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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
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


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.

What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2, Part 3

By Matt Coppinger, Director, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware

In our last blog post, What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 version 6.2, Part 2, we continued to look at some of the new features in Horizon 6.2, specifically VMware Access Point and the new Microsoft RDSH load-balancing feature for Horizon 6 hosted applications.

In this blog, we will look at some of the user-experience improvements in Horizon 6.2. If you read our first blog post, What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2, you may have noticed that there is a long list of new features and supported clients. In that blog, we covered a couple of user-experience improvements, such as seamless application-access using client-side file type association, and the ability to use HTML access for View desktops and Horizon 6 hosted applications (on RDSH) using VMware Cloud Pod Architecture. Continue reading

Moving from VDI Islands of Infrastructure to Agile Infrastructure

It’s not that long ago that conventional wisdom dictated carving out a purpose-built place in your data center for hosting virtual desktops and apps. This sensible advice came from the realization that desktop and application workloads (and their users) can be largely unpredictable in how they consume CPU and storage resources. This has been especially true with virtual desktops incurring significant read and write IOPS, forcing storage admins to plan for worst case, and incur a heavy capital expenditure burden to protect for peak demand. Of course, that also meant lots of wasted CAPEX with idle spindles and flash being underutilized when the IOPS deluge subsided.

This kind of problem statement is becoming a relic of the hardware-defined data center, but does it really make sense where organizations are increasingly trying to enable cloud-like elasticity in how resources are delivered across multiple workloads in the datacenter? Continue reading

VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 1

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

Introduction – VMware Horizon as a Digital Workspace Tooling System

Although VMware Horizon quickly opens new possibilities for providing end users a digital workspace, many do not consider the true potential of VMware Horizon 6.2, VMware Horizon Air Desktops, and VMware Horizon Air Apps. In this four-part series, my goal will be to expose you to the full potential of this digital workspace tooling system.

A main difference between Horizon 6.2 and Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps is the on-premises deployment model and cloud-based service model, respectively. This blog series does not differentiate between these two models. Instead, the blog series highlights that both offerings (together or separately) are well suited to serve as a flexible and adaptable digital workspace tooling system.

I use the term “tooling system” in reference to Horizon 6.2, VMware Horizon Air Desktops, and Horizon Air Apps because these products are similar to well-designed, flexible machinery used in a smooth-running manufacturing operation. AirWatch by VMware enterprise mobility management is a great part of the equation as well. While AirWatch by VMware may be mentioned in some of the references given in this blog series, it will not be the core focus.

Consider the manufacturer that employs very adaptable and interoperable machinery. They can tool or re-tool the production floor inexpensively, quickly, and reliably, yielding desired improvements to the product better and faster than the competition. This is the flexibility that Horizon 6. 2, Horizon Air Desktops, and Horizon Air Apps provide for businesses that need to be competitive with their products and services.

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What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2

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.

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Bringing New Meaning to “Mission-Critical” – Powered by VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID

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.

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VMworld: “Embracing Federal Mobility” Session–A Day in the Life of Federal IT

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.

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