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Estimating Value in End-User Computing

By Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, End-User Computing, VMware

The last few years have seen a major shift in the way organizations plan, select and deploy technology capabilities to their workers. The range of choice has expanded at every level; in devices, applications, ways of working, potential suppliers and ownership. Expectations have rocketed too as users have become more knowledgeable and better equipped. The rapid uptake of mobile devices and applications has accelerated everything, turning ‘day zero support’ from a dream into a requirement. All of this means that business decisions around how, when and which EUC technologies to invest in have become far more complex than with any previous generation of technology.

An Industry Problem

In the face of these complexities, most organizations are finding it much harder to build business cases for their EUC projects. We at VMware are acutely aware of this: our own business case practice (we’ve built around 700 detailed business cases for larger customer projects so far) has seen a rapid surge in requests for assistance and in many cases the requests are much more ‘open ended’ than before.  We also know that it’s not only us; our partners, other EUC providers and analysts have all highlighted the growth in demand for such support. To better understand this growing need and the best ways to respond, we spent the first months of 2015 doing some additional research and our conclusion was stark: most customers are struggling to identify and estimate measures of value, but almost everyone knows how to measure cost.

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Horizon FLEX 1.5 now shipping!

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

Andy here again.  I'm delighted to announce that Horizon FLEX 1.5 is now shipping. This update is huge. We've got server side improvements, client side improvements, probably even improvements in the bit that connect the two!

Sorry, I'll try and be serious, this is after all a very big deal. It's been just 6 months since we shipped Horizon FLEX 1.0, and less than 3 months since we shipped 1.1. This release adds many of the features you requested.

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Horizon FLEX: Giving Users the Local Desktop They Need (Part 3 of 3)

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

It’s finally here, the day you’ve been waiting for, how to define a Horizon FLEX entitlement!

Hello, it’s Andy again. Today’s short video once again features a shiny me, but it’s thankfully very short: just over 90 seconds after you skip all the fancy bumpers we put at the front and back of it.

To recap, in part one I showed you how to build a Horizon FLEX compatible image. In part two, I showed you how to define acceptable use policy for groups of people. In today’s lesson, we’re going to take everything we’ve learned so far, sprinkle it with AD groups and build entitlements.

Entitlements are just the fancy way of saying that the people in accounting get access to a different image than the one you give the sales people, and those differing images can operate under different acceptable use polices.

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Introducing Horizon FLEX (Part 1 of 3)

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

Hi, I’m Andy from VMware.

Today I’d like to show you something exciting from VMware that may not have made it on to your radar – remotely managed policies for Mac and Windows users!

Back in December we launched a new product called Horizon FLEX. The concept behind FLEX is simple. Player Pro and Fusion are fantastic for you on your PC or Mac, but can be a bit troublesome for the person responsible for rolling out 500 copies of them to everyone in sales, or worse, to your senior exec team.

Horizon FLEX matches AD credentials against your library of managed virtual images, makes them available to valid users, and then enforces best practice use policies. It’s incredibly simple for your users to use, and gives you peace of mind that your containerized desktops are secure, licensed, and only being used by the right people.

Here’s a two minute video of me sweating under the studio lights that should give you a flavor for what Horizon FLEX can do for you.

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES – VMware and F5 Hands-On-Lab Now Available!

Guest Blog by Justin Venezia, Sr. Solutions Architect - VMware Alliances, F5 Networks

VMware and F5 are proud to announce the availability of one of the first partner-centric labs utilizing VMware’s global Hands-On-Lab infrastructure. In close collaboration with the VMware End-User Computing Technical Enablement team, the VMware Alliance team at F5 created this lab for easy-to-use yet rich technical exercises.

This lab will show you the ease of configuration and benefits of using the F5 BIG-IP platform in support of your VMware EUC enterprise solutions. This includes Horizon 6, both for virtual desktop infrastructure and application publishing.  The lab provides a walkthrough from initial setup of F5 BIG-IP with Horizon 6 to configuring and providing additional security and fault tolerance to your VMware EUC solutions.

This first release of the lab includes:

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Supporting Temporary Use Cases with Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS)

By Josue Fontanez, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon Air

The coming of summer makes me think of that big truism “the only constant is change,” and its counterpart, “it’s how you handle change that matters.” When it comes to IT infrastructure, the ability to effectively manage unforeseen business shifts, seasonal peaks and valleys, and ad-hoc temporary use cases is critical.

How rapidly can you adjust? And how much will it cost you, both in financial and human resources?

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Expanding Beyond Windows with VMware Horizon 6 for Linux

By Pat Lee, Senior Director of Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

I am pleased to announce the general availability of VMware Horizon 6 for Linux.

The release of VMware Horizon 6 for Linux builds on the success of our Early Access program where over 400 customers were able to test and validate the benefits of Linux desktop virtualization in their environment.

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App Volumes Helps OGL Reduce Storage Requirements by 7X across our Citrix Environment

Guest blog by Mark Slater, Cloud Architect, OGL

OGL is the premier provider of IT support and solutions to over 1,000 businesses throughout the UK. We pride ourselves on delivering superior services and support as customer satisfaction is our number one priority. We are constantly looking for technologies to enhance our offerings. Recently, we embarked on a journey to provide a scalable desktop service on a multi-tenant platform. We needed a platform that was  flexible in provisioning new applications for our customers and their end users. And we needed to deliver desktops and applications as fast as possible inside our multi-tenant environment.

We were in good shape with our current desktop and app delivery system using Citrix, but were looking for ways to optimize our processes and lower costs. In searching for tools to help us enhance our offering, we came across CloudVolumes--now VMware App Volumes. App Volumes piqued our interest because the technology provided a real time application delivery system. We were managing many templates or “Gold Images” with Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS). If we continued to grow, the number of templates we would have to manage would also continue to grow. We also wanted to reduce the storage footprint of this platform. When we learned App Volumes could help us with these time and cost savings and support this within a multi-tenant VDI model, we were intrigued. We are still using App Volumes today and here is why.

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Apply Today! VMware Horizon Client for Chrome OS Early Access Program

by Claude Robinson, Director End-User Computing Enterprise Software Applications and Healthcare Alliances Team

VMware and Google have been working together over the last year to deliver compelling enterprise solutions to our customers. We have had the opportunity to work closely with Google to deliver a virtualization solution on Google’s Chromebook leveraging VMware End-User Computing products.

Many of our customers have deployed VMware Horizon and Google Chromebooks together with success to drive their businesses. A consistent question I hear from customers is, “When will Horizon hosted apps be available for Google Chromebooks?” VMware and Google have heard you, and we are excited to announce our first step to deliver hosted applications on Chromebooks. We are ready to get it into your hands.

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VMware Horizon Webcast: Transforming Desktop and Application Delivery and Management

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

Delivering and managing applications and users across any environment is difficult. IT has to go through a complicated process, has to use legacy solutions (and many of them at that), and is expected to deliver against an SLA that requires zero or near zero downtime. To begin this process, a tremendous amount of time and many resources are usually spent packaging applications. Then IT has to worry about delivering applications without them failing so their end users can get to what they need to as soon as they log in.

And what if that application doesn’t work with your other applications? After spending time figuring that out, you still have to deal with app updates and maintenance to stay in compliance. And what if your end users are using different virtualized environments to access their apps? At this point, you have to rely on even more solutions to manage your environments. All of this can be very tricky, time consuming, and costly.

This is where VMware can help! VMware has an approach that allows you to manage users and deliver apps in minutes. We call this Workspace Environment Management and this leverages the best of VMware’s portfolio to ensure that you can streamline the tools used to manage users, apps and polices and have one place for all of your users to go to get all of their desktops and apps every time they log in. This helps you deliver apps in seconds, eliminate app conflicts and ensures that you get a native app install experience every single time. It helps you get to zero downtime, maintain 100% compliance and also makes it easier to convert unused licenses into dollars you can use for other things.

To help you understand how you can do this—we are holding a webcast with Harry Labana and some great demos on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM PDT. Here we will be sharing what’s new with Horizon 6 as well as some brand new offerings that will help you better deliver and manage apps and end users across physical, virtual and cloud-hosted environments. Whether you are using Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon or haven't virtualized your desktops and apps at all — you'll want to take part.

Register to attend this webcast and learn how to:

  • Enjoy faster app delivery and simplify user and app management
  • Improve your ability to monitor your environment
  • Help your end users enjoy personalized, conflict-free access to all of their applications

We hope you'll join us — register today!