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Windows 10: A Milestone Moment for The Industry and VMware Customers

Erik FriebergBy Erik Frieberg, vice president of marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

 

If you felt a tremor in “the force” yesterday, you weren’t mistaken.

This week is certainly different than most since it is the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, which is a milestone release for Microsoft and represents a fundamental shift in the way IT can manage all devices, as well as run both old and new software.

The Force

"The Force"

The improvements in Windows 10 address many of the challenges that have limited effective Windows management for many organizations.  In this mobile-cloud era, management innovations that are used with mobile platforms are now available in Windows 10 and are making their way to the PC.  This is great news for our customers, as they now have many options as to how best manage their EUC platforms.

According to a recent TechValidate survey commissioned by VMware, 96 percent of enterprises plan to use internal resources and existing staff to upgrade to Windows 10. This means that internal IT teams can use VMware solutions to help manage devices, deliver all application types and activate the new features introduced in Windows 10. VMware solutions are purpose-built to support customers embracing business mobility and updating to Windows 10, while continuing to support earlier Windows versions.

AirWatch logoVMware Business Mobility Solutions Can Help

AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) will support all new capabilities introduced in Windows 10, including streamlined deployment, unified app experience, advanced security and data protection and update management. The best-in-class AirWatch EMM suite can become the de facto management platform for all devices running Windows 10 – including laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets – from a central, unified console.

In addition, VMware complements this unified endpoint management strategy and can help organizations enroll or migrate users and devices to Windows 10, configure or deliver applications to Windows 10 devices and help manage security policies and lifecycles of devices and users.

Organizations tend to be cautious with any migration, and will likely need robust EUC solutions during and after the transition to Windows 10. Our customers agree, since more than half (51 percent) of organizations surveyed plan to use VDI to upgrade to Windows 10, which allows them to use VMware centralized virtual Windows 10 desktops from local or cloud data centers. Conversely, Windows 10 devices can also use VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops to gain access to hosted instances of Windows XP, 7, 8, and 8.1.

Top Concern Among IT Professionals – Application Compatibility

IT professionals cite application compatibility (81 percent) as one of top concerns with Windows 10 migration – 81 percent! Fortunately, VMware offers solutions to address application compatibility challenges. VMware Horizon FLEXVMware Fusion and VMware Workstation can deliver a fully managed Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 instance onto an upgraded Windows 10 host machine. Doing so will allow an organization to migrate applications to Windows 10 over time while still maintaining the ability to run them under Windows 7/8/8.1 until they can complete the migration.

Transforming Application Delivery and Management

VIDMOne of the most important features introduced in Windows 10 is a unified application experience. Before Windows 10, the application delivery experience was fragmented with separate distribution channels for native Windows and modern applications. End-users were also required to create multiple login credentials for each of their applications, causing confusion and disconnect.

VMware and AirWatch customers can distribute native Windows , universal, web and remote apps through a unified application catalog with Windows 10. VMware Identity Manager introduces single sign-on to grant users permission to all of their Windows 10 applications without requiring separate usernames and passwords.

Furthermore, the conditional access feature in VMware Identity Manager allows IT to allow access to enterprise applications based on pre-determined compliance policies. The universal application catalogue will also support the corporate-friendly Business Store Portal (BSP) to manage apps and licenses on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops via AirWatch EMM.

As you can see, there’s a lot in Windows 10 and it is truly a milestone moment for Microsoft and the industry. Windows is still the dominant operating system used in PCs and laptops worldwide and this release will change the endpoint management paradigm by also bringing it to mobile devices. Uncharted territory? Yes, but don’t worry – VMware is here to help.

Immidio Expands VMware’s Focus on Seamlessness for End-User Computing

Immidio AcquisitionWith the demand for business mobility increasing, customers in IT departments everywhere want software solutions that enable them to better manage users’ systems as they move from desktop to smartphone to tablet to laptop and back again. Immidio excels at developing user environment management (UEM) products that make today’s cross-platform end-user experience as seamless as possible, which was one of the reasons VMware decided to acquire the company in February.

The History Behind the Handshake

For VMware, the benefits of the acquisition are twofold. First, the Immidio AppScriber and Flex+ solutions, which help IT departments to manage app rollout and personalize Windows environments for their end-users, are simple to use, and their simplicity makes them easy to integrate and adapt to existing systems. Immidio customers have loved the ease with which they can roll out the company’s applications in pre-existing IT networks. Second, although Immidio began in Holland, it has rapidly gained over 500 paying customers worldwide, with the largest of them managing more than 100,000 desktop users through Immidio software. So it was only a matter of time before someone seized the opportunity to add Immidio’s ingenuity to their own virtualization arsenal, granting their customers new powers to manage Microsoft-based software across physical, virtual, and cloud-hosted desktops.

As VMware SVP and GM of Desktop Products in the End-User Computing group, Sumit Dhawan explains, “Immidio adds to our product portfolio and will enable VMware to offer a comprehensive set of technologies for Workspace Environment Management. Together with VMware App Volumes (real-time app delivery product from the recent acquisition of CloudVolumes), and VMware vRealize Operations Manager (application and end-user monitoring), Immidio will become a key component of our Horizon portfolio, offering a rich User Environment Management solution.”

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Breaking News: VMware Shares End-User Computing Business Mobility Strategy​ [VIDEO]

Business MobilityThis evening, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of End-User Computing, outlined VMware’s strategy for the future of business mobility with new solutions and partnerships.

The news today marks the first step in executing on VMware’s vision of enabling enterprises to transform their business processes through mobility.

Watch the video below with Noah Wasmer, vice president of product management at VMware, as he outlines the news, including the launch of VMware Identity Manager, announcement of 15 new partners joining ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise) and VMware’s further commitment to iOS support.

  • Tune in tomorrow for VMware's virtual Business Mobility event, where mobile thought leaders will talk about the news and speak to the shifting business landscape and how mobility is redefining the way we work
  • Read “Introducing VMware Identity Manager – Offering Cloud-Based Single Sign-On For Business Mobility” by Kevin Strohmeyer, senior director, product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
  • Read how ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise) expanded with 15 new members

Business Mobility & the Future of End-User Computing [VIDEO]

As we gear up for VMware’s Business Mobility Online Event next week, check out this new video featuring an interview with VMware EVP and General Manager of End-User Computing Sanjay Poonen.

Maribel Lopez, Conference Chair of Lopez Research LLC guides the discussion with Sanjay in front of an audience of CIOs and IT leaders at the recent 2015 M6 Mobility xChange. The pair discuss the importance of an enterprise mobility strategy and how current and future business mobility technology and trends will impact business and investment decisions. The goal of the conference is to bring to light for senior managers and business executives strategic level insights into how these investments will improve workforce productivity, operational efficiency, customer experience and service. This session did just that.

During the session, Maribel interviews Sanjay about the future of end-user computing and business mobility. They discuss the business mobility transformation that’s underway and the demands — from users, IT, and lines of business — that are shaping how it continues to unfold. Sanjay touches on security and other challenges organizations must overcome to take full advantage of the transformation’s opportunities to drive business-process innovation and competitive advantage. Sanjay highlights that mobility is a platform for transforming customer engagement, redefining mission-critical apps, and empowering employees in new ways — business-process innovation. He underscores the fact that to achieve true business mobility, companies need to deliver the digital workspace, enable any application (SaaS, mobile, Windows), and build a mobile-cloud architecture. Lastly, he discusses how specific technologies like VMware Workspace Suite can help companies to enable their business mobility strategies. Watch the full video for more details.

If you’d like to keep up with business mobility news coming out of VMware, be sure to tune in next week. We will be announcing the acceleration of VMware’s Business Mobility position and strategy during an Online Event for customers next Tuesday - June 16th - from 9-10 a.m. PST. Join us to hear how organizations can change the way they evolve to a mobile-first approach in order to innovate the way they are able to compete and thrive.

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Join Sumit Dhawan this Thursday for a vForum Online Spring 2015 Keynote: Mobilizing the Next Generation of Desktops

Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMwareREGISTER HERE!

The power of business mobility is driving investment in the next generation of desktop architectures, mobile platforms and, even more importantly, new and rebuilt business processes and business operations designed to make the greatest impact with an increasingly mobile workforce and customer base. VMware is responding to these market needs rapidly.

2015 has been a banner year so far for VMware’s End-User Computing team. Back in March, the team unveiled the next wave of innovation for applications and desktop virtualization with the launch of VMware Horizon 6. The announcement offered up the industry's most comprehensive desktop and application virtualization solution to deliver and manage any type of enterprise application and desktop, including physical desktops and laptops, virtual desktops and applications, and employee-owned PCs.

A month earlier in February, VMware announced the acquisition of Immidio and introduced a new approach to application delivery and user management called VMware Workspace Environment Management (WEM). Then just two months later— the team was excited to announce the general availability of VMware User Environment Manager. The technology leverages the comprehensive and simple-to-use Immidio platform to “make Citrix work better” by simplifying application management for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environments.

Finally, earlier this month, VMware unveiled Project Enzo – a new hybrid cloud-scale architecture that is designed to combine the economic benefits of cloud-based VMware virtual desktops and application technology, with the simplicity of hyper-converged infrastructure to transform the IT experience.

What do all of these announcements have in common? VMware is helping its partners and customers mobilize the next generation of desktops - desktop computing environments that are truly inspired by mobility – desktops built on a secure, mobile cloud architecture, offering flexibility in delivery and ownership models, with a unified user experience across all devices and giving IT simplified management and unbeatable ROI. VMware aims to help pave the way for IT to evolve past the limitations of legacy desktop architectures, delivering end-user freedom with secure access to services at the lowest cost, whether delivered on-premises or through a hybrid cloud.

Join Sumit Dhawan this coming Thursday, May 21st by tuning into VMware’s vForum Online Spring 2015 event. Sumit will be delivering a keynote on this very topic - Mobilizing the Next Generation of Desktops. Sumit’s talk will address how VMware can help organizations transform through business mobility, so that users can enjoy a consistent and personalized experience across devices, locations and connections; businesses can drive down costs, improve workplace productivity and respond more quickly while maintaining security.

Don’t forget to register. See you there!

Explain It Like I’m Four: Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)

AirWatch EMMLast time on Explain It Like I’m Four, we took a look at micro-segmentation, which leverages network virtualization to enable IT administrators to institute a Zero Trust security framework.

In our latest entry, we focus on the quickly growing and increasingly critical field of enterprise mobility management (EMM).

What is EMM?

Enterprise mobility management is an umbrella term that refers to the systems and processes employed by an organization to enable the use of mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops in an enterprise setting.

EMM enables the ability for organizations to manage the email, applications, content, security policies and more on mobile devices. Once an employee enters their user name and password, an EMM provider configures the WiFi, corporate email, security settings like passcode requirements, the public or internally developed applications specific to who that user is in an organization, and content a specific user needs.

EMM is a field that is still growing and changing. As innovations are developed and mobile operating system providers make new capabilities available, the space is continually adapting and evolving. EMM has come into existence in recent years in large part due to the explosive adoption rate of smartphones, tablets and laptops running Apple’s iOS and Mac OSX, Google’s Android and Chrome, and Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Phone operating systems. As employees increasingly rely on these devices in the workplace, solutions such as AirWatch by VMware become critical in delivering the flexibility and agility needed to power corporate-owned devices, BYOD initiatives or any deployment structure, without sacrificing productivity or security.

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Business Mobility is improving how the healthcare industry operates

Hospital AnimationAn Illustrated Guide

This article originally appeared on The Bridge.

From protecting patient information to tracking patient check-ins to sending updates to families in real-time, technology is helping the healthcare industry work simpler and smarter. With secure, immediate access to accurate information, providers can now make point-of-care decisions from anywhere. The result is a radically improved quality of care and life. Read the illustrated piece on The Bridge for a glimpse into the inner workings of technology in a virtual hospital setting.