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ThinApp 5.1: Introducing Package-Management Functions and Greater Efficiency

By Aaron Black, Senior Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

I am happy to announce that we are releasing ThinApp 5.1 today, which provides new package management functions and greater efficiency for IT. As always, we have included a number of fixes to address particular applications and functions, which can be reviewed in the ThinApp 5.1 Release Notes. We introduce a number of new features in the following paragraphs, and we will be doing some focused blog updates in the coming weeks to get into the technical details and provide specific guidance. In the meantime, you are welcome to review the What’s New section in the ThinApp 5.1 Release Notes or the ThinApp 5.1 User’s Guide. We are excited to provide this release to our customers and partners—please enjoy!

Let us start with a brief description of a completely new function—utilizing group policy for dynamic management of application linking and updating—for packages that have already been deployed.

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The Desktop Innovation Train is Moving Full Steam Ahead

Shankar IyerBy Shankar Iyer, VP of Product Management, Desktop Solutions, End-User Computing, VMware

It’s been just a few days since the excitement of VMworld U.S. 2014 where we introduced VMware Workspace Suite and showcased our next-generation desktop paradigm with Project Meteor to deliver Just-In-Time (JIT) Desktops. Customers and partners I spoke with at the show recognized the tremendous pace of innovation that has been coming from VMware in the last year and everyone in the space is excited to be on the path towards the next phase of desktop and app innovation.

But we’re not resting on our laurels and we are keeping our foot on the gas as we continue to drive the innovation train.

The Desktop Product team is delighted to unveil multiple product releases that are now generally available to customers.

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Introducing VMware Workspace Portal 2.1

By Kevin Strohmeyer, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Workspace Services, End-User Computing, VMware

Last week at VMworld U.S. 2014, VMware introduced VMware Workspace Suite, a unified platform that delivers enterprise mobility management from AirWatch, application and desktop virtualization from Horizon, and file sync and share with Secure Content Locker. After introducing the idea of a user-centric, secure virtual workspace over 4 years ago it only made sense that we combined the leading EMM solution with the leading virtual desktop platform to deliver against our vision.

While Kit Colbert outlined the direction of our integration investments in his earlier blog, I’d like to provide some additional detail on the first of these integrations between AirWatch and VMware Workspace Portal to deliver an absolutely seamless experience for users.

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Options for Application Delivery in VMware Horizon 6

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

When it comes to application delivery, VMware Horizon 6.0 has something for everyone. VMware just published Application-Delivery Options in VMware Horizon 6.0, a white paper that describes the unique combination of application-delivery options supported in VMware Horizon 6.0.

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Today’s workforce is extremely fluid. Employees expect to be able to work when they want, where they want, using the devices they want. End users are bringing their own equipment to the job, contributing from remote corners of the world, and utilizing every kind of electronic device to get the job done. They expect IT to support this plethora of devices and to provide easy access to the resources they need. The challenge for system administrators is to provide the support end users expect while maintaining security and control over vital company assets. Continue reading

EUC is ROCKING the show floor @ VMworld

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This year we have put together the biggest, baddest and loudest EUC presence we have EVER had at VMworld!

Starting at our huge 16-screen HD video wall, you’ll be blown away by our Hollywood VFX artists using software like ZBrush, Maya, 3ds Max and more, all powered by smoking-fast Horizon desktops turbocharged with NVIDIA GRID graphics. (And yes, the Makerbot 3D printer is back, this year we have the Z18!!)

Checkout the AirWatch wall and while you’re there take the time to chat to our dedicated team of experts who can talk you through every aspect of our market-leading mobility platform.

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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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What Was Announced?

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