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VMware Mirage 5.2 Now Generally Available!

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

Following on to our desktop innovation blog yesterday, I’m pleased to expand on the details of VMware Mirage 5.2 which is now generally available! A big part of what we have been working on is actually now available as a part of VMware Horizon FLEX. Horizon FLEX provides the flexibility IT needs to serve end users, while maintaining security and compliance with centrally managed, containerized desktops. With Horizon FLEX, you can deliver a reliable Windows experience to BYO users, Mac users, contractors and road warriors – whether offline or online. Mirage plays the role of centrally managing, patching, and backing up the local Windows virtual desktops that is delivered with Horizon FLEX.

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VMware Mirage Bootcamp Videos

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

One of the easiest ways to learn about VMware technologies is through videos. The videos we record are easy to consume and available on-demand. In fact, we have many VMware Mirage videos available on our YouTube playlist. Today I’d like to introduce the VMware Mirage Bootcamp series. This series covers everything from a general overview of Mirage to architecture guides to best practices including:

  • Mirage Overview – key capabilities and core technology of VMware Mirage including a live demo of the Mirage management console
  • Image Management Architecture Guide with Mirage – core architecture principles to design a centralized image management. We also review design methodology, sizing and scalability, and integration with Horizon.
  • CVDs, Layers, Policies, and Rules in Mirage – a deep-dive look at managing CVDs in VMware Mirage. We also cover layer management, CVD policies, layer rules, and scripting in Mirage.
  • Windows Migration – how Windows migrations are performed with VMware Mirage, and the benefits IT and end users receive as a result. We cover how Mirage handles USMT, post-scripts, layers, and drivers as part of the migration process with Mirage.
  • Best Practices with Remote and Branch Offices – deep-dive look at best practices with managing endpoints across remote and branch offices using VMware Mirage.
  • Best Practices in Automation – the automation capabilities offered in VMware Mirage. We also explain how to use the Mirage Server Tools and give examples of automation tasks.

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When Every Second Counts, Count on VMware

by Geoffrey Murase, Solutions Marketing, End-User Computing

I recently visited Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVFR) near Portland, Oregon to film a video case study documenting the innovative ways they’re using VMware desktop virtualization technology.  They had initially used desktop virtualization to simplify management of desktops in their office but they quickly found other use cases, as well.

The IT team at TVFR found that the device of choice for their fire chiefs are iPads which were being used primarily for email and web browsing. However, when it came to accessing the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system which delivers information about emergency incidents, it was a Windows application which had to be run on a Windows computer. Fire Chief Michael Kinkade would often have to go to a fire truck or other apparatus to access the Windows laptop that was mounted on the dashboard in order to lookup the status of incidents. This was not only inconvenient, but also added precious time to his response to emergency situations.

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VMware Horizon 6 + Dell XC: Delivering New Economics and Simplicity for Desktop and Application Virtualization

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

As organizations seek to deliver greater agility in support of an increasingly mobile workforce and escalating business demands, the transformation of traditional desktop environments into mobile workspaces becomes a strategic, competitive differentiator.

Traditional approaches to desktop virtualization, often built on rigid, inflexible solution stacks, have made it difficult for organizations to quickly and efficiently size their storage, networking and compute.  For many organizations, the end-result has been the over-provisioning of infrastructure to ensure available capacity and performance, making the TCO/ROI equation for desktop virtualization almost untenable for IT.  These limitations typically negate the business advantage that organizations seek when embarking on a desktop transformation initiative.  Well, for these customers things have just gotten a whole lot better.  VMware and Dell have partnered to deliver a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that offers predictable performance with scale, faster time-to-value, and simplified management, built on VMware Horizon, with the Dell XC Web Scale Appliance architecture.

So what makes this solution better than the alternatives?  VMware and Dell enjoy an extensive track record of collaborating and innovating in desktop virtualization.  Dell XC hyper-converged solutions that are built on VMware uniquely benefit from:

  • The world’s most widely deployed, feature-rich, software-defined platform for server, network and storage virtualization
  • A unified, single platform for virtual desktops and apps of every type: VDI desktops, RDS hosted apps, RDS shared desktop sessions, ThinApp packaged apps
  • Dramatically simplified provisioning with unified management leveraging VMware’s closed loop management and automation capabilities, including image management, policy management, analytics and operations management, and orchestration
  • A unified workspace for end users, that brings together virtualized desktops and apps (including Citrix XenApps), along with web and SaaS based apps, all accessible with single login, and an exceptional user experience from any device

The end result for organizations and their users is a more rapid, cost-effective, high-performance platform for transforming desktops into mobile workspaces that offer:

  • Predictable performance with scale, as deployments grow from small to very large, with right-sized units of infrastructure that don’t create a CAPEX hurdle each time the business needs to grow
  • Faster time to value, with a streamlined process, from design, to ordering, to install/provision
  • Simplified, unified manageability across every layer in the solution, spanning data center to end-point

Learn more in this solutions architecture white paper.

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

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

VMware Horizon Client for Mac Is Ready for OS X 10.10

By Kristina De Nike, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

No need to be alarmed. Apple has announced that Mac OS X 10.10 is available. But if you are running the latest Horizon Client for Mac, version 3.1, you do not need to change anything. The current client works beautifully with Yosemite and looks beautiful doing it.

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Figure 1: Horizon Client for Mac in Front of Seamless Horizon Hosted Application (Windows Chrome)

For weeks, we have been testing the Horizon Client 3.1 with the OS X Yosemite beta. Now that OS X 10.10 has shipped, we can confirm that the Horizon Client for Mac that we shipped in September is fully compatible.

If you are not running the latest Horizon Client, download the Mac client from the Horizon Client download page.

For more information about the Horizon Client and View virtual desktops, see Horizon with View.

USB 3 Device Redirection Now Available with VMware Horizon with View Virtual Desktops

By Alexander West, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware, and Peter Brown, Senior R&D Manager, VMware

We are all familiar with using USB devices on our laptops and desktops. With the USB device redirection capabilities of VMware Horizon with View, end users can use those same USB devices with their View virtual desktops.

But that is old news. Here is the exciting part: In addition to USB 1 and 2 devices, USB 3 devices are now supported with a combination of View Agent 6.0.1 and Horizon Client 3.1.

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CloudVolumes at VMworld Europe

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

It’s been a month since VMworld 2014 US. Over 23,000 attendees came to San Francisco and witnessed the exciting new announcements VMware made during that week (you can read more on these here). Announcements on the End-User Computing front included EVO: RAIL, Project Meteor and Workspace Suite. We even announced an exciting addition to our portfolio with CloudVolumes, for just-in-time application delivery to virtual desktops.

In fact, CloudVolumes was the talk of the show. And even if you missed the live demo at VMworld, you can see my colleague Ashutosh Joshi demonstrate CloudVolumes here. You can also see John Dodge walk through a whiteboard video and Rory Clements demo CloudVolumes application provisioning to Horizon desktops.

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Next-Generation Unified Workspace with Horizon 6!

By Matt Coppinger, Senior Group Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

A virtual workspace deployment provides a wealth of features and functions that allows users to access their data and applications on any device from anywhere. With VMware Horizon 6, IT is empowered to administer all application and desktop access and provisioning from a central, unified platform.

Horizon 6 is put to the test in the recently published technical white paper, VMware Horizon 6 Reference Architecture. By integrating the different components within Horizon 6, a unified next-generation workspace is possible. The Horizon 6 reference architecture also discusses the performance of Horizon 6 hosted applications, and managing dedicated desktops using VMware Mirage. Continue reading