This week, IDC announced that VMware Horizon was named to the leader’s category of the latest IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing (VCC) Software 2016 Vendor Assessment for the second year in a row!
We are extremely excited about this report as it provides great affirmation by the IDC MarketScape and customers alike around VMware’s strategy and capabilities vis-à-vis our desktop and application virtualization portfolio.
According to the IDC MarketScape:
“It would appear that the commitment made in 2013 (by VMware) is resulting in solid gains and the strategies that were employed have been effective. These elements, along with reference interviews, provide VMware with a solid positioning in the IDC MarketScape. As a result, the IDC MarketScape has placed VMware in the Leaders category in the report. VMware’s position reflects the company’s market position and commitment to providing resources to expand its VCC product portfolio as well as supporting software and hardware solutions.”
We spent the last year working to simplify how customers:
- Manage and deliver desktops and apps;
- Drive down costs; and
- Improve the overall user experience.
In fact, over the past 12 months, we introduced over 300 new features across more than 20 new releases with some big innovations along the way. Here are just a few:
1. New Next-Gen Digital Workspace
With VMware Workspace ONE, we introduced a new unified digital workspace that provides a contextual, comprehensive experience to end users accessing their apps and desktops across devices and operating systems. This singular workspace provides a self-service catalog that allows users to launch applications using native technologies from a range of device types and management categories, including Bring Your Own (BYO), unmanaged and corporate owned/managed.
2. Cost-Effective & Radically Simplified Solutions
Earlier this year, we launched VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode, a cloud-managed service which can be paired with a range of HCI (think VxRail) and vSAN-ready node solutions that sit on premises. These solutions leverage brand new VMware technologies, like VMware Instant Clones, VMware App Volumes and User Management, to allow customers to get to a truly stateless desktop. Combined, these innovative technologies enable customers to not only get started for less, but also dramatically simplify day-to-day management, patching and updates.
3. Apps, Apps & More Apps
Not only did we introduce new App Volumes offerings into the market, but we also introduced a number of new features around our Remote Desktop Services (RDS)-hosted app offering—including everything from HTML access to media and client drive redirection and EPIC 2015 Target Platform. We even announced a new tech preview for Skype for Business with RDS-hosted apps that will kick off in Q1 2017. If you are interested, be sure to sign up for the tech preview here.
4. User Experience Is a Blast
Yes, that’s right—2016 brought with it the introduction of our new UDP/TCP based protocol VMware Blast Extreme, which we built from the ground up to deliver a better experience across a range of low-cost devices and lossy networks. We quickly added support for a wide range of new features across Blast, including vGPU support and HTML access. Customers now have more choice when it comes to supporting use cases as they can leverage Blast or PcoIP.
More Tie-Ins to the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)
I recently wrote a blog on all of the new tie-ins and added benefits that customers can leverage with Horizon and VMware vSphere 6.5/vSAN 6.5. These all go a long way to helping you drive down costs and simplify how you manage and scale your environments. Horizon also supports VMware NSX and is widely leveraged by customers looking to secure and isolate workloads in the data center.
All in, there have been so many great new announcements to celebrate this past year, and the recent IDC MarketScape report gives us one more reason to cheer.
And I’d like to share a free excerpt of this report with you…
In this report, you will find:
- The top two reasons customer references said they chose VMware VCC solutions.
- How VMware compares to competitors in terms of customer perception.
- Why VMware Horizon RDS is a mature solution for healthcare IT buyers.
- What key factors differentiate Horizon and the VMware EUC product portfolio.
- And more about VMware EUC, the second largest business inside the fifth largest software company in the world.
VMware, Horizon, VMware Workspace, Workspace ONE, Horizon Air, App Volumes, Blast Extreme, vSphere, vSAN and NSX are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.
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