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Celebrating Computer Science Education Week

Baltimore City Public Schools video screenshotBy Geoff Murase, group product marketing manager, End-User Computing, VMware

This week marks the first Computer Science Education Week targeted at U.S. K-12 students, with the goal of having more students explore computer programming. The initiative is backed by Code.org and  many Silicon Valley companies.  At VMware, we want the next generation workforce to be proficient at working with computers because we know that computer literacy is critical to success in the 21st century.  Moreover, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects software and computer engineers to be among the 30 fastest-growing careers in 2018.

However, the first step in exposing students to the world of computer programming is to provide access to computers. Although this may seem basic, some school districts struggle with this because they do not have enough computers to service all their students or lack the funding to modernize their desktops, which are sometimes decade-old machines.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love App Volumes

Application Management Containers

Application Management Containers

While most VMware shops enjoy the flexibility of provisioning virtual resources with the click of a button, it’s been somewhat of a trickier hurdle to bring that same level of agility to desktop application delivery. Spinning up a new virtual machine with enough power to smoothly run Adobe Creative Suite is easy, but actually getting Creative Suite onto the VM can be a chore.

Enter App Volumes, which just started shipping today! (Read more about the GA here.)

“We are in 2014, and managing applications is still a mess,” said Matt Suiche, one of the creators of App Volumes (formerly Cloud Volumes). “Complex applications are not supported by existing solutions and delivering them is too slow. Those are the main challenges App Volumes is addressing.”

App Volumes is one of the first solutions to enable the provisioning of applications at scale by leveraging virtual disks as containers. A virtual disk can attach to multiple machines or groups in read-only mode via the hypervisor API. Since nothing is being copied to the target machine, the application will appear as a local installation to the end-user in seconds. Removing the app is simply a matter of detaching the virtual disk.

“The main idea behind App Volumes is to provide more agility, simplicity, flexibility and efficiency to our customers,” Suiche said. “This can be translated as managing applications based on business needs in corresponding containers, deliverable in seconds.”

Deployment speed is only part of the equation. App Volumes is the first tool to efficiently and cost-effectively enable the delivery of applications across diverse desktop environments.

Rather than creating multiple instances of an application, App Volumes can provision a single copy to multiple desktops, while allowing individual users to retain their data and settings. This mitigates not just the management burden, but the costs too. Applications can also be managed in volumes, which reduces storage capacity requirements.

A single solution to manage all applications might sound like the wishful thinking of an IT administrator, but it’s precisely what App Volumes is designed to provide—all you need to do is use it.

Virgin Trains No Longer Held Back by IT

Virgin Trains is the primary operator on one of the UK’s most vital rail lines, the West Coast Main Line. Trains on this line can run at 125 mph, taking you from London to Glasgow — a 400-mile trip — in about four and a half hours. Unfortunately, Virgin’s computers didn’t operate at comparable speeds.

Slowed by aging software and a burdensome backup process, customer-facing computers took 15 minutes to boot up and another 15 to shut down. Processing in general was slow and frustrating — both for the employees using the terminals and for the customers they were trying to serve. So, as it upgraded to Windows 7, Virgin Trains turned to VMware Mirage to bring speed and efficiency to its computers.

Watch the video below and read more on Boundless.VMware.com.

Talk About Mobile! Smart devices Open Up #Boundless Opportunities for Delta

VMware_Boundless_Delta_TwitterAirline crew members are the most mobile workers in the world. And when Delta wanted to extend its mobile Windows systems and apps to cover its exceptionally mobile workforce, they worked with AirWatch to make it happen.

Learn more on boundless.vmware.com and watch the video after the jump.

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Fire & Rescue Team Creates #Boundless Experiences and Opportunities

VMware_Boundless_TVFR_FBLast week, we showed you how Intermountain Healthcare and Merck are embracing the mobile-cloud era. This week, we have a new video to show you how the fire and rescue teams in the Tualatin Valley, Ore. are protecting 454,000 citizens with help from VMware View. Hit the jump to see the video.

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Intermountain Healthcare and Merck Embrace the Mobile-Cloud Era | #Boundless

#BoundlessBack in September, Sanjay Poonen taught us about the boundless possibilities enabled by VMware’s continuing mission to break down boundaries – across Desktop, Mobile, Machine2Machine, Content Collaboration, Identity, Social and more – allowing people to truly work at the speed of life.

We are embracing this new mobile-cloud era and its boundless possibilities by working with customers across industries to break down barriers so people can work smarter, without limits. Here are two examples. Hit the jump to watch the videos and learn more.

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Coachella Valley Schools, Community Partner to Ensure ‘No Child Left Offline’

Superintendent Darryl Adams knew the Coachella Valley School District was about to make waves — that was the point. But he also knew the community had to be part of it. So the district hosted “Transformation Day,” to inform parents, students, teachers, politicians and even people from neighboring communities about what was to come.

What was coming? Fifty-six hundred tablet computers, as a pilot program, distributed to teachers and students to facilitate and spark education in new ways. And in a district where 100 percent of the student body is on the free-or-reduced lunch program, this kind of initiative could indeed be transformative. “Students would not have these devices available to them if not for the district,” Adams says. And he was counting on the tablets to inspire new classroom dynamics and boost student engagement and performance.

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