Guest blog by Justin Venezia, Sr. Solutions Architect, F5 Networks
Are you thinking of migrating to VMware Horizon from a competitive offering such as Citrix? Looking for ways to integrate your existing Citrix environment with VMware Horizon so everything appears in one easy place or with one simple interface? Oh, and how about making it as seamless as possible for your end users to access their applications and desktops, while keeping the migration and management efforts for your IT administrators minimized?
Well, have we got a webinar for you! I’ll be presenting a webinar on best practices and approaches for making a transition from Citrix to VMware Horizon. Also, I will share ways of how to integrate your current Citrix and VMware Horizon environments using VMware and F5 technology.
We’ll talk tech about how VMware and F5 work together to make seamless transition from Citrix to VMware Horizon’s suite of products possible. We will discuss the major migration and integration pain points, some best practices on how to get the job done (of course!), and sensible approaches for achieving a unified infrastructure that is seamless to the end user, easy to use, secure and scalable.
Come join me on March 25th to learn more about how to make the most of your Citrix to VMware Horizon migration and integration efforts.
More on the webinar (including a link for registration) can be found here:
VMware Horizon 6.1 and vSphere 6 with NVIDIA GRID vGPU enables designers, architects and engineers to run the most advanced, graphics-rich applications in a remote desktop – using NVIDIA professional 3D graphics and certified application drivers. This brings workstation-class performance to remote and mobile workers more affordably than ever before, even over high-latency networks.
Let’s get into the details of what is NVIDIA GRID vGPU and how it works with VMware Horizon to deliver scalable, high performance VDI.
By Tony Paikeday, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
Next week is GTC 15 – where end users and the graphics technology ecosystem converge to learn how to tap into the growing power of the GPU. Each year promises major steps forward in ground-breaking innovation, and this year is no different! GTC15 will feature front and center, the industry leading joint solution for delivering secure, immersive graphics from the cloud – VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID vGPU.
By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
A constant theme I hear when talking to customers about managing their virtual, physical, and cloud-hosted environments tends to center around the challenges they face with applications and users. In particular, the questions that customers are looking to solve are ones like how can I simplify management of my 100s of apps throughout their lifecycle, from provisioning, to updating, to dealing with app conflicts? How can I optimize delivery of applications to all the different environments, devices, and users I manage? How can I drive down costs of managing user personas while delivering a consistent experience across devices? And these are just some of the questions I hear. Well, we’ve been working to help tackle these challenges with a complete Workspace Environment Management solution using our Horizon technologies.Continue reading →
Here at VMware, we believe users should have one place to securely access all the applications, files, social tools and online services they need. This is why we’ve built one of the broadest technology platforms that bridges the entire end-user computing environment, from traditional desktops to the next generation of mobile devices.
And with VMware technology, end users get access to all of their apps and resources through one unified workspace. Pretty amazing, right? Well now our new YouTube channel aggregates all of the latest EUC video content for you, organized in playlists by the products and content you search you for the most. And better yet, you can subscribe to the channel for automatic updates.
On our new channel, discover the latest in product tutorials, customer testimonials and new product features. Get tech tips, best practices and view product demonstrations on how to implement VMware EUC technologies for your organization – including Horizon desktop and application solutions, AirWatch by VMware, Socialcast by VMware and more. You can also hear directly from our executives on milestone announcements and technology integrations, or catch a replay of a keynote you might have missed.
Queen Maria Eleonora of Sweden kept her dead husband, King Gustav Adolf, in her bedroom for 18 months before he was finally interred. Microsoft retired XP April 8, 2014. Now, 8 months later, it’s time for VMware® Horizon® to accept that loss and plan a memorial.
We don’t do this lightly; we know that many customers are still using Microsoft XP. But with Microsoft dropping support, it is time for VMware to align with Microsoft’s decision. As Windows XP will not be support, there will be no drivers for new hardware, libraries that our products use will be incompatible and XP will not get the benefits of regular security fixes. For all these reasons, VMware is clearly outlining the support plan for Horizon to give our customers time to plan a transition.
Remember the days when you had to run virtual Windows 2000/XP VMs and users had to connect via RDP? Or when you used web portals to connect to physical desktops remotely with RDP? Or maybe you can recall when the first VDI brokers were brought into the market in 2007…
If you have followed these trends and these memories are near and dear to you, then you will also know that a lot has changed when it comes to desktop and application virtualization over the years. And many of these changes have come about thanks to your input and requests.
Here is your chance to influence the future of desktop and application virtualization offerings. If you have used Citrix or VMware desktop and application virtualization solutions or are thinking about using them, we’d love your input on some important research we are doing. We want to understand where your company is and where you are going on your desktop and application virtualization journey. This study will help build our understanding of your needs, interests, and influence our future offerings.
And in return for your time, if you qualify to take and complete the survey you will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of 15 iPads! Click here to view the terms and conditions.
Guest Blog by Justin Venezia, Sr. Solutions Architect- VMware Alliances at F5 Networks
There’s been a lot that has changed with the release of VMware® Horizon® (with View) in June 2014. Aside from the support for RDS hosted desktops and published applications using PCoIP, there is also a new feature called Cloud Pod Architecture (CPA). CPA enables entitlements to desktops between multiple View pods within or across multiple data centers.
F5’s Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Access Policy Manager (APM), and Global Traffic Manager (GTM) solution has been able to address this challenge for some time. From a 30,000-foot view, here is how today’s integrated VMware/F5 solution works when detecting an existing session without Cloud Pod Architecture:
User feedback informed us that the Local Mode offline desktop was a great asset, however the implementation needed refinement. VMware Horizon FLEX was developed as an enhanced BYO solution using our other End-User Computing products: VMware Mirage, VMware Fusion Pro, and VMware Player Pro.
Figure 1: Horizon FLEX Is a Combination of VMware End-User Computing Products
The most notable contrast between Horizon FLEX and View Local Mode is that Horizon with View and VMware vSphere are not prerequisites for Horizon FLEX. Continue reading →