Mai 272016
 

 

By Neil Isserow

As a VMware TAM, I get involved in the most critical aspects of my customers’ solutions. I am often the first person my customers turn to when they have a problem, an idea, or have trouble integrating our products with another solution. Most of our problems are easily identified and can be resolved with a solution available via a Knowledge Base article or a VMware patch. In the rarest of cases, the problem requires a fix that will be included in a patch to be released.

Sometimes, the problem is that the customers’ solution and ours do not fit, even though they are meant to. This can happen for a multitude of reasons, but can usually be traced back to a different method being implemented by each vendor or customer. Two different implementation methods can each be technically correct – but still not match up.

This was the case with a recent customer who had an implementation and integration issue with one of our products. There was no bug or issue with our software. It was implemented according to the recommended guidelines. In this particular instance, however, the customer did not meet one of the third-party integration requirements. This was totally within the parameters of the solution, and the problem could not have been foreseen.

So what we ended up with was two solutions—both implemented correctly—that could not integrate. Think of it like this: You are building a tunnel from one side of a lake, and someone else is building a tunnel from the other side. The tunnels are supposed to meet in the middle and join to form a single tunnel. Both tunnel operators are working from the correct set of specifications for their tunnel system and both meet in the middle as planned. However, it turns out that the specification used on one side is for a type of tunnel joint that differs from the type specified on the other side, even though both of these are considered correct by the tunnel manufacturer. You meet in the middle perfectly, but cannot join the two tunnel pieces together. What do you do?

Well, I don’t really have an answer for the tunnel builders, but I would hope that if they both had TAMs (Tunnel Architecture Managers?) they would both go back to their manufacturers and work on a solution to make the tunnel pieces fit.

As the customers’ advocate, I provided VMware with all of the required information on how and why we were not able to do the final integration, and what was missing. This was provided as an Enhancement Request. As such, it went through a process that gave us an understanding of the difficulty, need, requirements, and cost of providing a potential one-off solution for the customer. As the customer advocate, I worked with both VMware and the customer and mediated between them to find the best solution that would work for both parties.

In the end, VMware created an enhancement for the customer. This was the easiest solution for the customer to implement and it did not disrupt their schedule or solution in any way. This was a most agreeable outcome for the customer and also for VMware, as we now had a happy customer.

This is just one of many reasons why our customers choose VMware and a VMware TAM.


Neil Isserow is a Team Lead TAM for VMware based in California.

The post TAMs Enabling Enhancements in VMware Technology for Their Customers’ Success appeared first on VMware TAM Blog.

Mai 272016
 

This week, women and men from across the globe gathered in San Jose to join the conversation on how to inspire, engage,andadvancewomen in engineering at the annual IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (WIE ILC).

The theme of this year’s show was“Lead Beyond: Accelerating Women Who Change the World.” In line with this theme, attendees participated in a number of educational and networking opportunities such as a start-up pitch competition, a micro-hackathon and a career fair.

On the first day of the conference, VMware CEO (and IEEE Fellow) Pat Gelsinger helped kick off the day by delivering one of the opening keynote talks on “Fostering Innovation in a Period of Digital Transformation.” A captive audience listened as Gelsingertalked about his driving passion for building diversity as a business imperative and how diversity contributes to a more innovative culture.

Gelsingerkicked off with a broad industry view: Since our world is more complex and more connected than ever before, change is moving at an unprecedented pace. There are no longer geographical boundaries limiting us. He points out that as a result, we can’t allow boundaries limiting us anywhere – including the workforce. A diverse workforce helps business thrive – especially in changing conditions.

How does VMware fit into all of this, Gelsingerasked the audience? At its core, VMware is focused on innovating and disrupting computing – but the company also makes women in technology a business priority (particularly with regard to growing the STEM pipeline). This inclusive culture is key to VMware’s DNA.“We know if we want to continue to innovate and win in the marketplace, women are a critical talent pool that we are committed to growing. We’re not doing this just because it’s a good idea. It’s good business,” Gelsingersaid.

According to Gelsinger, part of the whole evolution of change in the technology industry involves having companies step up their practices for diversity and inclusion. He went on to describe how VMware is making an inclusive culture part of its DNA and continuing to innovate and win in the marketplace – with women as a critical talent pool that VMware is committed to growing.

His presentation continued on to identify industry trends and imperatives that all IT leaders must address to stay relevant in today’s market. Specifically, he called out being able to innovate like a start-up and deliver like an enterprise. He tied in how ensuring an inclusive environment underscores the values of the company and helps support the smart business outcomes needed for success.

In closing, Gelsingerdeclared that change is about adapting and learning to anticipate market transitions – and even more importantly, about anticipating the needs of customers before they may even be aware of the need themselves. While each technologist likely has a different point of view on industry shifts and paths forward, every aspect in executing – no matter the imperative – is dependent on having a diverse workforce. The IEEE Women In Engineering International Leadership Conference is helping move the industry increasingly in that direction.

To learn more about how VMware is helping to increase diversity in the workplace, read about VMwomen, the recentWomen Transforming Technology (WT²) Conference and theGirls Who Code Summer Immersion program.

The post Fostering Innovation and Diversity in a Period of Digital Transformation appeared first on VMware Radius.

Mai 272016
 
Here’s the first official Google Daydream phone. Last week, Google revealed their advanced virtual reality (VR) platform, Daydream. The caveat: it only works with certain smartphones. And the first smartphone for Google’s Daydream VR platform is probably one you’ve never heard of. PC Magazine reviews the ZTE Axon 7. What does it take to be […]]> Here’s the first official Google Daydream phone.

Last week, Google revealed their advanced virtual reality (VR) platform, Daydream. The caveat: it only works with certain smartphones. And the first smartphone for Google’s Daydream VR platform is probably one you’ve never heard of. PC Magazine reviews the ZTE Axon 7.

What does it take to be “Daydream-ready?”

To deliver a high-quality VR experience, phones must have high-quality sensors, displays and processors and run on Android N. You’ll start seeing new Daydream-ready phones this fall. Read more from Road to VR.

Apple wants you to open up your home—and your apps—to Siri.

The voice assistant you know and love could soon appear on your mobile apps. Apple’s had a Siri home speaker in the works. But to really compete with Alexa and others, Siri needs third-party app developers to up the ante with integrations. The Verge explains in more detail.

Are smartphones the key to voters’ hearts?

Presidential candidates sure hope so, and their campaign teams are trying new technology—apps, cloud and Big Data—to win this year’s U.S. election. Read about The Mobile Race to the White House.

Dropbox for Business now supports enterprise mobility management (EMM).

VMware AirWatch partner, Dropbox, now offers general EMM support on iOS and Android devices. This makes it easier for IT to give business users access to their Dropbox files on managed devices. Read all about it at CloudPro.

We work with the best in the biz.

The 2016 IDC Innovators report calls Skycure, Wandera and Zimperium the best and most innovative in mobile security. All three also just happen to be in our AirWatch Mobile Security Alliance. Read more about our partners at Mobile Business Insights.

You’ve got a golden ticket.

It’s free. It’s the best out there. It only takes up your half your day, and you don’t have to get up. The huge EUC Insights online conference is back again on June 7 with 25 unique sessions on end-user computing. Register here.

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Mai 272016
 

Earlier this week I got an opportunity to participate in a Webcast series titled“Virtual SAN Take 20” where I covered some of the new space efficiency and availability capabilities of Virtual SAN 6.2 and provided some useful demonstrations of the features and capabilities. The information I covered and demonstrated is applicable for all Virtual SAN

The post Virtual SAN Space Efficiency Capabilities in 20 Minutes appeared first on Virtual Blocks.

Mai 272016
 

The VMware Certification Program has rolled out a new certification candidate portal that will improve your user experience. VMware Certification Manager offers several features and benefits:

  • Single sign-on to Pearson VUE – saves multiple steps and clicks in the registration process
  • Elimination of exam pre-authorization step – no waiting period before your exam registration
  • Easily create and share certification transcripts – improves your ability promote your certification success
  • Download eCertificates and logos in one location – streamlines process and saves time
  • View completed and remaining requirements to earn a certification – guides you through your certification journey (training, test, recertification, etc.)

Sign-in to your VMware Education account and select the Certification Manager link to view your certification records within this new portal.

Thank you!
Paul Sorensen

The post Announcing the Launch of VMware’s Certification Manager Tool appeared first on VMware Education and Certification Blog.

Mai 272016
 

Creating a secure, automated, and well-managed enterprise grade computing environment often takes more unified approach than a public-only or a private-only cloud. Business leaders have begun rapidly transitioning to hybrid cloud environments that leverage both private cloud and public cloud services to meet all their needs. This shift, however, hasn’t come without pain points, manual orchestration and unnecessary IT siloes to name two. This has created the need for a new kind of solution.

Hybrid cloud adoption is set to grow at a 27% compound annual growth rate for the next four years and an overwhelming majority of enterprises plan to use a portfolio of clouds, with 82 percent reporting a multi-cloud strategy.[1] This sounds great, especially for cloud service providers, but what it really means is more stress and strain on IT resources.

Organic cloud growth has meant that the more businesses have begun to rely on cloud computing, the more they have unknowingly added to administrative overhead and wound up with unnecessary IT siloes. Not only that, many IT administrators have found themselves involved in manual orchestration that makes delivering complete infrastructure take many weeks. Fortunately, there’s a new solution to all this. Today, we announce the general availability of VMware vCloud Director 8.10.

Some of the new features in vCloud Director 8.10 include:

  • User Interface Support
    • VMware has decided to include the vCD capabilities within the vCD user interface that were only previously available via the APIs. This includes VDC limits, Disk Level Storage Profiles and Tenant Throttling. VMware will continue to invest in the vCD UI in its future releases.
  • Affinity/Anti-Affinity Rules
    • Service providers now have control over how they would want VMs deployed within a virtual data center (VDC). They could choose to deploy all their VMs on a single host or across multiple hosts within the same cluster of hosts.
  • Object Extensibility
    • vCloud Director 8.10 introduces the ability for the service providers to control some VM placement and deployment decisions. This provides greater flexibility and overall environment control for the service providers.
  • Advanced VM Settings
    • vApp vendors are now able to build VM and configure VM settings to achieve low latency, low jitter, high I/O throughput to meet specific workload performance needs.

Designed to address the needs of today’s enterprises, VMware vCloud Director 8.10 orchestrates the provisioning of hybrid/public cloud services as complete virtual data centers that provide virtualized compute, networking, storage, and security capabilities. By simplifying the provisioning of these services, VMware enables Service Providers to provision complete and operationally ready infrastructure without worrying about the underlying physical configuration of hardware.

It’s that time spent configuring that has been one of the greatest challenges for the VMware’s customers. “Our whole infrastructure is riding on vCloud Director,” concludes Anthony Spiteri, Lead Architect. “It’s a mature and stable platform that delivers a total solution with APIs, UI console, automation, and deployment behind the scenes. We take advantage of all of that to deliver a differentiated

customer experience. For us, vCloud Director has been the best platform for Infrastructure as a Service, nothing else out there even comes close.”

“vCloud Director is fundamental to enabling VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy through our vCloud Air Network ecosystem,” says Geoff Waters, VP of Service Provider Channels. “With vCloud Director 8.10, we are enabling cloud provider partners with tools to deliver more robust and secure self-service cloud orchestration capabilities to their end customers.”

vCloud Director 8.10 significantly helps improve over all customer experience and increases flexibility and efficiency. Service providers can now take advantage of the updated vCD User Interface that supports many of the new features of vCD which were earlier accessible only via APIs thereby reducing cost and effort of consuming these APIs.

Many of the capabilities in vCD 8.10 such as Affinity/Anti-Affinity rules and Object Extensibility empower the service providers to operate in a more efficient manner and provide them with the flexibility and control to choose how they want to deploy their workloads (e.g. on a single host vs. multiple hosts within a cluster) depending upon workload requirements.

vCloud Director 8.10 allows IT leaders to deliver complete infrastructure as virtual datacenters using Software-defined services that include compute, storage and network. It also enables infrastructure to be consumed in a matter of minutes with on-demand provisioning via self-service catalogs and Open-Virtualization-Format-based vApp templates of multi-tier applications made available for rapid deployment. Furthermore, vCloud Director 8.10 allows for a policy-driven multi-tenant approach that supports multi-tiered applications as virtual appliances within catalogs for shared consumption (via access control).

To learn more about vCloud Director 8.10, click here.

[1] Rightscale 2015 State of the Cloud Report

The post Announcing VMware vCloud Director 8.10: A New Way to Orchestrate the Provisioning of Cloud Services appeared first on VMware vCloud Air Blog.

Mai 272016
 

Aujourd’hui, dans le monde de l’entreprise, les données sont essentielles. Elles permettent aux sociétés de prendre leurs décisions plus rapidement, de garder l’ascendant sur la concurrence, et de mieux répondre aux besoins de leurs clients. De plus en plus de systèmes critiques utilisent nouvelles technologies numériques permettant aux employés d’utiliser leurs applications sur n’importe quel appareil et où qu’ils soient. Dans ce nouveau monde, les cyberattaques sont toujours plus sophistiquées mettant à mal la sécurité traditionnelle des entreprises. Une tentative de piratage couronnée de succès peut ainsi avoir de sérieuses répercussions, et la fuite de données résultante peut exposer les organisations à des amendes et ternir leur réputation.

Cette menace est si sérieuse que près du quart des employés français considèrent que leur CEO devrait être tenu pour responsable en cas d’importante fuite de données. Malgré cela, un responsable informatique sur quatre admet ne pas communiquer d’informations sur une fuite importante à sa haute direction. Ces chiffres sont issus de recherches que nous avons réalisées sur l’absence de communication entre les départements informatiques et le reste de l’entreprise en matière de sécurité des données.

Les résultats révèlent une recrudescence des cyberattaques: jusqu’à 28% des entreprises s’attendant à en subir une dans les 90jours. En outre, 35% des responsables informatiques français estiment que la capacité des menaces à évoluer plus rapidement que leurs systèmes de défense est l’une de leurs principales vulnérabilités. Malgré cela, comme le montre notre enquête menée en début d’année avec le soutien de The Economist Intelligence Unit, moins d’un dirigeant sur dix en France (11%) considère la cybersécurité comme une priorité pour son entreprise.

« Le fossé entre dirigeants et responsables informatiques est symptomatique. Il symbolise le défi que doivent relever les entreprises cherchant à repousser leurs limites, à se transformer, à se différencier et à se protéger de menaces en constante évolution », déclare Sylvain Cazard, directeur général de VMware France. « Aujourd’hui, les organisations les plus performantes sont celles qui sont capables de réagir rapidement et de préserver aussi bien leur image de marque que la confiance de leurs clients. Les applications et données des utilisateurs étant présentes sur un nombre d’appareils sans précédent, ces entreprises ont abandonné les approches traditionnelles de sécurité informatique incapables de protéger les entreprises numériques d’aujourd’hui. »

Parallèlement, les entreprises sont de plus en plus amenées à faire leur introspection afin de lutter contre les prochaines menaces. Ainsi, 45% des responsables informatiques considèrent la non-sensibilisation de leurs employés aux problématiques de cybersécurité comme l’une des principales problématiques de sécurité pour leur entreprise. Cependant, c’est en cherchant simplement à accroître leur productivité que beaucoup de ces employés mettent leur société en péril. En effet, près d’un quart (15%) d’entre eux utilisent leurs appareils personnels pour accéder à des données professionnelles, et près d’un salarié sur cinq (14%) est prêt à prendre le risque d’enfreindre la politique de sécurité de son entreprise dans le but d’être plus productif.

Les organisations se posent donc toute la même question: comment prévenir efficacement ces fuites sans que cela n’affecte la productivité des employés?

La solution: adopter une approche multidimensionnelle. La première étape consiste à sensibiliser le personnel quant aux menaces pour la sécurité. Il s’agit également de mettre en œuvre une politique globale de conformité afin d’éviter toute absence de communication entre le département informatique et le reste de l’entreprise. Il faut instaurer un dialogue transparent entre responsables informatiques et dirigeants. Les équipes informatiques doivent également être encouragées à s’approprier toute initiative de sécurité. Cependant, en arrière-plan, il est nécessaire d’adopter une architecture software-defined afin d’assurer la sécurité de l’ensemble de l’entreprise. Avec la virtualisation du stockage, du calcul et des réseaux, il est possible de créer une infrastructure d’une réactivité sans égale pour se protéger des nouvelles menaces. Les organisations ont ainsi la capacité et la flexibilité nécessaires pour renforcer leur sécurité de bout en bout.

Visitez régulièrement notre blog pour comprendre quelles menaces pèsent sur votre entreprise et découvrir comment y faire face. Dans quelques jours, nous publierons une infographie avec encore plus de données sur l’absence de communication entre les équipes informatiques et le reste de l’entreprise. Nous vous proposerons également les dix enseignements majeurs de notre enquête. Vous aurez donc tous les éléments nécessaires pour aider votre équipe de sécurité informatique à faire face aux défis auxquels elle est confrontée.

Enfin, nous organiserons ultérieurement un Crowdchat avec un panel d’experts du secteur. Ce débat en direct et en ligne permettra de s’intéresser à l’absence de communication en matière de sécurité des données. Ce sera également l’occasion pour vous de poser vos questions brûlantes sur le sujet.

Mai 272016
 

With 110 stores in North America, 46 data center locations, and $2 billion in revenue, Columbia Sportswear is constantly processing huge amounts of data—data whose security was being compromised by their inadequate hardware-defined data center.

When Columbia Sportswear virtualized their network, they not only stepped up their security; they also saved $16 million over a comparable hardware-based security approach.

Download our free ebook:Redefining Networking with Network Virtualization

How? Find out here. Follow their process step by step in the infographic below.

The post Micro-Fiber, Meet Micro-Segmentation! Columbia Sportswear Virtualizes the Network, Saves Millions appeared first on The Network Virtualization Blog.

Mai 272016
 

By most accounts, the hybrid cloud approach to IT is not just in ascendancy—it’s ruling the roost. Estimates vary, but computing trend surveys are typically finding an overwhelming number of respondents have established a hybrid cloud strategy, if they aren’t there already. (Cutting to the chase: Check out Top 3 Reasons Why You Need Cloud […]

The post Top 3 Reasons Why You Need Cloud Management appeared first on VMware Cloud Management.

Mai 262016
 

Earlier this year around the March timeframe, I published a white paper providing network configuration guidance for deploying Virtual SAN across L2 and L3 networks. In the white paper, I covered all of the necessary configuration artifacts required to prepare and build a routed network for the deployment of Virtual SAN. In the paper, I

The post Deploying Virtual SAN Over L2/L3 Networks with Arista Networking Devices appeared first on Virtual Blocks.

Mai 262016
 

Don’t miss VMware’s main partner event, Partner Exchange 2016 US, held in conjunction with VMworld 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. Register before June 6 to take advantage of Early Bird Savings.

On Saturday, August 27, there will be 10 partner boot camps available for sales and technical audiences. Sunday’s events (August 28) will include the Partner General Session presented by top VMware executives, special Route-to-Market Keynotes, and over 50 partner-specific breakouts and other NEW executive group discussions hosted by VMware Channel Leaders. You can view a more detailed program agenda here.

The Partner Exchange Add-On pass allows partners access to all partner boot camps on Saturday, all of partner activities on Sunday, and entrance to the Partner Exchange @ VMworld Lounge.

 

The post Register Now for Partner Exchange @ VMworld 2016 US appeared first on Partner News.

Mai 262016
 

Don’t miss VMware’s main partner event, Partner Exchange 2016 US, held in conjunction with VMworld 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. Register before June 6 to take advantage of Early Bird Savings.

On Saturday, August 27, there will be 10 partner boot camps available for sales and technical audiences. Sunday’s events (August 28) will include the Partner General Session presented by top VMware executives, special Route-to-Market Keynotes, and over 50 partner-specific breakouts and other NEW executive group discussions hosted by VMware Channel Leaders. You can view a more detailed program agenda here.

The Partner Exchange Add-On pass allows partners access to all partner boot camps on Saturday, all of partner activities on Sunday, and entrance to the Partner Exchange @ VMworld Lounge.

 

The post Register Now for Partner Exchange @ VMworld 2016 US appeared first on Partner News.

Mai 262016
 
A third of the world’s population does not have a bank account. That’s 2.5 billion people! “By 2030, 2 billion people who don’t have a bank account today will be storing money and making payments with their phones.” —Bill Gates in The Verge Back in the 1990s, improving access to financial services meant opening brick-and-mortar […]]> A third of the world’s population does not have a bank account. That’s 2.5 billion people!

“By 2030, 2 billion people who don’t have a bank account today will be storing money and making payments with their phones.” —Bill Gates in The Verge

Back in the 1990s, improving access to financial services meant opening brick-and-mortar branches in remote areas. Fast forward to today, and improving access can mean anything from enabling smartphone payments to financial coaches that help customers at their doorstep using just a laptop and a web browser.

[Related: Expert Predictions: IoT & Mobile Banking Trends]

To reach people without access to branch locations, financial institutions are beginning to invest in technology that enables “banking the unbanked.” For example, in Africa, The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is working towards improving financial inclusion using the agent-banking model. The bank’s goal is to “improve access to formal financial services,” especially in rural areas, from 69% to 90% by 2020.

In Asia, Fullerton India, a non-bank financial company in India, is working to provide financial services products and services to millions of customers in Indian cities, towns and villages—right at their doorsteps. And there are many more powerful stories like these.

The Digital Banking Future

So, how do organizations like Fullerton India reach the “unbanked” and do so in an economically viable manner? Many are finding that one of the main catalysts to financial inclusion is eliminating paper trails whenever possible. Innovative technologies—particularly business mobility—allow financial services organizations to do just that. By digitizing services for anywhere, anytime banking, financial institutions create new ways to bring the unbanked into the financial mainstream.

In many emerging economies, financial services IT has become highly distributed, with branch offices and a rising number of remote workers and agents spread across thousands of miles using different mobile devices. Tech teams are challenged to support remote employees, who often face issues accessing critical corporate resources, especially in rural areas, while ensuring adherence to strict security and compliance regulations.

Fullerton India had the same challenges and partnered with VMware AirWatch on their IT transformation journey to empower their remote workforce to be productive from anywhere. The unified mobile platform also enables workers to secure the confidential data that they access across multiple devices.

Dive deeper into Fullerton India’s powerful business mobility story here.

Enhancing End-user Experiences & Bolstering Compliance

By providing a powerful user experience with easy access to emails, content and apps, financial services organizations like Fullerton India enable their employees to be productive on the go. Administrators also gain the ability to control, manage, secure and fix any device remotely, while keeping sensitive data and access behind a secure firewall. Using this next-generation mobility platform, financial institutions can tap into new business opportunities and revolutionize the sphere of financial inclusion securely and in compliance with industry mandates.

Be Competitive & Stay Relevant

From championing the cause of financial inclusion to effectively servicing customers in remote locations, devices are proving to be a powerful tool in the financial services industry. And AirWatch helps deliver life-changing mobile financial services to the millions of people across the world that still have no access to traditional banking. We are incredibly humbled and proud to be part of that journey. One step at a time…

Here are a few additional resources to help financial services IT leaders:

  • Learn more about AirWatch here.
  • Find out more about Laptop Management and Mobile Device Management.
  • [Video] IDC: Mobility Driving Digital Transformation in Financial Services
  • A Secure Digital Workspace for Financial Services
  • Talk to an Expert

Image courtesy of Fullerton India.

Mai 262016
 
A third of the world’s population does not have a bank account. That’s 2.5 billion people! “By 2030, 2 billion people who don’t have a bank account today will be storing money and making payments with their phones.” —Bill Gates in The Verge Back in the 1990s, improving access to financial services meant opening brick-and-mortar […]]> A third of the world’s population does not have a bank account. That’s 2.5 billion people!

“By 2030, 2 billion people who don’t have a bank account today will be storing money and making payments with their phones.” —Bill Gates in The Verge

Back in the 1990s, improving access to financial services meant opening brick-and-mortar branches in remote areas. Fast forward to today, and improving access can mean anything from enabling smartphone payments to financial coaches that help customers at their doorstep using just a laptop and a web browser.

[Related: Expert Predictions: IoT & Mobile Banking Trends]

To reach people without access to branch locations, financial institutions are beginning to invest in technology that enables “banking the unbanked.” For example, in Africa, The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is working towards improving financial inclusion using the agent-banking model. The bank’s goal is to “improve access to formal financial services,” especially in rural areas, from 69% to 90% by 2020.

In Asia, Fullerton India, a non-bank financial company in India, is working to provide financial services products and services to millions of customers in Indian cities, towns and villages—right at their doorsteps. And there are many more powerful stories like these.

The Digital Banking Future

So, how do organizations like Fullerton India reach the “unbanked” and do so in an economically viable manner? Many are finding that one of the main catalysts to financial inclusion is eliminating paper trails whenever possible. Innovative technologies—particularly business mobility—allow financial services organizations to do just that. By digitizing services for anywhere, anytime banking, financial institutions create new ways to bring the unbanked into the financial mainstream.

In many emerging economies, financial services IT has become highly distributed, with branch offices and a rising number of remote workers and agents spread across thousands of miles using different mobile devices. Tech teams are challenged to support remote employees, who often face issues accessing critical corporate resources, especially in rural areas, while ensuring adherence to strict security and compliance regulations.

Fullerton India had the same challenges and partnered with VMware AirWatch on their IT transformation journey to empower their remote workforce to be productive from anywhere. The unified mobile platform also enables workers to secure the confidential data that they access across multiple devices.

Dive deeper into Fullerton India’s powerful business mobility story here.

Enhancing End-user Experiences & Bolstering Compliance

By providing a powerful user experience with easy access to emails, content and apps, financial services organizations like Fullerton India enable their employees to be productive on the go. Administrators also gain the ability to control, manage, secure and fix any device remotely, while keeping sensitive data and access behind a secure firewall. Using this next-generation mobility platform, financial institutions can tap into new business opportunities and revolutionize the sphere of financial inclusion securely and in compliance with industry mandates.

Be Competitive & Stay Relevant

From championing the cause of financial inclusion to effectively servicing customers in remote locations, devices are proving to be a powerful tool in the financial services industry. And AirWatch helps deliver life-changing mobile financial services to the millions of people across the world that still have no access to traditional banking. We are incredibly humbled and proud to be part of that journey. One step at a time…

Here are a few additional resources to help financial services IT leaders:

  • Learn more about AirWatch here.
  • Find out more about Laptop Management and Mobile Device Management.
  • [Video] IDC: Mobility Driving Digital Transformation in Financial Services
  • A Secure Digital Workspace for Financial Services
  • Talk to an Expert

Image courtesy of Fullerton India.

Mai 262016
 

It started a few years back with the release of VMware Horizon 6. VMware had entered the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) game. There were doubters, and many pundits wondered if VMware was really serious about making a dent in the RDS market. Naturally, some competitors made cute marketing videos and labeled the product a nonstarter—among other things. Fast forward two years, and Horizon RDS is now giving our competitors a run for their money.

[Related: VMware Horizon 7: Your High Performance, Ultra-secure, Throwaway Laptop Is Waiting for You]

Strengthening End-user Experience & Performance

From a strategic perspective, the plan was to get Horizon 6 out the door and then innovate every quarter to build upon our RDS capabilities. With each quarterly update to the Horizon agent and client, new capabilities were added to support additional clients and peripherals and support new use cases. In the two years since the release of Horizon 6, VMware has improved the end-user experience, optimized performance and improved management and automation capabilities for RDS.

In Horizon 6.2, major platform enhancements were added to dramatically simplify deployment, provide automation, reduce storage costs, add fault tolerance and provide improved load balancing.

To streamline provisioning, RDS hosts were integrated into VMware View Composer to provide single-image management with automation capabilities. IT administrators could deploy RDS hosts from a single image and leverage a “stateless” model. This allowed the IT administrator to patch the parent image, and when the RDSH farm is recomposed, all the child clones will receive the patched image. Using linked clones also meant that storage savings were realized.

[Related: What’s New with VMware Horizon 7]

Cloud Pod Architecture (CPA) support for RDSH deployments was added to provide an additional layer of fault tolerance through global entitlements. CPA support for RDSH enabled workers to use applications from multiple pods. And in the event that a single data center or pod fails, the users were automatically redirected to another pod.

Finally, an improved load-balancing solution was introduced for RDSH farms. This allowed IT administrators to load balance their RDS hosted servers based on CPU, memory, or other performance metrics. Combine this with the ability to set affinity and anti-affinity rules and this ensures users are always balanced appropriately across RDS hosts.

Taking User Experience to the Next Level with Horizon 7 & RDS

With Horizon 7, the user experience for RDS applications has been improved exponentially. The Horizon product team focused on enabling our customers to do more with their desktops and applications, all while getting a great user experience.

[Related: Taking a Closer Look at Horizon 7: Desktop & App Virtualization Reimagined]

Customers deploying Horizon 7 will find that they can now do more than ever with their RDS desktops and applications. Whether customers choose to deliver a full desktop or just an application, they have access to the following capabilities:

  • Ubiquitous access to desktops and applications from a variety of clients including Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, Android, Chromebooks, and even HTML browsers
  • Support for use cases, such as graphics-intensive 3D applications with NVIDIA GRID vGPU and Unified Communications with Microsoft Lync 2013
  • Quick and easy access to a user’s files from their RDS applications with File Type Association
  • Support for the most commonly used peripherals, including printers, scanners and imaging devices, smartcards and USB storage devices
  • Performance optimizations to increase application responsiveness, so that users get a snappy experience
  • Brand new protocol VMware Blast Extreme, optimized for the mobile-cloud era

What this means for our customers is that they can now do more with their RDS applications, while delivering a rich user experience to their workers.

I look forward to sharing new updates with our customers in a few weeks. Stay tuned for exciting announcements here on the VMware End-User Computing Blog!

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