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New VMware Safe Passage Program Offers Customers Great Products, Incentives and Migration Tools for Move from Existing Solutions

By Erik Frieberg, VP of Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Erik FriebergToday, VMware is introducing a brand new program called Safe Passage, an initiative that makes it easy for organizations to migrate from their existing desktop virtualization, application delivery and mobile device management (MDM) solutions to VMware Horizon and AirWatch by VMware. This program enables customers to upgrade to advanced VMware solutions while taking advantage of significant incentives to switch.

To help customers make the move, VMware has also developed a brand new set of tools and processes. These migration tools can help ease the anxiety that can come with change and make the upgrade experience as simple and smooth as possible.

Tools and Incentives for Upgrading

For organizations looking for a comprehensive virtual desktop and application publishing solution, VMware is offering a very commercially attractive, cost-neutral switch from non-VMware desktop and application virtualization solutions to VMware Horizon 6 Advanced or Enterprise editions.  Customers can make the move to VMware Horizon 6 along with 3 years of support and subscription service (SnS) for roughly the cost of 3 years of their existing solution and support.  

New migration tools and services to make the switch easy will include:

  1. Horizon 6 Upgrade Kit
  2. Citrix XenApp to Horizon 6 Migration Service Offering
  3. Citrix XenApp to Horizon 6 Migration Tool

For more information on this program, visit www.vmware.com/safepassage or contact your local VMware reseller or sales representative.

For organizations in search of a leading enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, customers with MDM solutions from other point vendors can upgrade and choose any AirWatch Management Suite at a cost attractive price compared to their current support or subscription fees. AirWatch has also designed a seamless migration path specifically for customers moving from existing MDM platforms to AirWatch so the entire process is smooth and simple.  More information about this program can be found by clicking here.

Why Make The Switch?

Managing desktops, devices and applications can be a challenge so why manage multiple vendors?

Companies can standardize on a single platform and simplify management using VMware Horizon for desktop and application virtualization, and AirWatch for enterprise mobility management. Both platforms offer a comprehensive set of capabilities that meet the needs of mobile employees while satisfying the security and control required by IT. Centralized policy management consolidates all day-to-day tasks under a simple management console so IT administrators can spend less time managing and more time supporting other projects or line of business needs.

Another reason to switch to VMware is because the mobile-cloud era requires a modern infrastructure that seamlessly manages data, applications and users, regardless of the device being used. Although companies can use 25-year-old desktop technology from other vendors as a way to test the transition to the mobile-cloud, pursuing this path is often wrought with poor user experiences, complexities with cloud access and control, and management complications due to inadequate integration.

When it comes to managing end-users on mobile devices, the traditional MDM approach is also old since it only addresses one component of a much larger set of requirements end-users and IT departments need. Companies need a fully integrated and comprehensive enterprise mobility management platform that supports their business and mobile employees that includes MDM, mobile application management (MAM), mobile content management (MCM), secure mobile browsing, and mobile email management, among others.  Furthermore, CIOs don’t want to manage desktop, mobile, content collaboration from multiple point vendors that might not be viable long-term.

VMware Horizon and AirWatch solutions help transition companies to the mobile-cloud using the latest, innovative technology while also simplifying management so why not take advantage of the Safe Passage Program and make the switch?

Horizon 6 – Single Platform from Data Center to Devices

Customers with desktop and application virtualization deployments are facing two major challenges with their legacy deployments. The end of life for maintenance and support of Microsoft Server 2003 and Citrix XenApp 5.0 are coming.  However, organizations looking to upgrade to Citrix XenApp 7.5 or XenDesktop 7.1 will require a full rip and replace to move from the Citrix Integrated Management Architecture to the new Flexcast Management Architecture.

In addition to the Safe Passage Program incentives, migration tools and services that will make switching to VMware easy, it is important to remember that VMware Horizon 6 is the only virtualization platform purpose-built for the mobile-cloud era.

VMware Horizon 6 is the most comprehensive enterprise desktop solution available today with centralized management of any type of enterprise application and desktop, including physical desktops and laptops, virtual desktops and applications and employee-owned PCs. It provides full support for published applications and desktop sessions with RDSH using a single platform for streamlined management, end-user entitlement, and quick delivery.

Built on the VMware Software-Defined Data Center, VMware Horizon can deliver a better end-user experience, streamlined management and lower TCO.

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In other words, as organizations evaluate which desktop and application virtualization solution to implement, VMware Horizon provides the best value. But don’t just take our word for it. See how actual Horizon customers are benefiting from the solution.

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AirWatch Platform – Industry Leading Management Solutions

Times have changed. Organizations are moving beyond basic MDM solutions, from point vendors, to comprehensive enterprise mobility management (EMM) platforms, from trusted vendors who will bring innovation for years to come.

The benefit to employees includes secure access to the resources they need to be productive through applications and content across any mobile device. IT benefits from the ability to manage devices, applications, browsers, email and content from a single management console. AirWatch by VMware is trusted by more than 12,000 organizations in 150 countries and enables organizations to move away for point solutions to an integrated platform, built on a single code base, both for the cloud and on-premise. Finally, AirWatch by VMware’s commitment to R&D is almost 2 to 3x the size of our nearest competitor, so we will continue to innovate the broadest platform with the deepest functionality, for years to come.

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IT decision makers need to have long term vision to make sure they are partnering with the right vendor and using the right tools to help their company navigate the mobile-cloud era. VMware Horizon and AirWatch by VMware solutions are leaders in their respective categories as recognized by industry analysts and more information about their rankings can be found on the VMware End-User Computing and AirWatch blogs.

VMware is a trusted and proven industry leader with a track record of success, and some of the highest levels of customer satisfaction in the industry. So switch over NOW, and let us simplify the management of your enterprise desktops, applications, mobile devices and content!

Once again, visit www.vmware.com/safepassage or contact your local VMware reseller or sales representative, for more information about this attractive program.