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Monthly Archives: December 2011

VMware View Client Now Live on Amazon Appstore for Android!

KindleVMware View Client for Android makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop from your Android with the best possible user experience on a Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).  Now download it for free from the Amazon Appstore for Android, making it even easier to install on your Kindle Fire! 

Work the Way You Want To
Work on your Windows-based VMware View virtual desktop right from your Android, which gives you on-the-go access from any location. Support for the PCoIP display protocol means your desktop is fast and responsive regardless of where you are. VMware View features support for native Android gestures, so you can use your device as you normally would for quick and easy desktop navigation. Need to do something more complex? Call up the trackpad for better mouse targeting or the keyboard for efficient text input. VMware View also supports these languages: English, German, French, Korean, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.

Unmatched Performance
This handy tool is tightly integrated with the VMware View 4.6 release for simple setup and connectivity. You can quickly reconnect to your desktop by selecting it from the recent desktop list, which stores up to four recent desktops. The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP protocol are optimized to deliver the best user experience even over low-bandwidth and high-latency connections.

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It’s a Wonderful Job with VMware and IT Support Support Guy @VMwareView

Hear that smart phone ringing? Its not a user with a problem. Thats a support guy getting his wings. We hope you enjoy our twist on a holiday classic. Happy Holidays from VMware and the IT Support Support Guy.

Seattle University: 21st Century Skills… VMware View Virtual Desktops


Just a few years ago, the Seattle University (SU) IT staff had to spend a week between quarters reimaging lab computers. Now it simply creates a golden image and pushes it out within hours to every virtual desktop. If students and faculty wanted to work at home, they had to buy their own expensive software. Now they simply log in to their virtual desktops anytime, anywhere. If university management wanted to provide up-to-date information resources to students, faculty and staff, it had to spend money replacing campus PCs every 5 years. Today its new desktop architecture slashes costs and extends the life of existing hardware.

What's different is that SU in 2010 virtualized its desktop infrastructure with VMware View™.

Will 2012 be the end of the world for Windows desktops?

Earlier this year, IDC reported that sales of smartphones have eclipsed PC sales. And according to a recent report by Canalys, Apple is on track to displace HP as the world’s largest PC vendor in the second half of 2012, if (and this is a big if) you include tablets as PCs. Developers meanwhile are following the consumer trends; Gartner suggested in a report this year that we’ve already passed a tipping point where the installed base of Windows applications in the enterprise is outnumbered by web-based or platform-neutral applications.

EowThe evidence is mounting: we are indeed entering the post-PC era. The trend is attributed in part to Apple stealing market share of desktops, but Windows desktops still outnumber Macs almost 20 to 1. More important are the tectonic shifts brought by the tablets, smart phones, ubiquitous Internet connectivity and high bandwidth that enable cloud computing. This all begs the question:

How much business value will Windows desktops provide in 2012?

Engaged as I am in the business of delivering Windows desktops to business users, I consider this a very important question. Is it only a matter of time before enterprises deprecate the Microsoft platform en masse, and similarly regard VDI solutions as anachronistic throwbacks to the client/server-based 1990’s? And if so, how long before that happens?

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New VMware View Clients for the Holidays – Mac, Linux, iPad and Android!

By Pat Lee, director, end user clients, VMware 

2 - Mac Add ServerAs we approach the holidays, the VMware View client team is pleased to release FOUR new clients to end 2011! That’s right, FOUR new clients for VMware View are here for the VMware View community:

  • Tech Preview of the View Client with PCoIP for Mac OS X
  • Tech Preview of the View Client with PCoIP for Linux
  • VMware View Client 1.3 for iPad
  • VMware View Client 1.3 for Android

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Should You Consider a Zero Client Strategy?

Posted by Cyndie Zikmund, End User Computing Technical Marketing

It seems these days that everyone is talking about lowering hardware costs at the end point. Some say they want to help companies save money while others claim major advancements in technology that allows the new offering. At VMware, we’ve known about the cost advantages of zero clients for quite some time, and, the good news is, you don’t have to wait to start realizing these benefits.

VMware View and PCoIP have been running on zero clients (as well as thin and thick clients) for a couple of years now. And by zero clients, we mean true zero clients, there isn’t an operating system (compact or otherwise) and there isn’t locally installed software.  View and PCoIP zero clients may have a bit of firmware but that’s not half as labor intensive to maintain as an operating system.

Corporations like the benefits from a zero client environment: 1) Costs less and has a smaller footprint, 2) it’s easy to maintain (doesn’t require local processing power or locally installed software), and 3) data is secure (company data is securely locked in the datacenter).

I recently published a technical whitepaper entitled: Download Top Five Considerations for Choosing a Zero Client Environment ”. It even includes real life scenarios from VMware View customers who have successfully implemented a zero client strategy. Download your copy today.

VMware View Desktops in Healthcare: Zero Clicks from Zero Clients

Doctor_Computer_VertGuest Post by James Millington, director, Product Marketing, Imprivata

Imprivata OneSign Virtual Desktop Access and VMware View virtual desktops are saving clinicians’ time by enabling No Click Access to care provider’s desktops and clinical applications. The mobility requirements of healthcare can see clinicians logging in to desktops and applications 30, 40, even 70 times every day. In an environment where every second really does count, the ability to remove the requirement to repeatedly type in usernames and passwords and do away with windows login and application start-up wait time helps clinicians see patients faster without disrupting their workflow and thought process.

Until today, the ability to take advantage of strong authentication and desktop roaming has not been available from zero client devices. The authentication requires an agent to be installed at the end point, but without an OS, there’s nowhere install the agent. Teradici Firmware 3.5.0 for PCoIP Zero Clients includes integration with Imprivata OneSign that provides a unique solution enabling full follow-me desktop and No Click Access functionality.

Now hospitals can take advantage of the management, power and cost savings of zero clients and the time savings and security benefits of Imprivata OneSign and VMware View desktops. If you already have zero clients today, just download the update, flash the firmware, plug in a card reader and you’re good to go.

Click here to see the new solution in action – No Click Access to a VMware View follow-me desktop from a Wyse P20 zero client.