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Monthly Archives: June 2012

New VMware Bootcamp: The VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop

FREE On-Demand Training!

The VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop is a fully validated architectural design that provides end users with quick and easy access to applications and data across devices, locations and networks. This solution streamlines and automates desktop management and provides IT with the ability to apply location-aware, policy driven access to corporate resources to ensure higher levels of security and compliance. The Mobile Secure Desktop leverages VMware View, vShield security services and vCenter Operations Manager monitoring components. It has additionally been validated with technology and solutions from VMware partners to provide organizations with an end to end solution designed to securely support device diversity, mobile workers and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives.

This Bootcamp features 12 on-demand technical deep dive sessions and covers everything from design best practices and security best practices to location aware printing. Begins Monday, July 16th with one new session being pushed out daily.

You can also register on the site to receive a FREE e-book (collection of all of the material that will be presented in the Bootcamp series).

Be sure to also check for related blog postings along the way!

Getting Desktop Virtualization Right

By Vittorio Viarengo, VP of Desktop Product Marketing, VMware 

Done RightDesktop virtualization deployments are on the rise, with many organizations scaling out VDI to support thousands and tens of thousands of users. In fact, the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in Japan recently announced that they had deployed 50,000 seats of VMware View virtual desktops.  And when done right, desktop virtualization is key to helping organizations drive higher levels of productivity, enhancing security and driving down costs.

Getting VDI deployments right however means understanding how to best architect your environment to meet your business needs and what components work well together to deliver the performance that end users require in the most cost-effective manner. And this can take time.

This is why VMware is turning desktop virtualization up a notch by introducing solutions designed to help you best architect your environment and ensure that all of the components you select work together so that you can get up and running quickly.  These solutions have been tested and validated in labs to ensure product interoperability and performance and are supported with reference architectures, tools and services from VMware and our technology partners to minimize the guesswork around VDI.

The VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop and the VMware View AlwaysOn Desktop  are the first two of four key solutions that VMware has tested and validated. These two solutions, which address specific business needs and IT requirements around the mobile workforce and the need for high availability, are both now generally available to customers to leverage in their environments.

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VMware ThinApp Factory is now Freely Available

By Aaron Black, ThinApp Product Management, End-User Computing

I’d like to announce that VMware’s ThinApp Factory is now freely available on our VMware Lab’s website 

The ThinApp Factory is a virtual appliance that brings centralized administration and automation to the process of creating virtualized Windows applications with VMware ThinApp technology.  ThinApp Factory utilizes vSphere API's to spawn workloads that automatically convert fileshares of application installers into ThinApp application containers.  These workloads can be run in parallel to maximize throughput and increase ROI for virtualization projects.  Packagers and administrators can now utilize 'Recipes' during this packaging process. Recipes are simply small JSON files, which contain a redistributable blueprint of the customizations and optimizations necessary for packaging complex applications.  These recipes can be created and now exchanged freely with other customers via the ThinApp Packaging Community site.  We also introduce the concept of ‘Feeds’ with the Factory that allow administrators to subscribe RSS-style to a legitimized source for application installers from a Corp IT location or via a cloud-based service.

We have received very enthusiastic feedback from the group of partners and customers that field-tested this technology.  There is something magical about turning a directory full of MSI’s into ThinApp packages with just a few clicks in the ThinApp Factory web UI.  The integration with Horizon Application Manager also provides an expedient path to Horizon enable your applications and populate the Horizon Application Catalog. 

The release of this technology through our VMware Lab’s site allows us to expedite the process of distribution and focus more on gathering feedback and listening to how our customers define the technical and business value.  So I invite you to consume the technology and provide your feedback directly or through the ThinApp Factory discussion forum.  As this is a community supported technology we will be providing regular updates and video tutorials of the features below over the coming weeks.

Key Features:

  • Automates packaging  of application installers into virtualized Windows applications
  • Leverages vSphere,vCenter for automation of workloads to efficiently package 1000’s of applications
  • Provides and utilizes ‘Recipes’ as redistributable blueprints for application packaging
  • Provides a lightweight web UI with a dashboard for administrators to use for the entire workflow of packaging to distribution.
  • Enables administrators to import and edit existing ThinApp projects and modify package.ini, registry, and file settings through the web UI.
  • Integration with Horizon Application Manager application catalog for automated population of application metadata and deployment with the Horizon Windows Agent.

To get started . . .

  1. Visit the VMware Flings site to download the appliance.
  2. Visit the ThinApp Blog and Community for more technical details of the features.
  3. Visit the ThinApp Packaging Community and Discussion Forum to exchange application recipes and provide feedback in the forum.




VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5 Now Generally Available!

Horizon BoxThe VMware End-User Computing team is happy to announce the general availability release of VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5.

Announced and detailed in a blog post on May 2, 2012 as a core component of the VMware end-user computing portfolio, VMware Horizon Application Manager is a cross platform management solution that enables IT to securely provide access to any application to end-users anytime, on the devices they prefer.

VMware Horizon Application Manager gives IT the capability to manage Windows-based appliactions as well as public and private cloud applications via enterprise policy and provides holistic visibility into their usage. End-users get a simple secure workspace and an enterprise application catalog for on-demand access to any of their apps.

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Why Choose VMware vSphere for VDI

By Jia Dai, Technical Marketing Engineer

Today, Virtualization Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a key initiative for many organizations looking to reduce their administrative overhead while providing a more secure, flexible and reliable desktop computing environment for end users. A lot of planning and decision-making is required to ensure a successful deployment. Choosing the right virtualization platform to host the virtual desktop implementation is often the first challenge faced and, to a certain degree, may make or break the entire transformation. Important considerations when choosing the best VDI platform are:

  • Does the platform provide the features, reliability and high availability that meet the business requirements?
  • Is the platform reliable and proven?
  • Does the platform provide a secure foundation for all the virtual desktops?
  • Can it be standardized on the same platform as the existing server virtualization?
  • How will the choice I make today impact my future migration to a cloud environment?
  • How does the VDI platform choice impact options for a VDI solution?

Based on the above criteria, the best choice for most VDI deployments is vSphere because: 

  1. vSphere is the leading virtualization platform and provides unbeatable reliability, high availability, business continuity, and fault tolerance
  2. Customers can standardize on a common cloud infrastructure platform from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud
  3. VMware View and vSphere integration maximizes the benefits of the leading virtualization platform for VDI 

Read this whitepaper "Why Choose VMware vSphere for VDI?" takes a look at each of these attributes in the context of the unique needs of the VDI market.


Vote Early and Vote for As Many VMworld Sessions As You Want

By Tina de Benedictis, Technical Marketing Manager, Enterprise Desktop, End-User Computing, VMware

If you have not yet cast your vote for VMworld 2012 sessions, delay no longer! The deadline for voting is Friday the 8th of June. Take a few minutes to look over the submitted sessions and vote for your favorites.

If you want more End User Computing sessions at VMworld, find those sessions and vote for them.


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Reining The Risks of Consumerization

By Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, VMware Horizon Application Manager

This is the 2nd blog in the series on the Consumerization of IT, it's effect and how it can be managed successfully. It will be followed by a whitepaper on this topic. Read the 1st blog here.

As we noted in our last post, for many reasons, the consumerization of IT is a force in IT that can’t be stopped. It can be managed, but not stopped (nor should it). Increasingly employees are choosing the devices and the services they want to use to get their jobs done. The people you really want to work for you no longer want to be forced to work on dull corporate issued notebooks or mobile devices. They want to use the same phones and tablets at work as they and their friends do at home.

Let’s face it, when it comes to devices – they’re no longer viewed as just something to get work done with. They’ve grown to become a statement, or extension of oneself, or self-image. That is: they’re now viewed by many as fashion. Who wants to be seen with a stodgy black notebook when they can have the latest flashy netbook or tablet?

However, the more important trend, at least when it comes to security and regulatory compliance – is happening under the surface of the device. It’s how employees are choosing the cloud-based applications they want to use. These impulse application selections means, too often, that proprietary data or data that should be protected actually ends up scattered through many online services and accessed on devices the enterprise doesn’t manage.

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