By Gary Sloane, VMware End-User-Computing Consultant
Do you remember the guy from Los Alamos who lost a laptop full of weapon plans? How about that database of veterans’ names and social security numbers accidentally left in an airport? Losses like these could all have been prevented by VDI solutions, such as VMware Horizon with View. Enforcement of policies on taking sensitive material off-premises would have been useful, too, but the use of View desktops instead of physical PCs would have been sufficient.
Ah, the good old days!
Today, the breaches are more numerous, frequent, and complex, with more mobile devices at risk and more serious and sophisticated forms of attack. From Stuxnet to Heartbleed to Backoff to less dramatic incidents—like the theft of a billion usernames and passwords—new threats are emerging all the time.
So, if you are a system or network administrator, or a security officer, the good news is: There are ways to reduce your attack vectors. The bad news is that these suggestions are often ignored.
By Geoff Murase, Solutions Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
Now that you’ve hopefully recovered from the hustle and bustle of VMworld in late August, let’s review the plethora of activity that NVIDIA was involved in at VMworld in the U.S. First, there was a press release that announced a collaborative effort between VMware, Google, and NVIDIA to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. Watch a quick demo of this technology in action here. This press release not only highlighted this joint collaboration but also invited customers to apply for an early access program to experience NVIDIA vGPU technology on VMware vSphere. A short animated video explaining the benefits of GRID vGPU can be found here.
What is it worth to the Bank of Stockton to have blazing-fast virtual desktops? “How do you put a dollar figure on the ability to serve customers instantly rather than in minutes or even hours?” asked Vincent Lo, Vice President Network Application and Support at Bank of Stockton. “Customer service is at the heart of everything we do from a technology perspective, and now our technology is enabling us to deliver superior service at a lower cost.”
The Bank of Stockton selected VMware Horizon with View as the software foundation for its VDI solution based on a thorough evaluation of multiple competitive products. It solved the performance challenges of VDI rollout with a hybrid storage solution from Tegile Systems.
By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
We introduced VMware Mirage 5.0 as part of our exciting Horizon 6 launch earlier this year. Since then, we’ve been hard at work enhancing the next version. And now, I’m pleased to announce the official general availability of VMware Mirage 5.1! If you were able to attend one of our Mirage breakout sessions at VMworld in San Francisco last month, you got a sneak peek at some of the enhancements we’ve put in place. We wanted to make managing your desktop inventory even easier with this release. Let’s take a look at some of the new features in Mirage 5.1.
By Sumit Dhawan, SVP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware
VMware made some exciting announcements at VMworld U.S. two weeks ago that showed our commitment to offering customers the most innovative solutions on the market for their journey to the mobile-cloud. However, we know that in order to offer the best solutions, we need the best team that understands both customer needs and technology trends.
Today, I’m proud to announce two new additions to the VMware End-User Computing team.
By Kristina De Nike, Senior Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware
Originally, we thought this client release would include some small fixes to the hosted applications we launched last quarter. But we’ve gotten such a positive reaction to Horizon 6, the team was excited to add even more features. When the dust settled, we realized there’s a lot in this release. We have features that improve the usability of hosted application and we added some features sure to make all users happy.
by Karthik Kannan, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Caspida
Mobile security is clearly one of the most major challenges faced by companies today. The mobile dimension extends the traditional network from being a rigid perimeter to a more fluid, yet inevitable, area around corporate assets. Users are increasingly mobile – remote employees, traveling users, contractors, vendors etc. This poses the problem of valuable corporate data being rendered open to corruption, theft and abuse. Yet, the answer does not lie in locking down the data or the devices – for the sake of productivity and competitive edge, companies must make their data accessible and hence not locked down yet protect it at the same time.
Today’s mobile-IT processes provide two options – use a company-provisioned device, or Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD). Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but in my opinion, BYOD is the winner. My specific reasons for that opinion are BYOD takes away a huge onus on the part of IT to provision and continuously update corporate devices for its users – this is a thankless task and IT will never get ahead with this approach. What’s left, by definition, is therefore the winner. But BYOD is a winner only because the competing option is a loser!
By Aaron Black, Senior Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware
I am happy to announce that we are releasing ThinApp 5.1 today, which provides new package management functions and greater efficiency for IT. As always, we have included a number of fixes to address particular applications and functions, which can be reviewed in the ThinApp 5.1 Release Notes. We introduce a number of new features in the following paragraphs, and we will be doing some focused blog updates in the coming weeks to get into the technical details and provide specific guidance. In the meantime, you are welcome to review the What’s New section in the ThinApp 5.1 Release Notes or the ThinApp 5.1 User’s Guide. We are excited to provide this release to our customers and partners—please enjoy!
Let us start with a brief description of a completely new function—utilizing group policy for dynamic management of application linking and updating—for packages that have already been deployed.
By Shankar Iyer, VP of Product Management, Desktop Solutions, End-User Computing, VMware
It’s been just a few days since the excitement of VMworld U.S. 2014 where we introduced VMware Workspace Suite and showcased our next-generation desktop paradigm with Project Meteor to deliver Just-In-Time (JIT) Desktops. Customers and partners I spoke with at the show recognized the tremendous pace of innovation that has been coming from VMware in the last year and everyone in the space is excited to be on the path towards the next phase of desktop and app innovation.
But we’re not resting on our laurels and we are keeping our foot on the gas as we continue to drive the innovation train.
The Desktop Product team is delighted to unveil multiple product releases that are now generally available to customers.
Today’s workforce is extremely fluid. Employees expect to be able to work when they want, where they want, using the devices they want. End users are bringing their own equipment to the job, contributing from remote corners of the world, and utilizing every kind of electronic device to get the job done. They expect IT to support this plethora of devices and to provide easy access to the resources they need. The challenge for system administrators is to provide the support end users expect while maintaining security and control over vital company assets. Continue reading →