End-user computing stole the show during VMworld Day 2, thanks to a superb keynote delivery from Sanjay Poonen, complete with an exciting new partnership announcement, product updates and integration demos. Read on below for a recap of today’s General Session highlights, interspersed with some reactions from attendees on Twitter.
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By Chris Dong, Business Analyst & End User Experience Intern, VMware
We’re excited to launch a new blog series entitled Fearlessly Innovating with Socialcast showcasing the successes of Socialcast as part of the broader VMware community. Socialcast by VMware, a leading enterprise social networking platform, is used by thousands of VMware employees each and every day. Each month, we will highlight how the Socialcast platform is transforming communication and collaboration across the company, leading to increased productivity, efficiency, and transparency. Socialcast is enabling VMware to succeed in an increasingly competitive IT landscape – and with even more robust features around the corner, this is just the beginning.
Washington State University (WSU) is a nationally recognized research university providing world-class education to more than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in ten different colleges.
As part of their Senior Design Curriculum, students from WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science needed a simple and intuitive platform to support collaboration between students, faculty, mentors, and sponsors. The tool also needed to be safe enough to ensure the privacy of sensitive intellectual property provided by the sponsoring companies.
After selecting Socialcast by VMware, participation grew rapidly as students discovered it was a very efficient platform and replaced meetings with a real-time activity stream of sharing documents, posting comments, adding suggestions, and sharing ideas. It also gave professors the ability to bring teams together and visibility in observing all facets of student performance.
Today, Socialcast enables WSU engineering students to do the following:
- Collaborate outside of traditional meetings
- Keep project-related information and conversations in one easily accessible common workspace
- Spend more time focusing on real solutions to real problems, and less on busy work
With Socialcast, WSU student engineering teams are able to collaborate at deeper levels and produce more thoughtful solutions for companies and institutions through the Northwest.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.