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Get Into the Fast Lane with Project Enzo and Learn More At VMworld 2015

By Shawn Bass, CTO Desktop Technologies, End-User Computing, VMware

On May 11, 2015, we unveiled Project Enzo to the world as a next generation hybrid cloud architecture for the deployment and management of virtual desktops and applications. We shared some details publicly about the design principles that went into Project Enzo. Leading into VMworld next week, I think it’s important to touch on some of those objectives and provide a heads up on the sessions that you can drop by to learn more details about Enzo. In this blog I want to touch on some of the main reasons that we decided to do something completely new in this space:

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Achieving High-Performance 3D Graphics with Horizon 6

By Matt Coppinger, Director, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware
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Gary Sloane, Consulting Writer and Editor, VMware

Are you considering virtualizing your 3D desktop workloads? Are you wondering if your 3D applications will perform on a virtual desktop?

The new VMware Horizon 6 3D Engineering Workloads Reference Architecture looks at some of the more intensive 3D applications and how they perform on a virtual desktop. It explores the technology choices available to customers and how best to optimize View virtual desktops in Horizon 6 in combination with VMware vSphere for high-performance 3D.

VMware vSphere 5.1 introduced GPU virtualization and the ability to run 3D workloads on a virtual desktop. Now, the combination of VMware vSphere 6.0, NVIDIA GRID graphics cards, and View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6 enables access to the most advanced graphics applications, even from remote devices such as laptops and tablets.

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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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Supercharged Storage for Desktop Transformation: Virtual SAN with Horizon

By Ben Siler, EUC Product Marketing

Business mobility helps your people perform better. When employees have the ability to access their applications anytime, anywhere, and on any device, they’re happier and more productive. Business mobility means more than just remote access to email and a few SaaS apps, however; organizations need to provide a complete virtual workspace that’s as good as physical.

Workspace transformation with virtual desktops and apps offers your employees the access they need, but storage for virtual desktops and apps can pose challenges to your datacenter.

Desktop and app virtualization projects often run into issues when they come up against I/O hungry OSes and apps that were designed to take advantage of low-latency attached storage assigned 1:1 to users. Now, that storage and IO capacity is stretched across network and hundreds or thousands of users. Although some IT departments turn to high-cost specialty storage arrays to address this performance gap, Virtual SAN provides a lower-cost solution, with great performance and scalability for mission critical workloads like VDI.

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Top 10 EUC Sessions at VMworld 2015

By Shawn Bass, Sr. Director of Strategy and Planning, EUC, VMware

While I wasn’t working for VMware during last year’s VMworld, I was blown away by the number of amazing technologies that were shown at VMworld 2014 such as VMware’s vision for Just-in-time (JIT) Desktops, Project Meteor, Project Fargo, EVO, etc. I was already in discussions with VMware about joining them at the time, but VMworld 2014 only served to reinforce that I was making the right decision in joining the team. Thinking about this year’s VMworld, I wanted to publish a blog sharing the end-user computing (EUC) related sessions that I think are very important to catch if you’re out there for this year’s event. In my role, I tend to spend a lot of time focusing on the future of EUC, and this year’s event won’t disappoint as we’ll have a lot of content that speaks to our future innovations as well as tons of content on our existing products. I think it’s important to have a good mix of future-related strategy as well as content on existing products, so there’s value whether you’re in a forward-looking strategy role or someone who needs to actually implement the technology you’ve already committed to deploying.

Here’s a list of the top 10 sessions I’m excited about at VMworld 2015 along with a little detail on why they are very relevant.

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When it absolutely, positively has to be there – VMware AlwaysOn Desktop Solution

By Tisa Murdock, Director of Industry Solutions, VMware and Farid Agahi, Business Strategist Industry Solutions, VMware

The term ‘mission critical’ in IT has been synonymous with major business applications that perform core functions within an enterprise. However, we are starting to see that term also being applied to the underlying end-user computing platform – in the context of an always available service. The idea being that a mission-critical application requires an equally mission-critical platform capable of delivering that application to its end-users 7x24x365 – wherever they are.

This has been very evident over the past several years in the healthcare sector where the global movement toward a paperless electronic medical records (EMR) environment has hugely impacted the availability SLA’s for desktop services. It’s easy to make the connection between desktop availability and patient care delivery through the EMR application’s availability.

Similar reliance on desktop services is also being identified in other sectors such as financial services, manufacturing, retail and others. This is driven by the fact that cost of downtime is getting progressively higher due to loss in business productivity, customer impact, missed business service levels, impact on deadline commitments etc.

In fact, many organizations are going away from allowing for routine planned downtimes in their desktop SLA frameworks. This clearly challenges status-quo in areas such as patch management and application updates/upgrade where each update cycle is likely to require at least one reboot which constitutes a planned downtime event. Multiplied by number of end-points and duration of each reboot, the total planned outage puts a large dent in the total availability SLA – situation gets worse if we add unplanned outages to the equation. These factors are ushering in the beginning of the always-on desktop service model.

So, how do you get to an always-on service within a distributed physical desktop environment? Answer is you can’t! The architecture supporting the desktop service has to be fundamentally different. And that’s where VMware’s AlwaysOn Desktop offering provides this much-needed solution.

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How NVIDIA and VMware virtualize Esri ArcGIS Pro

By Cedric Courteix, Partner Alliances Architect, VMware

As we are heading out to Esri User Conference next week, I thought it would be appropriate to give you an update on how Esri–the leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology used by 300,000 organizations worldwide–NVIDIA, and VMware are partnering together around desktop virtualization in four steps.

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Step 1: Esri has been an active member of NVIDIA and VMware Early Access Program geared towards the launch of virtual GPU (vGPU) enabled desktops.  Since this product was shipped in March 2015 just before NVIDIA “GPU Technology Conference”, the Early Access Program has been converted to a NVIDIA and VMware Community (NVC) to accelerate Esri ArcGIS pro deployments using virtualization.  You can join us now.

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VMware Leaps into the Leaders Category in the IDC MarketScape

In 2014, the worldwide virtual client computing (VCC) software market totaled $3.0 billion, with a growth percentage of 6.9% from 2013. IDC sees the VCC market entering its maturity phase, encouraging vendors to expand capabilities to physical desktop management, enterprise mobility management and application management.

Who are the best players in virtual client computing today?  Dave Grant, VMware Vice President of Product Marketing will be joined by Robert Young, Research Manager at IDC on July 28th to discuss the IDC MarketScape Report: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment.

Join the webcast to hear them discuss:

  • How mobile devices are changing the IT landscape today
  • The benefits of virtual client computing (VCC) that is driving adoption
  • The methodology behind the IDC VCC MarketScape report and its results
  • Why VMware was chosen as a leader

Remember to mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. Registration is open now!

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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From the Data Center, With Linux: NVIDIA GRID Virtualizes High-End Linux Workstation Experience

Guest Blog by Will Wade, Director of GRID Product Management, NVIDIA

If your business relies on Linux to run advanced applications, your life just got easier — thanks to VMware and NVIDIA.

NVIDIA GRID technology powers the high-performance 3D graphics of VMware’s recently released Horizon 6 for Linux. This means you can offer a high-end Linux workstation experience, hosted right in your data center, to colleagues using any connected device.

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Many kinds of businesses can benefit.

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