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VMworld: “Embracing Federal Mobility” Session–A Day in the Life of Federal IT

By Pam Takahama, Director Solutions Marketing, EUC, VMware

With standing room only, the “Embracing Federal Mobility” session demonstrated how pioneers in federal IT are driving transformation within their agencies. In the few minutes leading up to the session, attendees shared a glimpse into federal IT challenges:

  • Think security: When’s the last time Edward Snowden visited your offices?
  • Think dynamic: Enabling remote access on aircraft carriers to submarines, no problem!
  • Think responsibility: Have you ever tried repurposing a 7 year old device to save costs?

It’s no wonder mobile initiatives are top of mind for federal IT: a recent survey from Meritalk, a government IT network, suggests that 49% of Government Managers believe mobile technology can contribute significantly towards productivity (source: AOL). And, when coupled with potential cost savings for federal mobile computing it’s impossible to ignore the following:

  • 57% Real Estate/Facilities Reduction
  • 42% Software Licensing Costs per Employee
  • 27% Training Costs
  • 35% Help Desk/Support Costs
  • 49% Net Hardware Costs per Employee

But as they say, “99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story.” Let’s hear what the panel, led by Douglas Bourgeois, Vice President of Federal End-User Computing at VMware, had to say.

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End-User Computing Just Got Simpler

By Tristan Todd, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware
Jim Yanik, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware
Tony Foster, EMC
Michael Fox, EMC
Mark Orth, EMC

If you make it easy to implement, simple to administer, and deliver an exceptional user experience, then your “desktop of the future” project is more likely to be successful! We have made this statement at virtualization industry events for the last five years. Now an exciting new solution has arrived that helps enterprises achieve each of these three goals.


The Federation End-User-Computing Solution

The EMC Federation has made it easier for enterprises to deploy virtual desktops at scale, with the Federation End-User-Computing (Fed EUC) Solution. This is a holistic solution for delivering desktops and applications to any device. The Federation EUC Solution provides everything needed for secure, anytime, anywhere access to virtual desktops and applications. It includes all hardware, software, and services needed for end-user computing, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), support desk software, orchestration and automation tools, security, installation services, and one-call support. Continue reading

VMware Horizon FLEX and View Local Mode: Similar Features, But Definitely Not the Same

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware View Client with Local Mode has been removed from Horizon 6 with View. But did you know that VMware Horizon FLEX offers a similar offline desktop solution? In this blog, we compare and contrast Horizon FLEX and View Local Mode features.

Contrasting Features

User feedback informed us that the Local Mode offline desktop was a great asset, however the implementation needed refinement. VMware Horizon FLEX was developed as an enhanced BYO solution using our other End-User Computing products: VMware Mirage, VMware Fusion Pro, and VMware Player Pro.

Figure 1: Horizon FLEX Is a Combination of VMware End-User Computing Products

The most notable contrast between Horizon FLEX and View Local Mode is that Horizon with View and VMware vSphere are not prerequisites for Horizon FLEX. Continue reading

Introducing VMware Horizon FLEX

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Do your employees want to use Macs in the workplace? Do you want to say ‘Yes’ to a BYO program? Perhaps you are hiring more temporary and contract staff? However, you struggle with balancing corporate access and corporate compliance…

VMware Horizon FLEX is an exciting new product that addresses these use cases and more! Horizon FLEX was announced at VMworld Europe 2014 and will be generally available soon. The VMware Horizon FLEX Solution Brief discusses the enterprise use cases solved by Horizon FLEX, as well as how it works and a sample of some of the functionality. Continue reading

Announcing VMware Mirage 5.1!

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

We introduced VMware Mirage 5.0 as part of our exciting Horizon 6 launch earlier this year. Since then, we’ve been hard at work enhancing the next version. And now, I’m pleased to announce the official general availability of VMware Mirage 5.1! If you were able to attend one of our Mirage breakout sessions at VMworld in San Francisco last month, you got a sneak peek at some of the enhancements we’ve put in place.  We wanted to make managing your desktop inventory even easier with this release. Let’s take a look at some of the new features in Mirage 5.1.

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Caspida is hosting a Meet-Up at VMware…what does the future of mobile security look like?



by Karthik Kannan, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Caspida

Mobile security is clearly one of the most major challenges faced by companies today. The mobile dimension extends the traditional network from being a rigid perimeter to a more fluid, yet inevitable, area around corporate assets. Users are increasingly mobile – remote employees, traveling users, contractors, vendors etc. This poses the problem of valuable corporate data being rendered open to corruption, theft and abuse. Yet, the answer does not lie in locking down the data or the devices – for the sake of productivity and competitive edge, companies must make their data accessible and hence not locked down yet protect it at the same time.

Today’s mobile-IT processes provide two options – use a company-provisioned device, or Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD). Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but in my opinion, BYOD is the winner. My specific reasons for that opinion are BYOD takes away a huge onus on the part of IT to provision and continuously update corporate devices for its users – this is a thankless task and IT will never get ahead with this approach. What’s left, by definition, is therefore the winner. But BYOD is a winner only because the competing option is a loser!

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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.


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


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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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.”

Their solution: VMware Horizon with View. Continue reading