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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

Sumit Dhawan

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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VMware BYOD Solutions for Higher Education (and why some people hate the holiday season)

by Geoffrey Murase, Solutions Marketing, VMware

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon is NOT restricted to the business world.  It has already permeated college campuses around the world.  More and more, students are bringing their own connected devices to school and expecting support from college IT departments.  Whether it’s a tablet, smartphone, laptop or even gaming consoles or smart TVs, students need to be connected and have access to their applications and files.

North Carolina State University recognized the BYOD trend early on and has been proactive about supporting their student and faculty BYOD needs.  They have successfully addressed the BYOD challenge with the help of VMware Horizon View™ virtual desktops.  Check out this short video which highlights their strategy and experience using virtualized desktops.

In addition, I recently spoke with the CIO of a large community college about the major challenges that he’s facing when it comes to BYOD.  As a community college, students are more likely to be working full-time during the day and need access to campus resources during off hours.  Instead of IT departments having to keep computer labs open all night, students at community colleges often access their coursework off campus with their home computers, tablets, or other devices.  The key is to have a consistent user experience and that’s where virtual desktops make perfect sense.

He then added that his least favorite time of year used to be the holiday season.  I was puzzled at first, but he went on to explain that his IT department wasn’t prepared for all of the new devices that the students had received as gifts and would bring back to campus with them in the new year.  Now with virtual desktops, however, it makes life (and staying in the holiday spirit!) a lot easier for them.

Lost and Found: End-User Computing Tech Resources on VMware.com

By Tina de Benedictis, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMWare

You may have noticed that VMware redesigned its website to better meet user needs. Over 7000 web pages were flipped over in unison to the new design on the 26th of August 2013. The new site is more modern and visually appealing, with built-in social functionality. Research on what our users want informed our decision to provide rapid access to technical content, with the business case ready for when you need to convince the funding side of your organization. You also told us which tasks you do most, so we made those tasks obvious, and you don’t have to search to find these tasks. In addition, the new design is consistent across the VMware product spectrum.

But I didn’t intend to focus all of your attention on our redesign. I want to tell you how to find those lost pages with technical resources for End-User Computing, which you may have had bookmarked, but which now give you errors. We have a lot of pages to redirect from the prior website to the new one, and we just couldn’t manage 7000 redirects!


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Workforce Evolution

by Liam Yu, Product Marketing, VMware

Today’s workforce has seen dramatic evolution since the first day a remote worker crawled from the client-server ‘mud’ onto the shores of virtualization and ushering in the mobile-cloud era. Today, remote workers come in all shapes and sizes. The first remote workers (branch office, home users, and “ye ol’ road warrior’) now share the enterprise landscape with new species of workers with names like BPOs, FTEs, contractor supply chain, ecosystem users, and other exotic users (some of which aren’t even employees). What’s more, these new anywhere, anytime users expect anywhere IT service on their personal laptops, tablets, and smartphones or else they simply go around IT. In the past such Darwinian consumerization behavior challenged the ‘natural order’ of IT and was a clear violation of corporate policy – not to be tolerated.

But with the majority of workers bringing so many of their personal devices, (and apps) into the organizations usage trends such as “bring your own device” (BYOD) and “corporate-owned, personally enabled” (COPE) have become mainstay essentials to delivering IT scale and end-user choice.

However, IT be warned! Many products claim so called device management yet only really turn off the devices capabilities resulting in poor user experience. Moreover the interruption of access to apps, the removal of personal data result in personal privacy with their own set of risks. What’s’ more, many vendors provide only partial remedies. This leaves IT plugging holes leading to greater complexity, risk, and poor quality. IT should not have to meet their SLA with a point product pile up that is riddled with limitations (e.g. tablets but not for desktop or laptops -sorry).

The VMware® Horizon™ Suite’s approach delivers a holistic, right-sized solution, providing user choice, without compromising security or IT control. Horizon Suite does this by:

  • Allowing users to access ALL their files and applications at anytime, across devices – desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets.
  • Creating a separate environment for corporate applications and data. The environment can be completely isolated, secured and customized by the enterprise IT admin and can prevent corporate data leakage and preserve the privacy of employees’ personal information.
  • Enabling holistic user-based policy, for any mobile or remote state

By doing so, VMware helps organizations redefine the boundary of BYOD to really include any device. With Horizon Suite, IT gets a platform that allows them to provide secure and highly available access to desktops, apps, and data. Horizon Suite takes advantage of virtualization, application imaging and device awareness to provide IT with an end-to-end solution to meet the demands of the mobile workforce. It also allows IT to manage only what they need to (i.e. the assets that are owned by the enterprise) thus bringing security and compliance to devices, regardless of who owns them.

In short Horizon Suite allows IT meet a broader need of their evolving workforce. VMware believes that customers should be given a solution that considers their entire workforce. Moreover, these solutions should allow customers to adopt and adapt to future needs without comprising the quality of service, or increase complexity and risk for IT. In one solution, Horizon Suite’s technologies give you a comprehensive approach to meet today’s end user computing needs while allowing you to scale to meet the needs of all of those new workforce creatures that may emerge on an organization’s doorstep.

Tell us more about how your workforce is changing via Facebook and Twitter or discuss in our Horizon Suite Community.

VMworld Europe 2013: Leading the Industry in Support for the Mobile Workforce

Erik Frieberg, vice president, product marketing

Today, VMware is making two very exciting announcements at VMworld Barcelona that reinforces our commitment to advancing end-user computing for the industry and for our customers.

First, we are introducing new, innovative product offerings and capabilities across the VMware End-User Computing portfolio to broaden support for the mobile workforce. Second, we are announcing that VMware has acquired Desktone, a pioneer and leader in desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) as part of its commitment and effort to advancing that segment of the market and end-user computing as a whole.

This is a very exciting time for the End-User Computing Group at VMware and in the end, it will be our customers who will ultimately benefit from the advancements we make today and the vision we have for the industry for tomorrow.

Let’s start with the product updates.

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