Tuesday, August 28, 2012

VMworld 2012: Steve Herrod, End User Keynote

Steve will introduce the new suites from VMware. The session will discuss how VMware has combined their products to solve key business problems with a focus on the end user space. Steve opens with a few buzz words to highlight growing trends in the consumerization of IT, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or the IT of consumerization (which describes how technically savvy users are becoming).

Steve talks about how difficult these trends have made things for IT. The disparity in solutions has led to more tools and more point products. This complexity has led to cost increases.

Last year they talked about the transformation from legacy approach of IT into a new services approach. The second challenge that was alluded to is how you broker these new services and tailor them to a user vs a device.

Transformation has not really meant the death of the PC but the move to a multi-device environment. Gartner reports only 30% of business have migrated to Windows 7.

Steve reviews the release of View 5.1. View 5.1 has reduced the aquisition costs and improved the end user experience. Steve also mentions new products that are appliance based and allow you to build out desktops quickly. CISCO has a new device called the ISR G2 that allows you to deploy View in a branch and integrates a number of technology enhancements including VoIP.

Even with all the work done on View you still need to deal with the offline mode. Steve talks about Winova software and specifically the Mirage product. Mirage will decompose a desktop image into layers such as hardware OS, applications and user data. Once you have done this it enables you to quickly change out components of the stack. Mirage enables you to keep these Mirage desktop images synchronized when deployed to the end device. This allows you to keep these images current in near realtime. Mirage enables you to run the View desktop locally but trickle the changes back to the datacenter.

This keys up a demo that takes a user from Windows XP to 7 while online and using their laptop. A reboot completes the migration. The next scenario presented is when the laptop is 'stolen' access is enabled through a thin client to demonstrate that the virtual desktop follows the user. The final piece is the redeployment of the View desktop using Fusion to integrate it into a new Apple iOS laptop.

VMware also introduces the concept of User Interface Virtualization - to allow legacy apps to be tablet friendly. It takes apps and makes them work through gesture. The demo showed movement between applications using a album cover approach. The demo also showed clipboard functionality using gestures.

Now Steve moves to a discussion on brokers. Steve introduces the Horizon Suite. It can broker Applications, Data and Desktops. Project Octopus is integrated into the suite. Steve mentions that this can all be administered from a single place. The Alpha product is shown. When you login you get a dashboard of current use of all the pieces including traditional, thin and mobile applications. You can manage mobile Apps in addition to Web Applications, Thin Apps and low and behold Citrix. The Apple AppStore and Google Apps have also been integrated. Deployment is done through the completion of Class of Service policies. Applications can be self activated by the user provided the administrator allows it.

Steve now introduces Horizon mobile which manages a virtual container for your smart phone allowing personal and business segregation. Currently they support iPhone and Android. Horizon Apps are managed in a separate container on the mobile phone.

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