Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Products, End-User Computing, VMware
What a great week it has been as many of us at VMware had the opportunity to spend quality time with more than 4,000 partners at VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) 2014. There was certainly excitement in the air as VMware and its partners looked to the many opportunities that lie ahead, especially with our End-User Computing (EUC) vision gaining momentum. The news coming out of Partner Exchange is instrumental in enabling VMware to deliver a secure virtual workspace that allows end-users to work at the speed of life.
VMware continues to expand its commitment to the desktop business with innovations in technology, products, alliances and programs at the show. This week was a major milestone for EUC with several key announcements made. Here are a few highlights:
Google and VMware Join Forces
Google and VMware are working together to modernize corporate desktops for the mobile-cloud era by providing businesses with secure, cloud access to Windows applications, data and desktops on Google Chromebooks. Together, we can enable users to use Google Chromebooks and Google Chromebox to access all their corporate content from the web/cloud, including a full Windows desktop and applications delivered from on-premise/private cloud or public cloud via the VMware Horizon DaaS platform. This means customers can truly adopt the mobile-cloud using cloud-based devices for users with no end point management and cloud-based services including Windows desktops and apps.
Expanded Partnership with F5 Networks
F5 Networks is bringing to market new versions of F5’s BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM®) that have been tailor-made to deliver secure access and optimized performance for VMware Horizon View. Available in a range of throughput and concurrent user options, these new offerings cost-effectively add secure access technologies to Horizon View. In addition, F5 is introducing a dedicated iApp and reference architecture to significantly speed deployments and provide prescriptive guidance.
Continued Innovation in Lowering Storage Costs With VMware Virtual SAN
We continue to drive innovation in lowering storage costs with the expected availability of VMware Virtual SAN in Q1 2014. Currently in public beta, it has already garnered broad eco-system support with more than 150 hardware servers and devices from 12 partners. Virtual SAN is a cornerstone technology in VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) strategy. Virtual SAN will addresses some of the most important historical challenges associated with VDI, enabling customers to achieve new standards of cost savings and performance while leveraging the existing storage infrastructure in their data center; driving broader adoption of VDI. In the next few weeks, we will share more specific performance details. We are really excited as we are seeing extremely strong performance benchmarks that we think will reset the price/performance equation for VDI.
Industry’s first end-to-end software platform for DaaS cloud
Earlier this week, we announced the release of VMware Horizon DaaS Platform, an end-to-end software platform for service providers to build their own DaaS clouds. VMware Horizon DaaS Platform integrates our secure multi-tenant broker and orchestrator (Desktone), virtual desktop delivery and end user experience (Horizon View) and virtualization platform (vSphere) that partners can get using our VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP). Now, partners can build their own DaaS cloud using all the required software infrastructure and licensing programs with VMware.
EUC Partner Eco-System Continues to Innovate
In addition to these announcements, we also see a vibrant partner ecosystem contributing to the end-user market, with Nexenta, Fusion-io and NetApp all highlighting solutions that provider lower TCO and better performance for our customers. Our open framework with Horizon View enables our partners to extend the solution stack and offer our partners new innovation rapidly.
All of these milestones complement an exciting end to 2013, where we saw great customer adoption of our desktop solutions. We’d like to thank our partners for a great 2013 but more importantly, thank them for the continued energy and excitement they are bringing to the year ahead.
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You can also read more about the announcements made this week around DaaS, storage and secure access control for VDI on the VMware EUC product blog.
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