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A New Platter Of Releases Ready for Summer!

Shankar IyerBy Shankar Iyer, VP of Product Management, Desktop Solutions, End-User Computing, VMware

It’s not yet summer but we’re already serving up some hot updates to several EUC products.

We introduced VMware Horizon 6.1 last quarter and we’re back on our regular quarterly cadence of updates with innovations in several areas of our product portfolio.

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VMware To Offer Standard Business Associate Agreement for VMware Horizon Air

By James Millington, group product line marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware and Josue Fontanez, product line marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, we are excited to announce that VMware will soon be able to offer a standard Business Associate Agreement (BAA) to enable healthcare organizations to use VMware Horizon Air to realize the many benefits of having their desktops and applications delivered from the cloud. The BAA requires solution providers and healthcare organizations using their solutions to safeguard protected health information (PHI) in accordance with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines.

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VMware Horizon Air – Leading the Pack in Desktop-as-a-Service

By Josue Fontanez, product line marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware

When VMware acquired Desktone last year, many people wrote that 2014 would be the year of DaaS. As we get closer to wrapping up the calendar year, I thought I’d look back at what we’ve accomplished and highlight our progress this year.

We’ve been moving at a rapid pace since the acquisition of Desktone in late 2013. We have innovated quickly based on what we’ve heard from our customers and unlike other vendors stuck in never-ending tech previews, we haven’t stood still since then.

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Extending the Power of Mobility to Linux Users

By Victor Thu, Director of Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Today at vForum China, VMware announced that it is beginning to work on a VDI solution for enterprise Linux desktops.

Depending on which analyst report you read, most estimate that Linux desktops as an everyday go-to system for users is a small percentage of the total desktop market share. So why we are actively working on supporting Linux as a VDI workload?

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iOS 8: “A huge hit in the enterprise” with new features for management, productivity and security

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By Lanier Norville, AirWatch by VMware

During yesterday’s keynote session at WWDC, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi called iOS “a huge hit in the enterprise,” noting the breadth of iOS-tailored enterprise apps, as well as enterprise manageability features Apple has added to the operating system over the years. Throughout the conference, it has become clear Apple’s enterprise mobility focus is only picking up steam with its latest release.

Federighi noted that 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies are already using iOS. In addition to a new SDK that includes more than 4,000 APIs enterprise app developers can leverage, iOS 8 introduces new management, productivity and security features that might just help win over the other 2 percent.

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Apple iOS 8 ‘Biggest Release since the Launch of the App Store’

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By Scott Solomon, AirWatch by VMware

In a keynote at today’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple previewed iOS 8, which the company is calling its “Biggest Release since the Launch of the App Store.” Apple announced the mobile operating system (OS) update along with previews of the latest version of Mac OS X, called Yosemite. Developers can get beta versions today, and both new OSes will be available to users this fall.

New features for third-party apps, like the ability to define widgets in the Notification Center, drew plenty of cheers from the crowd. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, answered a call from Dr. Dre on his desktop to show off the two operating systems’ enhanced continuity, or ability to let users transition seamlessly between devices. Now, iOS and OS X users can make calls from their laptops or desktops, “Handoff” documents to keep working from one device to the next and edit documents from any of their Apple devices with an iCloud enhancement called iCloud Drive.

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NVIDIA and VMware Unlock the Full Potential of Desktop-as-a-Service

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Guest post by Justin Boitano, General Manager of Cloud and Virtualization Solutions at NVIDIA

Today at our annual GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA jointly with VMware announced the availability of NVIDIA GRID on the VMware Horizon DaaS platform.  The combination is an industry breakthrough, providing rich graphics performance on DaaS for the first time – unlocking the full potential of desktop virtualization and making it a viable option for even the most demanding graphics users. This is exciting because with VMware’s leadership in the space, this opens opportunities for an entirely new audience of end-users -- from office workers using productivity applications and viewing multimedia -- to power users in engineering and design.

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VMware, Cisco, NetApp and Equinix Partner to Offer "OneStep" Adoption of Desktops as a Service

By David Grant, Senior Director, DaaS Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

This morning I’m excited to announce a new turnkey Desktops as a Service (DaaS) solution related to our ongoing efforts to help cloud providers deliver simple, cost-effective DaaS. Through a partnership with best-of-breed technology from leading cloud vendors, we are delivering the industry’s only turnkey solution for service providers to offer DaaS.

The new "OneStep" solution is a collaboration between VMware, Cisco, NetApp and Equinix that enables a foundation for service providers to deliver the most cost-effective DaaS offering in the market. The DaaS market is growing rapidly and many service providers want to offer their customers cloud-hosted desktops but may find the process of getting from idea to a profitable production environment daunting. Cloud services have unique requirements that differ from traditional in-house IT infrastructures. Some who have tried to retrofit a solution that works perfectly for in-house use-cases into a cloud model have experienced issues. Best-of-breed infrastructure stacks purpose-built for cloud workloads are virtually impossible to achieve from a single vendor. The OneStep solution offers one validated solution that will deliver highly scalable, cost effective DaaS.

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Ubiquitous Computing with Mobile Secure Desktop

By Muthu Somasundaram, Technical Marketing, End-User Computing

The introduction of smart phones and tablets has made BYOD a reality in the workplace.  Employees are increasingly relying on the new age devices to access information.  The days of employees accessing corporate information from their desk is coming to an end.   Today’s employees do not consider computing to be  destination, but want to access information from anywhere, anyplace, anytime from any device, ushering in an era of ubiquitous computing.

VMware’s Mobile Secure Desktop solution helps the IT organizations proactively identify their user’s requirements and plan the infrastructure to support the Post PC era.  Over the past few months, we have spoken to numerous customers and partners, and identified the key user profiles in every organization.  We have gathered the unique requirements of each profile and have built a solution, which encompasses VMware and ecosystem partner products, to suit the specific needs of those users.

The solution we built is modular and can suit any organization.   The solution is built on the industry leading virtualization platform, vSphere, and includes View, vShield and VCOps.  We have also included our ecosystem partner products, which cover the unique requirements of some profiles, such as location aware printing, user installed app support, extended security using two-factor authentication etc.   We have tested the solution in our labs and have also worked with our partners to make sure the right products fit into the solution seamlessly. 

With this architecture, our customers can be assured that the solution has been validated to meet their mobility, security and manageability requirements.   The detailed Validated Design Guide, which describes all the solution components can be found here.

You can find out more about the solution by attending the VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop Bootcamp (Free on-demand training).  The bootcamp features 12 on-demand technical deep dive sessions which covers the deployment details of all the solution components.  The bootcamp series begins on July 16 and will feature one a day for 12 days.

You can also register on the site to receive a FREE e-book (collection of all the material that will be presented in the Bootcamp series.

For more information on the solution, please visit the VMware Mobile Secure Desktop solution website for a technical whiteboard video and Solution Brief.



Performance Does Matter: PCoIP vs. HDX

By Fred Schimscheimer, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, End-User Computing

Performance does matter!  And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Have you seen the report by Principled Technologies comparing VMware View 5 to Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 from a display protocol perspective? http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/PCoIPvHDXsinglesession03-05-12.pdf. Principled Technologies discovered that the default protocol configurations were different in the two products and when adjusted to match each other, VMware View 5 was equal to or superior to XenDesktop 5.5 in several key performance areas.  This report provides an accurate side-by-side comparison of VMware’s PCoIP and Citrix’s HDX display protocols along with a detailed explanation of lossless and lossy compression. 

I want to point out that both products are not configured the same by default.  VMware View 5 defaults to 30 frames per second and has build to full lossless compression enabled.  Citrix XenDesktop defaults to 24 frames per second and ‘normal quality’, i.e., lossy compression.  So what did Principled Technologies do?  They ran two sets of tests.  In one test they configured the PCoIP settings to match the HDX lossy default settings and in a second test they configured the HDX settings to match the PCoIP default lossless settings.  In other words, they configured one display protocol to match the other, making it as close as possible for an apples-to-apples comparison.  Take a look at the images (both color and black and white) of various portions of the screen captures.  This is a great way for you to see for yourself and do your own comparison.   My eyes tell me that PCoIP looks just as good if not better than HDX! 

Are looks everything?  No!  Just take a look at the charts.  You’ll see that VMware View 5 has equal or better efficiency in bandwidth consumption as well as client and server side CPU utilization when compared to Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 on common office applications.

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