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Need More VDI? Look to the Cloud.

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.

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Here are a few scenarios that make perfect sense for a DaaS extension:

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Desktop Transformation Powered by Dell Engineered Solutions for EVO:RAIL Horizon Edition (HE)

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:

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VMware Previews Project Enzo – A Next Generation Hybrid Cloud Architecture Designed to Transform Virtual Workspaces

By Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

Sumit DhawanIf you could start from scratch and develop an innovative, bold new solution that could transform the way IT deploys and manages virtual workspaces with greater speed, flexibility and cost savings, what would it look like?

That was the question we asked ourselves on the End-User Computing team, which led the team to develop a brand new set of technologies that we are featuring today as a technology preview called Project Enzo.

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VMware Horizon 6 Storage Considerations White Paper Now Available

By Gary Sloane, Consulting Writer and Editor, VMware

If you are reading this post, you probably know that storage has long been considered the foundation of any VDI implementation.

In VMware Horizon 6 Storage Considerations, Kris Boyd takes a close look at the most important questions and challenges that face anyone tasked with designing a new Horizon 6 deployment. In addition to Horizon 6 updates, Kris describes relevant considerations for App Volumes, Mirage, Workspace Portal, and Virtual SAN. He also offers valuable practical advice about storage, based on many years in the field.

For instance, this graphic suggests where to look for latency in the storage stack.

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  • DAVG – Device average. How long I/O commands spend in the device, from the driver host bus adapter (HBA) to the back-end storage array.
  • GAVG – Guest average. Average guest latency.
  • KAVG – Kernel average. How long I/O spends in the ESXi kernel.
  • QAVG – Queue average. How long I/O is stuck in a kernel queue.

A comprehensive glossary of acronyms is also included.

Download VMware Horizon 6 Storage Considerations or bookmark it for the next time you design a Horizon implementation.

Six New Horizon 6 Innovations: New On-Demand Webcast

Forget the adage that good things come in threes. Good things definitely come in sixes when it comes to Horizon 6 and its six new advancements. You may remember that last year VMware announced Horizon 6 with RDS and full support for remote apps. This year, things are getting even better with a new release: click here to learn about the six (count them) six enhancements in the latest version of Horizon 6.

The new release offers features that help you deliver unlimited access to apps and desktops at lower costs, with better performance.

Sumit Dhawan, SVP and GM of VMware Desktops will walk you through the updates, including:

  • Six great new additions to Horizon 6:

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  • Unlimited access to desktops and apps at lower costs, with better performance
  • New technology demonstrations that bring together virtual networking, storage, desktops, and apps

Click to see the latest Horizon 6 innovations!

In-depth: NVIDIA GRID vGPU with VMware Horizon 6.1

 By Pat Lee, Sr. Director, Remote Experience, End-User Computing, VMware -- @patlee

In February, VMware announced that NVIDIA GRID vGPU on VMware vSphere 6 with VMware Horizon 6 was coming soon and now the software is available for download!

VMware Horizon 6.1 and vSphere 6 with NVIDIA GRID vGPU enables designers, architects and engineers to run the most advanced, graphics-rich applications in a remote desktop – using NVIDIA professional 3D graphics and certified application drivers. This brings workstation-class performance to remote and mobile workers more affordably than ever before, even over high-latency networks.

Let’s get into the details of what is NVIDIA GRID vGPU and how it works with VMware Horizon to deliver scalable, high performance VDI.

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Join VMware at GPU Technology Conference 2015: Delivering High Performance Workstations from the Cloud

By Tony Paikeday, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Next week is GTC 15 – where end users and the graphics technology ecosystem converge to learn how to tap into the growing power of the GPU.  Each year promises major steps forward in ground-breaking innovation, and this year is no different!  GTC15 will feature front and center, the industry leading joint solution for delivering secure, immersive graphics from the cloud – VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID vGPU.

 

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Retiring Old OSes: XP, Vista, Mac OS X 10.6 & 10.7

by Kristina De Nike, Product Management, VMware

Queen Maria Eleonora of Sweden kept her dead husband, King Gustav Adolf, in her bedroom for 18 months before he was finally interred. Microsoft retired XP April 8, 2014. Now, 8 months later, it’s time for VMware® Horizon® to accept that loss and plan a memorial.

We don’t do this lightly; we know that many customers are still using Microsoft XP. But with Microsoft dropping support, it is time for VMware to align with Microsoft’s decision. As Windows XP will not be support, there will be no drivers for new hardware, libraries that our products use will be incompatible and XP will not get the benefits of regular security fixes. For all these reasons, VMware is clearly outlining the support plan for Horizon to give our customers time to plan a transition.

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VMware Horizon Client for Mac Is Ready for OS X 10.10

By Kristina De Nike, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

No need to be alarmed. Apple has announced that Mac OS X 10.10 is available. But if you are running the latest Horizon Client for Mac, version 3.1, you do not need to change anything. The current client works beautifully with Yosemite and looks beautiful doing it.

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Figure 1: Horizon Client for Mac in Front of Seamless Horizon Hosted Application (Windows Chrome)

For weeks, we have been testing the Horizon Client 3.1 with the OS X Yosemite beta. Now that OS X 10.10 has shipped, we can confirm that the Horizon Client for Mac that we shipped in September is fully compatible.

If you are not running the latest Horizon Client, download the Mac client from the Horizon Client download page.

For more information about the Horizon Client and View virtual desktops, see Horizon with View.

CloudVolumes at VMworld Europe

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By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

It’s been a month since VMworld 2014 US. Over 23,000 attendees came to San Francisco and witnessed the exciting new announcements VMware made during that week (you can read more on these here). Announcements on the End-User Computing front included EVO: RAIL, Project Meteor and Workspace Suite. We even announced an exciting addition to our portfolio with CloudVolumes, for just-in-time application delivery to virtual desktops.

In fact, CloudVolumes was the talk of the show. And even if you missed the live demo at VMworld, you can see my colleague Ashutosh Joshi demonstrate CloudVolumes here. You can also see John Dodge walk through a whiteboard video and Rory Clements demo CloudVolumes application provisioning to Horizon desktops.

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