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The Next Level of Mobility for VDI

by Gil Shneorson, vice president and general manager, Hyper-Converged Appliance, EMC

Virtual desktops continue to transform organizations of all sizes. We journey from meeting emc vmware hyper converged webinarroom to meeting room, home office to local café, building to building. No matter where we go, our applications and systems need to be with us on any device—but at what effort and cost? Setting up an environment that is secure, cost effective and can scale as your company grows can be a laborious task, one that spans days, weeks or, dare I say, months.

When it comes to VDI, VCE has a converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solution for any size business or application. One hundred users, 500 users, 5,000 users—the breadth of portfolio with Vblocks and hyper-converged appliances and racks can meet all business needs. For a traditional converged infrastructure, Blocks are unrivaled for centralized core data center VDI, and customer successes are numerous with VMware Horizon, but the excitement lately is all about hyper-converged appliances—what about those? Simply put, a hyper-converged appliance is the fastest and easiest way to stand up a software-defined environment. It’s also extremely cost effective and fits a wide variety of applications and workloads, including VDI.

The opportunity today with hyper-converged and VDI has just been elevated. The new release of Horizon 7 brings VDI to a new level. Hyper-converged delivers software-defined simplicity to the data center, and when combined with Horizon 7 and its new hybrid capabilities, VCE solutions can change the way data centers view VDI.

One aspect that is particularly exciting in the new Horizon 7 release is the cloud delivery option: Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode. So let’s look at how we can leverage that new capability in a hyper-converged appliance. In the above example of individuals going from office to office with their devices and applications in tow, this is what just got an upgrade.

Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode installed on a hyper-converged appliance now allows customers to take VDI on the move. For example, imagine a team of geologists heading out to an oil rig to collect data. How effective will they be if their connection back to their apps at corporate HQ is sluggish? Would IT have even attempted to use VDI? The new capabilities of Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode would allow them to switch from hosting their apps back at home to having them hosted on an appliance on the rig itself as a local private cloud. With no need to connect back to home, there will be no need to worry.

The combination of VCE hyper-converged appliances and Horizon 7 are a perfect fit for large enterprises with edge use cases or medium-sized businesses for use in the core data center. The combination of these two powerful solutions provide a compelling reason to make the move to a software-defined data center and VDI. VCE hyper-converged appliances running Horizon are a cost-effective, fast-to-deploy virtual desktop environment, assured to keep organizations on the move and productive.

Learn more about how Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode is taking VDI to the next level here, and don’t forget to tune in on February 16th to see how EMC and VCE are doing the same for hyper-converged appliances!

 

This Year, Give the Gift of Cloud-hosted VDI | Horizon Air

By Joseph Evans, Product Marketing Manager, Horizon Air

As 2015 winds down, people across the globe are getting ready to take well-deserved vacations. While I hope the most important thing they are worrying about is how to get Star Wars tickets, many will undoubtedly have a last-minute issue pop up at work. Last year, approximately 100 million Americans traveled over the winter holiday. How do you make sure your workforce has secure, anytime access to vital applications and data when away from the office?

Thankfully, VMware has the perfect answer: Horizon Air cloud-hosted virtual desktops and applications. Horizon Air is a cloud service that delivers virtual desktops and applications without the hassle and cost of managing your own infrastructure. With Horizon Air, users can easily login and update final sales numbers, put final touches on a presentation or write that last-minute holiday blog without missing a beat. More and more businesses are discovering how cloud-hosted virtual desktops and applications offer a cost-effective way to give employees the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere. 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

Discover What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 Toolbox 2.0

By Shengbo Teng, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, VMware

With contributions from

  • Nan Wang, Staff Engineer, Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware
  • Sam Zhao, Technical Marketing and Enablement Manager, VMware
  • Peter Zhang, Solution Engineer, Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware

In an earlier white paper (Explore the VMware Horizon 6 Toolbox Auditing and Remote Assistance Capabilities), we introduced you to VMware Horizon 6 Toolbox—a web portal that acts as an extension to View Administrator in View virtual desktops in Horizon 6. Now we are pleased to announce version 2.0 of the Horizon 6 Toolbox!

We made improvements to the following features in Horizon Toolbox 2.0:

  • Auditing performance
  • Client IP address auditing
  • Remote assistance
  • Console access
  • PowerOn policies
  • Installation file

Auditing Performance

Compared to Horizon Toolbox 1.5, the auditing performance has been enhanced with improved SQL queries. Instead of a left outer join for two tables in the Events database, we now use two separate select queries, which is much faster. 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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The new Decision Maker includes several improvements that will make it easier to use and more helpful. Continue reading

VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 3

By Anthony Rizzo, Staff End-User-Computing Technologist, VMware

This series discusses the concept of VMware Horizon 6.2 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps as a flexible end-user-computing tooling system.

Part 1 of VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together reviewed the main ideas behind this concept.

Part 2 of VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together covered key characteristics of end-user-computing centralization with secure and remote access.

This part explains the mapping of business requirements to Horizon features for tooling end-user-computing solutions.

I am broadly covering integrated VMware End-User-Computing solutions here. The rest of this blog series (this third blog, and Part 4) will refer to Horizon and the VMware components it integrates with as VMware End-User Computing. Continue reading

A Deep Dive into VMware Horizon 6 with NSX

By Tristan Todd, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware
and
Tony Paikeday, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware Horizon 6 brings innovation to the desktop platform and extends app delivery across any device. Customers and partners agree that VMware is delivering the most comprehensive mobile desktop solution. If you are looking for excellent user experience, ease of management, and a reasonable cost model, there simply is not a better portfolio of products in the industry today.

This portfolio is built on the VMware software defined data center (SDDC), delivering an optimized infrastructure for workspace services. The main component of SDDC is VMware NSX. We want to describe how the confluence of end-user-computing capabilities (such as Horizon 6 with App Volumes and VMware User Environment Manager) combines with NSX to change how IT approaches desktop and app delivery with unprecedented simplicity, agility, and security.

We will share with you a new deep-dive video that walks through this unified platform. But first let us look at this solution from the perspective of our stakeholders, and the describe the benefits they derive: 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).

VoIP and Videoconferencing on View Desktops in Horizon 6

By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager on the View team, VMware

and

Karin Li, Senior Member of the Technical Staff on the View Quality Engineering team, VMware

VMware has just updated its paper on Microsoft Lync in a View environment. Microsoft Lync 2013 on View in VMware Horizon 6 includes compatibility and installation instructions for this solution, including supported configurations for Horizon 6 and Horizon 6.2. With Horizon 6.2, Lync can be used for VoIP calls and videoconferencing on Windows 10 virtual desktops and on RDSH desktops hosted on Windows 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 RDSH servers.

This incremental update is brief and straightforward. Anyone who needs to implement the Lync 2013 client on View desktops will find it useful.