VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4, Part 1: What’s New

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Dez 312016
 

Co-authored by Sujay Gopalan, Solution Architect, Technical Marketing and Enablement, Enterprise Desktop, VMware

Introduction

We are excited to announce that VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4 has reached general availability! This latest version includes many new features that benefit VMware Horizon 7 and Citrix customers. In this release, you will find the following features:

  • App Volumes – Monitors AppStack attach time during the user login process.
  • Application usage – Reports who used which applications and when, for RDSH applications and desktops, and also for virtual desktops.
  • Application-crash alerts – Notifies administrators of application crashes.
  • Root-cause analysis dashboard – Quickly pinpoints what is causing user issues.
  • Cloud Pod Architecture – Quickly identifies the pod that is hosting a user or session, and the pod host.
  • Access Point – Alerts administrators about Access Point capacity.

VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4 supports the following newly released platforms:

  • View in VMware Horizon 7.0.3
  • Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp 7.11
  • vRealize Operations Manager 6.4

With so many new features, we decided to create a four-part blog-post series to address details about the key features. This gives you the opportunity to learn about the features and see how you can leverage them in your View deployment in VMware Horizon 7, and in Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp deployments.

This blog-post series comprises the following blog posts:

  • Part 1: An introduction to what&#rsquo;s new in vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications 6.4
  • Part 2: New support for monitoring VMware App Volumes with View in Horizon 7
  • Part 3: New application-crash alerts for desktop applications, and a new dashboard for root-cause analysis
  • Part 4: Memory usage, support, and enhancements

You can download the latest version of vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications.

Dashboard Interface

VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications offers administrators a convenient dashboard interface to examine the full virtualization stack, from user sessions to vSphere hosting of Horizon 7 and Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp. Administrators can use the built-in dashboard to troubleshoot problems by phone, proactively monitor key metrics to ensure optimal user experience, and run application and usage reports by user.

Figure 1: Horizon Overview Tab of the Dashboard

If you are not yet using vRealize Operations for Horizon and Published Applications, but want to evaluate this version in your environment, you can contact your VMware reseller or account manager to learn more.

In our next blog post, we describe the new support for monitoring VMware App Volumes with View in Horizon 7. So, watch for Part 2!

In upcoming days, you can read Part 3, where we describe the new application-crash alerts for desktop applications, and the new dashboard for root-cause analysis, and Part 4, where we describe memory usage, support, and enhancements.

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vCloud Air: 2016 Year in Review

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Dez 302016
 

It&#rsquo;s been quite the year. Before we (eagerly) usher in 2017, we&#rsquo;re slowing things down so you can catch up on all of the exciting vCloud Air updates that happened this year in one place. Let&#rsquo;s take a look back on some of our favorite announcements, technical overviews and updates from 2016.

 

Build 1,000 VMs on vCloud Air in as Little as 16 Minutes!

How many VMs can you build in 16 minutes? The answer will surprise you. Prashant Suri, Scale & Performance Engineer, demonstrates the impressive muscle power of vCloud Air.

 

The Role of vCloud Air in VMware&#rsquo;s Cloud Strategy

This year, VMware shared the focused strategy for vCloud Air around three key use cases: data center extension, data center replacement, and disaster recovery.

 

How a Cloud Partnership Can Deliver Trust

LifeSite is just one of our many customers who achieved peace of mind after partnering with vCloud Air. Here&#rsquo;s how we helped them create a single tenant architecture with dedicated resources.

 

Announcing VMware vCloud Director 8.10: A New Way to Orchestrate the Provisioning of Cloud Services

In May we announced the general availability of VMware vCloud Director 8.10. Updates included user interface support, affinity/anti-affinity rules, and object extensibility.

 

Ease the Transition to the Cloud with a Free Test Drive!

Getting cold feet when it comes to moving to the cloud? Calm your nerves by taking a test drive with the vCloud Air Network. Explore the many features you can try, free of charge.

 

As we look forward to 2017, the vCloud Air team is even more committed to providing the secure, fully compatible public cloud with hybrid cloud capabilities that our customers depend on to run their business critical applications.

 

If you&#rsquo;re ready to get started with the hybrid cloud, visit vCloud.VMware.com.

 

For future updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook at @vCloud and Facebook.com/VMwarevCloud.

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Videos on Storage and Compute SLAs and more now in the Learning Zone

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The VMware Learning Zone video library added several new videos last month, including a new series on meeting the compute SLA. These videos are now fully available to all Premium and Standard subscribers to the VMware Learning Zone.

Meeting the vStorage SLA Series by Paul McSharry

  • Walkthrough: vStorage CLI and Demonstration: explains vStorage CLI and demonstrates the process to configure VAAI.
  • vStorage Troubleshooting Overview: shares tips and tricks on vStorage troubleshooting.

Meeting the Compute SLA Series by Paul McSharry

  • Workload Introduction: demonstrates SLA adherence at the compute level and its architecture.
  • Compute Layer Initial Principles: explains the first principle of a compute layer along with the different data center levels and the importance of each level.
  • Resource Pools: explains why a resource pool is used.

VMworld 2016 Recordings

  • An Overview for vSphere Core 4 Performance Troubleshooting: Jon Loux provides an overview on vSphere core 4 troubleshooting and the performance troubleshooting tool ESXi.
  • Transforming Day 2 Operations with vRealize Automation 7.0 Event Broker: Carl Paterik covers vRealize Automation 7.0 Event Broker concepts and explains the vRealize Automation extensibility history.
  • 10 Tips for Troubleshooting Horizon: Joe Cooper shares tips and tricks for Troubleshooting Horizon.
  • Troubleshooting Tips for Virtual SAN 6.2: Javier Menendez demonstrates troubleshooting Virtual SAN 6.2.
  • VMware NSX: Life After Deployment: Deploying NSX is the first step toward achieving the benefits it can offer. What comes next? This video covers role-based access control, organizational changes that will happen, and discuss operational and troubleshooting topics.

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Easily See the Updates to vSOM 6.5

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The VMware Product Walkthrough site has been receiving some fantastic updates lately about the new release of vSphere 6.5. The latest updates focus on vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM) in the form of two Use Case videos. These videos will show aspects of how vRealize Operations Manager (vR Ops) can leverage the capabilities of vSphere&#rsquo;s Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS). Together they can better optimize a vSphere environment&#rsquo;s resources and workloads.

DRS Dashboard

The first new video is on vR Ops&#rsquo; new DRS dashboard. This dashboard is available out of the box and can be used to monitor and manage clusters&#rsquo; DRS configuration and workloads. The video will walk through a high-level overview on DRS followed by going through an example of a host in a cluster being under abnormally high load and how to resolve the issue without ever leaving the vR Ops portal.

Product Walkthrough: DRS Dashboard

Workload Placement

The second of the new videos is on how vR Ops can manage workloads within datacenter or custom datacenter objects. Workload Placement also features its own dashboard which is available out of the box. This dashboard takes a look at metrics such as CPU Demand, Memory Consumed, and vSphere Configuration Limit. It then applies those across datacenter and/or custom datacenters, clusters, and individual hosts themselves. The video will walk through a high-level overview of what Workload Placement is, how it interacts with vSphere&#rsquo;s DRS, and then walking through a use case of balancing a workload imbalance between clusters.

Product Walkthrough: Workload Placement

While you’re there, check out some of the other walkthroughs. If there’s something you’d like to see a walkthrough on, let us know in the comments!

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Common vSAN Troubleshooting Questions Answered

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Our monthly webcasts always generate excellent questions from the audience. And when Francis Daly (one of our Staff Technical Training Specialists who trains VMware&#rsquo;s technical staff on all things storage) delivered Virtual SAN Troubleshooting a few weeks ago the questions were outstanding.

We pulled a few of the questions below, and you can read the entire list and listen to the recording on your schedule.

Q: I have a test vSAN environment with 3 ESXi hosts. I set a policy to tolerate 1 failure. I pulled the network cables on one of the ESXi hosts. My VM was still not available after 30 minutes. Shouldn’t it still be available?

A: Yes, If HA is enabled. Please ensure HA is enabled so the VM can start elsewhere in the cluster.

Q: Is there any way to stop a resync operation, or halt it? During VM replication to VSAN, upon powering up VM on vSAN, storage policy takes effect and a resync operation starts.

A: There is no “recommended” way to stop resync this is an expected process. Interrupting it is unsupported at this time.

Q: Are there any recommendations or best practice to follow when you are migrating VMs from non-Cluster vSAN to the vSAN cluster?

A: If both clusters are part of the same vCenter this is a straight forward migration back and forth. Best practice is to test your environment first with non-critical and or test VMs first.

Q: What is most common issue on upgrades?

A: Depending on versions there can be a few different things. Ensure you have run all pre-checks. people performing upgrades before checks can be a big issue. Also ensuring you have enough cluster resources is huge as you need to ensure you can satisfy policies during upgrade.

Q: If I have both vSAN and HA enabled and I pull the NICS on an ESXi host, how long should the failover take?

A: HA is quite fast. It takes as long as is needed to register the VM on the new host and power it on. HA typically takes a matter of seconds to get the VM powered on, then however long the VM takes to boot. It is sometimes slower but HA is a quick process.

Q: What is the free space recommendable in vSAN?

A: 30% per disk group is what we would like so we can rebalance easily if that is required.

Q: Does it make sense, to install more than 1 vSCSI controller in a VM and attach multiple disks to different vSCSI controllers? Will this give me more IOPs?

A: To improve IOPS we usually recommend looking at more disk groups so you can take advantage of a larger amount of cache.

Q: What are the logs we need to collect when there is a problem?

A: Mostly clomd, vobd.log and command outputs help a lot. More details in this KB article.

 

 

 

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Why Upgrade to VMware vCloud Director 8.10, Part 2: Architecture

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In our last blog post, we explained why three important new features make it the right time to upgrade your data center to VMware vCloud Director® 8.10—a comprehensive solution for service providers to provision multitenant virtual data centers (VDC) across the hybrid cloud. This week we turn to the solution&#rsquo;s updated architecture. From enhanced security to more customizable virtual-machine placement, here are three more reasons to upgrade to vCloud Director 8.10:

  • Increased customization – With vCloud Director 8.10, service providers have the ability to customize virtual-machine placement and deploy in VMware vSphere® clusters—a real productivity boost to IT administrators who must simultaneously manage multiple virtual data centers with multiple requirements. This architecture update provides greater flexibility and overall environment control compared to previous versions of the software. It also improves cost-efficiencies and tailors customer experiences by integrating virtual-machine lifecycle workflows into external systems. Watch how administrators can boost productivity by creating and using VDC templates in vCloud Director 8.10.
  • Heightened security – vCloud Director 8.10 is even more tightly integrated with the VMware NSX® solution, relying solely on the VMware NSX Manager™ platform to provide network functions to virtual data centers. The user interface now integrates directly with NSX 6.10 and 6.20. Additionally, the new version of the vCloud Director solution now deploys VMware NSX Edge™ gateways by default whenever a new organization edge is created, resulting in improved performance and stability.
  • One IP to rule them all – Long gone are the days when two IP addresses were needed to support multiple endpoints. Previously, vCloud Director software required two IP addresses to support two SSL endpoints: One was used as the overall user interface and API endpoint for Web portal and API calls, and the other was used for listening to console proxy requests that allowed users to log in to virtual machines using their consoles. With this update, you do not need two sets of IP addresses for installation purposes. vCloud Director users can rely on a single IP address with two different ports as SSL endpoints.

All three of these advances work in tandem to optimize performance and improve customer experience with the new architecture of vCloud Director 8.10.

New online resources and VMware Education make it even easier to upgrade to vCloud Director 8.10. The vCloud Director product page offers a wealth of information for those new to the solution, including the vCloud Director 8.10 technical white paper and a selection of case studies showcasing some of our latest success stories.

Now available on the VMware Solution Exchange, the VMware vCloud Director Compatibility Guide lists products built by members of the VMware Independent Software Vendor Program that are compatible with the vCloud Director 8.10 update, streamlining the vendor selection process. We have also launched a new VMware vCloud Director Fundamentals course focusing on everything version 8.10 has to offer through 3.5 hours of self-paced learning, as well as a VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage course. With the next release of the vCloud Director solution in the first quarter of 2017, look for more training opportunities. Watch our video: vCloud Director Object Extensibility.

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Dez 292016
 

By Kyle Wassink

This is part of a blog series on VMware vRealize Operations Manager Editions. The series breaks down the key aspects and differentiators between the three vROps Editions (Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise), including the critical components of extensibility and customization. The primary source of extensibility in vRealize Operations comes from Blue Medora&#rsquo;s True Visibility Suite, whose tiers align with the vROps editions.

This is the final blog of the series and will look at the remaining product features that are unlocked in Enterprise edition.

Key Features

Enterprise edition vROps is the top level version of the product and adds a few features above the Advanced edition. One addition is OS-level change, configuration, and compliance monitoring. Additional management packs from VMware, such as EPIC and Meditech, require Enterprise edition.

From an extensibility point, there are no limits on Enterprise vROps. With Blue Medora TVS Enterprise, you can monitor all of your applications, middleware, and databases, plus everything already covered in Manager of Managers, Advanced, Standard edition. Integrations that are only available at the Enterprise level of TVS include Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Amazon RDS, Hadoop, MongoDB, SAP HANA, SAP, and more.

Figure 1: With vROps Enterprise edition, you have the ability to gain insights into your entire infrastructure and application deployments. Integrations are part of the Blue Medora True Visibility Suite.

With vROps and TVS Enterprise you can use vROps as your central monitoring platform for all of your infrastructure and application deployments. Leveraging the customizability, relationship mapping, and capacity planning in vROps, you can optimize your IT operations, DevOps, and troubleshooting workflows in a platform that can monitor everything.

Key Edition Differentiators

The primary differentiator in Enterprise is that there are no limitations. You can monitor anything (with the proper management packs) and have access to all the functionality in vROps.

Figure 2: Some of the key differentiators between Enterprise and the other tiers of vROps.

That wraps up the series on vROps editions! For reference, you can find the other posts below.

vROps Editions: Series Overview

vROps Editions: Standard

vROps Editions: Advanced

Note: Blue Medora True Visibility Suite requires additional licensing.

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What’s Coming in 2017? Here’s What the VMware Magic 8 Ball Says

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As 2016 wraps up, predictions are flying on what&#rsquo;s ahead for the coming year. What can we expect to see in security? How will networking look 12 months from now? What changes are on the horizon for the cloud?

To help answer some of these questions, we asked VMware&#rsquo;s all-knowing magic 8 ball (i.e., we took a look through all the recent Radius articles and collected the ones that contained 2017 forecasts). Here are some of the top predictions we discovered:

 

2017 Predictions: Five Things to Come for Security

In this article, Tom Corn, SVP of Security Products at VMware, gives his top five predictions for the world of security in 2017. Among other topics, Corn discusses the outlook for mobile and cloud security, applications security, and what security practitioners can hope to see in terms of automation and simplicity.

 

The Third Industrial Revolution: Beyond 2017

VMware Americas Chief Technology Officer, Chris Wolf, discusses what he refers to as the &#lsquo;Third Industrial Revolution.&#rsquo; In this Third Industrial Revolution, we will continue to see IoT and &#lsquo;intelligent&#rsquo; things enter our work and lives in new and unprecedented ways that alter and enhance the way we operate. Here are his predictions for life beyond 2017.

 

2017 Predictions: What&#rsquo;s to Come for Networking

Wherein Bruce Davie, VMware&#rsquo;s Chief Technology Officer for Networking, discusses the future of networking and a fundamental shift of power toward lines of business and developers in 2017.

 

2017 Predictions: A CIO Perspective

Bask Iyer, CIO of VMware and Interim CIO of Dell, addresses how interconnection will affect 10 areas of business over the next 12 months. Some of the areas Bask talks about include mobility, the cloud, the IoT, Shadow IT, and the Uberization of Information Technology.

 

2017 Predictions: Five Things to Come for Cloud-Native Applications

In this article, Kit Colbert, Vice President and GM of Cloud-Native Apps at VMware, covers the future of cloud-native apps, specifically touching on containers and 5 things we can look forward in 2017.

 

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New Walkthroughs for vCenter High Availability

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Dez 282016
 

I am excited to announce two new walkthroughs for vCenter High availability on the VMware Feature Walkthroughs site! These two new click-by-click product walkthroughs will show you how to enable vCenter High Availability (also known as vCenter HA) and give you the confidence you need to use this exciting new feature in your own environment!

vCenter High Availability Overview

If you aren’t familiar with vCenter High Availability, it is a new feature introduced in vSphere 6.5 and exclusively available for the vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). When vCenter HA is enabled, a three-node vCenter Server cluster (Active, Passive, and Witness nodes) is deployed. vCenter HA provides an RTO of about 5 minutes for vCenter Server greatly reducing the impact of host, hardware, and application failures with automatic failover between the Active and Passive nodes. vCenter HA is included with the vCenter Server Standard license which means that no additional licensing is required. vCenter HA can also be enabled, disabled, or destroyed at any time allowing customers to easily take advantage of this new capability. There is also a maintenance mode that prevents planned maintenance from causing an unwanted failover.

From an architecture perspective, vCenter HA supports both embedded and external Platform Services Controllers. An embedded Platform Services Controller instance can be used when there are no other vCenter Server or Platform Services Controller instances within the single sign-on domain. In other words, an external Platform Services Controller instance is required when there are multiple vCenter Server instances in an Enhanced Linked Mode configuration. When using vCenter HA with an external Platform Services Controller deployment, an external load balancer is required to provide high availability to the Platform Services Controller instances. There is little bene t to using vCenter HA without also providing high availability at the Platform Services Controller layer. Supported load balancers for Platform Services Controller instances in vSphere 6.5 include VMware NSX®, F5 BIG-IP LTM, and Citrix NetScaler.

Deploying vCenter High Availability

I’ve created two new walkthroughs which will demonstrate the two ways in which vCenter HA can be deployed – Basic and Advanced.

The basic workflow can be used in most scenarios in which all vCenter HA nodes run within the same cluster. As its name suggests, this workflow is very simple and automatically creates the passive and witness nodes. It also creates VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (vSphere DRS) antiaffnity rules if vSphere DRS is enabled on the destination cluster and uses VMware vSphere Storage DRS for initial placement if enabled. Some flexibility is built into this workflow, so youcan choose specific destination hosts, datastores, and networks for each node. This is a very simple, easy way to get a vCenter HA cluster up and running. A screenshot from the walkthrough is below.

The Advanced workflow is an alternative thatcan be used when the active, passive, and witness nodes are to be deployed to different clusters, vCenter Server instances, or even other data centers. This process requires the customer to manually clone the source vCenter Server instance for the passive and witness nodes and to then place those nodes in the chosen locations with the appropriate IP address settings. This is a more involved process, but it enables greater flexibility for those customers that require it. The following is a screenshot from the advanced workflow.

It is important to note that both workflows result in the same vCenter HA functionality. Werecommend that youuse the basic workflow if possible.

The Basic walkthrough is available here.

The Advanced walkthrough is available here.

If you have feedback regarding either walkthrough feel free to leave it in the comments below. You can also find additional information regarding vCenter High Availability in the vSphere 6.5 Documentation. Thank you!

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10 Most Popular VMware EUC Blogs of 2016

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Dez 282016
 

Want to see the biggest VMware End-User Computing (EUC) headlines from 2016? Look no further. This round-up highlights the most popular 2016 EUC blogs for product news, customer use cases and technical documentation.

Agree with this list or think your favorite blog should have made the list? Share it in the comments below.

  1. How BDP International Changed the Game by Moving from Citrix to VMware

EUC author Sachin Sharma hit this powerful customer story out of the park. As one of the first use cases of the #GameChangers series, BDP International moved from Citrix to the complete VMware EUC stack, enabling:

  • Elastic scalability.
  • Flexibility with on-premises and cloud solutions.
  • Real-time app delivery.
  • Unparalleled performance for faster response times.

Want to be a game-changer in your company? Get started by learning about VMware&#rsquo;s Safe Passage Program here.

  1. VMware + Microsoft: Delivering an Even Better Skype for Business Experience

One of the biggest strategic partnership announcements of 2016, VMware and Microsoft announced a collaboration designed to boost end-user experiences for Skype for Business. As Sheldon D&#rsquo;Paiva wrote:

&#rsquo;Together, we&#rsquo;ve created an optimized, direct peer-to-peer endpoint virtual channel that offloads media processing to the endpoints.&#rdquo;

Learn more about this exciting tech preview in the blog here.

  1. Five End-User Computing Predictions for 2016

Shawn Bass entered 2016 with a bang, predicting five trends that would impact computing and IT as a whole. At the top of his list? Digital transformation. Check out his 2016 predictions here, and let us know in the comments if they rang true for you in 2016.

  1. Embracing Consumerization for the Digital Workspace: VMware Introduces Workspace ONE

The unified digital workspace finally became a reality this past year with the introduction of VMware Workspace ONE. As Kevin Strohmeyer said in his popular EUC blog:

&#rsquo;VMware is proud to announceWorkspace ONE, the simple and secure enterprise platform that delivers and manages any app on any device by integrating identity, application, and enterprisemobility management. The introduction of Workspace ONE is the result of over two years of planning and well over a billion dollars in investment both organically and inorganically.&#rdquo;

Since its February launch, Workspace ONE received many accolades and new feature capabilities to serve more use cases, including:

  • A modern and unified approach to Windows 10 management
  • Workspace ONE Essentials, a new entry-level edition that provides a unified app catalog on unmanaged or bring-your-own devices.
  • Frost & Sullivan&#rsquo;s Visionary Innovation Leader for End-User Computing
  • And much more.
  1. Introducing True Single Sign-On (SSO) in VMware Horizon 7

Tarique Chowdhury introduced this exciting new capability in Horizon 7, made possible with its integration with VMware Identity Manager. Tarique walks us through:

  • The benefits of True SSO for enhanced security, access and authentication;
  • How True SSO works;
  • Infrastructure requirements;
  • Desktop operating system (OS) support;
  • And much more.

Read his in-depth introduction to this technology here, and take a look at his follow-up blog, Horizon 7 True SSO: Setting Up In a Lab.

  1. What&#rsquo;s New with VMware Horizon 7

Following up on the much-anticipated announcement of Horizon 7 (see #2 below), Matt Coppinger delivered the exciting general availability (GA) announcement. Read his blog to explore the technical advancements in Horizon 7, including VMware Instant Clone technology, smart policies and VMware Blast Extreme.

  1. Horizon Blast Extreme Acceleration with NVIDIA GRID

&#rsquo;With new VMware Horizon 7 and NVIDIA GRID, you can significantly improve latency, bandwidth, and frames per second, while decreasing CPU utilization and increasing users per host by using NVIDIA Blast Extreme Acceleration.&#rdquo;

—Erik Bohnhorst, GRID Performance Architect, NVIDIA

Guest blogging for us back in February, Erik wrote a phenomenal piece about new Horizon 7 and NVIDIA GRID capabilities. One of the most exciting advancements was the massive boost to user experience with Blast Extreme and GRID. Read about the technology here.

  1. VMware Announces App Volumes 3.0: Simplifying Application Lifecycle Management for Today&#rsquo;s Digital Workspace

VMware&#rsquo;s Harry Labana made a huge splash with his announcement of App Volumes 3.0, what Harry coined the modern approach to app lifecycle management. Here were the four big updates in the release:

  • AppToggle
  • AppCapture with AppIsolatin
  • AppScaling with Multizones
  • Unified Administration Console

Click here to read Harry&#rsquo;s full announcement, and visit our App Volumes site to see how your team could reduce IT costs by up to 70%.

  1. Horizon 7: Your High Performance, Ultra-Secure, Throwaway Laptop Is Waiting for You

Horizon 7 took the top spots across the board in 2016. This blog announced all the new capabilities in Horizon 7 that took the lessons learned via the mobile cloud and delivered those precepts to virtual desktops and apps. Read the full blog here.

  1. Instant Clone Technology for Just-in-Time Desktops Delivery in Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition

&#rsquo;Instant Clone Technology is all about delivering VDI desktopsjust in time.For those of you who follow project names, think of vmFork and Project Fargo. Instant Clone Technology allows administrators to rapidly clone and deploy a virtual machine in less time than it took for you to read these two sentences. Yes, that is one clone created per second on average.&#rdquo;

—Fred Schimscheimer, staff engineer, VMware EUC Office of the CTO

At the top spot in 2016 comes Fred&#rsquo;s excellent technical overview of Instant Clone tech. This in-depth write up answers all the questions you might have, such as:

  • Why are Instant Clones created so much faster than View Composer clones?
  • How fast is fast?
  • Do Instant Clones create a higher load on vCenter?

Congrats to Fred for having our most popular VMware EUC blog of 2016!

Bonus: 2 Massive Innovations Reshaping the Future of Computing

Before we sign off for the year, I can&#rsquo;t leave out our eleventh blog, which was right on the cusp of making this list of top EUC blogs (and one of my personal favorites of 2016).

VMware EUC general manager Sumit Dhawan explores the two monumental trends that bring the entire industry into a new EUC reality: Windows 10 and unified endpoint management.

Read his fantastic blog here to get a glimpse into what VMware EUC leadership believes is the future of the industry and how you, as an IT leader yourself, can help bring your organization into the new era of EUC.

A huge THANKS to all of our EUC blogs authors, partners and to you, our readers, for making 2016 a remarkable 12 months. See you next year!

 

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3 Things You Missed at the AirWatch SDK Workshop

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Dez 282016
 
Missed the VMware AirWatch Software Development Kit (SDK) workshop this year at Connect? Don&#rsquo;t worry, we&#rsquo;ve got you covered. Here are the top three things you missed: 1. AirWatch SDK: Getting Started The AirWatch SDK is a code library mobile app developers can reference to build advanced security, configurations and management capabilities into applications. The […]]> Missed the VMware AirWatch Software Development Kit (SDK) workshop this year at Connect? Don&#rsquo;t worry, we&#rsquo;ve got you covered. Here are the top three things you missed:

1. AirWatch SDK: Getting Started

The AirWatch SDK is a code library mobile app developers can reference to build advanced security, configurations and management capabilities into applications. The AirWatch SDK is typically used when an app requires deeper enterprise security and configurations that may not be available natively as part of the AppConfig Community.

[Related: What Is #AppConfig?]

One of the first major considerations in choosing which method is best for your organization is to decide how your app will be deployed and what your development bandwidth looks like. The SDK involves a higher degree of developer bandwidth to integrate compared to AppConfig but supports both managed and unmanaged devices, as well as internal and store deployment. AppConfig requires little to no developer effort but requires a higher tier of management.

[Related: Enterprise Mobile App Development: The Problem of Scalability]

The next step will be to consider which enterprise security, configurations and management capabilities you will need for the app. Features such as granular analytics, app passcode, advanced security, integrated authentication, compliance detection and more can be enabled through the AirWatch SDK.

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2. Lightning-Fast SDK Integration

In just a few hours, workshop attendees were able to integrate several common enterprise capabilities such as passcode, over-the-air-configuration and integrated authentication into their application. Though the AirWatch SDK requires some developer bandwidth, integration can take as little as just a few hours.

[Related: Build Enterprise-Ready Mobile Apps with AirWatch]

3. 1-1 Access to SDK Engineering Team

The AirWatch SDK engineering team provided one-on-one support for workshop attendees. This provided a two-way street for the engineering team to better understand customer use cases and help customers discover technical wizardry to make overall implementation of their apps more efficient. Though this kind of support isn&#rsquo;t available on demand, we have a wealth of documentation, sample code, best practices, feedback forms and more at developer.air-watch.com.

[Connect on Demand: Mobilize Your Apps with AirWatch Developer Tools]

Having FOMO, yet? We&#rsquo;ve got you covered. Check out the sample code from the workshop at GitHub and try integrating the SDK on your own!

Next year, Connect will be co-located with VMworld, Aug. 27–31, in Las Vegas. Be the first to hear when registration opens by becoming a VMworld Insider, and sign up for our weekly newsletter to the right for Connect 2017 news.

More developers resources:

  • Developer.Air-Watch.com
  • Webinar with AirWatch SDK Demo
  • AirWatch SDK Whitepaper

5 Data Center Trends to Look for in 2017

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As modern demands overwhelm hardware-centric infrastructure, traditional data centers are shrinking. Amid the upheaval, there&#rsquo;s a huge opportunity for IT organizations to find an approach that benefits the entire business. If your IT team is like most, you need an infrastructure that&#rsquo;s agile enough to keep up with swiftly moving technology and growing user demands,

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Interested in VMware Cloud on AWS? Learn more with these videos.

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This year at VMworld Barcelona we provided a technical preview of the VMware Cloud on AWS service. With this partnership, we&#rsquo;re bringing the most trusted private cloud and the most used public cloud together for a seamless and integrated software-defined data center experience. It allows customers to use VMware&#rsquo;s proven tools on AWS&#rsquo; global footprint.

 

In case you didn&#rsquo;t get the opportunity to attend the event – here are shortened versions of the two breakout sessions presented by our VMware Cloud on AWS subject matter experts:

 

Video 1: VMware Cloud on AWS Overview (Technical Preview) – Presented by Adam Osterholt, Staff Cloud Architect. See how the leader in private cloud and the leader in public cloud brought their powerful capabilities together to deliver a truly compelling and differentiated solution.

 

 

Video 2: VMware Cloud on AWS Deeper Dive (Technical Preview) – Presented by Alex Jauch, Sr. Product Line Manager. Dig a little deeper to see how the VMware SDDC stack runs on AWS to provide a consistent operational hybrid model that delivers capacity and services on demand. Includes a look into networking configuration options and the power of elastic DRS (eDRS) and auto remediation.

 

 

For more videos – check out the VMware Cloud on AWS YouTube Playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9MeVsU0uG67n68y9N8JyfaVG8zpp5HTV

 

Ready to learn more about VMware Cloud on AWS? Visit http://www.vmware.com/cloud-services/vmware-cloud-aws.html

 

For future updates, follow us on Twitter at @VMwareCloud

 

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Congratulations to the Newest VCDXs!

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Dez 272016
 

I am very happy to officially announce the names of everyone who achieved VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification in the past six months.

VCDX is the highest level of certification offered by VMware and is achieved through the unique application and design defense process. All VCDXs have submitted and successfully defended a production-ready VMware Solution before a panel of veteran VCDX holders. This process ensures that those who achieve VCDX status are peer-vetted and ready to join an elite group of world-class consulting architects.

You can learn more about these new VCDXs, and all the others in the Official VCDX Directory.

Congratulations to you all!

VCDX5-DCV

  • David Burton, #224
  • Kiran Reid, #225
  • Ron Wedel, #227
  • Frank Schaller, #231
  • Jeff Wong, #232
  • Paul McSharry, #234
  • Daniël Zuthof, #235
  • Melissa Palmer, #236
  • Rebecca Fitzhugh, #243
  • Paul Cradduck, #244
  • John Kozej, #245

VCDX-CMA

  • Thomas Bright, #228
  • Grant Orchard, #233
  • Andrea Siviero, #240
  • Mohammed Salem, #241

VCDX-DTM

  • Johan van Amersfoort, #238

VCDX-NV

  • Johnathon Whitman, #226
  • Dillon Doxey, #229
  • Sjors Robroek, #237
  • Jason Karnes, #239
  • Brian Hestehave, #242

Multiple VCDXs

  • Rene van den Bedem, #133 now holds VCDX-CMA, VCDX-DCV, and VCDX-NV
  • Lior Kamrat, #230 earned both VCDX-CMA and VCDX5-DCV certification

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[Video] The Impact of Mobile Devices at Hackensack Meridian Health

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Watch this new VMware TV interview with Timothy Pan, ofHackensack Meridian Health(HMH), to learn the impact of mobile devices on business at this leading healthcare organization. Q: Walk us through your mobile journey and the challenges that led up to it. Timothy: It was pretty tough to begin. We started the mobile deployment about four […]]> Watch this new VMware TV interview with Timothy Pan, ofHackensack Meridian Health(HMH), to learn the impact of mobile devices on business at this leading healthcare organization.

Q: Walk us through your mobile journey and the challenges that led up to it.

Timothy: It was pretty tough to begin. We started the mobile deployment about four years ago. Obviously, we chose another solution, which didn&#rsquo;t work well. We quickly switched to VMware AirWatch, which made things much easier. In my experience, we had to get executive members on board—the CIO and even the CFO. We needed top-down support for it to work. This is key. Of course, the other major part is communication to the physician community, to others in IT as well as to the entire hospital. This is not simply technology that we put out, like a firewall. This is something that interacts with the user, so communication and education is key.

Q: How are doctors changing the way they do their jobs with this mobile technology?

Timothy: In the beginning, we found adoption difficult among doctors. We provided some devices, and some doctors had their own devices. Those that had their own device (a bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, situation) didn&#rsquo;t want to have more software put on it. Privacy is always an issue. We went through a difficult time, but we continued to show them how important is. We provided the tools they needed to make their lives a lot easier. We provided support on a weekly basis. Not only did we help users configure their devices, but also we provided education.

Q: Are there other use cases, as well? What&#rsquo;s the impact?

Timothy: We have other ongoing projects. One of those projects, for example, is for patient escorts. We&#rsquo;ve provided patient escort service for two years. They&#rsquo;re very happy with that because those people that move the patient around, what they usually do is they have to find a phone nearby once they’ve done their job to get the next one. Now it’s so easy. They just pull out their phone and find out where the next patient is, they go there and they pick them up on time. It’s much more efficient, and all those records are updated right away, reflected in the EMR (electronic medical record) system.In the beginning, I believe, they had to hire about 20 part-time employees because they just couldn’t handle the work load. Now, it&#rsquo;s just so easy, and it’s much more efficient.

&#rsquo;The ultimate goal is to totally eliminate paper—everything is electronic.&#rdquo;
—Timothy Pan, Hackensack Meridian Health

Q: What other anecdotes have you heard from users on how it helps provide better patient care?

Timothy: Absolutely, MyChart Bedside is one good example. AirWatch is deeply integrated into the workflow for it. We try not to put a burden on the nurse that&#rsquo;s managing the station, so we try to find opportunities to automate that workflow. The API that AirWatch provides is so unique, it will automatically send the API call to reach the device.

Q: What other VMware technology are you using, and how does that provide a backbone for your AirWatch deployment?

Timothy: We are a VMware shop for the server. Particularly for security and call-based service, VMware makes life a lot easier for all the administrators. We can manage the system anywhere, anytime, basically. We don’t have to VPN to the hospital system in order to access the console. We can access content anywhere. This is one of the benefits we love. It also helps reduce a lot of the burden of system upgrades. We can have a scheduled time AirWatch will help us upgrade right away.

Q: Where is HMH headed, and how will AirWatch and other VMware technology help you get there?

Timothy: Right now, we&#rsquo;re piloting a program where we would provide mobile devices to patients and nurses. The ultimate goal is to totally eliminate paper—everything is electronic. It’s very successful already in the pilot program, and we are discussing this further deployment.

Related:

  • 6 AirWatch Customers We Are Thankful for This Year
  • Transforming Healthcare: VITAS Embraces the Power of Mobile Devices
  • Intermountain Healthcare Puts Mobile Security at Top of 2016 Priorities