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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

New View Security Overview Now Available

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.

The new VMware Horizon with View Security Hardening Overview provides a broad discussion of the security issues facing VDI administrators. It includes both general advice about the evolving threat landscape and specific recommendations for hardening Horizon 6 with View and implementing a defense-in-depth strategy.

The advice is good. Do not ignore it.

NVIDIA Recap from VMworld 2014

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.

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Bank of Stockton Reference Implementation Case Study

By Teresa Wingfield, Solutions Marketing Consultant, VMware

Here are some highlights of a new VMware Reference Implementation Case Study for Bank of Stockton. This was an easy blog to write as I decided to just let the customer do most of the talking.

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.

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