VMware VMworld 2017 End User Computing and Digital Workspace Announcements Cheat Sheet!
VMworld continued the messaging for VMware’s Digital Workspace vision, and reinforced the focus on an application access and delivery platform which creates a consistent and highly performing user experience. Workspace ONE is VMware’s Digital Workspace suite of products, which consists of AirWatch, Identity Manager, and Horizon View. Workspace ONE provides access and management across all endpoint platforms including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and now Chrome OS. Click here to watch the general session keynotes: https://www.vmworld.com/On-Demand or see below for more Digital Workspace announcements and improvements.
- Unified Endpoint Management Support for Chrome OS
With the release of Chrome Enterprise, Google announced a collaboration with VMware, which makes AirWatch the first UEM to manage Chrome OS devices from a common console. With Chrome OS device management, Chrome devices can be easily onboarded for work right out of the box.
- Workspace ONE mobile flows service
Mobile flows allow applications to be easily integrated across many backend systems and is available for sign up as a beta service.
- Application Deployment through Peer to Peer (P2P) Software Distribution Technology VMware introduced the ability to deploy large applications, at scale using P2P software distribution technology, thus eliminating the need for opex heavy distribution servers at branch offices.
- Integration with Microsoft Office 365
Customers want to adopt Office 365 quickly but are challenged with complicated provisioning and delivering secure experiences across all endpoint platforms. Workspace ONE will now give customers the ability to enforce and manage security policies and data loss prevention (DLP) alongside all of their applications and devices.
- Workspace ONE now available on HP Device as a Service (DaaS)
HP DaaS, not to be confused with Desktop as a Service, is a platform for providing, managing, and supporting endpoint devices. Workspace ONE is now incorporated into the HP DaaS platform, enabling expanded unified endpoint management capabilities.
Release: Updates to Workspace ONE are expected in Q3 FY2018
Workspace ONE Intelligence Announced
Workspace ONE Intelligence enables IT to make data-based decisions from the entire digital workspace environment. The suite of capabilities is broken up into the following categories.
- Insights – search and query the environment to analyze data, identify patterns and detect anomalies
- Planning – plan app and policy deployments with contextual recommendations, monitor app performance to identify critical issues and improve user experience, and enable the delivery of apps and patches at speed and scale
- Automation – create contextual workflows that take automated remediation actions based on security threats, and meet compliance requirements through automated access control
Release: General Availability is expected in Q4 FY2018
Most of the updates around AirWatch were positioned as updates to Workspace ONE. With VMware’s focus on the Workspace ONE solution, it sounds like there is a push against selling AirWatch as a standalone product. With the user experience capabilities delivered by Workspace ONE, that may be the wise play.
VMworld announced the latest version of the Horizon View desktop and application delivery platform, 7.3. This release saw the introduction of a few key features and updates, as listed below. VMware is proving they recognize the need to expand their RDSH Published Application offerings and build to feature parity with their competitors.
- Horizon View 7.3 Announced
- Optimized Skype for Business on RDSH Apps and Desktops
- Session Prelaunch and Linger for RDSH Apps
- Local start menu publishing for RDSH Apps
- vGPU monitoring with vRealize Operations for Horizon
- Expanded Blast Extreme support on Thin Clients
- Integration with Cloud Foundation
Cloud Foundation includes SDDC Manager, which automates the entire system lifecycle. New integration of SDDC Manager with Horizon 7 now allows for “push button” deployments of Horizon 7 environments, built on vSphere, vSAN, and NSX.
- Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure
VMware announced the intent to support Microsoft Azure as a supported hosting infrastructure for Horizon applications and virtual desktops. Customers would purchase Horizon Cloud licenses and pay the required Azure subscription separately. The following features are expected to be included:
- Application & Session Desktop Delivery
- Graphics Visualization
- Cloud-Based Management Console
- Hybrid Architecture
- User Experience & Access
- Power Management
- 24/7 Support
- Dell EMC VDI Complete now with Horizon Apps and NVIDIA GRID
As a refresher, VDI Complete is a bundled solution offering with includes everything needed for a hyper-converged infrastructure with VDI. The hardware consists of Dell EMC hyper-converged appliances, and the software of course is VMware Horizon on vSphere. VDI Complete is being updated to include Horizon Apps and support NVIDIA GRID Technology.
- Enhanced Just in Time Management Platform (JMP or “Jump”)
Now integrates Instant Clones, App Volumes and User Environment Manager (UEM) into a single console with easy deployments and updates. This is a huge timesaver for administrators who previously utilized three separate consoles and workflows to accomplish the same set of tasks.
- vRealize Operations for Horizon and NVIDIA GRID
When deployed with the vRealize Operations for NVIDIA management pack, vRealize Operations for Horizon dashboards will support the following:
- The Horizon Overview dashboard provides the administrator an overall view of Horizon and alerts from NVIDIA virtual GPU products. In addition to performance metrics for the Horizon pod, administrators will also receive performance and optimization alerts from NVIDIA that could potentially impact a user or deployment.
- The Horizon Help Desk dashboard provides session-specific GPU utilization, GPU memory usage and encode metrics, GPU type and user-specific alerts from GRID.
- The User Experience Monitoring dashboard includes a “weather map,” or “heat map,” for GPU use cycle and memory, warning administrators of performance degradation before users are impacted.
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