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[Webinar] Understanding the Benefits of Offline VDI: Introducing Horizon FLEX

Nobody wants to provision physical machines anymore. It’s a time-consuming, costly exercise fraught with user downtime. But what do you do when you can’t give virtual desktops (VDI) to contractors, offshore developers or field workers? That’s where VMware Horizon FLEX comes in. FLEX is the secure policy management infrastructure that gives you total control over local virtual machines.

Join us for a brief webinar to discuss this latest advancement and the business benefits you could experience.

Understanding the Benefits of Containerized Desktops

Speaker: Andy Morris, VMware End-User Computing (EUC)
Date: Thursday, May 26
Time: 11 a.m. PDT
Duration: 30 minutes

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NetApp Hikes Engineers’ Productivity on Virtual Desktops

Fortune 500 company (and VMware partner) NetApp brings in more than $6 billion in revenue by providing big businesses with technology to store and manage data. NetApp’s customers are major innovators, using data management to its fullest potential to grow their businesses. And NetApp’s engineers play a major role in keeping the company’s technology up to speed with customers’ demands.

To accomplish that, engineers needed help from IT to increase their work productivity. They needed a new level of flexibility in order to access work in between meetings and while traveling. They needed to be able to securely work on any device, while keeping the experience consistent and the performance high.

In fact, NetApp’s engineers are so integral to maintaining a competitive advantage that the company’s executives called for a complete desktop transformation. IT was tasked to virtualize desktops for more than 8,000 employees across four of the company’s research and development (R&D) locations.

IT only had two weeks to complete the project.NetApp Product Image

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[WEBINAR] The Rising Threat of Insider-led Security Breaches

cyber security secure desktop euc vmwareAn escalating proportion of threats come from insider-led breaches. One recent survey reveals that 40% of organizations sampled are expecting an insider-led attack within the next 12 months. Another study suggests that such breaches cost companies an average of $3.79 million per breach, with an average cost per lost or stolen record of $154.

Hackers recently encrypted a Los Angeles hospital system’s patient data, demanding a $3.4 million bitcoin ransom before data access would be restored. More than the monetary losses, victims often cite the irreparable damage to brand and loss of trust their top concerns.

The Anatomy of an Attack

Insider-led breaches typically begin with current or former employees, contractors or other trusted insiders, either maliciously or unknowingly compromising their workspace. The breach then becomes a launch pad for malware. The attack often spreads laterally throughout the enterprise, seeking out low-priority, relatively undefended systems, such as databases or file servers sitting behind the corporate firewall.  Attackers can then either encrypt data and demand payment for the key or quietly siphon sensitive data outside the firewall, often weeks or months before being detected. Continue reading

VMware Horizon VDI Powers WCH’s New Hospital of the Future

Women's College Hospital

Electronic medical records (EMR) have become a quintessential part of modern healthcare. Doctors and nurses are busy. Patients want more personalized care. So the ability to quickly access accurate patient records online, without losing facetime, is transformative.

What’s more, clinicians increasingly want to be able to do this from any device and in any treatment setting (in the doctor’s office, bedside, over the phone, etc.). To do this seamlessly and securely, modern hospitals also now need a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to run an EMR solution.

[Read More: VDI Becomes A Reality for Hospitals]

When the Women’s College Hospital (WCH) redeveloped their medical center, they made the VMware Horizon VDI solution part of their healthcare transformation. Here’s how the leading academic and ambulatory, or outpatient, care hospital in Canada sped up processes for busy doctors and nurses with Horizon.

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Delivering a Transformational User Experience with NVIDIA GRID & VMware Horizon 7

vmware virtual desktop auto manufacturingWorkstations are the way work gets done in many industries around the world, such as aerospace, automotive, space exploration, oil and gas. Engineers and designers have traditionally relied on dedicated graphics workstations to perform the most demanding tasks, such as manipulating 3D models and visually analyzing large data sets. Standalone workstations are anchored to brick-and-mortar facilities. These workstations also carried high acquisition and maintenance costs, requiring the user to be present in the lab or office.

With VMware Horizon 6, we broke those bonds and delivered an untethered, high-performance graphics experience with the addition of GPU virtualization.

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Driving Productivity in Retail Operations with Intelligent Digital Workspaces

retail operations vmware workspace oneAs retail continues to transform, the retail IT infrastructure continues to grow in complexity. Retailers find it increasingly difficult to streamline operations and enhance workflows, while maintaining a highly available infrastructure. The ultimate goal is to equip retail employees with dependable remote access to applications, data and resources at any location using any device.

[Related: Leading Retailers Use VMware End-User Computing Solutions to Modernize Stores & Improve Customer Experience]

Employee Productivity

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Introducing the Echo ONE Podcast

What is a digital workspace? And why are businesses doubling down on this new way to work? This trend is so transformational that we launched a brand new podcast dedicated to all things digital workspace and business mobility.

Subscribe to Echo ONE on SoundCloudiTunes and Google Play Music.

Episode #1: What Is a Digital Workspace?

In the premier episode of Echo ONE, get to know us – Justin and Blakely – as we talk to historian, published author and professor Dr. Don Elder about how NASA’s Project Echo laid the groundwork for modern communications and the digital workspace.

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Mirage and MongoDB, Part 2: Installing and Upgrading

By Yan Aksenfeld, Member of Technical Staff, VMware

This 4-part blog post series discusses the addition of MongoDB to Mirage.

Part 1 introduced the benefits of adding MongoDB to Mirage to enhance the performance of Mirage when working with a large number of small files.

This blog post discusses new MongoDB components in Mirage, designing Mirage for high availability, and MongoDB considerations of Mirage installations and upgrades.

New MongoDB Components in Mirage

Mirage has several MongoDB components:

  • MongoDB database, preferably replicated
  • VMware Mirage MongoDB service
  • VMware Mirage MongoDB Arbiter service

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Mirage and MongoDB, Part 1: Introduction

By Yan Aksenfeld, Member of Technical Staff, VMware

This four-part blog-post series discusses the addition of MongoDB to Mirage.

This blog post discusses MongoDB and how it optimizes Mirage performance.

Why MongoDB?

VMware Mirage requires many components, including servers, management consoles, gateways, file portals, and disk volumes. In VMware Mirage 5.4, VMware introduced a substantial new component to Mirage—the MongoDB database. Why add another component?

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8 Most Popular VMware EUC Product Diagrams & Charts, According to Social

Thanks to recent product releases and the expertise of our VMware End-User Computing (EUC) technical and creative teams, we’ve developed some great resources for our @VMwareHorizon social followers in the past month or so. And thanks to social media, we can always tell when we’re providing you, our readers and customers, with the right product news, FAQs and how-to guides.

In case you missed us in your news feed, here are the eight most popular EUC diagrams and charts, according to social:

1. Provisioning Office 365 with VMware App Volumes AppStacks


2. Introducing True SSO (Single Sign-On) in VMware Horizon 7

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