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New Research Report: The Strategic Impact of Mobile Transformation on Business Value

Navigating the Future of Work amid Cultural and Technological Shifts in the Mobile Enterprise

Constellation Research Report_022615The rise of mobile and cloud computing is driving a cultural and technological transformation in which people expect anytime, anywhere access to colleagues, products and services. To react to this transformation, companies have to rethink the tools and business processes they provide to their employees, customers and partners.

Constellation Research surveyed more than 500 organizations in education, healthcare, high tech, and retail about the state of their mobile computing efforts. The analysis highlighted three major themes that are critical for success in mobile transformation:

1. Mobile transformation is top of mind for most organizations.
2. Mobile is not a device but an effective way of working.
3. Mobile provides a starting point for digital transformation.

This new report provides primary research on the state of mobile transformation with an eye toward how mobile and cloud computing affect the future of work. Insights from the study include challenges and recommended actions for executives seeking to initiate mobile transformation projects. Download the report today to learn more.

New Videos: Elevator Pitches from VMware Partner Exchange 2015

Dare to Thrive 2VMware Partner Exchange 2015 wrapped up last week and it was truly a fantastic event. We dared attendees to “Thrive” as we unveiled a major product launch, acquisitions and partnerships. During the Partner Exchange general session, VMware President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Eschenbach challenged three members of the company’s leadership team to describe the value proposition of a specific part of the business in just five minutes or less! Read on to watch videos of:

  • Bill Fathers, EVP and GM of Cloud Services at VMware, discussing hybrid cloud
  • Raghu Raghuram, EVP of VMware’s Software Defined Data Center Division, discussing the value proposition of the software defined data center
  • Sanjay Poonen, Executive Vice President and General Manager of End-User Computing at VMware, discussing the current and future state of end-user computing

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VMware Acquires Immidio

By Sumit Dhawan, senior vice president and general manager, desktop products, End-User Computing, VMware

We are excited to announce that VMware has acquired Immidio, a privately held company that offers a user environment management (UEM) solution. The Immidio UEM solution provides a consistent and dynamic desktop experience that is independent of operating system, device and location.

Demand for business mobility by end-users is creating far-reaching implications for how mission critical applications are delivered. Customers are increasingly searching for solutions that help simplify the management of end-users as they move from desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones – due to the complexity of managing these assets in silos.

Need for Workspace Environment Management Solution

Customers are looking for a Workspace Environment Management solution that can enable them to dynamically provision end-user workspaces with users’ applications, settings and persona, based on IT defined policies. Workspace Environment Management needs an end-to-end approach to application and end-user environment management across physical, virtual and cloud-hosted desktops. This will enable IT to shift their time and manage service levels for end-users rather than day-to-day device support and operations.

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.

Immidio was a natural fit for VMware as its solution is:

  1. Simple by Design – The Immidio Flex+ solution was designed with an eye towards simplicity. It is simple to adopt, scale, manage and operate. A lot of attention was given to ensure that no complexity was added and there was no compromise to key capabilities with its simplicity.
  2. Enterprise-Grade and Customer Proven – Customers worldwide have adopted Immidio’s solution with the largest implementations being environments with more than 100,000 desktops. The solution supports virtual desktops, physical desktops and even cloud-based desktops.

With the addition of Immidio, we believe that VMware is in a stronger position to help our customers with their business mobility transformation.

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To learn more about Immidio, visit the blog post by Harry Labana, vice president, End-User Computing Products, VMware, and read more about the Immidio journey in a blog post by Immidio CEO, Rob Huisman.

VMware End-User Computing 2014 Recap and 2015 Predictions

Pace of InnovationBy Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM, End-User Computing, VMware

Looking back on my first full year leading the End-User Computer (EUC) team at VMware, I can’t help but echo Pat Gelsinger’s comments at VMworld: what a difference a year makes!

Since joining the team in August 2013, we have been working to fulfill our vision of delivering a virtual workspace to allow end-users to work at the speed of life. 2014 has proven to be a momentous year as we have shown the world our leap into leadership positions across desktop, mobile and content collaboration. As we jumpstart 2015, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the amazing accomplishments of 2014 and share some predictions on how I see VMware continuing to grow, excel and be the best for our customers in 2015. None of this would be possible without an incredible End-User Computing TEAM here at VMware that I am honored and grateful to lead.

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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.