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Horizon 6.0 – Introducing Virtual SAN Integration

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone on the End-User Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to bring you another exciting product announcement from EUC.

View 5.3.1 was introduced early in the first quarter of 2014 to support Virtual SAN 5.5 GA. As you may have read recently, VMware announced the release of Horizon 6 (with View). With this release, we are continuing to expand the Virtual SAN integration capabilities delivered by Horizon. The Virtual SAN integration capabilities introduced in Horizon 6 deliver the following benefits to our customers:

  • Reduces CAPEX cost of storage by up to 50% when compared to the cost of using an external shared storage array based on magnetic disks
  • A package that contains both View and Virtual SAN
  • A simple three-step setup and management workflow
  • Performance capabilities similar to that of an all flash/all SSD external storage system

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Microsoft Lync 2013 in View Windows 8.0 and 8.1 Desktops

By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Horizon 6 with View will be adding support for Microsoft Lync 2013 VDI integration on Windows 8.0 and 8.1 desktops. In View 5.2, VMware added support for Lync 2013 Client capabilities, including VoIP and videoconferencing, in View desktops running Windows 7 SP1. With Horizon 6 with View, customers will be able to run the Lync 2013 Client with full functionality inside Windows 8.0 and 8.1 virtual desktops as well.

Customers can use View PCoIP technology to deliver an optimal user experience when accessing their View desktop. Once inside the View desktop, users can fully leverage the Lync 2013 Client to communicate and collaborate using its rich VoIP and videoconferencing capabilities.

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The Latest View on Horizon 6 & Pivot3 vSTAC Appliances

Guest blog by Greg Pellegrino, Product Manager, Pivot3

Exciting news from VMware that Horizon 6 was announced this week! VMware provided the opportunity to beta test the product, so I thought it would be fun and beneficial to share my thoughts on the new capacities framed by the impact to Pivot3’s customers and their business operations.  I spent a few hours with the Horizon 6 beta software loaded on the Pivot3 Test Drive array.  Pivot3 purpose-builds converged storage appliances for desktop virtualization. The vSTAC R2S P Cubed appliance comes pre-configured with VMware Horizon.

Major features in the VMware Horizon 6 release include:

  • Cloud Pod Architecture
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Services integration
  • Virtual SAN integration

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Horizon 6.0 – Cloud Pod Architecture Details

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

In my previous blog post introducing cloud pod architecture, I provided you with a high level conceptual overview. Now, let’s get to the details.

Cloud Pod Architecture and Multi-Data-Center View in Horizon 6

One of the key features of the Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture is the high availability and scale-out of virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. Many of you may have heard about this feature referred to as Linked-Mode View or Multi-Data-Center View or Federated View Pods. All of these mean the same thing.

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VMware Horizon 6 – Virtual Desktops with Hybrid Cloud Flexibility

By Josue Fontanez, product line marketing manager, DaaS, End-User Computing, VMware

Virtual desktops provide a great solution for end-users and IT. End-users get access to corporate apps and data from the device of their choice and IT can provide that access while maintaining security and control. Today, organizations have a lot of flexibility – they can choose between deploying virtual desktops within the walls of their corporate datacenter using VMware View or with the cloud using Horizon DaaS.

Unlike other legacy vendors, at VMware we believe that both on-premises and cloud-hosted virtual desktops provide a great solution for organizations. And it’s clear enterprise organizations agree.

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VMware Horizon 6 – Driving Costs Down with VMware Virtual SAN Integration (Again)

Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, End-User Computing, VMware and Rafael Kabesa, Product Marketing Manager, Cloud Infrastructure, VMware

The capital cost of virtual desktops has been a hot topic for some time now. As market interest in virtual desktops has grown, an increasing number of customers have faced the realization that the cost of servers, storage and networking is often more than the cost of physical PCs. The savings they targeted in operations and administration would be partly offset.

Over the last two years, the market has innovated to drive these costs down and unlock latent demand. Our ecosystem of partners has been at the vanguard of this, releasing a range of storage appliances that deliver significant cost savings through tiered storage approaches. This is exactly how markets should work.

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VMware Horizon 6 – Introducing Cloud Pod Architecture

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone in the End-User-Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to introduce you to a brand new capability of VMware Horizon 6, Cloud Pod Architecture.

The key features of the Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture are high availability and scale out of virtual desktops provided by Horizon 6. Virtual desktops can now be deployed across multiple sites or multiple datacenters and managed globally through a single entitlement layer. The Cloud Pod Architecture lays the foundation for delivering Horizon virtual desktops from different locations across the globe and centralizing the operations and management of the associated infrastructure.

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VMware Horizon 6 – Simplifying Management and Automation

By Aaron Black and David Wooten, Product Managers, End-User Computing, VMware

The announcement of Horizon 6 will undoubtedly broaden the scope of what organizations can deliver with VMware EUC technologies.  As customers and partners move to consume these additional capabilities rest assured that we’ve provided a framework to accompany Horizon 6 that enables scalable administration, automation, pinpointed performance analysis for IT, and delivers value to end-users with self-service provisioning and enablement for applications and desktops.  The well received VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View (V4V for short) solution and newly introduced Horizon vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plugin included in the Horizon Enterprise edition provide organizations what is needed to move from VDI to a highly scalable, flexible, and manageable solution that empowers productivity and business for everyone from IT to the end users.

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VMware Horizon 6 – A Closer Look At Application Remoting

By Warren Ponder, Director of Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware and Pat Lee, Director of End-User Clients, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, I am really excited to share another exciting project I was to be asked to support our team in delivering, with the announcement of Horizon 6. One of the many new capabilities that will be available is application remoting of RDS hosted apps and extended capabilities for RDS based desktops.

There’s been some speculation and many experts have had some really good questions about how, what and why we are doing  this so I wanted to provide some color to many of the questions I know people have.

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VMware Horizon 6 Unveiled Today

Erik Frieberg, VP of Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

By Erik Frieberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

I’m so honored to work at VMware because every day I get to innovate and solve for some of the most complex technology challenges for enterprise customers today.  Each day, we are redefining the definition of what a data center is supposed to be with cutting edge technologies, advances in our product line, and solutions that help our customers improve their ROI.

As you have been reading in some of my past blog posts, a huge challenge in the data centers of today is the mobile workforce and how IT can work with end users to grant them access to their enterprise applications anytime, anywhere and on any device – be it Web, desktop or mobile – to allow for seamless collaboration and results.  Research shows that 83 percent of Fortune 100 companies allow employees to telework.

Instantaneous, seamless, single platform access is what end users want, and today, we’re announcing enhancements to our VMware Horizon offering that takes full advantage of the cloud to deliver exactly that.

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