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What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 version 6.2 part 2

By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing and Enablement, EUC, VMware

In our last blog article we looked at some of the headline new features in Horizon 6.2. In this blog we continue to explore some of the key functionality added in this new release.

Access Point is a virtual appliance designed to allow secure remote access to virtual desktops and applications served by Horizon 6. Access Point is very similar to the View Security Server, but offers some additional benefits. Access Point is a hardened Linux appliance that can be deployed into the DMZ. Access Point does not need to be paired with a View Connection Server and can avoid the need to provision additional Connection Servers for authentication mechanism support.

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Mark Benson’s blog on Access Point takes you through the details of the Access Point appliance and how it can be used as an alternative to the Horizon View Security Server. Additionally, you will find the Documentation on how to deploy the appliance here.

Alex Birch, EUC Architect, within the EUC Technical Marketing team has put together this video showing you how to install and configure Access Point.

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Bringing New Meaning to “Mission-Critical” – Powered by VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID – part 2

By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing & Enablement and Tony Paikeday, Sr. Product Line Manager, EUC, VMware

In our last post, we introduced how VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID is enabling the delivery of “serious workloads” like battlespace simulations that train civilian and military personnel, and the rise of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) solutions to deliver this capability.

An example of a lower cost COTS solution is the widely deployed Bohemia Interactive Simulations Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3). This product is used across many countries to ensure civilian and military personnel can train on virtual equipment, vehicles and scenarios. It also allows different organizations to participate in joint large-scale virtual scenarios. This approach to training and simulation is often referred to as “Serious Games”, leveraging common consumer gaming technology to provide professional simulation solutions.

Using VMware Horizon 6 and NVIDIA GRID-enabled vSphere 6.0 servers, VMware and NVIDIA tested Bohemia Interactive Simulation’s Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3). In our tests we discovered that out of the box (without optimization) the virtual desktop performed as well if not better than a physical counterpart. Our test results are covered in more detail later in this blog–however, here’s a video that demonstrates our tests in action. Continue reading

VMware User Environment Manager 8.7 Is Ready for Windows 10

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, EUC, VMware

It’s only been a few months since VMware acquired Immidio and we’ve readied yet another release for you to enjoy. You can download the new User Environment Manager 8.7 now.

What will you get for your efforts? Quite a lot actually, starting with Windows 10 support.

Obviously, we improved our support for Horizon View, but for those of you on another path, you’ll be pleased to know that we also improved our Citrix support. In fact, regardless of how you consume Windows, whether it be VDI, physical or mobile, there’s something new in the policy engine for you.

The User Environment Manager 8.7 highlight reel for this release includes:

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Get Into the Fast Lane with Project Enzo and Learn More At VMworld 2015

By Shawn Bass, CTO Desktop Technologies, End-User Computing, VMware

On May 11, 2015, we unveiled Project Enzo to the world as a next generation hybrid cloud architecture for the deployment and management of virtual desktops and applications. We shared some details publicly about the design principles that went into Project Enzo. Leading into VMworld next week, I think it’s important to touch on some of those objectives and provide a heads up on the sessions that you can drop by to learn more details about Enzo. In this blog I want to touch on some of the main reasons that we decided to do something completely new in this space:

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Top 10 EUC Sessions at VMworld 2015

By Shawn Bass, Sr. Director of Strategy and Planning, EUC, VMware

While I wasn’t working for VMware during last year’s VMworld, I was blown away by the number of amazing technologies that were shown at VMworld 2014 such as VMware’s vision for Just-in-time (JIT) Desktops, Project Meteor, Project Fargo, EVO, etc. I was already in discussions with VMware about joining them at the time, but VMworld 2014 only served to reinforce that I was making the right decision in joining the team. Thinking about this year’s VMworld, I wanted to publish a blog sharing the end-user computing (EUC) related sessions that I think are very important to catch if you’re out there for this year’s event. In my role, I tend to spend a lot of time focusing on the future of EUC, and this year’s event won’t disappoint as we’ll have a lot of content that speaks to our future innovations as well as tons of content on our existing products. I think it’s important to have a good mix of future-related strategy as well as content on existing products, so there’s value whether you’re in a forward-looking strategy role or someone who needs to actually implement the technology you’ve already committed to deploying.

Here’s a list of the top 10 sessions I’m excited about at VMworld 2015 along with a little detail on why they are very relevant.

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Introducing the Dynamic Duo: Secure Mobility + Compliant Cloud for Federal Government

By Pam Takahama, Director of Vertical Solutions, EUC, VMware

VMware has just announced a new offering for Federal mobile employees​ that provides the freedom, flexibility and ease of using mobile devices in the field with the efficiency, rapid scalability and mobile extensibility of cloud services. The solution, which combines the secure mobility management features of AirWatch built to FISMA requirements running over VMware’s vCloud Government Services built to NIST 800-53 Revision 4 specifications and achieved P-ATO for FedRAMP, provides an end-to-end solutions for Federal agencies looking to move to cloud services that are in adherence to US Federal security and privacy standards.

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When it absolutely, positively has to be there – VMware AlwaysOn Desktop Solution

By Tisa Murdock, Director of Industry Solutions, VMware and Farid Agahi, Business Strategist Industry Solutions, VMware

The term ‘mission critical’ in IT has been synonymous with major business applications that perform core functions within an enterprise. However, we are starting to see that term also being applied to the underlying end-user computing platform – in the context of an always available service. The idea being that a mission-critical application requires an equally mission-critical platform capable of delivering that application to its end-users 7x24x365 – wherever they are.

This has been very evident over the past several years in the healthcare sector where the global movement toward a paperless electronic medical records (EMR) environment has hugely impacted the availability SLA’s for desktop services. It’s easy to make the connection between desktop availability and patient care delivery through the EMR application’s availability.

Similar reliance on desktop services is also being identified in other sectors such as financial services, manufacturing, retail and others. This is driven by the fact that cost of downtime is getting progressively higher due to loss in business productivity, customer impact, missed business service levels, impact on deadline commitments etc.

In fact, many organizations are going away from allowing for routine planned downtimes in their desktop SLA frameworks. This clearly challenges status-quo in areas such as patch management and application updates/upgrade where each update cycle is likely to require at least one reboot which constitutes a planned downtime event. Multiplied by number of end-points and duration of each reboot, the total planned outage puts a large dent in the total availability SLA – situation gets worse if we add unplanned outages to the equation. These factors are ushering in the beginning of the always-on desktop service model.

So, how do you get to an always-on service within a distributed physical desktop environment? Answer is you can’t! The architecture supporting the desktop service has to be fundamentally different. And that’s where VMware’s AlwaysOn Desktop offering provides this much-needed solution.

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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!

vRealize Operations for Horizon just got a whole lot better!

By Brigitte Skakkebaek, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Tired of having one tool to manage and monitor XenApp and another to monitor your VMware Horizon environment?

Good news! As of today—you can take advantage of vRealize Operations for Horizon to monitor and report capabilities for both Horizon 6 AND Citrix XenApp 6.5 environments. Customers with active subscription on Horizon Enterprise, Horizon Application Management bundle and vRealize Operations for Horizon can immediately download this new feature from our download page.

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Driven by strong demand from Horizon and XenApp customers, vRealize Operations for Horizon now offers a single pane of glass to monitor and report on VMware Horizon and Citrix XenApp 6.5 deployments. Reports and dashboards in vRealize Operations for Horizon will focus on end-user experience and will provide organizations with important insights into vSphere performance and the health of the underlying infrastructure. Customers will now also be able to monitor XenApp 6.5 environments including the Citrix ICA protocol with analysis on historical trends and in-guest metrics.

vRealize Operations for Horizon streamlines management, making it easier and faster than ever for IT to resolve and improve user experience. Most notably, this new offering provides:

  • Comprehensive visibility into the performance and health of Horizon 6 and Citrix XenApp 6.5 deployments
  • Intelligent automation of analysis across the entire stack
  • Self-learning analytics that notify desktop administrators of impending issues
  • Out-of-the box reporting templates and remediation recommendations

For more information on vRealize Operations for Horizon:

Download the eval

Visit the web page

Read the latest datasheet

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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