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Horizon Hosted Applications: What a Year it has Been!

By Mark Ewert, Lead Technologist – Competitive Marketing, EUC, VMware

It’s been a year since we added support for Hosted Applications to Horizon and what a year it has been! The industry excitement has been invigorating. We have had tremendous interest from organizations of all shapes and sizes; and the excitement keeps growing with each new release.

Just a few of the features we have added over the last year include:

  • Client Drive Redirection and File Associations
    Users can now share folders and drives on their local client systems with hosted applications and desktops. Hosted Applications also now supports file associations. File associations automatically connect the client to the correct hosted application when a user opens or double-clicks an associated file type. Both of these features help provide a great user experience, making it easy for users to quickly access the files and data they need.
  • HTML Access Support for Hosted Apps
    Hosted Apps now supports HTML Access. Users can now connect to Hosted Apps and Desktops from clients that simply have HTML 5 support, including most modern web browsers. This new capability has also been extended to multi-site Cloud Pod Architecture deployments, enabling organizations to implement the largest Hosted App infrastructures.
  • 3D Graphics Support
    The 3D vDGA and GRID vGPU graphics solutions for Horizon VDI desktops have been extended to Hosted Apps. Now you simply need to deploy the app instead of entire desktop to support graphics-intensive applications.
  • Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR) for RDS Desktops
    Windows Media MMR is now supported for videos playing on RDS desktops. MMR offloads video processing from the hosted desktop to the user’s client device to support high quality video without sapping expensive server resources.

And you can watch this video to see a demonstration of the great user experience provided by VMware Hosted Applications:

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Are you ready to build a desktop, app, and user management strategy?

By Harry Labana, VP Products, EUC, VMware

How is your desktop, app, and user management strategy? Have you thought about it lately? With VMworld 2015 right around the corner, now is as good a time as ever. Next week, thousands of IT professionals will pour into San Francisco for the industry’s premier virtualization and cloud conference. Not only will you be able to talk and network with virtualization, cloud, datacenter, and end-user computing peers, but you can also attend sessions presented by thought leaders and subject matter experts paving the way for a new model of IT. Even if you have a good desktop, app, and user management strategy in place, I encourage you to attend a few of these sessions that I am most excited about. These will give you a sense of where VMware is heading in an ever-growing heterogeneous world full of apps, users and devices…that all need management. Here are some of the sessions I’d like to highlight:

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Horizon FLEX drives amazing hypervisors

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware

Type 2 hypervisors are cool.

If you’re looking at the ones in Horizon FLEX then you should know that the core technology is the same as in vSphere – the solution that powers many of the world’s most in-demand and high performance data centers.

Why should you care about that? Because it means that the care and attention to detail that drives billions of seamless internet transactions every day is available to work for you should you need to run Windows on your Mac, Linux on your Windows, or just about any combination there of.

In this demo I thought I’d be crazy and see how far I could push it. While it certainly wasn’t without its scary moments, I hit no walls, encountered no unrecoverable errors, and barely even caused the iMac’s fan to spin.

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Join VMware at GPU Technology Conference 2015: Delivering High Performance Workstations from the Cloud

By Tony Paikeday, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Next week is GTC 15 – where end users and the graphics technology ecosystem converge to learn how to tap into the growing power of the GPU.  Each year promises major steps forward in ground-breaking innovation, and this year is no different!  GTC15 will feature front and center, the industry leading joint solution for delivering secure, immersive graphics from the cloud – VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID vGPU.



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Calling All Citrix XenApp Customers! Make the Move to VMware Horizon 6

By Mark Ewert, End-User Computing Solutions Architect, VMware

This summer we released VMware Horizon 6, the latest version of our leading end-user computing platform. Perhaps the most exciting feature of Horizon 6 is its expanded support for Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, including hosted applications. Whether users need virtual desktops, hosted apps, or shared desktop sessions, VMware Horizon is the only platform you need. This means it is now possible to migrate off your Citrix XenApp infrastructure! Summer 2015 marks both the termination of support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and the end of life for XenApp 5.0. If you are still running XenApp 5 on Windows 2003, the timing is perfect for a migration to VMware Horizon. And we are working feverishly to release tools, guidance, and services to provide what you need to make your migration a success. Continue reading

Grab a Seat for our CloudVolumes VMworld Session


Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, End-User Computing 

Hopefully by now most of you have arrived in San Francisco and are ready to kick off VMworld with us at the welcome reception in the Solutions Exchange in just a few minutes!

There’s one last thing before you finalize your schedule for the week. During my last blog on the spotlight session I alluded to big announcements that I couldn’t share yet. Well, the first one dropped this past Thursday – the announcement that VMware has purchased CloudVolumes. (For more details on why VMware purchased CloudVolumes, check our EUC CTO, Kit Colbert’s blog post.)

I am excited to announce that we will be adding a session to give all the detail on the acquisition of CloudVolumes. EUC3605 is titled “CloudVolumes Acquisition Overview: Simplifying App Delivery” and it is scheduled for Wednesday at 1pm in Moscone West room 3012. In the session, Jason Marshall, CloudVolumes Product Line Manager, will detail how CloudVolumes technology gives users a “just in time” desktop which provides the quality of experience of a persistent desktop, but the manageability and economics of a non-persistent desktop. He will discuss how Horizon 6 and CloudVolumes together will revolutionize desktop and application delivery.

Register for the session today and help us give the CloudVolumes team a warm VMworld welcome.

Where To Find VMware Mirage Next Week at VMworld

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing

I can’t believe VMworld 2014 is right around the corner! Next week, over 20,000 VMware enthusiasts will descend upon San Francisco. Many VMworld attendees will line up for the general sessions with amazing keynote speakers we have in place. Some attendees will be part of customer panel discussions. Some will experience our world-class hands on labs. Everyone has the opportunity to network with some of the brightest minds in software, which I expect people to take advantage of.

Having been focused on VMware Mirage for the past few years, I’m pleased to educate our new and existing customers on all things related to Mirage. Let’s take a look at some of the Mirage sessions you can find in the End-User Computing Desktop & Apps track:

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What Is the Best Server Virtualization Platform for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

By Cyndie Zikmund, EUC Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware

Have you ever asked yourself: What is the best server virtualization platform for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)? VMware vSphere is the answer.

More and more organizations are moving towards virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as the solution to reducing administrative overhead, increasing productivity, and improving security. VDI is becoming an even more preferred solution as storage costs go down and virtual storage is more widely supported.

But the performance of a VDI deployment depends on the virtualization platform it is hosted on. Which one is best for you? Here are a few key considerations in your decision-making process:

  • Does the platform provide a secure foundation for all the virtual desktops that your organization needs?
  • Can your chosen platform be standardized on the same platform as your existing server virtualization?
  • How will the choice of a virtualization platform impact future migration to a cloud environment?
  • Do the platform’s features, reliability, and high availability meet your business requirements?
  • Is the platform optimized to run VDI workloads?

For more information about using VMware vSphere for desktop virtualization, download the white paper Why Choose VMware vSphere for Desktop Virtualization? This white paper will help you understand why vSphere is the best choice of a hypervisor for a VDI environment.  See VMware vSphere for more information about the VMware server virtualization platform.

VMware vSphere supports the VMware VDI solution, Horizon with View.  See Horizon with View for more information.

3D-Graphics Acceleration in View Virtual Desktops

By Alexander West, Technical Writer for End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

With significant contributions from Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, VMware

VMware Horizon with View offers excellent 3D-graphics capabilities to View users everywhere.

To ensure top-flight performance for 3D graphics in View, administrators have three different graphics-acceleration options to choose from: Soft 3D, vSGA, and vDGA. Read on for a look at the differences between the three, and which one in particular leads to the highest availability for 3D-graphics acceleration in View.

(Check out the newly revised Graphics Acceleration in View Virtual Desktops for everything you need to know about 3D-graphics acceleration in View.)

Definitions of Soft 3D, vSGA, and vDGA

Soft 3D, vSGA, and vDGA all sound similar. So here is a look at what distinguishes these three solutions from one another. Continue reading

Road Trip! TechTalk Live is Visiting a City Near You to Showcase Horizon 6

VMware is packing up its latest technology and heading out on the road to 35 cities in the US and Canada–from Atlanta to Vancouver, New York to Seattle (and everywhere in between) to give customers a closer look at VMware Horizon 6, which was just announced on April 9th.

These free, in-person seminars, called VMware TechTalk Live, will feature demonstrations from  experts on the latest in desktop and application virtualization technology, along with plenty of opportunities to network with your peers, get questions about Horizon 6 answered, and learn more about how VMware is changing the world of end-user computing.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Deliver virtual desktops, RDS remote apps, packaged apps with ThinApp, SaaS apps and even virtualized apps from Citrix, in a single platform
  • Leverage Virtual SAN as a cost effective solution for deploying VDI
  • Better manage VDI with vCenter Operations Manager for View and image management with VMware Mirage

For additional information on Horizon 6, check out the VMware End-User Computing blog and watch our CEO Pat Gelsinger provide an overview in this video message.

Our first stop is April 29. Space is limited so be sure to register for TechTalk Live now to reserve your seat. We look forward to seeing you when we’re in your city!