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Horizon 6 on Pure Storage: More affordable, scalable and simpler than disk

Guest blog by Vaughn Stewart, Chief Evangelist, Pure Storage

It’s amazing to reflect on how quickly our mobile work experience has evolved in such a short period. Over the past half dozen years, the world has advanced from remote calendars and email to the need for a rich, mobile end-user experience comprised of secure access to applications, files, and online services – all available anywhere, anytime and on any device.

However, it can be challenging to provide a consistent user experience across devices and locations.  Multiple points of access and control for end-user applications (including Windows and non-Windows based assets) contribute to user experience issues and management complexity.  Legacy disk-based storage contributes to slow response times and also leads to user dissatisfaction.

VMware and Pure Storage address these performance and management challenges.  VMware Horizon 6 delivers consistently great experiences across devices, locations, media and connections through a unified workspace and provides a central point of control for application delivery.  Pure Storage FlashArray is perfect for Horizon 6 and enables customers to host and manage desktops, provide remote file services and stream application delivery with simplicity and scalability, directly within their software-defined data center.

Pure Storage is unique in the industry, as we have removed the economic barrier to all-flash storage, ensuring an instantaneous and responsive end-user experience with price points at below $100 per Horizon user. In fact, the price per user decreases as the size of the deployment increases! Consistent sub-millisecond storage latency is key to meeting the expectations of today’s mobile user and is vital for Horizon 6 deployments. All-flash Pure Storage delivers this performance without the configuration or complexity of disk-based storage.

VMware Horizon on Pure Storage runs flawlessly and enables organizations to support new deployments for the most demanding users requiring highly responsive 3D graphics, rich media and unified communications.

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VMware Horizon and Trend Micro team up for secure, agile end-user computing

Guest blog by David Silverberg, Global Alliances Director, Trend Micro

In today’s high pressure, ultra-competitive business environment, organisations are demanding smarter, more mobile ways of working. Gone are the days of monolithic Windows desktop environments where costs were predictable and securing corporate data relatively straightforward. These changes  brought with them a whole new set of challenges for IT departments tasked with delivering end-user computing in an efficient, agile and secure manner.

That’s why VMware designed Horizon; to provide users with access to physical, virtual and mobile endpoints from any device. It’s also why we’ve been working closely with VMware on integration to make sure Horizon customers can benefit from Trend Micro protection no matter where or how they use the platform.

IT at a crossroads

IT departments are at the centre of a user-generated storm. They need to support BYOD on a multiplicity of devices and platforms, delivering an ever-increasing volume of data in a secure, compliant and efficient manner. Users want control over how they access business applications and they have high expectations regarding performance…they want and demand a great experience.  With this backdrop, it’s not surprising that many IT managers are struggling to deliver end-user computing quickly, efficiently and at low cost.

Enter Horizon 6

VMware Horizon 6 offers a new approach to these problems. It offers a device-independent workspace, providing centralised, single sign-on access to apps, files and desktop images from a wide range of mobile devices and computer platforms. With Horizon, IT can finally offer strategic innovation securely, while enabling a happier and more productive workforce. Horizon 6 includes greater manageability to ease the delivery of new workspaces and applications, as well as support for hybrid cloud environments, among many other benefits.

Trend Micro secures Horizon customers

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Horizon 6.0 – Introducing Virtual SAN Integration

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone on the End-User Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to bring you another exciting product announcement from EUC.

View 5.3.1 was introduced early in the first quarter of 2014 to support Virtual SAN 5.5 GA. As you may have read recently, VMware announced the release of Horizon 6 (with View). With this release, we are continuing to expand the Virtual SAN integration capabilities delivered by Horizon. The Virtual SAN integration capabilities introduced in Horizon 6 deliver the following benefits to our customers:

  • Reduces CAPEX cost of storage by up to 50% when compared to the cost of using an external shared storage array based on magnetic disks
  • A package that contains both View and Virtual SAN
  • A simple three-step setup and management workflow
  • Performance capabilities similar to that of an all flash/all SSD external storage system

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Microsoft Lync 2013 in View Windows 8.0 and 8.1 Desktops

By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Horizon 6 with View will be adding support for Microsoft Lync 2013 VDI integration on Windows 8.0 and 8.1 desktops. In View 5.2, VMware added support for Lync 2013 Client capabilities, including VoIP and videoconferencing, in View desktops running Windows 7 SP1. With Horizon 6 with View, customers will be able to run the Lync 2013 Client with full functionality inside Windows 8.0 and 8.1 virtual desktops as well.

Customers can use View PCoIP technology to deliver an optimal user experience when accessing their View desktop. Once inside the View desktop, users can fully leverage the Lync 2013 Client to communicate and collaborate using its rich VoIP and videoconferencing capabilities.

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Customizing the View Portal Page After HTML Access Has Been Installed: Horizon View 5.3

By Alexander West, Technical Writer for End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware, with significant contributions from Kristina De Nike, Senior Product Manager, VMware

HTML Access is extremely handy for always-on-the-move VMware Horizon View users. But keep in mind that installing HTML Access in your Horizon View deployment will automatically disable your previously customized View Portal page and replace it with a new portal page that contains both an icon for downloading View Client and an icon for accessing your virtual desktop via HTML Access.

Unfortunately, any customizations to the original View Portal page are not automatically included in the new portal. But, on the bright side, you can customize the new portal page using essentially the same technique you used to customize the original View Portal page. (Check out Customizing the View Portal in Horizon View 5.3 to find out how to customize the original View Portal page.)

Note: HTML Access 2.2 is available only as part of the VMware Horizon View 5.3 Feature Pack 1.

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Horizon View 5.3.1 Is Here and Supports VMware Virtual SAN

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone in the End-User-Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to bring to you an exciting product announcement from EUC, just in time for the other Virtual-SAN-related announcements from VMware!

Today, VMware announced the General Availability (GA) of VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 and I’d like to take a moment to also introduce Horizon View 5.3.1. With this release, we are continuing the tradition of rapidly introducing innovations to market. And, now, the details:

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Choosing a Horizon View Virtual-Desktop Operations-Management Tool

By David G. Wooten, End-User-Computing Product Line Manager, vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View, VMware

Have you ever tried to diagnose a VMware Horizon View end-user virtual desktop issue? If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because there are so many data sources involved, and so many “subject matter experts” (SMEs) advising you about the problem and its solution! So what do you do? Many people have found success by using vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View. But there are a few things you should know before you buy and implement a Horizon View monitoring-and-management solution, to ensure the highest possible operational and troubleshooting efficiency. This post will tell you what you need to know to select an effective Horizon View virtual-desktop operations-management solution that will let you successfully scale out your Horizon View virtual desktop deployment, while the tool manages the complexity and moving parts.

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Successfully Build Your Horizon Mirage Deployment for Branch Offices and the WAN

By Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

Horizon Mirage is a great solution to migrate your endpoints from Windows XP to Windows 7. It’s also a great solution to manage those same endpoints with a corporate image, one that’s built with the right operating-system version, drivers, and applications—all maintained centrally. It’s important to build a proper plan when deploying such a solution; you want to make sure you have all the important components (server, storage, network) properly sized to handle the workload you will manage.

The VMware Horizon Mirage Branch-Office Reference Architecture was developed to help achieve such a goal. This document clearly explains how to back up desktops deployed throughout your organization and also how to migrate them to a more recent operating system with an approved and properly configured corporate image.

The main focus of this document is to provide guidance for the management of branch-office endpoints by Horizon Mirage and of the resources utilized by Mirage servers. Following is a representation of a typical Horizon Mirage deployment, including both local and remote endpoints with Mirage Clients installed.

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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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VMware Horizon View Extends Chromebooks in the Enterprise

by Geoffrey Murase, Solutions Marketing, End-User Computing

As more and more corporate applications are delivered from the cloud, businesses are presented with multiple choices in how to access them.  No longer are businesses required to use full blown desktops or laptops to get their work done. For many, all they need is a way to access the web.

With Google Chromebooks, businesses of all sizes can take advantage of the low price, built-in security, fast boot times, and worry-free upgrades that Chromebooks offer. Google Chromebooks have already become wildly popular in the Education market, accounting for 1 in 4 devices shipped to U.S. K-12 schools according to preliminary data from Futuresource Consulting for the final quarter of 2013.

Chromebooks

But many businesses continue to use legacy Windows applications such as Microsoft Office and are thus limited in their adoption of Google Chromebooks.  If only there was a way to take advantage of the benefits of Chromebooks and still run legacy Windows applications.

Announced last week, Google has partnered with VMware to solve this challenge by leveraging VMware Horizon View desktop virtualization technology to deliver these Windows applications to users of Chromebooks.  With VMware Horizon View, Windows desktops can be delivered through a Chrome browser using the VMware BLAST protocol.  No client installation is required.  Users just enter the URL of their local or hosted VMware Horizon View server and can get access to a full Windows desktop with any Windows applications installed on it.

So what if you want to copy text from your Windows program in a virtual desktop to an application in your Chrome browser?  No problem.  With VMware Horizon View 5.3, administrators can enable users to copy and paste between the two seamlessly.  Conversely, if there’s a security policy that requires strict separation between the Windows environment and the browser environment, this feature can be disabled.

How about file management?  What about printing documents?  Do you have to keep two sets of files?  Do you have to manage two printers for the different environments?  Of course not.  Users can access the same files from either their Chrome browser or a Horizon View desktop by using Google Drive.  In addition, the Horizon View virtual desktop can be configured with Google Cloud Print to securely print documents to the same printer that’s being used by your Chromebook.

So to sum it all up – with a low price, built-in security, fast boot times, worry-free upgrades, access to both online AND Windows applications, and a seamless end-user experience, this new partnership between VMware and Google enables schools and businesses who had previously not considered Chromebooks for their users due to its lack of Windows application support to have the best of both worlds.

To learn more, we invite you to attend a webinar:
VMware & Google Modernize Corporate Desktops for the Mobile Cloud Era
Thursday March 13th, 2pm EST
Register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/712266934

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