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The Story of VMware Blast


The ultimate goal in user interface (UI) remoting is to make the remoted end-user experience as close as possible to local application execution. This is a challenging goal that becomes increasingly more feasible as connection latency (RTT) drops under 50 milliseconds. In addition, there is still much room for innovation on how to efficiently determine changed pixels on a server, encode, transport, present those pixels on the user device and obtain user input in response.

VMware Blast is the VMware UI remoting technology in VMware Horizon. Blast uses standardized encoding schemes, including JPG/PNG and H.264 for pixel encoding, and Opus for audio. Unlike proprietary encoding schemes, these standard formats are supported natively, hence efficiently, in browsers and mobile devices.

Blast-JPG/PNG shipped in the Fall of 2013 in support of browser clients and in early 2015 in support of Linux virtual machines. Blast-H.264 shipped in March 2016 with Horizon 7, as Blast Extreme, with feature and performance parity with PCoIP. Much was written about Blast Extreme since. Here, we provide background and more in-depth technical details. Continue reading

macOS Sierra & iOS 10: Support with VMware Horizon, Fusion & AirWatch

macOS Sierra, Apple’s newest Mac operating system (OS), is officially live—following closely on iOS 10 last week. And VMware End-User Computing (EUC) has your business covered.

We’re excited to announce same-day support across our EUC solutions, including VMware VMware Horizon, VMware Fusion and VMware AirWatch.

“What Can Your Mac Do Now?”

vmware support for macos sierra ios10Alongside Siri’s much-anticipated debut on Mac, macOS Sierra offers exciting new enterprise features, including:

  • Updates to iCloud Drive;
  • New controls for admins, such as restricting apps, storage and Music Service;
  • Admin accounts;
  • Device Enrollment Program enhancements; and
  • Much more.

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VMware Workspace ONE Reference Architecture: Validated Integration Design White Paper

We have seen business mobility rapidly evolve from “I need my email on my phone” to “I need access to all my apps, data, and services, from any device, anywhere.” While end users have demanded that access, IT concerns about security, compliance, and complexity have made implementation of this goal difficult until now.

VMware Workspace ONE combines identity and mobile-device management to

  • Provide simple and secure access to all of the applications, data, and services that employees need on their personal or corporate-issued devices
  • Meet IT security requirements

The VMware Workspace ONE Reference Architecture: Validated Integration Design white paper provides a reference architecture for implementing the Workspace ONE product. The reference architecture is based on key business requirements such as enabling business mobility for employees, and identifies use cases, such as mobile knowledge workers.


Figure 1: VMware Workspace ONE Logical Architecture Overview

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Network Ports in Horizon 7: Diagram Updated

Written in partnership with

Ray Heffer, Global Cloud Architect (End-User-Computing Lead), VMware

Ray Heffer has produced another update to the Network Ports Diagram for Horizon 7. This intricate diagram gives you a lot of vital information in one page. It is not something you will memorize, but it is something that you will refer to often.

Here is the update for the new release. Click the diagram to download the PDF.


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ANZ Bank Reimagines Banking with iPads and Mobility


ANZ is using mobility to completely rethink the banking experience. A fleet of iPads managed by VMware AirWatch help ANZ take the banking experience to where their customers are—online, on their phones, at their workplace or even at digital-enabled spaces within the bank building. To deliver and update apps seamlessly, ANZ uses VMware App Volumes. Together, these VMware solutions help ANZ fulfill their goal to deliver excellent mobile banking experiences to their customers.

How ANZ Uses VMware for Better Mobile Banking

  • ANZ uses the AirWatch Software Development Kit (SDK) to create their own custom mobile banking apps.
  • Bankers take AirWatch-managed iPads on the road to their customers’ locations.
  • ANZ is redesigning bank branches with iPads and other mobile devices so bankers and customers can sit side-by-side anywhere in the branch and collaborate digitally.
  • Customers and bankers use iPads in AirWatch-managed kiosk mode at bank branches to explore ANZ’s digital products for home loans, wealth management and more.
  • Customers can sign in on iPads at the bank instead of waiting in line. The bank calls them when a banker is available.

Take a look at the #MobileGameChanger video to see how ANZ transforms banking with mobility.

“We’re in the business of delivering great customer experience. There’s two ways to do that. One through our people and the other through technology—but the intersection of those two is really where the gold is. That’s where the transformation is happening, and we’re seeing enormous benefits.”
—Claire Rogers, Head of Digital Banking, ANZ Bank

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VMware Horizon 7.0.2 and Horizon Client 4.2 Are Now GA!

In case you missed it, VMware Horizon was a hot topic at VMworld.  New capabilities including 6x bandwidth reduction with Blast Extreme, support for over 70 new thin and zero clients, vGPU support for high-end 3D graphics, and 16 new features for RDS-hosted apps were just some of the topics generating all that buzz. This comprehensive blog post covers all the great stuff with the most recent release of Horizon: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2016/08/vmworld-horizon-7-air-hybrid-mode.html

We’re pleased to announce that all of the following are now generally available:

  • VMware Horizon 7: Version 7.0.2
  • VMware Horizon 7 for Linux:  Version 7.0.2
  • VMware Horizon clients, version 4.2 for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android

Take a look for yourself and see what all the buzz is about!


VMworld 2016 video: EUC8404 – What’s New with Horizon 7


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VMware User Environment Manager 9.1: Continuing to Enhance Profile & Policy Management

Released earlier this year, VMware User Environment Manager 9.0 introduced several new features to help customers simplify management of user profiles and policies in any virtual, physical or cloud environment. The release showcased tighter integration with VMware Horizon 7 using VMware Horizon Smart Policies. Application authorization, or what’s commonly referred to as app blocking, gave IT administrators a simple but powerful capability in blocking or allowing access to applications a user may try to access from their virtual or physical desktop.

With User Environment Manager 9.0, administrators could also now configure folder redirection for user data, such as My Documents or My Videos. These were just some of the features that made User Environment Manager 9.0 a release that our customers were highly anticipating—and it delivered! Today, we’re even more excited to announce User Environment Manager 9.1, which continues enhancing some of the key features in 9.0. Continue reading

Are You Ready for the Surge of IoT in EUC?

IoT in EUC_Internet of Things

As VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger noted on stage at VMworld 2016, the Internet of Things (IoT) market is about to explode. Analysts predict the billions of IoT devices and sensors in the enterprise will soon outnumber other end-user mobile devices accessing your corporate network.

Though in just two years, the DEF CON security conference has unearthed 113 vulnerabilities in IoT products. Whether IoT is driven by employees or lines of business, the security, visibility into and interoperability of IoT devices will continue to be the responsibility of IT.

Are you ready? In case you missed IoT at VMworld, the technology gods grant you a second chance to learn about this huge tech trend pummeling towards your end-user computing (EUC) environment.

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Free Analyst Whitepaper: The Digital Workspace Checklist

A workspace that promotes productivity, collaboration, and business innovation.

A consensus is forming: future competitive advantage will be created through data and analytics; business models will be shaped by cloud; and engagement will be powered by mobile and social technologies. Continued growth in the use of employee-owned devices and self-selected applications is changing the face of the end-user computing environment, but this should not obscure the fact that most knowledge workers in established economies expect their employer to provide the tools and technology required for the role or business activity.

A modern digital workspace must promote productivity, collaboration, and business innovation by being fit for purpose and context. A knowledge and understanding of that purpose and context makes a huge difference when organizations are trying to scale to hundreds or thousands of employees across different business functions, geographies, and operational environments, and this is why businesses and institutions often choose to work with systems integrators and outsourcers that understand the scale of their challenge and the practical issues they face.

Ovum Customer-Adaptive Enterprise

Source: Ovum

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Introducing the Government Digital Workspace for Dummies: A Handy Guide to Securely Mobilizing Agency Workforces

First things first: we definitely do not think you’re a dummy. We happen to think you are quite innovative, forward-thinking and possibly ready to shake things up a bit within your agency’s IT infrastructure and culture.

The Government Digital Workspace for DummiesNow that we’ve gotten that out of the way, please allow us to introduce “The Government Digital Workspace for Dummies,” a VMware special edition guide to designing and deploying  secure digital workspaces from the world’s most highly secure IT environments: government agencies.

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