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USB 3 Device Redirection Now Available with VMware Horizon with View Virtual Desktops

By Alexander West, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware, and Peter Brown, Senior R&D Manager, VMware

We are all familiar with using USB devices on our laptops and desktops. With the USB device redirection capabilities of VMware Horizon with View, end users can use those same USB devices with their View virtual desktops.

But that is old news. Here is the exciting part: In addition to USB 1 and 2 devices, USB 3 devices are now supported with a combination of View Agent 6.0.1 and Horizon Client 3.1.

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Mirage Large-Scale Reference Architecture Available

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

The long-awaited VMware Mirage Large-Scale Reference Architecture is now available!

It reflects over five months of testing and includes data that will be useful to anybody planning to migrate large numbers of desktops—think hundreds or thousands—from XP to Windows 7. By “anybody” we mean not only the large customers we originally had in mind but also those who can apply our large-scale techniques and results to medium-sized implementations.

It will also be useful for those who need to migrate from Windows 7 to Window 8 or perform related tasks, such as backup management and image management.

We should note that large-scale backup and migration require substantial investments in IT, historically requiring separate tools for backup and for PC lifecycle management. This paper demonstrates how Mirage eliminates the need for separate tools, while protecting the customization, applications, and data that personalize each end-user system. Mirage also minimizes end-user downtime and time required from IT resources. Continue reading

CloudVolumes at VMworld Europe

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

It’s been a month since VMworld 2014 US. Over 23,000 attendees came to San Francisco and witnessed the exciting new announcements VMware made during that week (you can read more on these here). Announcements on the End-User Computing front included EVO: RAIL, Project Meteor and Workspace Suite. We even announced an exciting addition to our portfolio with CloudVolumes, for just-in-time application delivery to virtual desktops.

In fact, CloudVolumes was the talk of the show. And even if you missed the live demo at VMworld, you can see my colleague Ashutosh Joshi demonstrate CloudVolumes here. You can also see John Dodge walk through a whiteboard video and Rory Clements demo CloudVolumes application provisioning to Horizon desktops.

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Horizon Client Now Supports iOS 8, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

By Pat Lee, Sr. Director, Remote Experience, End-User Computing, VMware

I am very excited to announce the release of our latest VMware Horizon Client for iOS that now supports iOS 8 and the latest iPhones!

Apple reportedly sold around 10 million iPhones the first weekend after launch and those users should know that if their company had VMware Horizon View, they’d be able to access their corporate workspace (desktops and applications) right from their brand new phone as well as their personal content — offering a unified device with streamlined access to content. Why is this important?

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VMware Horizon 6 Supports Application Delivery by RDS Hosting

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

To meet the demand for hosted applications, VMware Horizon 6 supports an app-remoting option based on Microsoft RDS. The Application-Delivery Options in VMware Horizon 6.0 white paper describes this new option, as well as additional application-delivery options available in Horizon 6. You can publish and manage RDS-hosted applications through Horizon with View in the Horizon Advanced Edition and Horizon Enterprise Edition. That includes setting policies and entitlement. You can also integrate VMware Workspace with View, which enables you to present your hosted applications in Workspace, where they are displayed alongside applications from ThinApp repositories, Citrix XenApp farms, and SaaS and Web application providers.

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RDS is the Microsoft architecture that supports the use of remote machines and applications through a network connection. The application-hosting option in Horizon 6 provides the essentials for publishing applications based on RDS. You can install one instance of an application on an RDS host instead of on multiple individual desktops, and make that application available to many end users. Continue reading

Hear from your industry peers at VMworld Europe!

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VMworld US has been a resounding success this year and we are carrying the energy and momentum to VMworld Europe, set to kick-off on October 13th in Barcelona. While there will be multiple product sessions to talk about the latest advances in our technology, we also recognize that our customers want to see how others in their industry have deployed our products and the benefits they achieved. To showcase our customers and to share industry best practices, we have a series of industry-oriented panel discussions at VMworld that will cover Healthcare, Education, Financial Services, Government, and Manufacturing/3D.

In these sessions, we will have customers come in and share their decision making process, business drivers, deployment details, and benefits they achieved through deployment of VMware’s end-user computing solutions, products, and technologies. This will be your chance to get firsthand information from peers in your industry:

In addition to sharing best practices, this will be a wonderful opportunity to network with your peers in the industry! We look forward to seeing you at the event.

You can follow us live throughout the show and drop us a comment on Twitter or Facebook using the #vmworld hashtag!

Next-Generation Unified Workspace with Horizon 6!

By Matt Coppinger, Senior Group Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

A virtual workspace deployment provides a wealth of features and functions that allows users to access their data and applications on any device from anywhere. With VMware Horizon 6, IT is empowered to administer all application and desktop access and provisioning from a central, unified platform.

Horizon 6 is put to the test in the recently published technical white paper, VMware Horizon 6 Reference Architecture. By integrating the different components within Horizon 6, a unified next-generation workspace is possible. The Horizon 6 reference architecture also discusses the performance of Horizon 6 hosted applications, and managing dedicated desktops using VMware Mirage. Continue reading

New View Security Overview Now Available

By Gary Sloane, VMware End-User-Computing Consultant

Do you remember the guy from Los Alamos who lost a laptop full of weapon plans? How about that database of veterans’ names and social security numbers accidentally left in an airport? Losses like these could all have been prevented by VDI solutions, such as VMware Horizon with View. Enforcement of policies on taking sensitive material off-premises would have been useful, too, but the use of View desktops instead of physical PCs would have been sufficient.

Ah, the good old days!

Today, the breaches are more numerous, frequent, and complex, with more mobile devices at risk and more serious and sophisticated forms of attack. From Stuxnet to Heartbleed to Backoff to less dramatic incidents—like the theft of a billion usernames and passwords—new threats are emerging all the time.

So, if you are a system or network administrator, or a security officer, the good news is: There are ways to reduce your attack vectors. The bad news is that these suggestions are often ignored.

The new VMware Horizon with View Security Hardening Overview provides a broad discussion of the security issues facing VDI administrators. It includes both general advice about the evolving threat landscape and specific recommendations for hardening Horizon 6 with View and implementing a defense-in-depth strategy.

The advice is good. Do not ignore it.

NVIDIA Recap from VMworld 2014

By Geoff Murase, Solutions Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Now that you’ve hopefully recovered from the hustle and bustle of VMworld in late August, let’s review the plethora of activity that NVIDIA was involved in at VMworld in the U.S. First, there was a press release that announced a collaborative effort between VMware, Google, and NVIDIA to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. Watch a quick demo of this technology in action here.  This press release not only highlighted this joint collaboration but also invited customers to apply for an early access program to experience NVIDIA vGPU technology on VMware vSphere. A short animated video explaining the benefits of GRID vGPU can be found here.

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Bank of Stockton Reference Implementation Case Study

By Teresa Wingfield, Solutions Marketing Consultant, VMware

Here are some highlights of a new VMware Reference Implementation Case Study for Bank of Stockton. This was an easy blog to write as I decided to just let the customer do most of the talking.

What is it worth to the Bank of Stockton to have blazing-fast virtual desktops? “How do you put a dollar figure on the ability to serve customers instantly rather than in minutes or even hours?” asked Vincent Lo, Vice President Network Application and Support at Bank of Stockton. “Customer service is at the heart of everything we do from a technology perspective, and now our technology is enabling us to deliver superior service at a lower cost.”

The Bank of Stockton selected VMware Horizon with View as the software foundation for its VDI solution based on a thorough evaluation of multiple competitive products.  It solved the performance challenges of VDI rollout with a hybrid storage solution from Tegile Systems.

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