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Get Up to Speed on End-User Computing at VMware vForum in Atlanta on 3/8

VMware vForum 2016

VMware vForum is upon us once again! If you’re an IT professional who has yet to attend one of our free, one-day events, then head to Atlanta on March 8 for this unique opportunity to interface with experts, win prizes and stay up to date on cutting-edge IT for your business.

We’ll kick off the day with a special VMware Keynote by Shawn Rosemarin, America’s Chief of Staff, Systems Engineering and Field CTO. The rest of your day will be up to you. You’ll have the option of choosing to attend hands-on labs or breakout sessions in any of the following four tracks:

  • End-User Computing: Securely manage your applications, devices and desktops.
  • Hybrid Cloud: Increase efficiency while avoiding disaster with vCloud Air.
  • Compute/Management & Virtual SAN: Evolve your strategy with vSphere, vRealize and VMware HCS.
  • NSX: Discover VMware’s network virtualization platform.

We are living in a time of network virtualization. It’s no longer uncommon for employees to expect to access their work from any device of their choosing, anywhere. This has opened the door to more opportunities, but also more challenges, for IT. Our End-User Computing breakout track will feature sessions on creating and maintaining a secure environment in the cloud while also managing multiple devices with VMware Horizon.

[Related: VMware Horizon Blast Extreme Acceleration with NVIDIA GRID]

You will also have the opportunity to find out how to leverage the benefits of the latest releases of Horizon and Workspace ONE. During this event, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and VMware’s EVP and GM of End-User Computing, Sanjay Poonen, will present VMware’s digital workspace vision and share exciting announcements about how VMware is shaping the workspace of the future.

[Related: Embracing Consumerization for the Digital Workspace: VMware Introduces Workspace ONE]

Register to attend in Atlanta on March 8, or be on the lookout for our next vForum live events coming up quickly in Montreal and Chicago!

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3 Big Takeaways from Sanjay Poonen at MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress 2016 was a record-setting year for the mobile industry’s premier event, with more than 100,000 in attendance. That growing interest and excitement surrounding mobility is fueling the next evolution in end-user computing (EUC), according to Sanjay Poonen, VMware’s general manager of EUC.

Sanjay sat down with VMware TV to discuss in detail what’s driving the future of the company and the EUC industry at large. Here are the highlights:

“Growth is really about innovation.”

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MWC 2016 in Pictures: Day 1 Highlights

by Chelsea Curtis, digital marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Mobile World Congress, or the Super Bowl of mobility as I like to call it, is underway, and the mobile ecosystem has not disappointed this year. From new device reveals to virtual reality simulations, there’s something here for everyone to learn about and experience. We’re recapping Day 1 with some of today’s top photo highlights – check them out below, and let us know what your favorite part of MWC has been so far. If you’re not at the event, tweet at us (@AirWatch) or leave a comment below with what you want to see more of from this year’s event.

Photo Highlights: MWC 2016 Day 1

Tens of thousands of attendees streamed into the Fira Gran Via bright and early this morning:

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Join Brian Katz on Feb. 24 for a Mobile World Congress Twitter Chat

mwc 2016 vmware twitter chatby Chelsea Curtis, digital marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Mobile World Congress is under a week away, and we’ve got all our devices charged and ready to go! During what promises to be one of the biggest and best mobility events we’ve ever seen, Brian Katz, Director of Mobile Strategy for EUC at VMware, will host a Twitter chat to discuss this year’s most buzzed-about mobile trends at the conference.

Even if you’re not attending Mobile World Congress this year, this Twitter chat will give you an opportunity to join the conversation and hear about the coolest technologies and ideas on display. Follow @bmkatz and #MWCMobile on Twitter and log on on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT to participate. Continue reading

Five End-User Computing Predictions for 2016

by Shawn Bass, CTO, End-User Computing, VMware

shawnbass-4401So many times people make outrageous predictions for what will come in the next year for IT trends that most often are completely and utterly wrong. I think the issue is that people like to be provocative rather than pragmatic. While I’d love to see a future that has billions of Internet connected things and flying cars, the reality is I still walked into several customers in 2015 that were struggling to complete their Windows XP migrations. That being said, I don’t think it makes sense to focus entirely on the stragglers when thinking about where the industry is headed. However, it does help to keep in mind that there’s a balance of thinking in the industry and despite rapid innovation in this space, there will be those customers that adopt change immediately and those that are more conservative with their approach. What follows are my thoughts on the top 5 trends that will impact End User Computing (and to a greater degree IT as a whole) in 2016.

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New Video Exclusive: What is the Digital Workspace?

We’re mere days away from VMware’s biggest breaking news event of the year. And we have vmware breaking news cta buttonyour exclusive pass to finally answering the question that will transform businesses across the world: What is the digital workspace?

On Tuesday, February 9, join VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and EUC SVP and general manager Sanjay Poonen as they present VMware’s groundbreaking digital workspace vision and the innovations that will make this ecosystem a reality. Continue reading

The Parallel History of the Smartphone & Mobile World Congress

by Gregory Lehrer, senior director of technology alliances, VMware End-user Computing

Once upon a time in the smartphone world, there were two major operating systems that dominated the market.

End users from the consumer or the corporate world were quickly adopting these devices for personal use, email and/or business needs. These two players seemed to rule that part of the industry. Adoption for one of these devices was viral, thanks to its popularity among high-profile celebrities and corporate VIPs.

There were other players, of course, but their market share was marginal, so these two companies running these two OS’ were planning for world domination over the next few years, surfing on massive device adoption.

While everyone could believe this is a depiction of 2016’s mobile industry and the two players described being Apple and Android, this was not the case in the earliest days of the smartphone. Continue reading

Welcome, 2016 – The Year of Disruption, Digitization & Demand for End-User Computing

by Sumit Dhawan, VMware SVP and GM, End-user Computing, Desktop Products

In 2016, we expect to see massive changes to the IT industry, and there are no models from the Sumit Dhawanpast that can be applied to the multitude of new factors. There will be new ways that will impact how people work and enable the digital enterprise including rapid shifts in business, new approaches to IT and a higher drive toward profitability.

With disruption comes change and opportunity. Here are three market observations and predictions as I look to the year ahead. Continue reading

How to Package Microsoft Internet Explorer with VMware ThinApp and Enable the ThinDirect Feature

By Bernie Watson, Systems Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

This post shows how to package the different versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer using VMware ThinApp, and how to enable the ThinDirect feature.

Before following these instructions, you need a clean capture virtual machine (VM) with Windows 7 SP1, the latest version of ThinApp installed on the capture machine, and a clean snapshot of the capture (VM).

You also need to establish a network file share to store your folders of captured applications. This file share must be accessible from the capture machine. (Storing the captured application folders on the capture VM would result in the loss of all materials when the VM is reverted back to a clean snapshot state for the next application capture.)

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Why Upgrade to App Volumes 2.10: Experience from the Field

By Daniel Bakshi, Consultant, Professional Services Organization, VMware

On November 24, 2015, VMware announced general availability of VMware App Volumes 2.10. There are two important reasons to upgrade to App Volumes 2.10:

  • To enjoy new product features
  • To focus your team on planning rather than troubleshooting, due to many resolved issues

As a member of the VMware Professional Services Team, I have worked in the field with our End-User-Computing (EUC) portfolio, and mostly with App Volumes, because of its fast growth and high adoption rate with enterprises. I would like to share with you the different ways in which organizations are working with the product, which highlight the reasons for upgrading now.

What Is App Volumes?

VMware App Volumes is a real-time application delivery system that IT can use to dynamically deliver and manage applications. You do not need to modify desktops in order to work with App Volumes because applications act as if they were natively installed. The App Volumes solution can be scaled out easily and cost-effectively, without compromising end-user experience.

Figure 1: Traditional App Model Compared to Real-Time App Model with App Volumes

In the previous figure, you can see the difference between the traditional application model and the VMware App Volumes model. With App Volumes, the application is decoupled from the operating system, and user information can be redirected to a personal volume. This creates a flexible, dynamic environment.

Read on to learn what’s new in App Volumes 2.10 and why you might want to upgrade right away. Continue reading