By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing & Enablement, EUC, VMware
September and VMworld 2015 saw the general availability (GA) of VMware Horizon 6.2. This new release for VMware’s flagship EUC product has a wealth of new features and enhancements.
In fact, 6.2 represents a monumental release with a huge number of improvements for the server, client and platform integration areas. So, lets dive straight in and highlight what this release delivers.
By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing & Enablement and Tony Paikeday, Sr. Product Line Manager, EUC, VMware
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has come a long way in the last 7 years. Formerly the domain of task workers with a small suite of rudimentary clerical apps, VDI can now be found across every use case in the enterprise, from mobile users to designers and engineers, thanks to the advancements we’ve seen in delivering an uncompromised user experience that rivals physical.
Nothing speaks more about the incredible user experience now available with VDI than the serious workloads customers are deploying using Horizon 6 with NVIDIA GRID vGPU. Now with the introduction of NVIDIA GRID 2.0, that experience just got better with 2X performance and 2X scalability.
By Pam Takahama, Director Solutions Marketing, EUC, VMware
With standing room only, the “Embracing Federal Mobility” session demonstrated how pioneers in federal IT are driving transformation within their agencies. In the few minutes leading up to the session, attendees shared a glimpse into federal IT challenges:
Think security: When’s the last time Edward Snowden visited your offices?
Think dynamic: Enabling remote access on aircraft carriers to submarines, no problem!
Think responsibility: Have you ever tried repurposing a 7 year old device to save costs?
It’s no wonder mobile initiatives are top of mind for federal IT: a recent survey from Meritalk, a government IT network, suggests that 49% of Government Managers believe mobile technology can contribute significantly towards productivity (source: AOL). And, when coupled with potential cost savings for federal mobile computing it’s impossible to ignore the following:
57% Real Estate/Facilities Reduction
42% Software Licensing Costs per Employee
27% Training Costs
35% Help Desk/Support Costs
49% Net Hardware Costs per Employee
But as they say, “99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story.” Let’s hear what the panel, led by Douglas Bourgeois, Vice President of Federal End-User Computing at VMware, had to say.
By Tony Paikeday, Sr. Product Line Manager, EUC, VMware
With VMworld in full swing, it’s already been a busy week full of announcements offering proof points of how VMware Horizon 6 continues to lead in the mobile cloud era, with a clear focus on apps, while delivering an unbeatable user experience for more use cases than ever before. Yesterday we announced our Tech Preview of Project A2, intersecting our AirWatch and App Volumes solutions, promising to redefine the way organizations can deliver and manage applications for physical devices while accelerating their adoption of Windows 10. This is also a big week for VDI and app virtualization as we announced VMware Horizon 6.2, bringing:
More than 23,000 people have flooded the Moscone Center and the streets of San Francisco as VMworld 2015 has taken over the city. The first General Session of the week set the tone for an event focused on fast-paced innovation and transformational technology. Read on below for a recap of highlights from the General Session, the EUC Spotlight Session and a handful of other EUC sessions that grabbed our attention today.
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:
VMware vSphere 5.1 introduced GPU virtualization and the ability to run 3D workloads on a virtual desktop. Now, the combination of VMware vSphere 6.0, NVIDIA GRID graphics cards, and View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6 enables access to the most advanced graphics applications, even from remote devices such as laptops and tablets.
Business mobility helps your people perform better. When employees have the ability to access their applications anytime, anywhere, and on any device, they’re happier and more productive. Business mobility means more than just remote access to email and a few SaaS apps, however; organizations need to provide a complete virtual workspace that’s as good as physical.
Workspace transformation with virtual desktops and apps offers your employees the access they need, but storage for virtual desktops and apps can pose challenges to your datacenter.
Desktop and app virtualization projects often run into issues when they come up against I/O hungry OSes and apps that were designed to take advantage of low-latency attached storage assigned 1:1 to users. Now, that storage and IO capacity is stretched across network and hundreds or thousands of users. Although some IT departments turn to high-cost specialty storage arrays to address this performance gap, Virtual SAN provides a lower-cost solution, with great performance and scalability for mission critical workloads like VDI.
by Josue Fontanez, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon Air
If yours is one of many companies with virtual desktop deployments, I probably don’t have to sing its praises. You already know how easy it is to manage virtual desktops from a central location, and the money that can be saved by extending the life of aging PCs by using them to access corporate apps and data stored in data centers. And how much more secure your environment is because sensitive information is no longer on workers’ physical desktops.
The question I continually hear from VDI users—most of whom deployed VDI the traditional on-premises way— is, what’s the best way to go about expanding existing deployments for new use cases?
These days, more and more businesses are considering DaaS, or cloud-hosted virtual desktops and apps. DaaS enables you to quickly and very cost-effectively extend the flexibility, efficiency and security benefits of on-prem VDI to more scenarios and workers.
Here are a few scenarios that make perfect sense for a DaaS extension:
By Tony Paikeday, senior product line marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware
Today Dell is accelerating the desktop transformation journey for organizations small and large with their announcement of general availability of Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition (HE).
VMware and Dell have jointly invested in this space, to deliver on the benefits of the SDDC and hyperconverged infrastructure for desktop virtualization. Our customers can tap into this powerful combination, benefitting from: