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Mobile-Cloud Adventures at VMworld: Customer Breakout Sessions Span Industries, Illustrate Boundless Mobile Options

Mobile HealthcareA tsunami of technological change continues to reshape markets based on the desires of users rather than the wants of IT. In the education, financial services, healthcare and government markets alike, IT’s need to react decisively while taking into account compliance and regulations mandates, heighten security controls and mobile-cloud demands creates new complexity as well as unexpected opportunity. VMworld will present an opportunity for customers to share their mobile-cloud stories, ideas and practical solutions in response to business and consumer demands.

VMworld 2014The plethora of panels at VMworld 2014 spans multiple industries – education, financial services, healthcare, education and many more. Below we’ve listed a cross section of panels showcasing the breadth of industries represented at the show and the mass appeal of the mobile-cloud revolution.

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VMware Continues to Strengthen End User Computing Leadership Team – Noah Wasmer Returns to VMware

Noah Wasmer

By Sanjay Poonen, Executive Vice President and General Manager, End-User Computing

This week is my one year anniversary of being at VMware! What an exciting year it’s been hereat the company, as we are hard at work turbo-charging our End-User Computing (EUC) strategy. I’ve enjoyed working with some of the most innovative and customer focused colleagues here at VMware; the fastest growing infrastructure software company in history. Beyond product and GTM success, probably the part of my job that I obsess the most about is our “PEOPLE AGENDA” – retaining and growing the best talent on the best end-user computing team in the industry!

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We’re All In with VMware Horizon 6

Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

By Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, we announced VMware Horizon 6, the latest update to our desktop and applications solution that now offers published application delivery along with virtual desktops from a single integrated solution. This announcement represents a major product milestone in VMware’s End-User Computing portfolio as it introduces new capabilities, integrates leading technologies and enables greater efficiency for IT administrators and end-users. There’s been a rapid pace of innovation coming from VMware in the past six months and this announcement is among the latest in industry changing announcements.

To help customers effectively transform their physical desktops to become a service, we focused on three specific areas that required modernization.

  • Production – All applications, personal data and operating systems that are produced by IT need to be agile and predictable so they can be delivered to end-users without any compromise in quality.
  • Delivery – IT needs to be able to deliver enterprise desktops and applications in ways that end-users are consuming them based on their personas. VMware Horizon 6 helps with this by delivering them to virtual desktops so enterprise desktops and applications can be consumed on any device, physical laptops using image synch to support online/offline computing, and personal laptops using a managed container so content can be securely accessed to support BYO PC. This flexibility is key in the mobile-cloud era.
  • Consumption – The desktops and applications delivered as a service needs to have a consistent look at feel across all devices, regardless of how they are delivered. The quality needs to be high otherwise end-users will work around IT and provision consumer services instead. VMware Horizon 6 accomplishes this with a new unified workspace.

As a result, customers who struggle with the complexities of physical desktop and application management will find VMware Horizon 6 to be a comprehensive solution to their problems with the ability to serve all their enterprise applications and desktops, including virtual desktops, physical desktops and BYO PC.

There are over 100 features in this product release with over 2 years of R&D. I am proud of each one of them but will go through the following four major innovations in more depth here:

Virtual Desktops and Applications From A Single Platform

VMware Horizon 6 provides a single platform for desktop and application virtualization with support for RDS hosted desktops and applications. VDI or RDS based desktops along with RDS based apps, SaaS applications, packaged VMware ThinApps and third party virtualized applications such as Citrix XenApp can now all be aggregated in a single unified workspace for all enterprise apps and desktops, making it easier for both end user-user and IT. This new unified workspace provides a consistent experience for IT administrators and end-users across devices, locations, media and connections, and intuitively adapts to smartphones, tablets, Macs and PCs for end-user self-service and automated provisioning. This can save a tremendous amount of time for IT administrators as they can provide access to a pre-determined set of applications based on user groups or department requirements and end-users get to access content and request new applications using an application store with a consumer look and feel. We also realized that this new capability required a new platform that scales out just like a cloud. As a result, we built a cloud-class architecture for running virtual desktops and applications across multiple data centers, on-premise or off-premise. We call this the Cloud Pod Architecture.

Storage Optimization with VMware Virtual SAN

Integration with VMware Virtual SAN optimizes storage and lowers the total cost of ownership. One of the barriers to adoption of on-premise virtual desktops has traditionally been the cost of storage but with VMware vSAN that also complements solutions from VMware’s storage partners, the paradigm completely changes with lower costs and, modernizing desktops and applications becomes a very compelling proposition. More importantly, VMware Virtual SAN is included for free with Horizon 6 Advanced and Enterprise Editions.

Data Center to Device Management and Cloud-Like Automation

IT efficiency is important as the number of desktops and applications grow and VMware Horizon 6 helps with this in two ways. First, it provides end-to-end visibility into your infrastructure so IT administrators can have an enterprise-wide view of their entire virtual enterprise through a single pane of glass. Desktops, servers, storage and networks can now be managed from a single vCenter Operations Manager instance that provides proactive alerts and detailed reports. Second, Horizon 6 provides cloud-like automation to help streamline processes and enable the quick provisioning of virtual desktops. IT administrators can utilize the Horizon vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plugin to delegate and automate granular administrative functions for provisioning, entitlement, refresh, and recycle operations.  Customers can also leverage these workflows for hosted applications or desktops through the vSphere Web Client or by exposing as catalog items with request/approval procedures using vCloud Automation Center. Overall, Horizon 6 offers a holistic view of your entire virtual infrastructure – from data center to device – while also providing cloud-like automation to simplify management.

Hybrid Cloud Delivery

Lastly, hybrid cloud delivery provides customers choice and flexibility of deployment whether they want on-premise virtual desktops, off-premise desktops from a public cloud or a combination of both. It sounds simple but not all solutions are created equal and have this capability. VMware Horizon 6 comes with new Horizon clients for all the major platforms that provide seamless interoperability and experience with Horizon DaaS. End-users can access their applications and desktops from an on-premise or cloud infrastructure without any disruption to service, quality or even knowing where they are being delivered.

Three New Editions of VMware Horizon

All of these new innovations combined make VMware Horizon 6 a leading on-premise desktop and application virtualization solution. Extending the power of virtualization from data center to device, Horizon 6 offers capabilities that are unique in the industry. And as part of this announcement, we’re also making it simpler for customers to adopt virtual desktops and applications with three new editions of VMware Horizon.

  • Horizon View Standard Edition: Delivers simple, high-performance VDI-based virtual desktops with a great user experience
  • Horizon Advanced Edition: Offers the lowest cost solution for virtual desktop and application management, optimized storage with VMware Virtual SAN, image management and a unified workspace that supports hosted desktops and applications.
  • Horizon Enterprise Edition: Delivers a cloud-ready solution for virtual desktops and applications with advanced cloud automation and management capabilities for hybrid cloud flexibility.

Over the last two years, the market has innovated to drive down the capital cost of virtual desktops and unlock latent demand from organizations of all sizes. Our ecosystem of partners has been at the vanguard of this, releasing a range of storage appliances that deliver significant cost savings through tiered storage approaches. This is exactly how markets and partnerships should work.

Rapid Pace of Innovation From VMware

Again, looking at the past six months, there has been a rapid pace of innovation coming from VMware End-User Computing that has left an indelible imprint on the industry with the acquisition of DaaS leader, Desktone in October, signing a deal to help power Cisco’s DaaS offering in December, luring away talent from the competition and signing a check for a $1.5B acquisition of MDM leader, AirWatch in January, inking a deal with Google to deliver virtual desktops on Chromebooks in February, and beating Amazon to-market  by launching VMware Horizon DaaS and bringing 3D graphics to DaaS with NVIDA in March. With today’s announcement of VMware Horizon 6, customers have a very compelling solution for modernizing desktops and applications that competitors will find difficult to match.

And as VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger puts it in this video, VMware is all in on EUC and the desktop.

Watch The Horizon 6 Launch Event Live

Last but certainly not least, VMware will be hosting a virtual launch event that everyone is welcomed to join and watch. It will include remarks from me, Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM of End-User Computing, and Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, along with executives from VMware partners and customers.  In addition, we will be showing a live demo of Horizon 6 so if you want to see what all the new innovations look like, make sure to register for the event.

For More On Horizon 6

For more detailed information on how Horizon 6 uses application remoting (including cloud pod architecture), storage optimization through Virtual SAN, management and automation, and hybrid cloud delivery, visit the VMware End-User Computing product blog.

You can also read an overview of the news by Erik Frieberg, vice president of product marketing for EUC and get additional insight from Kit Colbert, CTO of EUC.

Leadership Perspectives: Sanjay Poonen

In the second of a series of leadership perspectives videos, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of the End-User Computing business unit discusses why he chose to join VMware, the end-user computing landscape (now and in the future), and how end-user computing and Desktop-as-a-Service fit into an enterprise cloud strategy.

Check out the video to hear more about Sanjay’s take on:

  • How the end-user computing landscape has it evolved and why it is a critical focus for VMware
  • How the end-user computing industry will evolve over the next 12-24 months
  • How an end-user computing/Desktop-as-a-Service approach fits into an enterprise cloud strategy for customers
  • Computing at the “Speed of Life”
  • What Sanjay is looking forward to in 2014

You can read more from Sanjay on the VMware Company Blog. The VMware Leadership Perspectives video series is an occasional series to introduce the leaders at VMware who are building the next generation of IT infrastructure. Check out the first Leadership Perspectives video from Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager of the Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit.

Be sure to subscribe to the VMware Company Blog to stay up to date with each video as well as the latest news from VMware.

VMware Delivers VMware Horizon DaaS

By Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, I’m excited to announce the arrival of VMware Horizon DaaS, a new cloud-based desktop service that delivers cost-effective enterprise-class virtual desktops running on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. I am confident that this new service is going to change the way customers look at desktop and application delivery for enterprise desktop computing and let me explain why.

As you’ve heard us say before, end-users want access to corporate content – from anywhere, at anytime and using any device. Progressive companies are looking for ways to embrace this new way to work and use it as a way to attract/retain talent or increase productivity among their mobile workforce. But managing and supporting traditional physical desktops to support this new work reality is expensive on many levels. Many customers have started with virtual desktops and applications and have found the concept interesting but have had challenges with costs, complexity and predictability.

VMware Horizon DaaS running on VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is a game changer in that it enables customers to quickly deploy full Windows client desktops and applications, and deliver them through the cloud. Most importantly, this can be accomplished at a predictable and low price point of roughly $1 per day.

In addition, the service offers the industry’s first hybrid DaaS service providing customers with the ability to blend public cloud desktops and on-premise VMware Horizon View private cloud desktops for a seamless end-user experience. Following just a few simple steps, IT can provision, deploy and manage high quality, virtual desktops and applications to end-users that can be accessed from laptops, desktops, zero/thin clients, Chromebooks, and mobile devices.

This cloud delivery model has several benefits that customers will quickly realize including:

  1. Predictability: Organizations can move from a CAPEX to OPEX budget with consistent low cost monthly payments
  2. Ease of deployment: With a just few clicks, IT administrators can provision virtual desktops to any number of employees and let the VMware cloud experts manage the infrastructure
  3. Flexibility: Increase or decrease users on-demand depending on your changing needs

VMware Horizon DaaS is also unique compared to other vendor offerings in several ways.

First, it is the only DaaS solution that enables Hybrid DaaS. Customers can combine VMware Horizon DaaS and Horizon View, and create a seamless experience for their users, and get the right blend of cloud or on-premise deployment based on their needs.

Horizon Daas

Second, we offer full Windows desktops (Win 7/8) and other options including Windows server and RDS based desktops, compared to other DaaS providers’ offerings that are limited to bare metal Windows server and RDS desktops. With VMware’s offering, customers get the benefit of continuing to use their existing tools and best practices with our DaaS service instead of having to retool them for server  and RDS desktops.

Third, VMware Horizon DaaS is built on the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service, a platform that enables customers to extend the same, industry leading applications, networking, management, operations and tools across both on-premise and off-premise environments. By leveraging vCloud Hybrid Service and Horizon DaaS, customers can deploy and manage their infrastructure and desktops through VMware and realize all of the benefits of the cloud for their infrastructure and enterprise desktops.

Lastly, we have an ever-expanding network of leading technology, service provider, channel and reseller partners that are building upon our solution to deliver a tailored service to their customers. With notable partners such as Google, Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu and Navisite, just to name a few, customers can provision DaaS from VMware through their cloud provider of choice.

VMware is committed to building synergies across our portfolio so customers can realize the combined benefits of our products, and our hybrid DaaS is a great example of this – tying vCHS, EUC and SDDC technologies together. There is still more to VMware Horizon DaaS that I haven’t covered yet so please read the announcement and the blog post by Dave Grant, senior director of product marketing for DaaS at VMware, to learn more.

VMware Unveils “AirWatch by VMware” at #MWC14

On Monday, VMware’s acquisition of AirWatch officially closed, just weeks after we announced our intent to acquire the leader in enterprise mobile management. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the AirWatch team aboard. As an integral part of our End-User Computing (EUC) division, AirWatch brings tremendous value to VMware and our customers.

It was in this spirit that the EUC team, along with AirWatch, this week unveiled “AirWatch by VMware” at Mobile World Congress (#MWC14). Together we look forward to achieving our combined vision of providing a secure virtual workspace that empowers our customers to work at the speed of life.

Also at the conference, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger delivered a keynote speech on the power of big data and the tectonic shift that’s happening within the IT industry – a shift from client server computing to the mobile cloud era. “Every company – VMware included,” stated Pat, “wants to try to address the move to the mobile cloud.” As part of that move, Pat highlighted this week’s launch of vCloud Hybrid Service for UK customers and addressed other hot topics including mobile, the cloud, big data, and – you guessed it – AirWatch by VMware.

VMware is uniquely positioned to enable the seamless experience that end users want, so that as they move from desktop, to laptop, to tablet, to phone, to car – their apps, their content, and their devices all come to life– anywhere, anyplace, anytime.

Check out more photos of the unveiling of AirWatch by VMware after the break. Be sure to stay tuned to the VMware Company Blog for our Weekly News Recap tomorrow and follow @VMwareNews and to stay up to date with all major VMware news in real time.

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VMware Weekly News Recap: February 21

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Carl Eschenbach at PEX 2014

Last week’s VMware Partner Exchange Conference was a blast. We were busy “Mastering the New Reality” with our partners and empowering them to help drive the future of IT. Interested in learning more about news coming out of the show? In case you missed any of VMware’s announcements coming out of the show, read more about news regarding End-User Computing, VMware Virtual SAN and enhancements to VMware’s Partner Network on the VMware Company Blog.

Carl Eschenbach at PEX 2014

In VMware news, the vSphere team recently launched VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist – an app that allows users to monitor the virtual machines they care about in their vSphere infrastructure remotely on their phone. You can download the new app on iTunes or Google Play.

Lastly, the Network Virtualization team is gearing up for RSA Conference 2014 (#RSAC) next week, where they will take an important step in outlining details of its vision for advancing security for the software-defined data center. Read more about our activities at the show on the Network Virtualization blog and be sure to follow VMware NSX on Twitter for real-time updates and news from the showroom floor.

Industry News

In VMware news, Business Cloud News’ Jonathan Brandon reports on VMware’s new partnership with Google to bring Microsoft legacy apps to ChromeOS. He writes that “the companies believe that enabling Windows applications on Chromebooks will make the desktop as a service platform more popular among enterprises.”

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