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VMware Instant Clone Technology for Just-In-Time Desktop Delivery in Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition

Just-in-time desktops? Really? Are you kidding me?

No!

What Is Instant Clone Technology?

Instant Clone Technology is all about delivering VDI desktops just in time. For those of you who follow project names, think of vmFork and Project Fargo. Instant Clone Technology allows administrators to rapidly clone and deploy a virtual machine in less time than it took for you to read these two sentences. Yes, that is one clone created per second on average.

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Is VDI Causing You Gray Hair? Virtual SAN and Horizon 6 Can Help!

By Michael Haag, Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware

Adapted from an earlier blog post on the VMware Virtual Blocks blog site.

Over 2,000 organizations that have deployed VMware Virtual SAN are using VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for all kinds of solutions. These uses range from supporting large Oracle databases, to powering remote IT rooms, to simplifying test and development environments. However, one specific use case is one of the most popular workloads for Virtual SAN: virtual desktops (VDI).

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The struggle to find both high-performance and affordable IT infrastructure for VDI, especially in the storage area, is real. A particular storage system can look great on paper or even in a small PoC (proof-of-concept) scenario. The reality can be very ugly: the n+1st user encounters a traditional storage system, and the productivity of all n+1 users comes to a grinding halt. You are then faced with an expensive, second storage purchase, or left to troubleshoot and revisit all your sizing and performance assumptions. The gray hairs multiply as you consider task or knowledge workers, virus-scan timing, desktop-recompose frequency, the numbers and types of drives, and so on. Continue reading

Announcing the Virtual Printing Solutions with View in Horizon 6 White Paper

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

And Judy Wu, Senior Solution Engineer, VMware

The ability to access printers from a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and from hosted application environments is crucial for today’s end users. Usually, each desktop has been configured to access one or more network printers. This is often sufficient, but mobile users might need to connect to their View desktops from different locations, sometimes even from outside the corporate network.

Either way, end users must be able to send print jobs to the nearest available printer, and IT administrators must have an easy way to manage printers and printer drivers.

With VMware Horizon 6, you can achieve both goals with two advanced features for printing from View virtual desktops: printer redirection and location-based printing. Continue reading

New Release: VMware Horizon 6 App-Delivery Decision Maker

By Cindy Heyer Carroll, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing and Enablement at VMware

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A new version of the VMware Horizon 6 App-Delivery Decision Maker has just been released. The Decision Maker provides guidance as you make application-delivery decisions for your enterprise. The tool helps you identify your priorities, choose your methods, and select the Horizon 6 products and platforms that will work best in your enterprise.

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Using the Horizon Application Management Bundle for Citrix Environments – New Videos Now Available

by Sachin Sharma, VMware End-User Computing Product Line Marketing Manager

Are you managing a Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop environment? Would you like to take it to the next level with a more modern application management approach, one that can help you deliver apps faster, provide reliable app management and reduce IT costs by up to 70%? Just a few months ago, we released the Horizon Application Management Bundle to help you with exactly that. Continue reading

The New Windows Optimization Guide for View in Horizon 6; VMware Horizon Air Desktops; and Horizon Air Apps

By Susan Blau, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

The new Windows Optimization Guide, formally titled Optimization Guide for Desktops and Servers in View in VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and VMware Horizon Air Apps, has undergone a radical transformation from the previous version. The new guide

  • Introduces the Fling tool, the VMware OS Optimization Tool (OSOT). It describes in detail how to use the OSOT to analyze and optimize master images in the data center (VMware Horizon 6) or in the cloud (VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps) for
    • Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktops
    • Windows 2008 and Windows 2012 RDSH servers
  • Removes the scripts because the OSOT is an easier and faster way to optimize the Windows OS. The OSOT includes features such as the ability to roll back optimizations, and to customize your own optimization templates if you want more control over the optimization process.
  • Will later include Windows 10 optimizations (testing is in progress).

Horizon Hosted Applications: What a Year it has Been!

By Mark Ewert, Lead Technologist – Competitive Marketing, EUC, VMware

It’s been a year since we added support for Hosted Applications to Horizon and what a year it has been! The industry excitement has been invigorating. We have had tremendous interest from organizations of all shapes and sizes; and the excitement keeps growing with each new release.

Just a few of the features we have added over the last year include:

  • Client Drive Redirection and File Associations
    Users can now share folders and drives on their local client systems with hosted applications and desktops. Hosted Applications also now supports file associations. File associations automatically connect the client to the correct hosted application when a user opens or double-clicks an associated file type. Both of these features help provide a great user experience, making it easy for users to quickly access the files and data they need.
  • HTML Access Support for Hosted Apps
    Hosted Apps now supports HTML Access. Users can now connect to Hosted Apps and Desktops from clients that simply have HTML 5 support, including most modern web browsers. This new capability has also been extended to multi-site Cloud Pod Architecture deployments, enabling organizations to implement the largest Hosted App infrastructures.
  • 3D Graphics Support
    The 3D vDGA and GRID vGPU graphics solutions for Horizon VDI desktops have been extended to Hosted Apps. Now you simply need to deploy the app instead of entire desktop to support graphics-intensive applications.
  • Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR) for RDS Desktops
    Windows Media MMR is now supported for videos playing on RDS desktops. MMR offloads video processing from the hosted desktop to the user’s client device to support high quality video without sapping expensive server resources.

And you can watch this video to see a demonstration of the great user experience provided by VMware Hosted Applications:

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VMworld Tuesday recap: EUC shines in General Session, announces new innovations

End-user computing stole the show during VMworld Day 2, thanks to a superb keynote delivery from Sanjay Poonen, complete with an exciting new partnership announcement, product updates and integration demos. Watch the full keynote below!

Read on for a recap of today’s General Session highlights, interspersed with some reactions from attendees on Twitter.

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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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