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Spotlight Session @ VMworld: End-User Computing for the Mobile-Cloud Era

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By Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, End-User Computing

Hopefully you are getting prepared for VMworld and an amazing week in San Francisco!

Recently I covered not-to-be-missed end-user computing (EUC) sessions at VMworld and I’m sure you have registered for all of them by now. Last week I talked about sessions ideal for organizations looking to move from their current non-VMware desktop and mobile solutions to Horizon and AirWatch.

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.

Deciding Between VMware Horizon 6 and Citrix XenDesktop?

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.

We describe the most prominent features of Horizon 6 in the white paper Why VMware Horizon is a Better Choice Than Citrix XenDesktop. By outlining six ways that Horizon 6 outperforms XenDesktop across the board, we show you that

  • Horizon 6 is the best virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). Most deployed VDI environments from other vendors run on the VMware hypervisor platform, vSphere.  Horizon 6 combined with vSphere gives you the tightest integration possible between hypervisor and VDI.
  • VMware vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon gives you superior visibility into your Horizon 6 environment, which leads to greater control. This package provides tools for reactive problem solving and proactive maintenance. Citrix XenDesktop problem solving and maintenance is generally a lot more complicated, requiring additional products and third-party tools.
  • Powered by VMware Mirage, Horizon 6 centralized image management works with physical devices, virtual desktops, and BYOD.  This is something that Citrix XenDesktop cannot do. With Mirage, image management layering directly improves user productivity, driving down costs and increasing efficiency.
  • Combined with VMware Horizon DaaS, Horizon 6 is the first and only platform built with the choice of either on-premises or cloud deployment, for the hybrid cloud. The hybrid cloud gives you the best of both worlds—flexibility and control.
  • Finally, at VMware we care about our customers the most. “Where is the proof?” you ask. VMware has one of the highest customer satisfaction scores and delivers the most value, based on customer feedback, independent surveys, and third-party reports. Sadly, Citrix trails in this area—by a lot.

And, if these are not reasons enough, you can also enjoy greater CapEx and OpEx savings along with superior network integration with Horizon 6 and F5.

Also worth mentioning is the combination of Horizon 6 and AirWatch MDM.

To read more, including third-party reports, graphs, and studies, download Why VMware Horizon Is a Better Choice Than XenDesktop.  And visit WhyChooseHorizon.com.

Or, for a hands-on experience, try our solutions yourself in our hands-on labs.

VMworld Sessions for Customers Looking for a Safe Passage From Citrix and MDM Vendors to VMware

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By Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, End-User Computing

In my previous blog post I included ten not-to-be-missed EUC breakout sessions at VMworld. Since then we’ve added a few new sessions to the agenda that I want to make sure you consider adding to your schedule.

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!

What Is the Best Server Virtualization Platform for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

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.

Ten Can’t Miss EUC Sessions at VMworld (with bonus, extra special don’t miss session)

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By Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, End-User Computing

In my previous blog I discussed why an End-User Computing (EUC) specialist should attend VMworld. We discussed the announcements, the opportunity to hobnob with your peers, and of course all the EUC-focused sessions. Today I’m highlighting the top 10 can’t miss sessions for you to check out while you are there at the show.

First let me take the opportunity to plug my session that will be co-presented by Kit Colbert, EUC CTO: EUC2321 – When Mobile Met Desktop: AirWatch and Horizon Vision and Integration Strategy. It is a beautiful love story of two disparate technologies from opposite sides of the tracks. Despite the odds they came together to revolutionize EUC. In other words, we will cover the integration of Horizon and AirWatch in a level of detail that hasn’t been shared to date.

Let’s get started with the best of the rest, in no particular order:

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3D-Graphics Acceleration in View Virtual Desktops

By Alexander West, Technical Writer for End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

With significant contributions from Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, VMware

VMware Horizon with View offers excellent 3D-graphics capabilities to View users everywhere.

To ensure top-flight performance for 3D graphics in View, administrators have three different graphics-acceleration options to choose from: Soft 3D, vSGA, and vDGA. Read on for a look at the differences between the three, and which one in particular leads to the highest availability for 3D-graphics acceleration in View.

(Check out the newly revised Graphics Acceleration in View Virtual Desktops for everything you need to know about 3D-graphics acceleration in View.)

Definitions of Soft 3D, vSGA, and vDGA

Soft 3D, vSGA, and vDGA all sound similar. So here is a look at what distinguishes these three solutions from one another. Continue reading

Migrating to Windows 8.x Using VMware Mirage 5.0

By John Domenichini, Technical Writer, VMware

With significant contributions from Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware Mirage supports Windows 7 migration and, with release 5.0, Mirage adds Windows 8.1 and 8.1 Update 1 migration support. Okay, but what does that mean to you? It might mean a lot.

While Windows 8 offers some advantages over previous Windows versions, especially in the areas of security and performance, the market did not initially respond positively to the strikingly different interface.

However, the updates to Windows 8.1 address some of the major concerns the market had with the operating system. All the same, the migration process itself raises some concerns. This is where Mirage 5.0 can help. Mirage 5.0 addresses the most common migration concerns, making the migration to Windows 8.1 or 8.1 U1 a compelling proposition.

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Optimize Storage Fast with VMware Virtual SAN!

By Jessica Flohr, Technical Writer and Editor, End-User Computing, VMware; Donal Geary, Reference Architecture Engineer, Desktop Virtualization, VMware; and Wade Holmes, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, Software-Defined Storage, VMware

VMware vSphere5.5 Update 1 introduced VMware Virtual SAN. This new software-defined storage tier is the industry’s only vSphere-based hypervisor-converged storage solution. Virtual SAN allows compute and storage resources to be served by server platforms, combining local flash and magnetic disk to create a resilient, high-performance shared storage solution.

VMware Horizon with View can now leverage the power of VMware Virtual SAN to allow VDI deployments to scale linearly while maintaining great performance and user experience.

In the recently published technical white paper, VMware Horizon with View and Virtual SAN Reference Architecture, Virtual SAN is put to the test. Under medium-workload and heavy-workload testing, View desktop performance was exceptional, with low latency response times from Virtual SAN and minimal impact on ESX.

This test of 400 linked-clone desktops was performed on four Dell R720 PowerEdge rack mount servers with VMware Horizon with View and VMware vSphere 5.5. The results are summed up in this chart.

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Migrate to Windows 7 or 8.1 at 20% off!

By Sachin Sharma, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing

I’m still shocked with the number of PCs that continue to run Windows XP as their primary operating system. We all know Microsoft end of support for Windows XP took effect a few months ago, in April 2014. Yet according to netmarketshare.com, more than 25% of PCs are still running Windows XP. Twenty-five percent! If you are still running Windows XP in your environment, either you’re paying a good amount for extended Microsoft support, or running a high risk for security vulnerabilities with continued use of XP. Hackers are already reverse engineering methods to expose unprotected XP machines. For example, security flaws for Internet Explorer on Windows XP have already been exposed. So if you’re running Windows XP in your environment, it’s time to take control and migrate to Windows 7. And the easiest way to help you is with VMware Mirage.

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At VMworld: To EUC or Not to EUC? There is No Question

By Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, End-User Computing

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This is the first in a series of blog posts on how End-User Computing (EUC) enthusiasts like yourself can get the most out of VMworld which is just around the corner – kicking off on August 24th in San Francisco.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be covering things to do, sessions to attend and labs to complete. I’ll also discuss how you can learn about our latest technology, bone up on your technical skills and network with great people.

So why should an EUC specialist attend VMworld?  First things first, VMworld is one of the largest, single vendor Information Technology conferences in the world. VMware expects over 25,000 attendees this year, of which around 2000 will be partners, and 80% of attendees will be technical. There are announcement-filled keynotes, over 500 breakout sessions, labs, workshops, group discussions, and 1:1’s with experts.

EUC will be representing in a big way this year! In addition to the highly-anticipated keynotes, we are planning over 60 unique EUC sessions across five sub-tracks (Industry Perspectives, Industry Solutions, Desktop & Apps, Desktop as a Service, and The Mobile Enterprise). We have over 10 sessions where customers will be participating, sharing their real-world experiences including panels on healthcare, government, education, financial services and retail. Sessions will also feature 3rd party presenters from industry analyst firms, partners like Google, Dell, NVIDIA, F5, HP and EUC luminaries such as Shawn Bass, Benny Tritsch and Ruben Spruijt. There will also eight EUC “Ask the Experts” group discussions and you’ll even be able to set up 1:1s with the experts to dive deeper on Horizon 6, DaaS and AirWatch.

In addition to our amazing line up of sessions, EUC has an incredible setup this year inside VMware’s technology lab booth. Of course we’ll have demos of Horizon 6, but we’ll also show it’s integration with RDS, vCenter Operations Manager and unified communications. You’ll see 3D and BYOD use cases, follow-me desktop and apps,  and – back by popular demand – 3D printing! New installations will feature AirWatch and Google bars…more to come on this. And if the sessions, demos and access to experts don’t fulfill your technical needs there are Horizon 6, Workspace & AirWatch Hands on Labs available.

But beyond all of this is the most important part of VMworld, the ability to network with your peers. Some of the brightest minds in Information Technology will be joining us in San Francisco for VMworld, you should be one of them! Register today and then follow us (and me, too!) for real-time updates, tips and important announcements in the coming weeks and live throughout the course of the show.

Up next…the top 10 sessions you won’t want to miss! Have something specific you’d like me to blog about? Drop me a comment or a tweet!