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Category Archives: End-User Computing Overview

Keep your workforce productive, even when disaster strikes

If there’s one thing that’s certain, besides death and taxes, it’s the unpredictability of Nature. I was reminded of this recently, when my colleagues in Boston were buried under piles of snow, and thousands of people couldn’t drive into the office. Has your organization ever experienced anything like this?

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Has a storm, earthquake, power outage or cybersecurity attack ever separated your workers from their desktops and applications? No business is exempt from disaster these days, so even if you haven’t experienced one yet, it’s important to have a recovery plan in place.

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Mirage API White Paper Now Available

By Judy Wu, End-User-Computing Solution Engineer, VMware

The Using the VMware Mirage API to Develop Your Own Front-End Interfaces white paper is now available.

This paper introduces the new Mirage API feature that was released along with Mirage 5.1. Mirage API is a group of APIs which allows IT administrators to develop their own front-end interfaces to the Mirage infrastructure. With Mirage API you can not only speed up the management of endpoints but also integrate your Mirage environment with third-party systems.

Organization of the White Paper

The paper consists of the following content:

  • Setting up your Mirage environment for the Mirage API – Describes the steps to set up your Mirage environment for the Mirage API in Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.
  • Configuring your development environment – You can develop your own front-end interfaces using the Mirage API in Windows C#, Java, and Python. This section illustrates the configurations for each development environment.
  • Use cases and workflows – Both centralization and OS migration are supported in the Mirage API in Mirage 5.1. This section introduces possible workflows for each use case.

Take a look at the newly published Using the VMware Mirage API to Develop Your Own Front-End Interfaces.

Updated Paper About Configuring Horizon with View in Kiosk Mode

By Karen Smith, Guest Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

The updated Configuring Kiosk Mode white paper provides instructions and references to more detailed material to help administrators design and implement virtual kiosks using VMware Horizon with View.

The next time you use a kiosk at a library, trade show, or medical facility, consider that the kiosk application might be running on a View virtual desktop. View offers a powerful kiosk mode to facilitate the use of unattended self-service kiosks in public and semi-public locations where anonymous access to specific applications is required.

The physical hardware used for kiosk devices is often a bank of thin clients or zero clients, although it is possible to use other devices, such as locked-down PCs running Windows or Linux.

Kiosk functionality can be provided at low cost, with inexpensive endpoints, nonpersistent virtual desktops, and no additional storage. Very little is required of IT resources beyond initial setup and provisioning. For more information about configuring View virtual desktops to work in kiosk mode, see the Configuring Kiosk Mode white paper.

Understanding VMware Workspace Environment Management (WEM) And Welcoming Immidio!

By Harry Labana, vice president, products, End-User Computing, VMware

harry-labana headshotI’m thrilled with our announcement of the acquisition of Immidio and their user environment management (UEM) solution that provides a consistent and dynamic application and desktop experience across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. A hearty congratulations to the Immidio team and a warm welcome to the VMware family! In this post, I’d like to share some additional insight about our strategy and introduce you to what Immidio does and explain how WEM is different from UEM.

‘Many-ness’ Is Increasing Customer Costs

Most enterprise IT customers I speak with have a mix of physical and virtual infrastructure, invested in automation and open source, begun to consume public cloud infrastructure, and are re-architecting their datacenter strategy towards a hybrid approach. They want everything to run like a cloud service, so they can deploy any app to any device. So how do these enterprises start to move towards that reality for their end-user computing (EUC) service offerings?

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An Exciting New Chapter In the Journey

By Rob Huisman, CEO of Immidio

Rob Huisman Head ShotToday, I am excited to announce that Immidio will be joining the VMware family as part of the VMware End-User Computing team. This is the culmination of nearly 7 years of hard work and I’d like to take the opportunity to revisit how we got here.

It was back in 2008 when we decided to develop a robust Windows profile management solution for the masses. As the creators of an early profile management tool with our freeware Flex Profile Kit which had been available since 2003, we knew there was a huge demand for a simple-to-use, effective and scalable solution.

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Updates To VMware Horizon and EVO: Rail Raises the Bar in Delivering Performance, Simplicity and Reach for Virtualized Desktops and Applications

By Erik Frieberg, vice president, marketing, End-User Computing, VMware 

Erik FriebergAs we look at how end-user computing has evolved over the course of 2014, a lot has changed. With several strategic VMware investments now in our rear-view mirror that offer innovative new solutions, our customers are already reaping the benefits of a transformed solution landscape as they evolve desktops into mobilized, virtual workspaces that can access every application they need, with simplicity and ease.

In 2014 we saw the introduction of VMware Virtual SAN, delivering a radically simplified approach to storage, offering much better performance with reduced TCO in support of desktop virtualization and other critical workloads.  We also introduced VMware EVO: RAIL, our hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA), leveraging Virtual SAN and the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) enabling true simplicity of infrastructure with the ability to go from power-on to VM creation in minutes. Then there was VMware App Volumes, enabling real-time application delivery with lifecycle management, as well as RDS hosted apps, delivering remoted apps with reduced infrastructure costs, wider access, and improved performance.

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VMware Acquires Immidio To Offer Workspace Environment Management

By Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, desktop products, End-User Computing, VMware

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As our partners know by now, VMware always kicks-off the New Year with VMware Partner Exchange. Partners from all around the world come to the event to get an update on VMware’s business strategy, learn about new partner programs, meet with their VMware counterparts and network with their peers.

In conjunction with the event, the VMware End-User Computing Business Unit is excited to announce:

  1. The acquisition of Immidio
  2. New innovations in VMware vSphere 6 and software-defined data center that enhance VMware Horizon 6

These announcements will further strengthen the VMware End-User Computing product portfolio and help our partners support customers who are embracing the move to the mobile cloud.

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VMware App Volumes and VMware ThinApp Combined: The Perfect Mix

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

Since the general availability of VMware App Volumes (formerly known as CloudVolumes), you have probably read about the many benefits that App Volumes can bring to your environment. Perhaps you have already downloaded and tested a trial version. If you use VMware ThinApp for application virtualization, you may be wondering if there are any significant benefits to combining the two products. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of each product, and how those benefits can be magnified when you combine App Volumes and ThinApp.

App Volumes, ThinApp, or Both?

So, should you combine App Volumes and ThinApp, or not? The short answer is: It depends. There is no hard and fast rule, as individual requirements differ from environment to environment. Let us recap what each product does and the benefits offered. Continue reading

New VMware End-User Computing Channel on YouTube – Subscribe Today!

Here at VMware, we believe users should have one place to securely access all the applications, files, social tools and online services they need. This is why we’ve built one of the broadest technology platforms that bridges the entire end-user computing environment, from traditional desktops to the next generation of mobile devices.

And with VMware technology, end users get access to all of their apps and resources through one unified workspace. Pretty amazing, right? Well now our new YouTube channel aggregates all of the latest EUC video content for you, organized in playlists by the products and content you search you for the most. And better yet, you can subscribe to the channel for automatic updates.

On our new channel, discover the latest in product tutorials, customer testimonials and new product features. Get tech tips, best practices and view product demonstrations on how to implement VMware EUC technologies for your organization – including Horizon desktop and application solutions, AirWatch by VMware, Socialcast by VMware and more. You can also hear directly from our executives on milestone announcements and technology integrations, or catch a replay of a keynote you might have missed.

Below is just a snapshot of some of the resources you can expect to find on the new channel.  Subscribe to VMware EUC TV today!

 

 

 

 

 

How to Get In-Guest Metrics in vRealize Operations for Horizon 6

By Jim Yanik, End-User Computing Architect, VMware

When I was a child, I used to go camping at the Delaware Water Gap (some of you are heading for Wikipedia right now), and there were many caves that were super-tempting for an 11-year-old boy to explore. My brother and I would go into the caves and wander around, but we always stopped short into the adventure because we were missing something.

We never had a flashlight with us.

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For a long time, I kind of felt that way about vRealize Operations for Horizon. Continue reading