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Join VMware at GPU Technology Conference 2015: Delivering High Performance Workstations from the Cloud

By Tony Paikeday, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Next week is GTC 15 – where end users and the graphics technology ecosystem converge to learn how to tap into the growing power of the GPU.  Each year promises major steps forward in ground-breaking innovation, and this year is no different!  GTC15 will feature front and center, the industry leading joint solution for delivering secure, immersive graphics from the cloud – VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID vGPU.



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VMware App Volumes – What About Performance?

By Tristan Todd, End-User Computing Architect, VMware

With significant contributions from Fred Schimscheimer, Staff Engineer in the Office of the CTO, VMware, and Stephane Asselin, Architect on the End-User-Computing Technical Enablement Team, VMware

In a previous blog post, VMware App Volumes Deployment Guide Is Now Available, I discussed how easy it is to deploy App Volumes. Today, I want to talk about performance. Our customers and partners are reaping the benefits of App Volumes because it truly delivers on

  • Dynamic application delivery
  • Bringing persistence to nonpersistent desktops
  • Cost-optimized infrastructure
  • Seamless end-user experience
  • Simple deployment and management

Figure 1: Real-Time Application Delivery

App Volumes enhances end-user mobility, delivering applications to users on demand and providing agility to the enterprise. Continue reading

VMware Mirage 5.3 Now Generally Available – Go Download Now!

By Sachin Sharma, senior product marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware

A couple weeks ago, we announced the new VMware Mirage 5.3 solution and its new capabilities. Today, I’m happy to announce that VMware Mirage 5.3 is now generally available and current customers can download the solution from my.vmware.com. For those who want to try the product for free, a free trial of the solution can be downloaded here.

VMware Mirage 5.3 is an exciting release, especially for our retail, financial, and healthcare customers. It provides a great management solution for point of sale / point of service (POS) devices and allows IT to migrate POS operating systems to new versions such as Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 or POSReady 7. Full image management, such as delivering a base layer for OS or application updates, can now be delivered to POS devices, and disaster recovery use cases, such as revert to snapshot, file restore, or desktop recovery are also supported.

Beyond supporting more use cases for POS device management, we’re also introducing bare metal provisioning. When provisioning new devices, IT can now bypass a full Windows installation and use our bare metal provisioning for bringing up new devices faster. We’ve also enhanced our API capabilities and Web Manager GUI. To read more about these enhancements in detail, read my previous VMware Mirage 5.3 announcement blog. And as always, for more updates, please visit us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or discuss in our Communities.

Delivering Secure and Scalable Desktop as a Service

Guest Blog by Dwayne Lessner, Technical Marketing Engineer, Nutanix, @dlink7 

Security and flexibility don’t often end up in the same sentence, especially when it comes to delivering IT as a service. But VMware Horizon DaaS Platform and Nutanix hyper-converged infrastructure together are able to deliver the same value proposition with our validated reference architecture for desktop and applications as a service (DaaS).

Together, VMware and Nutanix provide what is arguably one of the best solutions for secure multi-tenant desktops for service providers and the enterprise. Continue reading

Workspace Environment Management with Horizon

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

A constant theme I hear when talking to customers about managing their virtual, physical, and cloud-hosted environments tends to center around the challenges they face with applications and users. In particular, the questions that customers are looking to solve are ones like how can I simplify management of my 100s of apps throughout their lifecycle, from provisioning, to updating, to dealing with app conflicts? How can I optimize delivery of applications to all the different environments, devices, and users I manage?  How can I drive down costs of managing user personas while delivering a consistent experience across devices? And these are just some of the questions I hear. Well, we’ve been working to help tackle these challenges with a complete Workspace Environment Management solution using our Horizon technologies. Continue reading

Finding the Ideal Match With A New Desktop Assessment Service for VMware Horizon

By Ben Goodman, VMware Horizon evangelist, End-User Computing, VMware

When looking to make an important investment such as buying a house, having informative data matters. Web-based solutions like Realtor.com, Trulia and Zillow offer information that helps people make intelligent buying decisions. These tools take into consideration a variety of variables such as location, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, to find a place that fits into your budget. Without these tools or realtor partners who know how to use them, we would have to physically drive our cars from “for sale” sign to “for sale” sign until we found a match.

Having the right data also matters when deciding on end-user computing infrastructure. Many customers and partners struggle to make the business case for new technologies because they do not understand their end-user needs, requirements and costs associated with satisfying them with a new set of modern technologies.

Free Cloud-Based Desktop Assessment Service

With this in mind, I’m delighted to announce that Lakeside Software will be offering a new cloud-based assessment service that is designed to help customers streamline the move to virtual desktops. This new solution, called the Lakeside SysTrack Desktop Assessment, is a free, cloud-based offering that will give customers and partners the data they need to make good decisions.

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Socialcast and the Annual Performance Review

by Inna Fabrikant, Sr. Client Development Manager, Socialcast

With 2014 in our rearview mirrors, many workplace conversations are turning to performance reviews.

Employees are racking their brains trying to document all of their accomplishments over the past 12 months, while managers have the equally daunting task of acknowledging the successes of all direct reports.

At VMware, we’ve developed an integration between Socialcast and Workday that is helping us to alleviate these very real pain points, while simultaneously saving countless man hours in the process.

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Five Analytics Features Every Socialcast Admin Should Use

by Jeff Sato, Sr. Business Intelligence Analyst- Statistician


Social Business Intelligence (SBI), Socialcast’s in-app analytics platform, is enabled for all Socialcast communities and has many great features that add tremendous value for community administrators.

Today, we would like to highlight some of the most useful SBI features that we think every admin should leverage to increase adoption and engagement in their Socialcast community.

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Keep your workforce productive, even when disaster strikes

If there’s one thing that’s certain, besides death and taxes, it’s the unpredictability of Nature. I was reminded of this recently, when my colleagues in Boston were buried under piles of snow, and thousands of people couldn’t drive into the office. Has your organization ever experienced anything like this?


Has a storm, earthquake, power outage or cybersecurity attack ever separated your workers from their desktops and applications? No business is exempt from disaster these days, so even if you haven’t experienced one yet, it’s important to have a recovery plan in place.

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Maximizing Use of vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.0: Newly Updated Deployment Guide

By Cindy Heyer, Technical Writer, Technical Marketing, End-User Computing at VMware

The newly updated Maximizing the Use of VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.0 (formerly the VMware vCenter Operations for View Deployment Guide) is now available. The new version is full of tips on how to make the most out of your Horizon with View and vRealize Operations Manager systems by using VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.0.

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