By Aaron Black, Senior Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware
I am happy to announce that we are releasing ThinApp 5.1 today, which provides new package management functions and greater efficiency for IT. As always, we have included a number of fixes to address particular applications and functions, which can be reviewed in the ThinApp 5.1 Release Notes. We introduce a number of new features in the following paragraphs, and we will be doing some focused blog updates in the coming weeks to get into the technical details and provide specific guidance. In the meantime, you are welcome to review the What’s New section in the ThinApp 5.1 Release Notes or the ThinApp 5.1 User’s Guide. We are excited to provide this release to our customers and partners—please enjoy!
Let us start with a brief description of a completely new function—utilizing group policy for dynamic management of application linking and updating—for packages that have already been deployed.
Today’s workforce is extremely fluid. Employees expect to be able to work when they want, where they want, using the devices they want. End users are bringing their own equipment to the job, contributing from remote corners of the world, and utilizing every kind of electronic device to get the job done. They expect IT to support this plethora of devices and to provide easy access to the resources they need. The challenge for system administrators is to provide the support end users expect while maintaining security and control over vital company assets. Continue reading →
Hopefully by now most of you have arrived in San Francisco and are ready to kick off VMworld with us at the welcome reception in the Solutions Exchange in just a few minutes!
There’s one last thing before you finalize your schedule for the week. During my last blog on the spotlight session I alluded to big announcements that I couldn’t share yet. Well, the first one dropped this past Thursday – the announcement that VMware has purchased CloudVolumes. (For more details on why VMware purchased CloudVolumes, check our EUC CTO, Kit Colbert’s blog post.)
I am excited to announce that we will be adding a session to give all the detail on the acquisition of CloudVolumes. EUC3605 is titled “CloudVolumes Acquisition Overview: Simplifying App Delivery” and it is scheduled for Wednesday at 1pm in Moscone West room 3012. In the session, Jason Marshall, CloudVolumes Product Line Manager, will detail how CloudVolumes technology gives users a “just in time” desktop which provides the quality of experience of a persistent desktop, but the manageability and economics of a non-persistent desktop. He will discuss how Horizon 6 and CloudVolumes together will revolutionize desktop and application delivery.
Register for the session today and help us give the CloudVolumes team a warm VMworld welcome.
By Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, and Gary Sloane, Consultant, VMware End-User Computing
Our biggest customers deploy thousands, sometimes many thousands, of desktops throughout their enterprises. Some of the biggest challenges they face are how to manage backups, how to do proper image management, and how to migrate from one Microsoft operating system to the next.
In all cases, they need to protect the customization, applications, and data that personalize each system for the end user, while minimizing both down time and time required from IT resources. Backup and migration require substantial investments in IT and the use of separate tools for backup and PC lifecycle management.
Mirage Makes Life Easier for IT
VMware Mirage overcomes these challenges with centralized image management and enhanced capabilities for backup and OS migration. Here are just a few examples:
Guest blog by Dwayne Lessner, Technical Marketing Engineer, Nutanix @dlink7
As an end user of VMware end-user computing (EUC) products since 2008 when the product was called Virtual Desktop Manager 2.1, it’s been a great journey to see how VMware Horizon 6 (with View) has morphed into a full fledge application delivery platform. The latest version of Horizon, offering the ability to deliver virtual desktops and hosted applications with Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Services, arms businesses with the right deployment method based on use case and cost.
Today customers can take VMware’s EUC strategy and deploy with the same speed and approach of Public Cloud Providers with the security and control over SLAs in the comfort of their own data centers. Nutanix, with the support VMware, is proud to release our latest Reference Architecture on VMware Horizon 6 that showcases benefits of Pay-as-you-grow infrastructure.
By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware and Dinesh Singh, Solutions Marketing Manager, Hitachi Data Systems
The advent of bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own PC (BYOPC) has pushed organizations worldwide to seriously consider centralized endpoint management. IT teams have realized that managing end-user devices is quite different from operating enterprise servers due to unpredictable users and predictable servers. Any performance degradation or downtime during OS migrations or patch updates could have serious consequences for the business. The situation worsens if user devices are lost and user environments cannot be restored. VMware Mirage beautifully integrates critical end-user management abilities with the customer’s existing IT environment. Mirage enhances IT efficiency by improving end-user productivity and simplifying desktop management while maintaining a consistent user experience. Mirage offers single image management and disaster recovery of user devices for any unforeseeable service disruptions e.g. theft, data loss, physical damage etc. Another benefit with Mirage is the centralized management and migration of laptops/desktops to latest versions of Microsoft Desktop OS. End users benefit by getting native performance, consistent personalization, flexibility in operations, and continuous ability to perform business operations.
With all these benefits also comes the task of managing backend IT infrastructure including storage platforms, which would host the images of your burgeoning employee base and provide consistent data throughput to employee endpoints. The choice of storage deployment could potentially be a dealmaker or deal breaker in maximizing the possibility of realizing full benefits of centralized desktop management. The purpose of deploying Mirage is not fully served if slow data backup and slow restore result in user frustration and not meeting user expectations on recovery options. A storage array that cannot deliver performance in a sustained sequential write-heavy Mirage environment could have negative consequences for both IT and the end-user.
Now I want to talk about another can’t miss EUC event at VMworld, our EUC Spotlight Session: EUC3319-S – End-User Computing for the Mobile-Cloud Era.This is a more in-depth look at many of the features and announcements that will be covered during the EUC section of the Tuesday general session (keynote). The session will feature Kit Colbert – CTO, End-User Computing, John Marshall – SVP & GM, AirWatch and Sumit Dhawan – VP & GM Desktop Products End-User Computing, as well as myself and Harry Labana of CloudVolumes doing demos. (Did you catch the CloudVolumes news!?)
Sumit will talk about our strategy for the next generation end-user workspace followed by a deep dive and demo of Horizon 6 and Horizon Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and even show off some upcoming new capabilities.
Sumit will also get further into some of the exciting things that will have just been announced during the keynote. This is the kind of stuff that I would love to tell you about, but I am not allowed to yet!
John will then give some updates and demos on what is coming from AirWatch. AirWatch will hold some of their biggest announcements for the AirWatch Connect conference that is just 2 weeks away, but John will still have plenty to share.
In summary, the EUC Spotlight Session will have great executive speakers, exciting information and compelling demos. We only have limited time to get across a ton of news during the keynotes, so this is our opportunity to get to the next level of depth. I am looking forward to it, so I hope you will join us.
By Cyndie Zikmund, End-User Computing Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware, and Scott Edstrom, End-User Computing Senior Consultant, VMware
You have heard about Horizon 6 by now, but are you curious about how it compares to Citrix XenDesktop? The VMware Horizon 6 family of solutions offers a choice of new features and capabilities for desktop and application virtualization.
Recently VMware launched Safe Passage, a new program designed to help desktop, application and mobile customers make the switch from Citrix or their current mobile device management (MDM) platforms to VMware Horizon and AirWatch. The interest from customers so far has been overwhelming! If you’re one of those who is considering making the move and wants to see how it’s done successfully, there are a few great sessions you need to register for today:
EUC3386 – Seeing is Believing! – Citrix XenApp Migration to VMware Horizon 6 : This session, presented by two VMware architects, outlines strategies, tools, and service kits to help you migrate from Citrix XenApp to VMware Horizon. They will demo the tools and demonstrate several Citrix XenApp-to-Horizon migration scenarios using real-world case studies. If your organization is considering a migration from Citrix, this session is an absolute can’t miss.
EUC2126 – Preview the Latest Release from AirWatch. In this session, Kevin will cover what’s new with AirWatch. He will delve into latest features and functionality available across our Enterprise Mobility Management platform, including Mobile Device Management, AirWatch Workspace, Mobile Application Management, Mobile Content Management and Mobile Email Management. He will also demo the AirWatch platform, making it very clear why it’s time to make the move to AirWatch.
We’ve got a few more sessions up our sleeves so stay tuned for another reveal shortly…and be sure to follow us (and me) on Twitter for others that get announced live at the show!
By Cyndie Zikmund, EUC Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware
Have you ever asked yourself: What is the best server virtualization platform for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)? VMware vSphere is the answer.
More and more organizations are moving towards virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as the solution to reducing administrative overhead, increasing productivity, and improving security. VDI is becoming an even more preferred solution as storage costs go down and virtual storage is more widely supported.
But the performance of a VDI deployment depends on the virtualization platform it is hosted on. Which one is best for you? Here are a few key considerations in your decision-making process:
Does the platform provide a secure foundation for all the virtual desktops that your organization needs?
Can your chosen platform be standardized on the same platform as your existing server virtualization?
How will the choice of a virtualization platform impact future migration to a cloud environment?
Do the platform’s features, reliability, and high availability meet your business requirements?
Is the platform optimized to run VDI workloads?
For more information about using VMware vSphere for desktop virtualization, download the white paper Why Choose VMware vSphere for Desktop Virtualization? This white paper will help you understand why vSphere is the best choice of a hypervisor for a VDI environment. See VMware vSphere for more information about the VMware server virtualization platform.
VMware vSphere supports the VMware VDI solution, Horizon with View. See Horizon with View for more information.