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VDI with Horizon Accelerates Workflows at BDP International

VDI for Transportation Enterprise

BDP International helps chemical producers, major enterprises, pharmaceutical companies, oil and gas suppliers and major retailers track their product shipments around the world. BDP also provides their customers with just-in-time logistics to ensure sensitive shipments get where they need to be in days by land, sea and air.

However, BDP’s IT organization realized they couldn’t provide that same responsiveness to their own customers, the company’s employees located across 130 countries. When IT failed to successfully deploy their critical BDP application suite to Google Apps, they took it as a wakeup call.

The company sought out a true enterprise, scalable solution for their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and found it in VMware Horizon. The Horizon platform provides BDP with a suite of solutions to deliver a digital workspace.

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The End of “Good Enough” User Experiences for the Masses: NVIDIA Tesla M10 + VMware Horizon 7

tug of war computingIt used to be that graphics performance was purely the domain of CAD professionals, enthusiasts, creative agencies and the like. For the longest time, a virtual barrier existed between the haves and have-nots. The haves depend on an immersive, high-powered experience to get work done, while the have-nots spend their day peering into mundane apps, like presentations and spreadsheets.

When we think about virtualizing workspaces and delivering apps from the mobile cloud, we traditionally focused our technology “horsepower” on ensuring the graphics experience has been uncompromised for the top of the food chain: engineers, designers, creative types, etc. Rightly so, given the substantial investment traditionally found in physical graphics workstations and the transformation of that asset into a virtualized one sitting in the data center. Continue reading

[Webinar] Understanding the Benefits of Offline VDI: Introducing Horizon FLEX

Nobody wants to provision physical machines anymore. It’s a time-consuming, costly exercise fraught with user downtime. But what do you do when you can’t give virtual desktops (VDI) to contractors, offshore developers or field workers? That’s where VMware Horizon FLEX comes in. FLEX is the secure policy management infrastructure that gives you total control over local virtual machines.

Join us for a brief webinar to discuss this latest advancement and the business benefits you could experience.

Understanding the Benefits of Containerized Desktops

Speaker: Andy Morris, VMware End-User Computing (EUC)
Date: Thursday, May 26
Time: 11 a.m. PDT
Duration: 30 minutes

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NetApp Hikes Engineers’ Productivity on Virtual Desktops

Fortune 500 company (and VMware partner) NetApp brings in more than $6 billion in revenue by providing big businesses with technology to store and manage data. NetApp’s customers are major innovators, using data management to its fullest potential to grow their businesses. And NetApp’s engineers play a major role in keeping the company’s technology up to speed with customers’ demands.

To accomplish that, engineers needed help from IT to increase their work productivity. They needed a new level of flexibility in order to access work in between meetings and while traveling. They needed to be able to securely work on any device, while keeping the experience consistent and the performance high.

In fact, NetApp’s engineers are so integral to maintaining a competitive advantage that the company’s executives called for a complete desktop transformation. IT was tasked to virtualize desktops for more than 8,000 employees across four of the company’s research and development (R&D) locations.

IT only had two weeks to complete the project.NetApp Product Image

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[WEBINAR] The Rising Threat of Insider-led Security Breaches

cyber security secure desktop euc vmwareAn escalating proportion of threats come from insider-led breaches. One recent survey reveals that 40% of organizations sampled are expecting an insider-led attack within the next 12 months. Another study suggests that such breaches cost companies an average of $3.79 million per breach, with an average cost per lost or stolen record of $154.

Hackers recently encrypted a Los Angeles hospital system’s patient data, demanding a $3.4 million bitcoin ransom before data access would be restored. More than the monetary losses, victims often cite the irreparable damage to brand and loss of trust their top concerns.

The Anatomy of an Attack

Insider-led breaches typically begin with current or former employees, contractors or other trusted insiders, either maliciously or unknowingly compromising their workspace. The breach then becomes a launch pad for malware. The attack often spreads laterally throughout the enterprise, seeking out low-priority, relatively undefended systems, such as databases or file servers sitting behind the corporate firewall.  Attackers can then either encrypt data and demand payment for the key or quietly siphon sensitive data outside the firewall, often weeks or months before being detected. Continue reading

VMware Horizon VDI Powers WCH’s New Hospital of the Future

Women's College Hospital

Electronic medical records (EMR) have become a quintessential part of modern healthcare. Doctors and nurses are busy. Patients want more personalized care. So the ability to quickly access accurate patient records online, without losing facetime, is transformative.

What’s more, clinicians increasingly want to be able to do this from any device and in any treatment setting (in the doctor’s office, bedside, over the phone, etc.). To do this seamlessly and securely, modern hospitals also now need a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to run an EMR solution.

[Read More: VDI Becomes A Reality for Hospitals]

When the Women’s College Hospital (WCH) redeveloped their medical center, they made the VMware Horizon VDI solution part of their healthcare transformation. Here’s how the leading academic and ambulatory, or outpatient, care hospital in Canada sped up processes for busy doctors and nurses with Horizon.

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How H&R Block Uses VDI to Meet the Tax Season Rush

I almost overlooked the news blurb regarding Emancipation Day, until I saw the word “taxes” in the title and did a double take. Emancipation Day is being celebrated on Friday, tax season vdi technology seasonal worker case studypushing the official tax-filing deadline to April 18. Effectively, this gives us three extra days to file our taxes this year. And if you’re like me, you’re probably letting out a whoop of delight as we gain some extra time to file our taxes this year.

According to Jackson Hewitt, over 60% of all Americans use a paid tax preparation service to file their taxes. That’s a great opportunity for providers such as H&R Block, the world’s largest tax service provider, whose headcount jumps exponentially every year between December 1 and April 15.

Due to the seasonal nature of the tax business, H&R Block scales from several thousand tax professionals to more than 100,000 mostly temporary associates every tax-filing season. The influx of temporary workers puts an enormous strain on the company’s business processes, including the deployment of streamlined and reliable technology infrastructure to cater to a seasonal spike in capacity. By deploying virtual desktops (VDI) with thin clients as endpoints, H&R block was able to scale and simultaneously realize significant capital savings.  Continue reading

VMware Horizon Blast Extreme Acceleration with NVIDIA GRID

By Erik Bohnhorst, GRID Performance Architect, NVIDIA

When it comes to graphical workloads, users need a crisp, snappy experience or they simply can’t use virtualization. This can be challenging when accessing graphics intense workloads over remote networks due to latency and bandwidth requirements which significantly impact user experience.

With new VMware Horizon 7 and NVIDIA GRID, you can significantly improve latency, bandwidth, and frames per second, while decreasing CPU utilization and increasing users per host by using NVIDIA Blast Extreme Acceleration.

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Samsung & VMware: Making Virtual Desktops on Mobile a True Reality

by Jonathan Wong, Samsung Enterprise Business Team

Do you want seamless enterprise access to Windows desktops and apps from incredibly powerful, secure and beautifully designed mobile devices? Yes, please!

But before jumping ahead, let’s start with the basics. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) isn’t a new thing. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. VDI has been around for a long time and its evolution on mobile has been a fairly commoditized race. Now, mobile VDI is becoming a reality.

VMware just launched Workspace One, a groundbreaking digital workspace that includes VDI, Horizon 7 and Blast, a more enhanced protocol. Samsung and VMware have been working together to optimize the VDI experience on Samsung mobile devices, starting with the popular portfolio of Samsung Galaxy tablets. Continue reading

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!