Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure—It Keeps Getting Better!

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Aug 102017
 

Don&#rsquo;t you love it when a good thing just gets even better? Like when your smartphone can double as your SLR camera or your thermostat can also water the plants. We at VMware definitely do and recently worked our magic on our VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™.

Earlier this year, we announced the Horizon Cloud service. Horizon Cloud is a software service from VMware that allows customers to easily and cost-effectively deploy cloud-hosted or on-premises virtual desktops and apps to any device, anywhere. Now, as more and more organizations adopt a multi-cloud strategy to leverage &#rsquo;best-fit&#rdquo; cloud capabilities, avoid cloud vulnerability and optimize cost, they face new challenges of moving between clouds and inefficiencies of operating multiple solutions. Wouldn&#rsquo;t it be nice to have a desktop virtualization service that could also easily span clouds and enable a mix and match of public and private clouds based on business needs?

The Horizon Cloud team has been working hard on this, and we are delighted to offer a solution with Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure! Each is great separately, but together they are amazing. Horizon Cloud comes from the leader in desktop and app virtualization. Microsoft Azure is the fastest growing public cloud provider today, available in 38 regions across the globe, not to mention the natural choice for organizations relying on Windows-based applications and enterprise applications like Microsoft Office 365.

Upcoming Features for Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure allows you to bring your own, existing Microsoft Azure infrastructure capacity and pair it with the Horizon Cloud service. Here are some of the exciting features you can expect:

  • Application & Session Desktop Delivery
    • Ability to publish and manage RDS-hosted applications and desktops on Microsoft Azure while leveraging on-premises and cloud resources
  • Graphics Visualization
    • Superior graphics capabilities to visualize graphic-intensive workflows on Microsoft Azure GPUs
  • Cloud-Based Management Console
    • Intuitive Horizon Cloud management console to manage remote desktops, apps and users in one place
    • Built-in monitoring service with logs, notifications and analytics
  • Hybrid Architecture
    • Support for both Horizon Cloud with on-premises infrastructure and Horizon Cloud on AzureMicrosoft Azure, in a single solution
  • User Experience & Access
    • Identity-based end-user catalog access via VMware Workspace ONE
    • Secure remote access for end users with integrated VMware Unified Access Gateway
    • Support for Blast Extreme, Blast Extreme Adaptive Transport (BEAT) protocol, Skype for Business and much more
  • Power Management
    • Ability to track and manage Microsoft Azure capacity consumption to keep costs low
  • Support
    • Enterprise-grade, 24-7 support from VMware for the Horizon Cloud service

Benefits of Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Built from the ground up as a cloud-native, multi-tenant solution, Horizon Cloud combines organically with Microsoft Azure to provide the following benefits:

  • Multi-Cloud Deployments
    • Flexibility to choose between cloud capacity managed by VMware or bring-your-own infrastructure with Microsoft Azure
  • Low-Cost, Hourly Billing for Microsoft Azure Capacity
    • Ability to pair consumption-based pricing on public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with Horizon Cloud service subscription
  • Global Footprint
    • Single instance to manage deployments across Microsoft&#rsquo;s 38 data center regions over the globe
  • Easy Deployment
    • Automated deployment of Horizon Cloud service components
    • Integration with Microsoft Azure Marketplace to allow importing a Windows Server image on which the necessary agents get automatically applied
  • Simplified Management
    • Horizon Cloud always maintained at latest versions
    • Under five-minutes, self-scheduled upgrades for components on Microsoft Azure via Blue-Green upgrades
  • Superior Architecture
    • Multi-tenant architecture built for the cloud
    • Cloud control plane separate from the data path, avoiding unnecessary latency and maintaining business continuity
    • Unified Access Gateway deployed automatically in Microsoft Azure
  • Simple Offer
    • Remote published desktops and applications offered in one simple offer
    • Unified Access Gateway included in offer
    • VMware User Environment Manager included in offer

Over the last few months, we have been working with our customers and partners to shape the Horizon Cloud service and its capabilities. We also launched a private beta program to solicit feedback, and it has been great to see that our customers share our excitement.

&#rsquo;VMware and Microsoft Azure, a match made in the Cloud. The ability to deliver applications in the cloud will allow us to continue to stay flexible to deliver the services that our customers and partners expect.&#rdquo;
—Technical Architect for store and corporate user computing in a large U.S. pharmacy chain looking for desktop virtualization

 

&#rsquo;I think Horizon Cloud is the way to go … Great evolution of moving in this direction.&#rdquo;
—Solutions Architect for a healthcare company migrating from on-premises to the cloud

Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure Demo at VMworld

Now that you&#rsquo;ve&#rsquo; read this, you might be wondering how you can see this in action. Well, check out our session at VMworld 2017, where we will be giving a demonstration of Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure. You will learn how you can combine the benefits of remote desktops and applications as a service from VMware with the flexibility to choose a public, consumption-based IaaS like Microsoft Azure, making it easier and more cost-effective to deploy and scale your digital workspace.

Building a Multi-Cloud Strategy with Horizon Cloud Service

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We hope to see you there soon!

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VMware Horizon Cloud llega a Microsoft Azure

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Aug 102017
 

En VMware siempre intentamos ofrecer a nuestros usuarios tantas opciones y flexibilidad como sea posible en su entorno de TI.

Nuestro último compromiso con la causa es VMware Horizon Cloud en Microsoft Azure, que ayuda a nuestros usuarios a crear aplicaciones y escritorios virtuales VMware que incrementan la presencia mundial de Microsoft Azure en la empresa, presente ya en 38 regiones.

Al sumarle a uno de los proveedores de Infraestructura como Servicio (IaaS) que crece más rápido la aplicación líder del sector y la oferta de servicios cloud de escritorio, a nuestros usuarios se les ofrece varias opciones de infraestructura con la flexibilidad necesaria para moverse por diferentes plataformas, lo que supone la base de nuestra estrategia cross-cloud.

Pero, ¿qué significa?

Ahora los usuarios pueden conectar Azure IaaS a Horizon Cloud con el objetivo de generar y gestionar las aplicaciones y los escritorios virtuales Horizon. Es perfecto para empresas suscritas a Azure, pero también para clientes que buscan la flexibilidad que permite poder cambiar las opciones de desarrollo de otros servicios en la nube pública en caso de que cambie su uso, haya cambios en el personal o el entorno económico sea diferente, gracias al plano de control de nube única que permite utilizar Horizon Cloud. La integración de VMware y Microsoft también ayuda a nuestros usuarios a que su adaptación a Windows 10 sea más rápida.

Como siempre, nuestras soluciones ofrecen un abanico de posibilidades a los usuarios. De hecho, sólo Horizon Cloud ofrece esta flexibilidad para aplicaciones y escritorios virtuales. Por ejemplo, puede proporcionar una infraestructura de nube pública gestionada a aquellas empresas que quieren externalizar la gestión de la infraestructura a la nube para una experiencia de desktop as a service, o puede permitir la gestión de su propia infraestructura interna con aplicaciones de infraestructura hiperconvergente a aquellas empresas que quieren un mayor control sobre su infraestructura de escritorio virtual, particularmente para las que requieren una gran seguridad o resultados.

VMware sigue innovando y dando respuesta a las necesidades de nuestros clientes.

Esperamos que VMware Horizon Cloud para Microsoft Azure está en el mercado a partir del segundo semestre de 2017.

Sí­ganos en Twitter @vmware_es para estar al dí­a de todas las evoluciones digitales.

The Complete Itinerary for Windows 10 Enthusiasts at VMworld 2017

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Aug 092017
 

This blog was updated on May 22,2017, with the latest information about the Device Enrollment Program from Apple. Join the conversation on Twitter using #iOSinBusiness.

What is the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

The Device Enrollment Program provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac, iOS or tvOS devices. With a mobile device management (MDM) and unified endpoint management solution like VMware AirWatch, IT can:

  • Customize device settings;
  • Activate and supervise devices over the air; and
  • Enable users to setup their own devices out of the box.

[Related: 27 Questions Answered about AirWatch & the Device Enrollment Program from Apple]

What IT challenges does the Device Enrollment Program help address?

The Device Enrollment Program solves several critical requirements for corporate-owned devices. First, organizations save time and money by eliminating high-touch processes for IT. DEP takes configuration time to zero. Deployment of corporate-owned devices with DEP means zero-touch configuration for IT, eliminates staging and automates device configuration.

Second, onboarding iOS or macOS devices is streamlined for users. Based on the settings IT configured, users are prompted through Setup Assistant (skipping through any unnecessary screens). Users only need to authenticate and don&#rsquo;t need to be tech savvy to get the content, apps and email they need on their smartphones.

Finally, supervising iOS devices over the air is possible with the DEP. With supervision, administrators have more control over the device and can disable features like AirDrop, the App Store and account modification. They can also enable features like password protection. Also, the MDM profile cannot be removed, which eliminates the possibility of un-enrollment to protect data and investments in devices and provides the best user experience possible.

What role does AirWatch play in Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program?

To utilize the Device Enrollment Program, MDM capabilities like those part of VMware AirWatch are required. AirWatch integrates with the Device Enrollment Program, enabling organizations to automatically import devices in the console based on order history. Then, administrators can easily configure settings, apply profiles, assign applications and set restrictions that will apply automatically when users unbox devices.

[Related: iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 & macOS 10.12.4 Are Live! VMware AirWatch Has Your Mobile Business Covered]

How can I join the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

First, enroll with Apple and register your organization&#rsquo;s information to create an account and designate your administrators. Next, configure your device settings and Setup Assistant steps in the AirWatch console. You then can ship devices directly to your users.

For more information, check out Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program Guide.

What are the device requirements for the Apple Device Enrollment Program?

The devices must be corporate-owned and purchased directly from Apple or through participating Apple Authorized Resellers.*

*The Device Enrollment Program may not be supported by all Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers.

Where is the Device Enrollment Program available?

The Device Enrollment Program is available in 34 countries: Australia,Austria,Belgium,Brazil,Canada,Czech Republic,Denmark,Finland,France,Germany, Greece,Hong Kong,Hungary,India,Ireland,Italy,Japan,Luxembourg,Mexico,Netherlands, NewZealand,Norway,Poland,Portugal,Singapore,South Africa,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland, Taiwan,Turkey,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom andUnitedStates.

What’s available for education with the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

Both Apple and AirWatch give special consideration to unique education use cases. With Apple School Manager (ASM), Apple has delivered a central place for account creation, role definitions and content purchases. To support ASM, AirWatch designed a console section for education to setup mobile deployments and streamline management of teachers, students, classes, apps and more—whether you have a 1:1 or shared device deployment. After importing data from Apple School Manager, use AirWatch to:

  • Match devices with students or classes;
  • Assign applications (to users or devices); and
  • Configure the new Classroom application, allowing teachers to guide learning on iPads.

Students quickly choose the device with their photo displayed once their teacher has started the class.

Visit apple.com/business/dep/ and apple.com/education/it/ to learn more about the Device Enrollment Program.

 

VMware Horizon Cloud comes to Microsoft Azure

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Aug 072017
 

At VMware, we&#rsquo;ve always been intent on giving our customers as many options and as much flexibility as possible when it comes to their IT environment.

Our latest commitment to that cause, is delivering VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure, helping our customers to bring VMware virtual desktops and applications to the increasing global presence of Microsoft Azure in the enterprise, which is now available in 38 regions globally.

Bringing together one of the fastest growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers with the industry&#rsquo;s leading app and desktop cloud services offering gives our customers several infrastructure options with the flexibility to move between different platforms – all part of our cross-cloud strategy.

But what does this all mean?
Well, customers can now connect Azure IaaS to Horizon Cloud to deliver and manage Horizon virtual desktops and applications. This is ideal for organisations with an Azure subscription, but also for customers that want the flexibility to switch their deployment options from other public cloud services if use cases change, employees move or economics shift – thanks to Horizon Cloud&#rsquo;s ability to use a single cloud control plane. The VMware and Microsoft integration can also help our customers accelerate their move to Windows 10.

As ever, our solutions provide customers with options. In fact, only Horizon Cloud offers this flexible scale-out of virtual desktops and applications. For example, it can offer fully managed public cloud infrastructure for those companies looking to outsource management of infrastructure to the cloud for a desktop-as-a-service experience, or it can offer bring your own on-premises infrastructure with Hyper-converged Infrastructure appliances for those organisations that want greater control over their virtual desktop infrastructure – particularly those with tight security or performance requirements.

VMware continues to innovate and cater for all of our customers&#rsquo; needs.

We expect VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure to be available in the second half of 2017.

Brand-new Apple MacBook Pro: $3K. VMware Fusion: $160. Running got-to-have-them Windows Apps on my Sweet Setup: Priceless.

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Jun 232017
 

Donn Bullock

by Donn Bullock,Director of End-User Computing Channel Sales for the Americas.

With over 20 years of high-tech sales & marketing experience, Donn has worked at every level of the IT channel including 3 resellers, 2 manufacturers (Compaq & IBM) and a distributor. He started one of the first (he was told by VMware the actual first) business partner VDI practices focused on VMware in 2006. He joined VMware in July 2012 as the first external hire for the new Commercial Field Sales team and today serves as a channel sales executive for VMware&#rsquo;s $500M EUC business in the Americas.

Donn has a BA from Wake Forest University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Vanderbilt University and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.


TruAudio

No matter how millennial you might be (or think you are), sometimes you just can&#rsquo;t escape Windows. That&#rsquo;s what Bryan Garner, CEO of home audio company TruAudio, and his executive team discovered, much to their collective chagrin. Following the setup of their all-new Apple MacBook Pros, the excitement of having joined the Apple ecosystem was abruptly replaced with the reality of a recently installed, Windows-based financial system. As new Mac converts, Bryan and team immediately set out to rescue their newly acquired IT tools from the setback of Windows non-compatibility.

As a fast-growing, small business, TruAudio had been running their financials from Quickbooks Enterprise for many years. In an office exclusively comprised of Windows PCs and Servers, upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics seemed like a natural fit given the IT history of the firm, the application&#rsquo;s ability to scale with the fast pace of their company&#rsquo;s growth, and the recommendation of their trusted IT consultant. That is until the trending younger executive team decided that Macs were their platform of choice for personal productivity. It was only after setting up their crisp new hardware that the discovery of no MacOS interface within Dynamics was discovered.

After an unfulfilling foray into Oracle&#rsquo;s VirtualBox, Bryan and team took the advice of yours truly and had a go with Fusion Pro. The firm has not looked back since. First, VMware&#rsquo;s Fusion Pro satisfied their Dynamics needs, allowing each of the users to create a dual-screen desktop environment of both MacOS and Windows, running applications simultaneously on either desktop OS (and indeed running Microsoft Office on both).

TruAudio’s Desktop

Along the way, the team also discovered that Fusion resolved the unsuspecting issue of printing to their respective locally attached Konica Minolta bizhub printers, which also lacked a native MacOS driver. Printing through Windows on Fusion was now all they needed. As the firm has continued to grow rapidly, Fusion has resolved other unforeseen issues and found its way into other critical parts of the business. For example, the team also discovered that Crestron, the leader in commercial and home automation, lacks a MacOS driver for its products, an easy resolution found once again with Fusion-empowered MacBooks. By connecting the Crestron automation tools into Windows within Fusion, TruAudio has been able to provide the sound testing studio with flexibility for anyone wanting to test out new solutions on TruAudio gear.

In today&#rsquo;s IT environment, not every user wants to be locked into a single OS. For many users, application choice dictates platform, not the other way around. And while users seek choice in their BYOD demands, corporate IT departments insist upon control and standardization. VMware Fusion reconciles this potential conflict of end-user choice with control, creating an environment in which both Windows and Mac can not only work together, but empower new options and use cases not available to users before.

Don&#rsquo;t believe that Fusion can&#rsquo;t make a difference in your company? Just ask Bryan as he runs to his next meeting with MacBook Pro in hand. Try it yourself today, for free.

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13 Mobile Conferences for IT Leaders & Innovators

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Jun 222017
 

This blog was updated on May 22,2017, with the latest information about the Device Enrollment Program from Apple. Join the conversation on Twitter using #iOSinBusiness.

What is the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

The Device Enrollment Program provides a fast, streamlined way to deploy your corporate-owned Mac, iOS or tvOS devices. With a mobile device management (MDM) and unified endpoint management solution like VMware AirWatch, IT can:

  • Customize device settings;
  • Activate and supervise devices over the air; and
  • Enable users to setup their own devices out of the box.

[Related: 27 Questions Answered about AirWatch & the Device Enrollment Program from Apple]

What IT challenges does the Device Enrollment Program help address?

The Device Enrollment Program solves several critical requirements for corporate-owned devices. First, organizations save time and money by eliminating high-touch processes for IT. DEP takes configuration time to zero. Deployment of corporate-owned devices with DEP means zero-touch configuration for IT, eliminates staging and automates device configuration.

Second, onboarding iOS or macOS devices is streamlined for users. Based on the settings IT configured, users are prompted through Setup Assistant (skipping through any unnecessary screens). Users only need to authenticate and don&#rsquo;t need to be tech savvy to get the content, apps and email they need on their smartphones.

Finally, supervising iOS devices over the air is possible with the DEP. With supervision, administrators have more control over the device and can disable features like AirDrop, the App Store and account modification. They can also enable features like password protection. Also, the MDM profile cannot be removed, which eliminates the possibility of un-enrollment to protect data and investments in devices and provides the best user experience possible.

What role does AirWatch play in Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program?

To utilize the Device Enrollment Program, MDM capabilities like those part of VMware AirWatch are required. AirWatch integrates with the Device Enrollment Program, enabling organizations to automatically import devices in the console based on order history. Then, administrators can easily configure settings, apply profiles, assign applications and set restrictions that will apply automatically when users unbox devices.

[Related: iOS 10.3, tvOS 10.2 & macOS 10.12.4 Are Live! VMware AirWatch Has Your Mobile Business Covered]

How can I join the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

First, enroll with Apple and register your organization&#rsquo;s information to create an account and designate your administrators. Next, configure your device settings and Setup Assistant steps in the AirWatch console. You then can ship devices directly to your users.

For more information, check out Apple&#rsquo;s Device Enrollment Program Guide.

What are the device requirements for the Apple Device Enrollment Program?

The devices must be corporate-owned and purchased directly from Apple or through participating Apple Authorized Resellers.*

*The Device Enrollment Program may not be supported by all Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers.

Where is the Device Enrollment Program available?

The Device Enrollment Program is available in 34 countries: Australia,Austria,Belgium,Brazil,Canada,Czech Republic,Denmark,Finland,France,Germany, Greece,Hong Kong,Hungary,India,Ireland,Italy,Japan,Luxembourg,Mexico,Netherlands, NewZealand,Norway,Poland,Portugal,Singapore,South Africa,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland, Taiwan,Turkey,United Arab Emirates,United Kingdom andUnitedStates.

What’s available for education with the Device Enrollment Program from Apple?

Both Apple and AirWatch give special consideration to unique education use cases. With Apple School Manager (ASM), Apple has delivered a central place for account creation, role definitions and content purchases. To support ASM, AirWatch designed a console section for education to setup mobile deployments and streamline management of teachers, students, classes, apps and more—whether you have a 1:1 or shared device deployment. After importing data from Apple School Manager, use AirWatch to:

  • Match devices with students or classes;
  • Assign applications (to users or devices); and
  • Configure the new Classroom application, allowing teachers to guide learning on iPads.

Students quickly choose the device with their photo displayed once their teacher has started the class.

Visit apple.com/business/dep/ and apple.com/education/it/ to learn more about the Device Enrollment Program.

 

This Week’s Top EUC News Will Blow Your Mind

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Mai 192017
 

Never miss an announcement. Get top end-user computing (EUC) news in your inbox every Friday. Sign up to the right.

&#rsquo;Microsoft Azure users now have access to genuine desktop as a service solution.&#rdquo;

That&#rsquo;s SiliconANGLE on our huge news this week: We&#rsquo;re delivering VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure. By connecting Azure to the Horizon Cloud control plane, our joint customers are empowered with more flexibility to deliver virtual desktops and apps. Get the FAQs here.

&#rsquo;Our customers have their preference of public cloud offerings and should be able to choose the industry leader in desktop and app virtualization regardless of that cloud preference.&#rdquo;
—Dave Grant, VP of Product Marketing for VMware End-User Computing, at VMware Radius

Plus, using Horizon Cloud with on-premises infrastructure? Here&#rsquo;s what&#rsquo;s new for you.

The digital workspace just upped its IQ.

VMware also announced the acquisition of Apteligent this week and the integration of the mobile app intelligence solution into our digital workspace platform. Read the juicy details here.

&#rsquo;The Apteligent platform enables both mobile app developers and IT organizations to analyze mobile application performance in real time, enabling them to understand user behavior to address the issues that matter the most—and directly impact business and revenue.&#rdquo;
—Sumit Dhawan, VMware EUC SVP & GM of Desktop Products & Solutions

Forget stereotypes. We&#rsquo;re all Generation Digital.

Millennials aren&#rsquo;t the only generation demanding mobile technology at work. Employees of all ages recently said mobile tech makes them more productive (60%), more creative (45%) and more satisfied at work (53%). Read more in this new VMware Radius series.

It&#rsquo;s a &#rsquo;privilege&#rdquo; to meet you, VMware User Environment Manager 9.2.

User Environment Manager (UEM) essentially separates a user&#rsquo;s personality from the underlying Windows machine, said Andy Morris, virtualizing their preferences. Version 9.2 offers a cool new trick: User privilege elevation. Here&#rsquo;s what it does.

Plus, watch these six videos for a technical deep dive into UEM 9.2.

And IT lived happily ever after.

User satisfaction is up, and costs are down at Memorial Healthcare after the hospital deployed VMware NSX, VMware AirWatch and Horizon. Hear their digital clinical workspace story.

&#rsquo;I don&#rsquo;t think there&#rsquo;s much within our infrastructure that VMware hasn&#rsquo;t enabled.&#rdquo;
—Thomas Kurtz, Ph. D, VP of Information Services & CIO for Memorial Healthcare

Let&#rsquo;s talk tech.

  • Citrix Synergy, May 23–25 in Orlando (VMware booth 309)
  • VMware SociaLabs—Horizon 7 & AirWatch, May 23 (San Diego), June 6 (Reston) & June 20 (Halifax)
  • Boston Summer VMUG UserCon, June 1
  • Unlocking Mobility with Derived Credentials &AirWatch, June 23 online
  • VMworld 2017, Aug. 27–31 in Vegas

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Coming Soon: VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business GA Release

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Mai 192017
 

As a follow up to our previous announcement on VMware Horizon with Skype for Business, we are happy to share that we will be releasing the generally available (GA) version of the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business next month.

The upcoming release of the Horizon Virtualization Pack will include a GA release of the Horizon Media Engine for Windows clients and a private beta release of the Horizon Media Engine for Linux clients. Additionally, an updated Horizon Media Proxy will be embedded with the Horizon agent as an optional install.

Some highlights of the new virtualization pack include:

  • Point-to-point audio and video calls
  • PSTN calls using the dial-pad
  • Remote connectivity through the Microsoft Edge Server
  • Call-forward, transfer, hold and resume
  • Voicemail integration
  • Music on hold
  • Support for Skype for Business 2015 and 2016 clients (see release notes)
  • Support for Lync Server 2013, Skype for Business 2015 Server and Office365 deployments
  • Support for VMware Blast Extreme and PCoIP
  • Support for persistent and non-persistent desktops
  • Support for Horizon desktops (on premise and cloud)

 

The Horizon Media Engine for Windows clients will be available as an optional install with the Horizon Windows client. For customers interested in testing out the private beta of the Horizon Media Engine for Linux, please email horizonsfb@vmware.com.

Come visit us at Citrix Synergy booth 309 next week to see Horizon + Skype for Business in action.

Because you liked this blog:

  • VMware + Microsoft: Delivering an Even Better Skype for Business Experience
  • The Next Horizon: Introducing Horizon 7.1, Horizon Apps & Horizon Cloud
  • Get Ready for Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

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Get Ready for VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

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Mai 162017
 

Businesses today are increasingly mobile, globally distributed and fast paced. While this increasingly diverse workforce expects a consumer-simple interface for accessing work data and applications, IT faces the same challenge as before: securing the enterprise. The number one question facing organizations is:

How can I ensure my users are productive, while securing data and driving down costs?

VMware works with Microsoft to deliver enterprise collaboration solutions that enhance user experience and productivity, while delivering on the promise of a more secure enterprise. Last fall, we teamed up with Microsoft to deliver an optimized experience for Skype for Business on VMware Horizon.

Concurrently, VMware supports our customers&#rsquo; migration to Windows 10 with desktop virtualization and endpoint management with VMware AirWatch. Solutions such as VMware Workspace ONE help organizations simplify Windows 10 device management. Horizon application and desktop virtualization solutions ease IT&#rsquo;s pain of migrating to Windows 10 by simplifying image management.

From desktop and application delivery to mobile and Windows device management, our work with Microsoft ensures that users can be productive and enterprise data remains secure.

Building on this promise, we are excited to share today that we will deliver Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.

Read the FAQ: Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Azure is one of the fastest growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers. Horizon Cloud is the industry&#rsquo;s leading app and desktop cloud services offering. Together, our joint customers will be able to connect their own instance of Azure to our intuitive Horizon Cloud control plane. This combination creates a comprehensive cloud-hosted solution with federated access to Azure Active Directory (AD) for delivering virtualized Windows apps and desktops.

Integrating with leading clouds like Azure allows us to deliver cross-cloud architecture. Horizon Cloud uniquely pairs a single cloud control plane with our customers&#rsquo; choice of deployment options to deliver and manage virtual desktops and apps. Customers choose from a number of flexible private and public cloud deployment options, including:

  • Cloud-hosted capacity managed by VMware.
  • Public cloud infrastructure from Microsoft Azure. Coming soon.
  • On-premises hyper-converged infrastructure from partners like Dell EMC, Hitachi and QTC.

We are certainly excited about the opportunity to work with Microsoft to bring Azure to Horizon Cloud and would love to share more details with you. Visit our VMware and Microsoft web page, where you can get more details on this announcement and sign up to participate in our private beta.

Want to learn more about Horizon Cloud? Here are a few great resources for you:

  • Here Comes Horizon Cloud
  • Horizon Cloud Demo Video
  • Horizon Cloud FAQ, Datasheet & More

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Updated – Official SQL Server on vSphere best practices guide, March 2017

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Mrz 222017
 

Microsoft SQL Server is the most virtualized enterprise mission critical application today. In recent years it has become a mainstream effort among VMware customers to virtualizecritical databases to allow better agilityand scale while increasing availability and operational efficiency.

The official best practices guide for virtualizing SQL Server is now updated with information regarding vSphere 6.5 and some new lessons learned in the past year.

A big Thank you! is due to:

Allan Hirt (Twitter @SQLHA) for keeping me honest on SQL Server nomenclature

David Klee (Twitter @Kleegeek) for his help reviewing thispaper

Deji Akomolafe (Twitter @dejify) for hisexpertise and contribution

You can read the updated guide
here:http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/solutions/sql-server-on-vmware-best-practices-guide.pdf

As always, comments and feedback are welcome

Niran

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3D, Mixed Reality and the Microsoft Windows 10 Event

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Okt 262016
 
The Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to ship for free in early 2017 to every Windows 10 device. The Creators Update, announced at today&#rsquo;s Microsoft event, advances the company&#rsquo;s vision for making mixed reality valuable and accessible to all and enables users to quickly connect and share these new types of content. Here are […]]> The Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to ship for free in early 2017 to every Windows 10 device. The Creators Update, announced at today&#rsquo;s Microsoft event, advances the company&#rsquo;s vision for making mixed reality valuable and accessible to all and enables users to quickly connect and share these new types of content.

Here are three big takeaways.

Immersive 3D Creation

In the next Windows 10 update, users can create 3D elements both out of digital drawings and real world objects. In videos, students could spin documents and objects with a stylus and insert photos into 3D canvases.

The benefits of 3D elements are obvious for engineers, illustrators and others that work directly with graphics and visual information. Microsoft also believes 3D will empower everyone to better communicate and learn beyond the limitations of 2D documents, spreadsheets and slides.

In Microsoft PowerPoint, you&#rsquo;ll soon be able to insert 3D images and animations into slides as easily as 2D photos and videos. Microsoft plans to integrate 3D support across more of their most popular apps.

Moving from 2D to Mixed Reality

3D will usher in, &#rsquo;a new era of innovation that allows you to work seamlessly across the screens and into the physical world around you,&#rdquo; said Microsoft General Manager Megan Saunders. In a demonstration, Megan scanned a 360-degree image of a sandcastle onto her phone, manipulated that sandcastle in the new Paint 3D app and added 3D images to it from a new online community supported by Microsoft Edge.

In another demo, Microsoft demonstrated how users could pull those 3D images from the Edge browser into mixed reality worlds with Microsoft HoloLens and virtual reality (VR) devices. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called it the birth of a new medium: Moving seamlessly from 2D to 3D, from 3D to holograms and from holograms to mixed reality.

[Related: Smart Glasses at Work: AirWatch Now Supports IoT Augmented Reality]

Simple, Affordable VR

You&#rsquo;ll be able to buy VR accessories supported by the Creators Update soon from HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and ASUS—starting at $299. You won&#rsquo;t be able to get them until 2017, and only for use with laptops and PCs, but Microsoft says the experience will be better and easier to use than anything else out there.

[Related: Virtual and Augmented Reality in the Enterprise]

Microsoft&#rsquo;s step into 3D creation and sharing is important. It will soon answer the question, &#rsquo;Mixed reality is cool, but what do you do with it?&#rdquo; Mixed reality devices evolved much faster than the content, but now, Microsoft will be able to empower users to create their own mixed reality content to accelerate adoption.

&#rsquo;The next 10 years will be defined by technology that empowers profound creation,&#rdquo; said Satya. &#rsquo;New computing mediums do not take shape by technology alone. It&#rsquo;s up to creators to seize the moment and bring this technology to life.&#rdquo;

You can check out the #MicrosoftEvent on Twitter to find out more about the new Surface Studio (called a &#rsquo;floating sheet of pixels&#rdquo;), the Surface Dial tool and the new Surface Book.

Learn more about VMware AirWatch and Windows 10:

  • [SlideShare] 5 Significant Trends in Windows 10 Migrations
  • New! Free Windows 10 Migration Assessment Tool from VMware
  • On Demand: Windows 10 Anniversary Updates and Modernizing OS Management

Hear It First: Top 4 Digital Workspace & Mobile News from VMworld Europe

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Okt 182016
 
VMworld 2016 continues its march across the globe, this week in Barcelona. The massive technology conference is in its final annual leg, but the VMware End-User Computing (EUC) team saved some of its biggest news for last. Here are the top 4 digital workspace and mobility news headlines coming out of VMworld Europe 2016. 1. […]]> VMworld 2016 continues its march across the globe, this week in Barcelona. The massive technology conference is in its final annual leg, but the VMware End-User Computing (EUC) team saved some of its biggest news for last.

Here are the top 4 digital workspace and mobility news headlines coming out of VMworld Europe 2016.

1. Introducing VMware Workspace ONE Essentials

The digital workspace is different for every user and every business. To help businesses solve one of the biggest mobility conundrums—bring your own device (BYOD)—VMware introduced a new product into its digital workspace portfolio: Workspace ONE Essentials.

&#rsquo;In short, Workspace ONE Essentials enables organizations with BYO and unmanaged end-user populations to gain significant benefits from delivering a better user experience with enhanced security and control.&#rdquo; —Josue Fontanez, VMware EUC senior product line marketing manager

The new addition to the Workspace ONE portfolio includes:

  • Self-service app catalogue and mobile app launcher
  • Single sign-on (SSO) with basic conditional access
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Reporting and analytics

Dive into the new Workspace ONE Essentials offering here.

Want to take it for a test drive? Click here for a custom demo.

2. VMware & Microsoft Collaborate for an &#rsquo;Even Better&#rdquo; Skype for Business Experience

VMware and Microsoft announced a new joint effort at VMworld Europe, designed to help businesses deliver an even better Skype for Business experience to workers. Here are the four major benefits:

1. Secure collaboration

2. Simple management, control and deployment

3. Consistently great user experience

4. Lower overall infrastructure costs

Watch Microsoft and VMware EUC CTOs Raj Gopalakrishnan and Shawn Bass talk about this exciting new collaboration over (what else?) Skype for Business in this quick video:

Sign up for the tech preview to start experiencing the four major benefits of Skype for Business and VMware Horizon in your business.

3. New Workspace ONE Enhancements Further Secure Office 365 Access across Endpoints

Later this quarter, VMware will continue its focus on enabling secure Office 365 deployments for customers. With Workspace ONE, customers will be able to:

  • Automatically de-provision Office 365 and G Suite (formally known as Google Apps) when employees leave the company.
  • Step up two-factor authentication security with VMware Verify.
  • Enable adaptive management security, such as blocking access to business apps suites like Office 365 from unmanaged devices.
  • Deny access to corporate apps and intellectual property from noncompliant devices.
  • Advanced data leak protection (DLP) to encrypt data, inhibit email movement, prevent attachment opening in personal apps and set DLP policies, like copy/paste and open-in controls.

To see these powerful Workspace ONE Office 365 capabilities in action, watch the quick demo here. Learn more at workspaceone.com.

4. SSO to All Apps—Even Legacy Applications

In the last of today&#rsquo;s exciting VMworld Europe EUC announcements, VMware announced a new collaboration with F5 to enable secure SSO access to all business apps through Workspace ONE.

&#rsquo;By enabling secure single sign-on (SSO) for cloud native, mobile and legacy apps, VMware Workspace ONE and F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) help workers securely access all the apps they need on any device anywhere.&#rdquo; —Ben Siler, VMware EUC product manager

Dive into the technical details of this powerful collaboration here.

Stay Tuned for More News from VMworld Europe

VMworld Europe is just getting started. Sign up for the AirWatch Blog newsletter at the top of your screen, or head over to our sister EUC Blog here to hear the news as it happens.

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[SlideShare] 5 Significant Trends in Windows 10 Migrations

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Sep 282016
 
Windows 10 now runs on more than 400 million monthly active devices, leadership announced this week at Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta. Today a new flipbook, Windows of Opportunity, based on 575 customer and partner responses in a VMware survey,reveals what’s driving adoption and the challenges to Windows 10 migrations. We’re giving this flipbook away […]]> Windows 10 now runs on more than 400 million monthly active devices, leadership announced this week at Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta. Today a new flipbook, Windows of Opportunity, based on 575 customer and partner responses in a VMware survey,reveals what’s driving adoption and the challenges to Windows 10 migrations.

We’re giving this flipbook away on SlideShare! Click through thisfree flipbookbelow to discover five key trends in Windows 10 migration and adoption, such as:

  • Where does IT rank Windows 10 among end-user computing priorities?
  • When will most IT organizations migrate to Windows 10?
  • How long do Windows 10 migrations take compared to previous versions?
  • Who thinks Windows 10 exceeds expectations: customers or partners?
  • What doesITthink about Windows 10?

Get started here:

5 Key Trends for Windows 10 Adoption & Migration from VMware End-User Computing (EUC)

 

Just over a year ago, Microsoft released the most secure, mobile-friendly Windows operating system to date, and suddenly, Windows 10 changed everything. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 users see reduced install time and security issues, and analysts estimate IT admins can save close to $150,000 per year using Windows 10.

That’s because Windows 10 enables you to take a more agile, cloud-based, enterprise mobility management-style approach to Windows management. According to this global survey, however, most customers stick with traditional Windows management techniques, missing opportunities to drop operational costs.

Do you want to use the same tools as before and see the same results? Or do you want to make your move to Windows 10 faster and smarter?

Windows 10 Adoption Trends: 5 Vital Things You Need to Know NOW

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Sep 282016
 

In the new flipbook from VMware, Windows of Opportunity, 575 IT leaders and partners reveal five top Windows 10 adoption and migration trends.

Dive deeper into the details of the VMware Windows 10 Adoption & Migration survey here.

Ready to learn more?

Check out these great resources:

  • A Definitive Guide to Windows 10 Management
  • Windows 10 Management Demo Videos
  • Redefine Windows Management

Ready to start the Windows 10 migration process? Last week, VMware launched an exciting new Windows 10 assessment tool to help you get started—free.

The new SysTrack Desktop Assessment technology automatically performs comprehensive analysis of your computing environment, including:

  • Windows 10 readiness;
  • End-user behaviors;
  • Endpoint inventory and configurations;
  • Software dependency and usage; and
  • Web and network usage patterns.

“The SysTrack Desktop Assessment Service is a step-by-step process that gathers in-depth information for organizations to understand system performance and application usage patterns to give a clear picture on which physical devices can upgrade to Windows 10 and which can migrate to Windows 10 through a virtual desktop. Guidance on the optimal computing environment helps organizations lower the cost of delivering and managing Windows environments going forward.”
—Blake Brannon, VP of product marketing, VMware End-User Computing (EUC)

Getting started for free is as easy as visiting assessment.vmware.com.

Does your Windows 10 migration process fall in line with the results of adoption survey? Or are you ahead of the curve? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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3 IT Lessons Learned at Microsoft Ignite 2016

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Sep 272016
 

Could not make Microsoft Ignite 2016? Here are three things we learned from Scott Guthrie’s keynote.

In his famous red shirt yesterday at Microsoft Ignite 2016, Microsoft EVP of Cloud and Enterprise Scott Guthrie empowered IT professionals to take the reins of digital transformation at their companies. Here are three of our favorite nuggets of wisdom from his keynote.

1. Don’t Forget: The Heart of Digital Transformation Is About Harnessing Technology

The driver’s seat is up for grabs when it comes to digital transformation. CEOs, CMOs and lines of business increasingly influence digital strategies. But remember it is you, IT experts, that live and breathe technology.

“You have the ability to make success stories, like the ones we heard this morning (referencing digital pioneers like BMW, Facebook and Rolls-Royce), happen in your organization,” Scott said. “The people who best know how to use technology—IT—are going to make it happen.”

Microsoft, Accenture, Avanade and Intel demo the Coop Supermarket of the Future at the Microsoft Ignite 2016 Expo.

2. Technology Is Not the Only Thing Changing

Sure, we see more screens per user and data increasing by zettabytes. But IT will also witness an influx of younger generations and freelancers in the workplace in the next few years.

What that means for Microsoft, Scott said, is that getting to a secure, productive enterprise is the new end goal. IT needs to focus on creating richer experiences for both customers and employees. We need “more personal computing.”

Cortana’s artificial intelligence is a key enabler for new productivity features in Microsoft’s products, including Tap for Word and Outlook or My Analytics for Office 365 (which now has over 70 million monthly active commercial users). Cortana now finds existing, relevant content in your organization whenever you create new content. Cortana also analyzes those reading your emails and when, so you can find the sweet spot on how to write and when to send emails.

3. Unprecedented Security Threats Call for Unprecedented Security Measures

We are living “in a world of unprecedented security challenges,” said Scott. The more tools and attack vectors we create, the more access points hackers have to corporate resources.

Microsoft devices are deconstructed and on display at the Microsoft Ignite 2016 Expo.

IT cannot just rely on old standbys for new threats. Scott told IT to lean in together and embrace new technologies to move forward. For instance, where do users spend 50% of their time at work? In a browser.

Microsoft’s new Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge aims to secure the business-critical tool (and often overlooked pathway for malware). The virtualization-based solution allows admins to configure and distribute trusted site policies across the network, while containers quietly isolate malware.

Windows 10 has been adopted 115% faster than Windows 7, and now runs on over 400 million monthly active devices, said Scott. Security enhancements like this make Windows 10 the most secure version of Windows ever, he said.

Next:

  • You can watch the replays here of the Microsoft Ignite keynotes, or read our recap of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote here.
  • If you’re at the Atlanta conference, stop by booth #439 to meet the VMware AirWatch team.
  • Read the big news from VMware at Microsoft Ignite 2016 here.

Get a free demo of VMware AirWatch at Microsoft Ignite 2016. Visit booth #439.

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