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VMware End-User-Computing Hands-On Labs and the Heroes Behind Them

By Alex West, Former Technical Editor and Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

Based on interviews with Dean Flaming, End-User-Computing Architect and End-User-Computing Hands-On Labs Content Lead, VMware

VMware Hands-On Labs (HOLs) are an excellent, sometimes overlooked resource for test-driving VMware solutions on an array of terrains. Planned and executed by a talented team of VMware staff volunteers, End-User-Computing (EUC) HOLs are a completely free, fully interactive look at day-in-the-life scenarios for a huge number of EUC solutions. The only requirements are an HTLM5 Web browser and access to the Internet.

So whether you want to try out a new EUC solution, become an expert in a particular EUC deployment, or conduct a proof-of-concept (PoC) for a prospective customer, HOLs have everything you need and more.

 

HOL Usage Is Amazing!

Since December 2012, VMware has deployed more than 300,000 HOLs to more than 95,000 users.

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Using VMware Horizon Toolbox With Horizon 6

By Nancy Beckus, Writer and Editor, End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

VMware Horizon Toolbox is a free-of-charge Web portal that acts as an extension to View Administrator for View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. Use the Horizon Toolbox to determine the correct system size and load for View Connection Server, locate each user’s login and logout times, and discover how many endpoints are using which clients.

You can already audit sessions and usage with VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon, which is included in the Horizon Enterprise Edition. But if you have the Horizon View Standard Edition or the Horizon Advanced Edition, which do not contain vRealize Operations for Horizon, you can use Horizon Toolbox to audit sessions and usage, as well as manage your linked-clone desktops with the Snapshot option and oversee your Horizon Clients with the Client Audit Report. Continue reading

Presidential Precinct Connects Community Leaders and Experts Across the World Using Socialcast by VMware

The Presidential Precinct brings together young leaders from around the world to meet and collaborate with scholars, diplomats and private sector experts. Whether it is through a one-day program or a six-week program, Precinct participants make connections that drive change in their communities around the world.

However, at the conclusion of these programs, participants lacked a reliable way to keep in touch with experts who could help shape ongoing projects and offer encouragement along the way. The Precinct wanted to establish a digital platform for young leaders to stay connected with influencers to continue valuable discussions and planning beyond Precinct programs.

After selecting Socialcast by VMware as the foundation for its PPN (Presidential Precinct Network), the PPN brought on more than 1,000 users to connect and share ideas about community development projects within its first year.

Today, Socialcast enables Precinct participants and experts to do the following:

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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!

Automation Is Easy with Horizon vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In!

By Jessica Chapin, Technical Writer and Editor, End-User Computing, VMware

With significant contributions from Aaron Black, Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Many hands make light work, or so the saying goes. When the bulk of the workload is placed on one person, tasks take longer to complete, and the entire line of production slows down. The lesson of this proverb can be easily applied to the business world. We each know an overworked employee who needs a little extra help. When it comes to virtual desktop infrastructure, that help comes in the form of automation and delegation.

HvRO Eases Delegation and Automation

Efficiency is crucial in any VDI environment. Task delegation and automation are critical for efficient management of large-scale environments. This is where Horizon vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In (HvRO) comes in handy. This powerhouse plug-in can ease the workload of IT administrators by delegating certain VDI tasks to different levels of users, such as the help desk or end users. Other tasks can be automated through pre-packaged or custom workflows.

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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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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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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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Faster performance, new platform support, and more in VMware Mirage 5.4 – now available!

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

I’m delighted to announce the general availability of VMware Mirage 5.4! This is the second release of Mirage this year and includes many enhancements that our customers have been asking for. Feel free to download the latest bits from my.vmware.com or trial the product for free here.

While Mirage 5.4 has many new enhancements and features, I’d like to leverage this blog to highlight a few unique updates. First, we have updated the Mirage backend to start utilizing a MongoDB database. Why? Well with a MongoDB, we’re able to optimize centralization times for desktop and POS devices, which results in faster upload times. Customers can save 3x on storage requirements based on IOPS with this new MongoDB setup. Small files and metadata are uploaded into CVDs and now stored on the Mirage installed MongoDB. SQL Server is still required for other Mirage database functions.

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