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USB Redirection of Storage Devices in Horizon with View for RDSH Desktops and Apps

By Gang Si, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, End-User Computing, VMware

As you may know, VMware Horizon with View has supported redirection of USB devices to VDI desktops for a long time. Now, for the first time, View has the capability of redirecting USB storage devices to RDSH desktops and applications. This feature is supported on Windows Server 2012 and later.

For RDSH desktops and apps, multiple users can log in to the same RDSH server at the same time, but each redirected USB storage device is isolated to the session of the individual who plugged the USB device into their endpoint. Nobody but the user who plugged in the redirected device can use it or even see it. Continue reading

Instant Gratification for the Always-On College World with Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS)

If college students had a mantra, I bet it’d be something along the lines of that Queen song: “I want it all and I want it now!”  Students are used to instant, 24×7 access to social media, gaming, music and more in their personal lives. It’s no surprise they expect the same of their computer labs, courseware and IT support at school.

And they’re not the only ones with on-demand expectations. Faculty want to be able to innovate in real-time – not wait until next semester to introduce new subjects or try out new courseware. Academic leaders want to put education in easy reach of more students with online classes that let them learn when, where and how they want. In fact, 70% of chief academic leaders say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy (Online Learning Consortium, 2014).

The truth is, if colleges and universities don’t offer this kind of dynamic, always-on environment, they won’t be able to attract and retain the students and staff they need to remain competitive. But there’s a problem. Higher Ed IT departments often aren’t designed, staffed or funded to handle the extremely complex IT infrastructure this on-demand world requires.

That’s why we’re seeing more colleges and universities turning to DaaS, or cloud-hosted desktops-as-a-service. DaaS moves desktops and apps into the cloud, where an experienced service provider handles the servers, software and support. Not only does DaaS remove IT complexity, it also reduces much of the IT labor costs. There’s no big capital expense for on-site infrastructure that educational institutions have to worry about.

When we talk to colleges and universities about DaaS, they get particularly excited about how easy it delivers these benefits:

Far Greater IT Agility

Institutions can roll out apps and updates overnight, to any device, at any time during the school term. There’s no more waiting for semester breaks or spring vacation. Instead of updating computers one-by-one, or running a remote program to touch each device from the datacenter, cloud-hosted desktops can all be quickly deployed at once. That means end-users can gain access to an updated, refreshed desktop without any changes to their devices.

 24-Hour Computer Lab

DaaS extends computer lab access to wherever and whenever. Students can access the lab at 3pm or 3am, from their dorm, library or even the laundry room. Whatever works for them. And regardless if a student has lost their device, replaced their device, or have multiple devices, they always have access to their educational workspace, without any IT intervention.

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Innovate and Adjust Quickly

Colleges and universities can easily roll out or test new courseware, online classes and even majors. Instead of taking months to purchase and configure the enabling hardware and software, you just ramp up the number of active virtual desktops with your service provider. When desktops are no longer needed—if you decide not to continue a class, or the semester ends and you don’t need as much capacity—simply adjust the number of desktops.

Standardized Learning Environment

Students come to school with all types of devices. Chromebooks, Macs, PCs and more. With DaaS, it doesn’t matter what they use. You easily can deliver a simple-to-manage, standard learning environment that provides secure access to all the apps and tools students need.

Any device, anywhere

As one of the largest online universities found by using VMware Horizon Air , expanding classroom access, innovating courses in real-time, and providing the on-demand education students want doesn’t have to be exorbitantly cumbersome or costly. DaaS puts the always-on college world in easy reach of everyone, anywhere.

To learn more about how Horizon Air can help transform campuses and labs with education on-demand, I encourage you to listen to our on-demand webinar HERE.

VMware Supports Next Generation of Global Leaders With Socialcast

B_Schultz headshotBy Bob Schultz, chief strategy lead, End-User Computing, VMware

Last week, I found myself shaking hands with His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles.   The question everyone has been asking me since is: How did that happen?

It all started over a year ago, when the Socialcast team at VMware was approached by the Presidential Precinct, a consortium uniting six landmark institutions – four of America’s most important historic sites (Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland, Montpelier and Morven) and two of the country’s most outstanding public Bob Schultz_Prince Charles_handshakeuniversities (College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia) to partner and create a network that connects young people around the world with experts in business, government and academia to share ideas safely and securely.

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Six New Horizon 6 Innovations: New On-Demand Webcast

Forget the adage that good things come in threes. Good things definitely come in sixes when it comes to Horizon 6 and its six new advancements. You may remember that last year VMware announced Horizon 6 with RDS and full support for remote apps. This year, things are getting even better with a new release: click here to learn about the six (count them) six enhancements in the latest version of Horizon 6.

The new release offers features that help you deliver unlimited access to apps and desktops at lower costs, with better performance.

Sumit Dhawan, SVP and GM of VMware Desktops will walk you through the updates, including:

  • Six great new additions to Horizon 6:

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  • Unlimited access to desktops and apps at lower costs, with better performance
  • New technology demonstrations that bring together virtual networking, storage, desktops, and apps

Click to see the latest Horizon 6 innovations!

F5 Integration and Migration Strategies for VMware Horizon

Guest blog by Justin Venezia, Sr. Solutions Architect, F5 Networks

Are you thinking of migrating to VMware Horizon from a competitive offering such as Citrix? Looking for ways to integrate your existing Citrix environment with VMware Horizon so everything appears in one easy place or with one simple interface? Oh, and how about making it as seamless as possible for your end users to access their applications and desktops, while keeping the migration and management efforts for your IT administrators minimized?

Well, have we got a webinar for you! I’ll be presenting a webinar on best practices and approaches for making a transition from Citrix to VMware Horizon. Also, I will share ways of how to integrate your current Citrix and VMware Horizon environments using VMware and F5 technology.

We’ll talk tech about how VMware and F5 work together to make seamless transition from Citrix to VMware Horizon’s suite of products possible. We will discuss the major migration and integration pain points, some best practices on how to get the job done (of course!), and sensible approaches for achieving a unified infrastructure that is seamless to the end user, easy to use, secure and scalable.

Come join me on March 25th to learn more about how to make the most of your Citrix to VMware Horizon migration and integration efforts.

More on the webinar (including a link for registration) can be found here:

https://interact.f5.com/2015Q2W-VMware-EUC-MAR25_webinar-invite.html

See you on March 25th!

New Application Partners Validate Benefits of VMware-NVIDIA Collaboration That Offers 3D Application Support Using High-Performance Virtual Desktops

By Tony Paikeday, senior product line manager, desktop products, End-User Computing, VMware

Here we are at NVIDIA GTC 2015 talking with customers, partners and the industry at large about the groundswell that’s been building for high-performance virtual desktops enabled by VMware and NVIDIA. With NVIDIA GTC as our backdrop, let’s talk about why there’s so much momentum around this joint solution and hear what our new ISV partners have to say about it. I look at this in two axis – the tangible business benefits our customers are sharing with us, and the confidence we’re hearing from the ISV partners who have endorsed our solution for their end-users.

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In-depth: NVIDIA GRID vGPU with VMware Horizon 6.1

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

In February, VMware announced that NVIDIA GRID vGPU on VMware vSphere 6 with VMware Horizon 6 was coming soon and now the software is available for download!

VMware Horizon 6.1 and vSphere 6 with NVIDIA GRID vGPU enables designers, architects and engineers to run the most advanced, graphics-rich applications in a remote desktop – using NVIDIA professional 3D graphics and certified application drivers. This brings workstation-class performance to remote and mobile workers more affordably than ever before, even over high-latency networks.

Let’s get into the details of what is NVIDIA GRID vGPU and how it works with VMware Horizon to deliver scalable, high performance VDI.

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AirWatch Connect at Mobile World Congress – It’s a wrap!

By Lanier Norville, AirWatch by VMware

Last year at Mobile World Congress, we saw enterprise mobility emerge as a central theme, and it’s clear the enterprise space is only picking up steam. Many of this year’s biggest headline-makers, from device launches to educational sessions, demonstrated that enterprise demand is now driving the mobile market. As Forrester analysts note, it’s clear the enterprise mobile mind shift is well underway.

Last year, sessions focused on the importance of secure mobile access to email, documents and other business tools, and executives pontificated on the mobile-cloud future. This year, experts discussed how those tools are revolutionizing business processes and driving innovation. As Constellation Research founder Ray Wang noted in his keynote this Monday at AirWatch Connect, mobile is now driving the creation of entirely new business models.

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VMware Horizon 6 with GRID vGPU Powers Scalable High-Performance Desktops

By Will Wade, director, NVIDIA GRID, NVIDIA

Support for NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ technology is among the many new features of the recently announced VMware Horizon 6.

VMware Horizon 6 is the latest release of VMware’s well-known VDI platform that delivers virtualized and remote desktops and applications through a single platform. Using GRID vGPU technology on Horizon gives users the full performance of a modern desktop, while IT managers get the scalability needed to make a VDI solution feasible.

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Introducing A New Release of VMware Horizon 6!

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

I am excited to announce today the newest release of VMware Horizon 6 featuring advanced capabilities for application publishing, 3D application support through high-performance virtual desktops, enhanced Chromebook support, software-defined data center optimizations including network virtualization benefits from VMware NSX, and new features for U.S federal government customers. The best way to talk about all the new capabilities is to sum it up into six new innovation categories that help make applications and desktop virtualization better than before.

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So without further delay, let’s jump right into what’s new in VMware Horizon 6.

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