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At VMworld: To EUC or Not to EUC? There is No Question

By Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, End-User Computing

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This is the first in a series of blog posts on how End-User Computing (EUC) enthusiasts like yourself can get the most out of VMworld which is just around the corner – kicking off on August 24th in San Francisco.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be covering things to do, sessions to attend and labs to complete. I’ll also discuss how you can learn about our latest technology, bone up on your technical skills and network with great people.

So why should an EUC specialist attend VMworld?  First things first, VMworld is one of the largest, single vendor Information Technology conferences in the world. VMware expects over 25,000 attendees this year, of which around 2000 will be partners, and 80% of attendees will be technical. There are announcement-filled keynotes, over 500 breakout sessions, labs, workshops, group discussions, and 1:1’s with experts.

EUC will be representing in a big way this year! In addition to the highly-anticipated keynotes, we are planning over 60 unique EUC sessions across five sub-tracks (Industry Perspectives, Industry Solutions, Desktop & Apps, Desktop as a Service, and The Mobile Enterprise). We have over 10 sessions where customers will be participating, sharing their real-world experiences including panels on healthcare, government, education, financial services and retail. Sessions will also feature 3rd party presenters from industry analyst firms, partners like Google, Dell, NVIDIA, F5, HP and EUC luminaries such as Shawn Bass, Benny Tritsch and Ruben Spruijt. There will also eight EUC “Ask the Experts” group discussions and you’ll even be able to set up 1:1s with the experts to dive deeper on Horizon 6, DaaS and AirWatch.

In addition to our amazing line up of sessions, EUC has an incredible setup this year inside VMware’s technology lab booth. Of course we’ll have demos of Horizon 6, but we’ll also show it’s integration with RDS, vCenter Operations Manager and unified communications. You’ll see 3D and BYOD use cases, follow-me desktop and apps,  and – back by popular demand – 3D printing! New installations will feature AirWatch and Google bars…more to come on this. And if the sessions, demos and access to experts don’t fulfill your technical needs there are Horizon 6, Workspace & AirWatch Hands on Labs available.

But beyond all of this is the most important part of VMworld, the ability to network with your peers. Some of the brightest minds in Information Technology will be joining us in San Francisco for VMworld, you should be one of them! Register today and then follow us (and me, too!) for real-time updates, tips and important announcements in the coming weeks and live throughout the course of the show.

Up next…the top 10 sessions you won’t want to miss! Have something specific you’d like me to blog about? Drop me a comment or a tweet!

How Colt Technology Services Deployed View Desktops With Ease and Efficiency

By Alexander West, Technical Writer, End-User Computing, VMware, and Matt Coppinger, EUC Architect, End-User Computing, VMware

Recently, Colt Technology Services, a leading international IT- and telecoms-services company, confronted two crucial challenges: (1) enabling employees to work remotely and (2) reducing costly desktop and laptop replacements.

According to Colt, “We wanted to break the paradigm of a traditional and costly three-year laptop and desktop refresh project. We wanted to release our employees from their reliance on internal IT, and give them the freedom to use any device from any location to access corporate applications.”

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Last Chance to Register for EUC Insights on June 17!

Don’t miss out on our End-User Computing Insights virtual tradeshow tomorrow!

The event kicks off at 8am PT with Sanjay Poonen for an executive-packed keynote and is followed by a half-day of technical training and expert chats on Horizon, Horizon DaaS, AirWatch by VMware, Virtual SAN and more!

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VMware EUC Insights: A One-of-a-Kind Virtual Tradeshow

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Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST, and join us for VMware EUC Insights, a free, online tradeshow, bringing together the power of VMware Horizon, DaaS, and AirWatch for the first time.

We’ll kick things off with a keynote delivered by four executives responsible for shaping VMware’s end-user computing offerings:

  • Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM of End-User Computing
  • John Marshall, SVP and GM of AirWatch
  • Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Product
  • Tony Scott, VMware CIO

From there, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from five specialized, topic-based tracks and participate in live breakout sessions, technical deep dives, and expert chat sessions on Horizon 6, Desktop as a Service and Enterprise Mobility Management.

While exploring the 3D virtual tradeshow floor, you’ll also find interactive booths staffed by experts from strategic partners such as Cisco, Dell, EMC, F5, Google, IBM, Liquidware Labs, Nimble Storage, NVIDIA and VCE.

Every organization is unique, but the agenda for this half-day event is packed with informative sessions to give you the actionable knowledge necessary to tackle today’s biggest IT challenges, including topics like:

  • How do organizations like yours save more than $1 million in hardware costs, reduce server infrastructure by 94 percent, and shorten their Horizon pilot time to just weeks?
  • How do you deploy a completely virtualized environment without losing your mind and breaking the bank?
  • “I left my Chromebook at home! It has all the notes for my meeting in 10 minutes! Now what?”
  • Is it possible to spend less, reduce complexity and still get solid DR protection for enterprise desktops?
  • Is business continuity and high availability for your desktop, apps and data a rainbow unicorn or the real deal?

Registration for VMware EUC Insights is free, so sign up today and invite your fellow IT pros! We’re looking forward to meeting you all on the show floor next week.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for updates during the show and you can also share your feedback by using #EUCinsights.

 

VMware Horizon DaaS built on vCloud Hybrid Service, NOW AVAILABLE!

By Dave Grant, Senior Director of Product Marketing for DaaS, End-User Computing, VMware

Today I’m thrilled to announce the availability of VMware Horizon DaaS, built on vCloud Hybrid Service.  VMware Horizon DaaS provides Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service, to any device, anywhere, with a predictable monthly subscription.

Why DaaS?

The demand for cloud-hosted virtual desktops has reached a tipping point. We’re seeing a variety of factors contribute to this demand. End users are more diverse than ever before and they want to work from anywhere, on any device. IT is under a ton of pressure to enable this diverse, mobile workforce to get work done and that means being able to access corporate data, applications and resources. It’s now IT’s job to balance these requirements with security, operational simplicity and at the same time control cost.

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Setting Up Google Chromebook with VMware Horizon View to Access Windows Applications

By Kristina De Nike, Senior Product Manager, VMware

Google Chromebook is the perfect platform to use when you want quick access to a Windows application through a Horizon View virtual desktop. With Horizon View 5.3 Feature Pack 1, users can access their Horizon View desktops from an HTML-5-compliant browser, including the Google Chrome browser. Horizon View 5.3 HTML Access includes improved video playback performance, text copy and paste, and audio from the desktop.

Using web access naturally imposes some limits to a full desktop experience. But using other tools from Google can fill the gaps, enabling a smooth workflow.

Here are some tips for administrators to set up the best Horizon View experience for users on a Chromebook platform. For nonpersistent desktops, you will want to make these changes on the virtual machine template. For users with persistent desktops, you can make the changes for the users with Chromebooks, or have users make the changes themselves.

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Innovation: A Way of Life in the VDI Ecosystem

by Mason Uyeda, Senior Director, Technical Marketing and Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

For those who have watched the news and announcements this week from VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) in San Francisco, and especially those who have the opportunity to attend, I’m sure you would agree that it’s impressive to witness the unstoppable march of innovation. In particular, I’m speaking about end-user computing (EUC) and the numerous VMware partners that are announcing advances that will drive cost down, enhance user experience, and make implementation of EUC services even easier. This rich ecosystem of partners driving innovation speaks directly to the DNA of Silicon Valley and other hubs of technology, as well as to the opportunities that lie ahead for end-user computing.

Storage is an especially hot topic and a rapidly evolving space—software-defined storage and flash are the topics of discussion and have been instrumental in driving down the cost of infrastructure for Horizon View virtual desktops. I’m hearing discussions about the cost of network/compute/storage per virtual machine well under $200, not including licensing—with more IOPS capacity than most users need (how often do you really need a hundred IOPS per virtual machine?)—all while providing great end-user experience (below 5ms storage subsystem latency!).

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Desktops as a Service Momentum at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX)

By David Grant, Senior Director, DaaS Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

What a week it has been for the DaaS market and for VMware here at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX). We continue to demonstrate why we are the clear market leader in DaaS with several great announcements this week. Not only did Desktone by VMware pioneer the DaaS market back in 2006 but now as part of VMware, we continue to drive innovation.

I have had many conversations this week with partners (4000+ VMware partners here!) and it is clear that DaaS is hot and we are in a fantastic position to help our partners accelerate their business. We made three huge announcements this week.

First, we announced a partnership with Google to modernize the corporate desktop and bring DaaS to Chromebooks. Second, we introduced the VMWare Horizon DaaS Platform, the industry’s first end-to-end software platform for DaaS built for cloud providers. Lastly, we announced that we have joined forces with Cisco, NetApp and Equinix to deliver the most simple and cost-effective way for service providers to get into the DaaS business with the new “OneStep” program.

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Introducing VMware Horizon DaaS Platform: Industry’s First End-to-End Software Platform for DaaS

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By Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop, End-User Computing, VMware

As we kick off VMware Partner Exchange 2014, I’m excited to make some announcements in the rapidly emerging market of cloud-delivered Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS).

We are announcing the availability of the industry’s first end-to-end software platform for DaaS, VMware Horizon DaaS Platform (previously Desktone), that provides a complete software stack for service providers to build a cloud-based DaaS offering at scale. With the close of the acquisition just four short months ago, VMware Horizon DaaS Platform integrates three key software ingredients for building a scalable DaaS offering into a single platform:

  1. The industry’s leading secure multi-tenant broker and orchestrator
  2. Mobile and cloud-optimized virtual desktop delivery technology with great user experience
  3. The world’s most widely used virtualization and cloud platform.

IDC predicts that the market for cloud-hosted desktops will grow at 85% CAGR over the next 5 years and near $1 billion. We envision high customer and partner interest will lead to significant growth in DaaS clouds.

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What’s New in the Horizon Workspace Reviewer’s Guide?

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

The latest updated VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5 Reviewer’s Guide is now available. The Reviewer’s Guide was originally released shortly after the release of the Horizon Workspace product, and it has just been expanded.

The Reviewer’s Guide is designed for VMware customers and partners who want to use Horizon Workspace to access their Horizon View desktops, ThinApp virtual applications, SaaS-based applications, and data shares within secure company systems. The Reviewer’s Guide gives you the low-down on the new features of the 1.5 release, and describes how to set up a Horizon Workspace instance and examine the features. You can use the Reviewer’s Guide to explore the functionality in step-by-step exercises, or even as a training tool to familiarize yourself with a sample Horizon Workspace deployment.

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