by Mason Uyeda, Senior Director, Technical Marketing and Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware
For those who have watched the news and announcements this week from VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) in San Francisco, and especially those who have the opportunity to attend, I’m sure you would agree that it’s impressive to witness the unstoppable march of innovation. In particular, I’m speaking about end-user computing (EUC) and the numerous VMware partners that are announcing advances that will drive cost down, enhance user experience, and make implementation of EUC services even easier. This rich ecosystem of partners driving innovation speaks directly to the DNA of Silicon Valley and other hubs of technology, as well as to the opportunities that lie ahead for end-user computing.
Storage is an especially hot topic and a rapidly evolving space—software-defined storage and flash are the topics of discussion and have been instrumental in driving down the cost of infrastructure for Horizon View virtual desktops. I’m hearing discussions about the cost of network/compute/storage per virtual machine well under $200, not including licensing—with more IOPS capacity than most users need (how often do you really need a hundred IOPS per virtual machine?)—all while providing great end-user experience (below 5ms storage subsystem latency!).
By David Grant, Senior Director, DaaS Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
What a week it has been for the DaaS market and for VMware here at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX). We continue to demonstrate why we are the clear market leader in DaaS with several great announcements this week. Not only did Desktone by VMware pioneer the DaaS market back in 2006 but now as part of VMware, we continue to drive innovation.
I have had many conversations this week with partners (4000+ VMware partners here!) and it is clear that DaaS is hot and we are in a fantastic position to help our partners accelerate their business. We made three huge announcements this week.
First, we announced a partnership with Google to modernize the corporate desktop and bring DaaS to Chromebooks. Second, we introduced the VMWare Horizon DaaS Platform, the industry’s first end-to-end software platform for DaaS built for cloud providers. Lastly, we announced that we have joined forces with Cisco, NetApp and Equinix to deliver the most simple and cost-effective way for service providers to get into the DaaS business with the new “OneStep” program.
By Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop, End-User Computing, VMware
As we kick off VMware Partner Exchange 2014, I’m excited to make some announcements in the rapidly emerging market of cloud-delivered Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS).
We are announcing the availability of the industry’s first end-to-end software platform for DaaS, VMware Horizon DaaS Platform (previously Desktone), that provides a complete software stack for service providers to build a cloud-based DaaS offering at scale. With the close of the acquisition just four short months ago, VMware Horizon DaaS Platform integrates three key software ingredients for building a scalable DaaS offering into a single platform:
The industry’s leading secure multi-tenant broker and orchestrator
Mobile and cloud-optimized virtual desktop delivery technology with great user experience
The world’s most widely used virtualization and cloud platform.
IDC predicts that the market for cloud-hosted desktops will grow at 85% CAGR over the next 5 years and near $1 billion. We envision high customer and partner interest will lead to significant growth in DaaS clouds.
By Erik Frieberg, VP of Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
Enterprise mobility on an USB stick – it doesn’t get more mobile than that. But that’s exactly what Dell has developed and VMware is proud to be a technology supporter of this brand new device.
Dell announced yesterday a brand new end-user device category with a new device called Dell Wyse Cloud Connect, an ultra-compact and highly mobile cloud access device that instantly delivers desktop virtualization and personal cloud services to any HDMI- or MHL-enabled display. The pocket-sized device delivers a full-HD experience with enterprise-level security, manageability and reliability. Organizations of any size can now deliver streaming cloud services and IT solutions in a cost-effective, mobile offering for work, home and on the go.
Many organizations face challenges during operating system and hardware migration projects. These challenges include choosing the right tool to help automate the process, utilizing precious IT staff time to accurately complete the project, pre- and post-migration assessment…to name a few. And it doesn’t help if IT is constantly under pressure to help drive the migration project to completion under strict time constraints. That is especially true for Windows XP to Windows 7 migration projects, since Microsoft’s support for Windows XP officially ends on April 8, 2014.
Some organizations may have already finished their Windows XP migration projects. Others may have just begun, just to realize the tool they’re using isn’t quite working as planned. And others may still be evaluating options for the best tool to use for their Windows XP migration project. For the latter two scenarios, IT staff must be thinking, “There has to be a tool out there to help make this migration process easier!” Well, that IT staff probably hasn’t taken a look at VMware Horizon Mirage. Horizon Mirage simplifies Windows XP migration for both IT and end-users. And with the layering capabilities that come with Horizon Mirage, the migration process gets even easier. How? Let’s explain.
In my first Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV) blog post, I introduced RTAV for Horizon View virtual desktops and discussed configuration primarily on the Windows platform. Then, in my second RTAV blog post, I talked about the added support for RTAV on Linux View Clients in Horizon View Client version 2.2. The new View Client version 2.3 has just been released, and I am excited to announce that we now also support RTAV on the Mac OS X View Client! I want to take this opportunity to provide some details about RTAV with respect to OS X and how it can be installed, used, and configured.
By Aaron Black, End-User Computing Product Manager, VMware
I’d like to introduce a capability from our partner CloudVolumes, which allows ThinApp packages to be delivered as VMDKs. This is an exciting form factor because of the added performance and flexibility that any customer with ThinApp packages and a vSphere datastore can start utilizing today. There are a number of benefits with this approach which complement the isolation and cross-platform compatibility that application virtualization provides. Let’s highlight a few of them below:
Customers can now present ThinApp packages as dynamically attached volumes on storage instead of moving bits around the data center via the network (so ’90s . . .). This removes the network variable, which is often the limiting factor for scalability and performance for deploying ThinApp packages in streaming mode.
Entitlement to AD users and groups and ThinApp registration become immediate turnkey processes, driven through a centralized GUI, without any need for login scripts or for users to log in and log out for changes to take effect.
ThinApp packages retain their read-only property and can be mounted either in a shared fashion to multiple virtual machines or attached to virtual machines individually (on local storage as well). The ThinApp sandbox can also be made portable by utilizing writable CloudVolumes to fully enable the needs of the nonpersistent desktop.
This is not a VDI-only solution! ThinApp is used heavily on the RDSH platform for very dense application delivery environments, and the combination of CloudVolumes and ThinApp delivers a truly remarkable solution without trade-offs. Having administered my fair share of RDSH boxes, I really appreciate this angle!
By Gary Sloane, Consultant for VMware End-User Computing
Every system, whether physical or virtual, needs antivirus and antimalware protection. But administrators and security officers, and many end users, know that virus scanning can affect performance, consuming CPU cycles as well as memory and storage, and can lead to potentially serious resource bottlenecks. Faced with these problems, administrators and antivirus vendors have made some progress in reducing the impact of login storms and other resource-intensive phenomena in virtual desktop environments, typically through improved scheduling and randomization, using AV agents on the desktop or other endpoint.
In contrast to these incremental improvements, agentless security appliances make a generational leap by offloading scanning functions to a separate virtual machine. This improves resource allocation as well as performance, and reduces operating expenses. What’s more important from a security point of view, however, is that attaching a security appliance to the hypervisor instead of trying to manage agents on each virtual desktop, gives the administrator 100% visibility into a Horizon View deployment. It alleviates to some extent the Rumsfeldian problem of not knowing what you don’t know.
by Kristina De Nike, Product Management, End-User Computing
Today we are pleased to announce that we are releasing the 2.3 version of the VMware® Horizon View™ Clients. The updated clients offer refinements and new features. The Windows and OS X clients are available from the VMware site. Updates to the iOS and Android clients are available from the application stores, use your in-device update mechanism to get the new versions. Work with your device manufacturer to get an update for your Linux thin or zero clients.
Real-Time Audio-Video for Mac clients
In our last two releases, the Horizon View team introduced Real-Time Audio-Video for our Windows and Linux clients. Real-Time Audio-Video encodes and compresses audio and video from the client end point, so users get crystal clear audio and video chat in their virtual desktop. This feature is such a hit, we’ve added it for our OS X client users as well. Mac users can connect to their virtual desktop to use Skype, Webex and Google Hangouts. The agent update that shipped with Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2 works with all supported clients.
To better support users with multiple desktops, the Windows and Mac clients now support drag and drop around the Horizon View client window to reorder the desktops. This feature works in the Windows and Mac clients. Users can also start to type the desktop name and the client will highlight the desktop with the matching name.