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A week in virtualization

Last week, we have announced the general availability release of VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5. Horizon Application Manager gives corporate IT departments the ability to manage Windows-based applications, and public as well as private cloud applications, and provides holistic usage visibility. In turn, the corporate end-users get a simple secure workspace and an enterprise application catalog for on-demand access to any of their apps. This release is an important step for VMware as we continue to work towards our our vision of a singular management platform for end-user computing in the “Post-PC” Era. Check out the EUC blog at blogs.vmware.com/euc for more details.

The VMware vSphere Bootcamp has just launched yesterday. I this nine-part series, we show you how to get started and successfully roll out and deploy your IT infrastructure. We have sessions covering everything from storage and networking best practices, to virtualizing business-critical applications and advanced functionality. At the end of the bootcamp you will know how to build a flexible, efficient datacenter with VMware vSphere and transform your IT infrastructure!

After the bootcamp is complete, every registered participant will receive a free e-book with all the session slides in it. It is not too late to register and catch up. Simply go to communities.vmware.com, the link to the bootcamp is smack dab in the middle of the page, so go and get your free training today!

VMware’s ThinApp Factory is now freely available on our VMware Lab’s website. The ThinApp Factory is a virtual appliance that brings centralized administration and automation to the process of creating virtualized Windows applications with VMware ThinApp technology.

ThinApp Factory utilizes vSphere API's to spawn workloads that automatically convert fileshares of application installers into ThinApp application containers. These workloads can be run in parallel to maximize throughput and increase ROI for virtualization projects. Packagers and administrators can now utilize “Recipes” during this packaging process. Recipes are simply small JSON files, which contain a redistributable blueprint of the customizations and optimizations necessary for packaging complex applications.  These recipes can be created and now exchanged freely with other customers via the ThinApp Packaging Community site.

We also introduced the concept of “Feeds” with the Factory that allow administrators to subscribe RSS-style to a legitimized source for application installers from a Corp IT location or via a cloud-based service. Read more and get your ThinApp Factory appliance on the End User Computing blog at blogs.vmware.com/euc

A few days ago, we here in the Social Media group relaunched VMwareTV on Youtube with a new layout, some new features, and unified navigation connecting all VMware YouTube channels. We would like to know what you think, so share your comments by posting on each channel or by sharing the content with the social share buttons. Make sure you stay current on the latest videos by subscribing to VMware TV today. You can read more about our new Youtube presence on the VMTN blog at blogs.vmware.com/vmtn 

The Public Sector blog has a gripping personal account by one of my colleagues here at VMware who traveled to France with support of the VMware Foundation to participate in La Course du Coer, which is a 750km biking and relay event that takes teams of participants from Paris to French Alps to help raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. Visit blogs. vmware.com/publicsector for this uplifting and inspiring story.

The third hint in the “Guess the Artist” VMworld competition has been revealed yesterday. Some say that this artist has won a Grammy in their 20+ year career, and that he or she has been on the People magazine’s 50 most beautiful people in the world list at least once. All we know, it’s the VMware Stig!

If you want to guess who the artist really is, and find out about rules and prizes, visit the VMworld official blog at vmworld.com/blogs/vmworld.

And finally, there are a number of VMUG full-day user conferences happening over the next couple of weeks. There’s one in Wisconsin, another in Salt Lake City, and a third one in Indianapolis. Go to myvmug.com to find a VMUG conference near you and to register.

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