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Monthly Archives: March 2012

VMware View Client for Mac and Linux are Now Generally Available!

By Pat Lee, Director, End User Clients, VMware  

Today, I am happy to announce we are releasing two new and two updated VMware View clients. 

At the end of December, we released tech previews of our new clients for Mac and Ubuntu Linux. We got lots of great feedback from the community and I am happy to now have the final releases of the Mac and Ubuntu Linux clients are now available for download.  

VMware View Client 1.4 for Mac

Built from the ground up for the Mac, works just like you expect for a great Mac app starting with the drag and drop install all the way to Lion Full Screen support. Combine that with excellent PCoIP performance and optimizations for VMware View 5, the VMware View Client for the Mac is a great way to access your VMware View desktop. 

We are excited about this first official release of View Client for the Mac and look forward to bringing even more Mac releases to you in 2012! 

VMware View Client 1.4 for Ubuntu Linux

Next, we have a new VMware View Client with PCoIP for Ubuntu Linux. As customers look to move to Ubuntu, they recognize they need Windows applications and VMware View is a great way to access Windows applications on an Ubuntu desktop.

Canonical recognized this as well and they have bundled the VMware View Client for Ubuntu Linux with their new Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix. 

For existing Ubuntu users, the VMware View Client is available in the Ubuntu Software Center for easy installation.  Once you have configured the Ubuntu Software Center to allow Canonical Partners as a source, just search for "vmware-view-client".

VMware View Client 1.4 for Android and iPad

Both of our VMware View Clients have been updated with key bug fixes and some small enhancements.

The VMware View Client for iPad now features improved connection times to View servers and improved support when connecting external displays,.

The VMware View Client for Android includes fixes for Ice Cream Sandwich devices, support for for non-numeric passcodes using RSA SecurID authentication, and updates for the Kindle Fire.

I highly recommend you pick up these updates soon. 

One more thing…

Whenever we do a new client announcement, I always get asked where "how do I download the new clients". Today, we make that easier with the new View Clients download page. 

On your device of choice, just point your browser to www.vmware.com/go/viewclients

If you are on a Mac or Windows computer, clicking Download will immediately start the download, no login required. If you are on Ubuntu Linux, it will take you to the Ubuntu Software Center page where you can start the installation. If you are on an iPad or Android device, click on the Download for the App Store you care about and will be taken to the App Store page where you can easily download our latest View Clients for your device.

We are very excited to make it easier for you to discover and install the latest View Clients. 

We look forward to your feedback.


VDI for SMB Requires Simplicity AND Flexibility

Guest post by Tom Rose, Chief marketing Officer, Unidesk

Many are under the mistaken impression that Small and Mid-Sized Businesses have simple desktop use cases.  And that SMBs can succeed with a simple, but limited, VDI solution.  While that may be true for some, it’s definitely not true for most.  Unidesk and VMware have been partnering to deliver desktop virtualization solutions for many SMBs, and this is what we hear:

  • “I may be a small city, but I have all the same applications and desktop diversity larger cities have.  It’s just that instead of having 20-30 users on any given app, I have 3-5.”
  • “A one-size-fits all desktop wouldn’t work for us.  I need an easy way to deliver apps in different combinations to different desktops.”
  • “We delegate administration to some of our more advanced end users so they can install the software they need and not have to wait.  My IT guys also install software directly on desktops to respond to one-off app requests.  Our VDI solution needs to preserve these user-installed and IT-installed apps.”

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Telling It Like It Is – 10 VDI Lessons from the Real World

DSC_9940_3 Guest Blog Post By Raechelle Clemmons, CIO, Menlo College

"Don’t sugarcoat it, tell it to me straight."  People are always saying that, but almost never when they're expecting delight. The truth is, if you want drastic change, you need to set your expectations high and anticipate discoveries and difficulties along the way. When it comes to deploying and managing desktops, VDI has dramatically changed the way we do almost everything.  And while it has already given us so much flexibility in our environment, virtualizing the end user experience and getting IT people to do things in new ways has not been trivial or pain free. 

Here at Menlo College, we have a campus-wide VDI initiative based on VMware View and Unidesk desktop layering technology. Ultimately, we will provide students with "anytime, anywhere" access to lab applications and full, personalized desktops for faculty and staff. We will also significantly reduce our operational costs for desktop management because, with layering, we can support all our use cases, deliver applications in a modular way, and reduce calls to the help desk. Our "all-in" approach has been key to our ROI rationale, but different from many other implementations where only a small number of use cases are supported.

Many people have covered the basic lessons on how to deploy VDI, so here I offer some uncommon knowledge — hands-on intelligence that one can only acquire on the bumpy road. I hope it's helpful to others contemplating the VDI journey.

Use cases can be blurry.
Don’t expect users to fall neatly into persistent and non-persistent categories. We found that desktops we treated and perceived as non-persistent in the physical world actually have elements of persistence. But we discovered even deeper fuzziness than anticipated. We have “faculty” users, for example, who are not a homogenous group. Some faculty members moved to VDI and are perfectly happy with it. Others we’re not even trying to move because they do a lot of research with large data sets, and we’re not sure that a virtual desktop can handle the resource requirements.

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VIDEO: VMware Zimbra is the Communications Hub for The City of Ventura


Learn how the City of Ventura relies on VMware Zimbra to help maintain uninterrupted critical city services, connecting city employees with their email, contacts, files, calendars and other enterprise systems all in one user interface.

The New Reality for SMBs: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

By Courtney Burry, Group Product Manager, VMware Enterprise Desktop BU

A number of publications covered recently published data from Mobilsafe last week, which found that 80% of SMB staffers are using a smartphone or tablet. And for the most part, it’s safe to say that these devices are not corporate owned or issued. According to CompTIA back in July 2011, a full 85 percent of SMBs said their employees use personal tech devices for work purposes. Laptops and smartphones were determined to be the most popular options, but 38 percent of companies also saw employees bringing in tablets.

Byod-tshirt1Now Giri Sreenivas (MobileSafe CEO) talked through three key risks SMBs need to recognize as they embrace the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon: Device diversity, outdated firmware, and leaky network authentication and data. And these concerns were also echoed by Seth Robinson, director of technology research at CompTIA back in July….“The top concerns are security-related, whether in the form of a virus being brought into the company network or some breach related to customer data. The time supporting these devices is also cited as a concern, whether it’s time spent by IT staff or by individual employees attempting to access corporate networks and applications.”

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