMworld Europe, we introduced VMware App Volumes and VMware Horizon® FLEX™, and Sumit Dhawan has written a great, high level wrap up of the these new products. If you want a deeper dive into the new VMware App Volumes product or Horizon FLEX, you can read a blog post by Harry Labana and Kit Colbert.

What I’d like to do is give you more insight into our hosted cloud services and a brand new service, VMware Horizon Air™ Desktop DR.

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Real-Time Application Delivery and Lifecycle Management with VMware App Volumes

harry-labana headshotBy Harry Labana, vice president of products, End-User Computing, VMware

Tectonic shifts are taking place globally that require businesses to quickly adapt to change and shift cost to activities that increase productivity. Traditional approaches to application delivery and lifecycle management, designed for the distributed computing era will not scale for modern enterprises.

This is placing new demands on IT that require them to provide instant service delivery in a world in which change is constant.  This requires reimagining application delivery and lifecycle management for the enterprise.

I’m delighted to share that following the acquisition of CloudVolumes in August 2014, we will be launching a VMware-branded version of CloudVolumes called VMware App Volumes in late Q4 2014, the fastest integration in VMware End-User Computing (EUC) history.

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Mirage Large-Scale Reference Architecture Available

By Stephane Asselin, End-User Computing Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware, and Gary Sloane, Consultant, VMware End-User Computing

The long-awaited VMware Mirage Large-Scale Reference Architecture is now available!

It reflects over five months of testing and includes data that will be useful to anybody planning to migrate large numbers of desktops—think hundreds or thousands—from XP to Windows 7. By “anybody” we mean not only the large customers we originally had in mind but also those who can apply our large-scale techniques and results to medium-sized implementations.

It will also be useful for those who need to migrate from Windows 7 to Window 8 or perform related tasks, such as backup management and image management.

We should note that large-scale backup and migration require substantial investments in IT, historically requiring separate tools for backup and for PC lifecycle management. This paper demonstrates how Mirage eliminates the need for separate tools, while protecting the customization, applications, and data that personalize each end-user system. Mirage also minimizes end-user downtime and time required from IT resources. Continue reading

VMware Horizon 6 Supports Application Delivery by RDS Hosting

By Cindy Heyer, Technical Writer, Technical Marketing, End-User Computing at VMware

To meet the demand for hosted applications, VMware Horizon 6 supports an app-remoting option based on Microsoft RDS. The Application-Delivery Options in VMware Horizon 6.0 white paper describes this new option, as well as additional application-delivery options available in Horizon 6. You can publish and manage RDS-hosted applications through Horizon with View in the Horizon Advanced Edition and Horizon Enterprise Edition. That includes setting policies and entitlement. You can also integrate VMware Workspace with View, which enables you to present your hosted applications in Workspace, where they are displayed alongside applications from ThinApp repositories, Citrix XenApp farms, and SaaS and Web application providers.


RDS is the Microsoft architecture that supports the use of remote machines and applications through a network connection. The application-hosting option in Horizon 6 provides the essentials for publishing applications based on RDS. You can install one instance of an application on an RDS host instead of on multiple individual desktops, and make that application available to many end users. Continue reading

Hear from your industry peers at VMworld Europe!


VMworld US has been a resounding success this year and we are carrying the energy and momentum to VMworld Europe, set to kick-off on October 13th in Barcelona. While there will be multiple product sessions to talk about the latest advances in our technology, we also recognize that our customers want to see how others in their industry have deployed our products and the benefits they achieved. To showcase our customers and to share industry best practices, we have a series of industry-oriented panel discussions at VMworld that will cover Healthcare, Education, Financial Services, Government, and Manufacturing/3D.

In these sessions, we will have customers come in and share their decision making process, business drivers, deployment details, and benefits they achieved through deployment of VMware’s end-user computing solutions, products, and technologies. This will be your chance to get firsthand information from peers in your industry:

In addition to sharing best practices, this will be a wonderful opportunity to network with your peers in the industry! We look forward to seeing you at the event.

You can follow us live throughout the show and drop us a comment on Twitter or Facebook using the #vmworld hashtag!

Next-Generation Unified Workspace with Horizon 6!

By Matt Coppinger, Senior Group Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

A virtual workspace deployment provides a wealth of features and functions that allows users to access their data and applications on any device from anywhere. With VMware Horizon 6, IT is empowered to administer all application and desktop access and provisioning from a central, unified platform.

Horizon 6 is put to the test in the recently published technical white paper, VMware Horizon 6 Reference Architecture. By integrating the different components within Horizon 6, a unified next-generation workspace is possible. The Horizon 6 reference architecture also discusses the performance of Horizon 6 hosted applications, and managing dedicated desktops using VMware Mirage. Continue reading