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Announcing New Horizon DaaS Services and Expansion to Europe

By: Josue Fontanez, Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon DaaS

Since launching VMware Horizon DaaS on vCloud Air, in March of this year, we’ve had the opportunity to listen and learn from our customers and partners. The feedback has been clear: customers love the ability to reap all the benefits of virtual desktops, while consuming them in an OPEX model that enables them to lower costs and gain greater agility.

The powerful combination of Horizon 6 and Horizon DaaS is empowering organizations with the best of both worlds: on-premises VDI and cloud-hosted desktops for a hybrid approach that is unmatched in the industry today.

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VMware, NVIDIA and Google Collaborate To Deliver Graphics Rich Apps To Enterprise Cloud Desktops

By Pat Lee, Sr. Director, Remote Experience

Today, I am very excited to share how VMware, NVIDIA and Google are working together to deliver graphics rich applications to enterprise cloud desktops.

The result of our collaboration to date is two key technology previews that we are showing at VMworld 2014.

First, we are showing a technology preview of NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ on the VMware platform which will bring rich 3D applications to VMware Horizon and Horizon DaaS.

Second, I am excited to announce a technology preview with Google and NVIDIA to deliver rich workstation level graphics and user experience to Chromebook users.

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Next Phase of Desktop and Application Innovation

Sumit DhawanBy Sumit Dhawan, SVP and GM, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

Welcome to the second day of VMworld U.S. 2014!

I hope you had a great time yesterday on the first day of the show. I know there is usually more going on than you have time for, but hopefully you had a chance to read our news to hear what’s new from VMware, attend a few sessions to learn more about our products, and catch up with friends and co-workers from the past.

The VMware End-User Computing team made some exciting announcements this morning that bring us closer to the vision that Sanjay Poonen laid out in the past with workers working at the speed of life.

We introduced a brand new solution called VMware® Workspace™ Suite that brings to reality the single, integrated workspace that integrates applications, data and devices. It also offers customers best of breed solutions by combining VMware Horizon®, the leading desktop virtualization platform and AirWatch EMM, the leading enterprise mobility management solution – something our competitors cannot match. I won’t go into too much detail about it here since Sanjay Poonen and Erik Frieberg talk about it more in their blog posts and Kit Colbert offers a technical perspective. However, what I’d like to focus on is what’s next for desktop virtualization as we see it.

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VMware Delivers Workspace Suite

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

Welcome to the second day of VMworld! I hope you enjoyed yourself with all the activities tied to the conference yesterday but brace yourself since there’s still much more to come today.

I have the privilege of introducing to you the new VMware Workspace Suite, a new solution that builds on the vision we introduced over two years ago. VMware Workspace Suite represents the culmination of a great deal of hard work that has gone into a product we see as a major step toward our goal of providing end-users with simple and seamless access to all of their applications and information from any device. VMware Workspace Suite is a new integrated platform that combines AirWatch by VMware and VMware Horizon to deliver a unified end-user experience in a single, virtual workspace that unifies mobile, desktop and data.

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VMware Horizon and EVO: RAIL – Value Add For Customers

By Mason Uyeda, Senior Director, Industry Solutions  and Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

One of the most exciting announcements (for me, as an End-User Computing advocate) at this VMworld has to be the EVO: RAIL hyper-converged infrastructure appliance and partner ecosystem. Why? Because I believe EVO: RAIL building blocks will emerge as  key enablers on the journey to the software-defined data center (SDDC). In the SDDC, linear scale, maximum performance, and minimized increments of cost all mean that end-user-computing assets (virtual desktops, workspaces, user data, etc.) can be enabled, managed, instrumented, and migrated in such a way that end users get a great experience, at the lowest possible cost, with maximum uptime. With SDDC, IT adds an extraordinary amount of value to the enterprise both in the economics of virtualization across data center assets, and in the automated management that provides a framework for policy-based management of resources and services. The use cases for EVO: RAIL range from general-purpose applications, to remote or branch office deployments, to a virtual private cloud, to (of course) end-user computing with VMware Horizon with View and VMware Workspace.


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Grab a Seat for our CloudVolumes VMworld Session


Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, End-User Computing 

Hopefully by now most of you have arrived in San Francisco and are ready to kick off VMworld with us at the welcome reception in the Solutions Exchange in just a few minutes!

There’s one last thing before you finalize your schedule for the week. During my last blog on the spotlight session I alluded to big announcements that I couldn’t share yet. Well, the first one dropped this past Thursday – the announcement that VMware has purchased CloudVolumes. (For more details on why VMware purchased CloudVolumes, check our EUC CTO, Kit Colbert’s blog post.)

I am excited to announce that we will be adding a session to give all the detail on the acquisition of CloudVolumes. EUC3605 is titled “CloudVolumes Acquisition Overview: Simplifying App Delivery” and it is scheduled for Wednesday at 1pm in Moscone West room 3012. In the session, Jason Marshall, CloudVolumes Product Line Manager, will detail how CloudVolumes technology gives users a “just in time” desktop which provides the quality of experience of a persistent desktop, but the manageability and economics of a non-persistent desktop. He will discuss how Horizon 6 and CloudVolumes together will revolutionize desktop and application delivery.

Register for the session today and help us give the CloudVolumes team a warm VMworld welcome.

Mirage Large-Scale Reference Architecture

By Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, and Gary Sloane, Consultant, VMware End-User Computing

Our biggest customers deploy thousands, sometimes many thousands, of desktops throughout their enterprises. Some of the biggest challenges they face are how to manage backups, how to do proper image management, and how to migrate from one Microsoft operating system to the next.

In all cases, they need to protect the customization, applications, and data that personalize each system for the end user, while minimizing both down time and time required from IT resources. Backup and migration require substantial investments in IT and the use of separate tools for backup and PC lifecycle management.


Mirage Makes Life Easier for IT

VMware Mirage overcomes these challenges with centralized image management and enhanced capabilities for backup and OS migration. Here are just a few examples:

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Pay-As-You-Grow with Nutanix and VMware Horizon 6

Guest blog by Dwayne Lessner, Technical Marketing Engineer, Nutanix 

As an end user of VMware end-user computing (EUC) products since 2008 when the product was called Virtual Desktop Manager 2.1, it’s been a great journey to see how VMware Horizon 6 (with View) has morphed into a full fledge application delivery platform.  The latest version of Horizon, offering the ability to deliver virtual desktops and hosted applications with Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services, arms businesses with the right deployment method based on use case and cost.

Today customers can take VMware’s EUC strategy and deploy with the same speed and approach of Public Cloud Providers with the security and control over SLAs in the comfort of their own data centers.  Nutanix, with the support VMware, is proud to release our latest Reference Architecture on VMware Horizon 6 that showcases benefits of Pay-as-you-grow infrastructure.

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Where To Find VMware Mirage Next Week at VMworld

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing

I can’t believe VMworld 2014 is right around the corner! Next week, over 20,000 VMware enthusiasts will descend upon San Francisco. Many VMworld attendees will line up for the general sessions with amazing keynote speakers we have in place. Some attendees will be part of customer panel discussions. Some will experience our world-class hands on labs. Everyone has the opportunity to network with some of the brightest minds in software, which I expect people to take advantage of.

Having been focused on VMware Mirage for the past few years, I’m pleased to educate our new and existing customers on all things related to Mirage. Let’s take a look at some of the Mirage sessions you can find in the End-User Computing Desktop & Apps track:

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No Worry, Save Money – VMware Mirage with Hitachi Data Systems

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
and Dinesh Singh, Solutions Marketing Manager, Hitachi Data Systems

The advent of bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own PC (BYOPC) has pushed organizations worldwide to seriously consider centralized endpoint management.  IT teams have realized that managing end-user devices is quite different from operating enterprise servers due to unpredictable users and predictable servers. Any performance degradation or downtime during OS migrations or patch updates could have serious consequences for the business. The situation worsens if user devices are lost and user environments cannot be restored. VMware Mirage beautifully integrates critical end-user management abilities with the customer’s existing IT environment. Mirage enhances IT efficiency by improving end-user productivity and simplifying desktop management while maintaining a consistent user experience. Mirage offers single image management and disaster recovery of user devices for any unforeseeable service disruptions e.g. theft, data loss, physical damage etc. Another benefit with Mirage is the centralized management and migration of laptops/desktops to latest versions of Microsoft Desktop OS. End users benefit by getting native performance, consistent personalization, flexibility in operations, and continuous ability to perform business operations.

With all these benefits also comes the task of managing backend IT infrastructure including storage platforms, which would host the images of your burgeoning employee base and provide consistent data throughput to employee endpoints. The choice of storage deployment could potentially be a dealmaker or deal breaker in maximizing the possibility of realizing full benefits of centralized desktop management. The purpose of deploying Mirage is not fully served if slow data backup and slow restore result in user frustration and not meeting user expectations on recovery options. A storage array that cannot deliver performance in a sustained sequential write-heavy Mirage environment could have negative consequences for both IT and the end-user.

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