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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Leveraging VDI to Enable BYOD

by: Rick Varju, Director of Engineering and Operations at Foley & Lardner LLP

The consumerization of IT and BYOD in the corporate enterprise are quickly and dramatically changing how we all work and the technology we use to get our work done anytime, anywhere and from any device.  While deploying VDI does not eliminate all of the security risks associated with embracing BYOD, it does mitigate a good deal of it.

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Tackling BYOD? Here’s Some Food for Thought

By: Justin Venezia, Consulting Architect, VMware and Courtney Burry, Director of Product Marketing, VMware

Looking to support bring your own device within your company? You’re not alone. Today over 65% of organizations are exploring how to embrace BYOD. In fact, it seems as though most customers I talk to have some sort of BYOD initiative in play or at the very least, on their to-do list for the year.

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Case Study: Making the Case for Desktop Virtualization for BYOD

As employees increasingly look to bring personally owned laptops and other devices into the workplace, many organizations find themselves considering a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy. For an IT professional, this raises key questions, like how to ensure users have access to the applications and resources they need for their work and how to implement a secure, data protection plan for their organization. Managing disparate, complex environments can multiply business continuity and security risks quickly as employees bring personal smartphones, tablets and laptops into the workplace.

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Momentum for Real-time Unified Communications Support within Virtualized Desktops Continues in 2013 with Cisco

by Geoffrey Murase, Sr. Solutions Marketing Manager, End User Computing

Cisco has announced today that Cisco Jabber, an all in in one unified communications (UC) application, will be supported in VMware View desktop environments.  You can check out Cisco’s Phil Sherburne discussing this announcement in his blog – http://goo.gl/E17bp.  In addition to UC functions such as IM and presence, Cisco Jabber can be used for real-time voice, high-definition video, voice messaging and conferencing.  As you may know already, the key challenges for supporting real-time communication in a virtual desktop environment have been the required processing within the datacenter and the hairpinning of voice and/or video media streams.  With Cisco’s Virtualization Experience Media Engine (VXME) software combined with VMware View clients, voice and video traffic from Cisco Jabber is processed locally on endpoints while media streams are routed point-to-point, bypassing the data center.

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How to Simplify User Desktops with VDI

IT professionals supporting complex, growing or aging desktop infrastructures know that the amalgamation of data from different sources on each user’s machine increases the complexity of managing user identities. In a recent Google+ Hangout, vExpert Barry Coombs of Computerworld Systems LTD discusses the role VDI plays in simplifying disorganized, disparate desktop resources and profiles. In organizations where desktop infrastructure has expanded to hundreds of machines and beyond, each individual user’s “desktop identity” can consist of data and digital assets assembled over multiple years. Barry describes how he was able to simplify and greatly reduce the number of user “identities” within an organization through centralized management and the elimination of duplicated resources – as a result, only a fraction of the hardware previously required is now needed to maintain the separate “identity” for each employee. Learn more about Barry’s experience in the video below, and download the Desktop Virtualization Business Case Information Guide to help make your organization’s case.

Top 5 Predictions for 2013 UC with VDI

by:  Geoffrey Murase, Sr. Solutions Marketing Manager End User Computing

In 2012, many prognosticators predicted that the end of the world would occur in December 2012 based on the end of the Mayan calendar.  Well, that date has come and gone and we’re still here so let’s venture to forecast what 2013 has in store for us with respect to unified communications (UC) in a virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment.

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VMware View Client for Windows Store

We are very pleased to introduce a preview of the VMware View Client for Windows Store. This Windows Store client will run in the tiled view of Windows RT and Windows 8.

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VMware Dominates Reader’s Choice Award

By: Ben Goodman, Product Line Marketing Manager, EUC Cloud Marketing

At VMware we take tremendous pride in our products and like any software company, we covet positive reviews from press and analysts. However, the real proof that we are building quality products that solve real customer problems is through happy customers. That is why we are extremely proud of the recent spade of reader’s choice award wins customers have selected VMware end-user computing products for in the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Virtualization Review.

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The Cost Benefits of Desktop Virtualization

Although many IT professionals understand the value of exploring desktop virtualization, the cost and business benefits are not always articulated outside of IT. In a recent Google+ Hangout, vExpert David Davis of TrainSignal discussed how he successfully made the case for desktop virtualization by showing how it would both help the organization achieve cost savings, as well as open the door to unrealized benefits and efficiencies. David provides tactical advice on presenting a compelling business case for VDI in an organization that includes gaining centralized control of application deployment and increased security. Learn more about David’s experience in the video below, and download the Desktop Virtualization Business Case Information Guide to help make your organization’s case.