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Where To Find VMware Mirage Next Week at VMworld

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing

I can’t believe VMworld 2014 is right around the corner! Next week, over 20,000 VMware enthusiasts will descend upon San Francisco. Many VMworld attendees will line up for the general sessions with amazing keynote speakers we have in place. Some attendees will be part of customer panel discussions. Some will experience our world-class hands on labs. Everyone has the opportunity to network with some of the brightest minds in software, which I expect people to take advantage of.

Having been focused on VMware Mirage for the past few years, I’m pleased to educate our new and existing customers on all things related to Mirage. Let’s take a look at some of the Mirage sessions you can find in the End-User Computing Desktop & Apps track:

  • EUC 1221 – VMware Mirage Best Practices & What’s New – I’ll be delivering this session with my colleague, Stephane Asselin – EUC Architect. In this session, you can learn best practices and what’s new with VMware Mirage. Stephane and I will share our tips and tricks for a successful deployment and continued management of Mirage. We’ll also review the latest and greatest features in Mirage. This is a must-attend session whether you’re new to Mirage or an experienced user.
  • EUC 1659 – VMware Mirage API – It’s Official Now!  This is your chance to meet Mirage’s new API. Administrating a large Mirage deployment requires actions that are difficult or simply cannot be done with the Management Console: centralizing each new device once it connects to the Mirage Server, migrating thousands of XP machines to Windows 7 and monitoring the migration progress, identifying the endpoints that have not been backed up for a while and notifying the users, etc. These tasks plea for automation, and now Mirage provides an official Web Service API that can be called by any remote application, be it PowerShell, Java or Python script. Join us for the introduction on the new API’s concepts and a few demos of automated managing and monitoring using Mirage.
  • EUC 2182 – VMware Mirage Large Scale Reference Architecture and Customer Deployments. Stephane led the VMware Mirage Large-Scale Reference Architecture project. The project was built to demonstrate the scalability of a Mirage deployment, the resource utilized and the performance of all the components of the solution, at scale! The Large-Scale Reference Architecture was completed on the most recent version of Mirage, it proved that proper design and understanding of each component is key to a successful deployment. The project was done to address the following scenarios to solve two common challenges faced by IT managers today: 1) How to back up desktops deployed throughout the enterprise, protecting the unique customization, applications, and valuable data that personalize each system for its end user. And 2) How to efficiently migrate remote desktops form Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 7 with minimal impact on both IT resources and end-user productivity. Join us to not only learn about the large-scale RA, but also hear from a customer on why they chose Mirage, what use case they are fulfilling, and how their deployment is going. These are two great real-world examples that you won’t want to miss.

This time of the year is very exciting for everyone at VMware as we showcase what is on the horizon with our solutions. If you have an environment that requires Mirage, I highly encourage you to register for the sessions above. And don’t forget to swing by the VMware booth on the show floor to say hello!