By Josh Spencer, Architect, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware
With significant contributions from
Stéphane Asselin, Lead Senior End-User-Computing Architect, Customer Success Team, VMware
Jim Yanik, Senior Manager, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware
Pim Van De Vis, Product Engineer, User Environment Manager, Research & Development, VMware
In Part 1 of this two-part blog-post series, we presented an overview of how to implement Microsoft mandatory profiles. In Part 2, we present specific examples of using VMware User Environment Manager to provide flexibility for end users, while controlling profile growth and keeping login times low. Continue reading →
“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger—but recognize the opportunity.”
― John F. Kennedy
Following Hurricane Katrina, LCMC Health, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in New Orleans, Louisiana, had some critical decisions to make. The hurricane had destroyed Charity Hospital, which was a major academic and trauma facility in New Orleans. The state of Louisiana decided to build LCMC Health, which would serve as a modern leading-edge facility for the community and replace the Charity Hospital.
While in the process of building the new University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans, the IT staff at LCMC decided to take advantage of this opportunity to transform desktop and application delivery. Continue reading →
Hyper-converged solutions are rapidly building a reputation for delivering the lowest total cost of ownership for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), with reasons like faster time to value and the ability to rapidly scale at reducing cost increments. This recently published whitepaper goes into detail around just what kinds of costs and savings you can come to expect from such a deployment. It also shows how you can achieve per-user costs as low as $28 per month—covering infrastructure, licenses and administrative expenses.
In this whitepaper, we look at the cost of deploying virtual desktops and applications on VxRail versus deployment on traditional “build-your-own” VDI infrastructure. We also compare the costs and returns of deploying virtual desktops with traditional, physical desktops. I won’t give everything away, but the analysis shows that virtual desktops always help customers save money over physical desktops.
VxRail helps customers maximize their savings in:
Project costs: cost to plan and deploy the environment
Operational costs: cost to administer the environment
Data center facility costs: costs to power and cool
Washington Trust Bank wanted the best VDI platform to improve cybersecurity, reduce costs and deliver better experiences, so they evaluated both Citrix and VMware. They chose VMware.
Imagine for a moment a group of managers sitting in a meeting, using your IT team’s virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to plan your business’ strategy. Today at Washington Trust Bank, this represents the new way forward. Continue reading →
SOURCE: “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2016 Vendor Assessment”, by Robert Young and David Laing, November 2016 IDC #US40700016 IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. The Capabilities score measures vendor product, go-to-market and business execution in the short-term. The Strategy score measures alignment of vendor strategies with customer requirements in a 3-5-year timeframe. Vendor market share is represented by the size of the circles. Vendor year-over-year growth rate relative to the given market is indicated by a plus, neutral or minus next to the vendor name.
Simplicity [sim-plis-i-tee], noun:
freedom from complexity, intricacy or division into parts
You’re kicking off a project to deploy virtual desktops (VDI). It’s a journey that starts with assessing compute, memory and storage requirements and ends—eventually—with production desktops. Sound familiar? Well, leveraging VCE VxRail to deploy VMware Horizon VDI can radically simplify the process.
Here are five reasons why:
Reason #1: It’s Easy to Get Up & Running
The planning and design phase of traditional architecture involves coordination and
negotiations with multiple groups, such as server/compute, storage and networking.
And there is anxiety, because the deployment needs to be future proof. The last thing you want to do is launch the production environment, only to have to essentially start over to add more desktops. Or the reverse- oversize the environment (and investment!) to cover all eventualities.
Instead of creating a future-proofed monstrosity that requires every IT group in the company to agree on it, and herculean efforts to get the required budget, you can start small with VxRail. The reason you can start small is because you know you can easily scale when needed. This assurance helps get projects out of the planning phase and minimizes the up-front costs.
I’ve written a few times about the amazing things people can accomplish with VMware Horizon FLEX. Let me quickly recap, and then share something new we’ve just calculated.
Horizon FLEX is essentially a centralized management console for the VMware Fusion and Workstation hypervisors. It does way more than that, but if you are in the business of enabling bring your own (BYO) but everyone still needs offline access to your corporate desktops, FLEX does that. If you need to deliver a legacy XP app to a modern Windows 10 platform, FLEX does that. If your field personnel carry more than one laptop, FLEX will save their aching spines.
And now back to why I’m writing this. If you regularly provide seasonal works and contractors with a computer, FLEX can save you 400 bucks per person. Let me explain.
We’ve been selling Horizon FLEX for about 18 months now. We can report that, on average, giving a contractor a Workstation or Fusion-powered desktop costs about $2,600. Add in the hardware required to support FLEX, and you still save almost 60% over the alternative.
Don’t believe me? See the math in our new infographic, and let me know what numbers you’re tracking.Continue reading →
After Hurricane Katrina destroyed Charity Hospital, a major academic and trauma facility in New Orleans built in 1937, the state of Louisiana decided to build a modern leading-edge facility to serve the community. The result was University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans, a state-of-the-art academic medical center managed by LCMC Health with the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. Working on an accelerated seven-month schedule, the hospital’s IT staff built a low-cost, flexible virtualized system with VMware Horizon and App Volumes.
“App Volumes is actually one of the cooler technologies we employ here at the hospital. From an IT perspective, we want to say yes more than no. App Volumes makes it possible for us to say yes.” —Austin Park, Principal Consultant, LCMC Health
Simpler + Faster = More Time for Patient Care
The new virtualized infrastructure had to provide fast and complete access to medical records and an always-on, always-ready environment that responds quickly to medical professionals’ needs. Log-ins to virtual desktops for staff have been cut from two minutes to 15 seconds, a nearly 87.5% improvement. Continue reading →
by David Head, cloud services senior architect, VMware End-User Computing
When moving your desktop environment to the cloud, many questions arise around how an organization makes the move. The number one technical question we receive is:
How do I take my existing Desktop or RDSH SOE to VMware Horizon Air?
Many people envisage using the same process as they have for server workloads when moving to a cloud service—either copying via VPN or MPLS link or using an offline copy service and then couriering them to the cloud service.
While this is an option for traditional server workloads, desktop and RDSH workloads tend to be provisioned from a template and then constructed either on the fly or at least via a PCLM solution. Because of this, the idea of trying to send hundreds—if not thousands—of desktops to Horizon Air is not an option. So instead of trying to shift your entire desktop environment, let’s talk about two ways customers can get their SOE up and running in Horizon Air. Continue reading →
It’s the end of BriForum as we know it. Here are the highlights on the final agenda.
For more than a decade, some of the most experienced IT professionals have presented their vendor-neutral perspectives on all things desktop virtualization at the annual BriForum conference. In its twelfth year, BriForum will provide one last roadmap for navigating Windows 10, cloud-based technology, application management, enterprise mobility and identity.
That’s because BriForum is coming to an end after 2016 in light of the departure of the event’s founder, Brian Madden, from BrianMadden.com. The guy who started it all will talk about his 20 years in the virtualization industry in one last fireside chat at the Boston event this week, July 26–28.
But Brian promises this year’s BriForum won’t be all reminiscing and goodbyes. In fact, our very own VMware experts are headed to Boston to talk about what’s new and what’s ahead in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments and business mobility: