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New View Security Overview Now Available

By Gary Sloane, VMware End-User-Computing Consultant

Do you remember the guy from Los Alamos who lost a laptop full of weapon plans? How about that database of veterans’ names and social security numbers accidentally left in an airport? Losses like these could all have been prevented by VDI solutions, such as VMware Horizon with View. Enforcement of policies on taking sensitive material off-premises would have been useful, too, but the use of View desktops instead of physical PCs would have been sufficient.

Ah, the good old days!

Today, the breaches are more numerous, frequent, and complex, with more mobile devices at risk and more serious and sophisticated forms of attack. From Stuxnet to Heartbleed to Backoff to less dramatic incidents—like the theft of a billion usernames and passwords—new threats are emerging all the time.

So, if you are a system or network administrator, or a security officer, the good news is: There are ways to reduce your attack vectors. The bad news is that these suggestions are often ignored.

The new VMware Horizon with View Security Hardening Overview provides a broad discussion of the security issues facing VDI administrators. It includes both general advice about the evolving threat landscape and specific recommendations for hardening Horizon 6 with View and implementing a defense-in-depth strategy.

The advice is good. Do not ignore it.

How Colt Technology Services Deployed View Desktops With Ease and Efficiency

By Alexander West, Technical Writer, End-User Computing, VMware, and Matt Coppinger, EUC Architect, End-User Computing, VMware

Recently, Colt Technology Services, a leading international IT- and telecoms-services company, confronted two crucial challenges: (1) enabling employees to work remotely and (2) reducing costly desktop and laptop replacements.

According to Colt, “We wanted to break the paradigm of a traditional and costly three-year laptop and desktop refresh project. We wanted to release our employees from their reliance on internal IT, and give them the freedom to use any device from any location to access corporate applications.”

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VMware EUC Insights: A One-of-a-Kind Virtual Tradeshow


Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST, and join us for VMware EUC Insights, a free, online tradeshow, bringing together the power of VMware Horizon, DaaS, and AirWatch for the first time.

We’ll kick things off with a keynote delivered by four executives responsible for shaping VMware’s end-user computing offerings:

  • Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM of End-User Computing
  • John Marshall, SVP and GM of AirWatch
  • Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Product
  • Tony Scott, VMware CIO

From there, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from five specialized, topic-based tracks and participate in live breakout sessions, technical deep dives, and expert chat sessions on Horizon 6, Desktop as a Service and Enterprise Mobility Management.

While exploring the 3D virtual tradeshow floor, you’ll also find interactive booths staffed by experts from strategic partners such as Cisco, Dell, EMC, F5, Google, IBM, Liquidware Labs, Nimble Storage, NVIDIA and VCE.

Every organization is unique, but the agenda for this half-day event is packed with informative sessions to give you the actionable knowledge necessary to tackle today’s biggest IT challenges, including topics like:

  • How do organizations like yours save more than $1 million in hardware costs, reduce server infrastructure by 94 percent, and shorten their Horizon pilot time to just weeks?
  • How do you deploy a completely virtualized environment without losing your mind and breaking the bank?
  • “I left my Chromebook at home! It has all the notes for my meeting in 10 minutes! Now what?”
  • Is it possible to spend less, reduce complexity and still get solid DR protection for enterprise desktops?
  • Is business continuity and high availability for your desktop, apps and data a rainbow unicorn or the real deal?

Registration for VMware EUC Insights is free, so sign up today and invite your fellow IT pros! We’re looking forward to meeting you all on the show floor next week.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for updates during the show and you can also share your feedback by using #EUCinsights.


Introducing VMware Horizon DaaS Platform: Industry’s First End-to-End Software Platform for DaaS

Sumit Dhawan

By Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop, End-User Computing, VMware

As we kick off VMware Partner Exchange 2014, I’m excited to make some announcements in the rapidly emerging market of cloud-delivered Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS).

We are announcing the availability of the industry’s first end-to-end software platform for DaaS, VMware Horizon DaaS Platform (previously Desktone), that provides a complete software stack for service providers to build a cloud-based DaaS offering at scale. With the close of the acquisition just four short months ago, VMware Horizon DaaS Platform integrates three key software ingredients for building a scalable DaaS offering into a single platform:

  1. The industry’s leading secure multi-tenant broker and orchestrator
  2. Mobile and cloud-optimized virtual desktop delivery technology with great user experience
  3. The world’s most widely used virtualization and cloud platform.

IDC predicts that the market for cloud-hosted desktops will grow at 85% CAGR over the next 5 years and near $1 billion. We envision high customer and partner interest will lead to significant growth in DaaS clouds.

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What’s New in the Horizon Workspace Reviewer’s Guide?

By Cindy Heyer, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

The latest updated VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5 Reviewer’s Guide is now available. The Reviewer’s Guide was originally released shortly after the release of the Horizon Workspace product, and it has just been expanded.

The Reviewer’s Guide is designed for VMware customers and partners who want to use Horizon Workspace to access their Horizon View desktops, ThinApp virtual applications, SaaS-based applications, and data shares within secure company systems. The Reviewer’s Guide gives you the low-down on the new features of the 1.5 release, and describes how to set up a Horizon Workspace instance and examine the features. You can use the Reviewer’s Guide to explore the functionality in step-by-step exercises, or even as a training tool to familiarize yourself with a sample Horizon Workspace deployment.


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Lost and Found: End-User Computing Tech Resources on VMware.com

By Tina de Benedictis, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMWare

You may have noticed that VMware redesigned its website to better meet user needs. Over 7000 web pages were flipped over in unison to the new design on the 26th of August 2013. The new site is more modern and visually appealing, with built-in social functionality. Research on what our users want informed our decision to provide rapid access to technical content, with the business case ready for when you need to convince the funding side of your organization. You also told us which tasks you do most, so we made those tasks obvious, and you don’t have to search to find these tasks. In addition, the new design is consistent across the VMware product spectrum.

But I didn’t intend to focus all of your attention on our redesign. I want to tell you how to find those lost pages with technical resources for End-User Computing, which you may have had bookmarked, but which now give you errors. We have a lot of pages to redirect from the prior website to the new one, and we just couldn’t manage 7000 redirects!


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VMworld Europe 2013: Leading the Industry in Support for the Mobile Workforce

Erik Frieberg, vice president, product marketing

Today, VMware is making two very exciting announcements at VMworld Barcelona that reinforces our commitment to advancing end-user computing for the industry and for our customers.

First, we are introducing new, innovative product offerings and capabilities across the VMware End-User Computing portfolio to broaden support for the mobile workforce. Second, we are announcing that VMware has acquired Desktone, a pioneer and leader in desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) as part of its commitment and effort to advancing that segment of the market and end-user computing as a whole.

This is a very exciting time for the End-User Computing Group at VMware and in the end, it will be our customers who will ultimately benefit from the advancements we make today and the vision we have for the industry for tomorrow.

Let’s start with the product updates.

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Scan This QR Code for EUC Tech Content!

The VMware End-User Computing Technical Marketing team has a mobile web app for looking at brief technical content about our suite of products. Scan this QR code to be delivered to a wealth of videos, blog posts, and brief papers on VMware End-User Computing offerings:


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Improving Identity Assurance with Strong Authentication

By Archit Lohokare, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

With the advent of cloud computing and workforce mobility, stronger identity assurance has become a top priority for enterprise IT and security teams worldwide. Enterprise users and customers alike can now access services and data delivered from an enterprise’s private, public or hybrid cloud through a variety of mobile endpoints.  “Anytime-anywhere” access of applications, services and data, however, can expose an enterprise’s critical IT and data assets to malicious attacks. Evernote, for instance, recently had to reset all their 50 million users’ passwords because it detected and blocked suspicious activity on the Evernote network, and resetting user passwords was the only way to ensure that none of this data was compromised.

Organizations can and should mitigate password breaches by implementing stronger identity assurance controls (e.g., strong authentication). At VMware, we recognize the significance of having multifactor authentication built into our products. Multifactor authentication refers to the concept of using two or more forms of authentication for improved identity assurance.

The three most common forms of authentication out there today are:

  • Something you know (password, passphrase, etc.)
  • Something you have (USB key, hardware token, mobile phone, etc.)
  • Something you are (fingerprint, iris scan, voiceprint, etc.)

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End-User Computing Demos at VMworld EMEA

By Rory Clements, Group Manager, Solutions Management, End-User Computing, VMware

Only a couple of weeks after VMworld San Francisco, the End-User Computing team has racked, packed, and stacked an incredible set of demos to showcase in Barcelona!

For EMEA we will be showcasing our entire Horizon Suite of products in a variety of use cases.

If you come to the Solutions Exchange, you can expect to see us demonstrating:

  • Horizon Workspace, including integration of both SAML/SaaS and ThinApp applications
  • Enterprise-grade collaboration with Horizon Files
  • Workforce mobility with Horizon mobile application management
  • High-performance 3D applications in Horizon View, including an industry expert stationed at the Solutions Exchange for the entire event. We will showcase Autodesk Maya, SolidWorks, and Cinema 4D all running in a Horizon View desktop and providing an awesome, native user experience!

Alongside this, we will be showing developer IDE workloads running locally and in our partner and VMware-powered hybrid cloud environments. For those of you who like to geek out (us included!), we will also have some funky peripherals like a MakerBot 3D printer and Leap Motion next-gen interface controller running in Horizon View desktops for our attendees to come and have a play with!

Attendees will be able to take Horizon Mirage for a test drive and learn about some of the new features we will be announcing at the show. Finally, check out vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View. We will be using it live on the show floor to monitor the demo environments, and you’ll be able to play with all of this from a smorgasbord of Windows, Zero Client, iOS, and Android devices!

All the EUC booths will be staffed by our ninja team of experts, who will be ready to tackle anything you can throw at them!

We can’t wait to see you all in EMEA! Remember that you can follow the EUC Solutions team on Twitter for more updates during the show: