VMworld Live Blog: VMware Mobile, Desktop Virtualization Strategy
VMware (NYSE: VMW) is updating its mobile and desktop virtualization strategy this morning at VMworld. CTO Steve Herrod has announced updates to the VMware Horizon Suite (a mobile workforce platform), VMware View and Wanova Mirage. Here’s the update.
On Stage Now: VMware CTO Steve Herrod
- As expected, he’s describing the multi-device world, where PCs live on but new types of devices (smartphones, tablets, one would assume) infiltrate the network.
- Herrod is pitching the View Rapid Desktop Program — you take an appliance, plug it into a network and give it a desktop image to push out and it can update hundreds of systems very quickly, he asserted.
- Cisco ISR G2, the “branch in the box,” is an example of technology that can deploy virtual desktops out to remote offices.
- VMware is showing an automated corporate upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7… perhaps reinforcing the fact that Windows 8 is not on corporate IT’s radar.
- In a classic bit, VMware showed an end-user accidentally destroying his laptop. Words don’t describe the hilarity. Long story short: VMware is describing how a virtualized desktop — running in the datacenter — can save users when they accidentally destroy their personal computer.
- Classic quote: BYOD is actually SYOM — spend your own money.
- Lots of chatter about smartphone support. Not mobile device management. Instead, far more focused on any device accessing corporate applications in a secure, approved manner.
This Just In…
Separately, A VMware spokesperson sent The VAR Guy the following news announcements moments ago. The following information is unfiltered and directly from VMware. The spokesperson says VMware today is announcing:
1. A First Look at the VMware Horizon Suite – VMware today announces the alpha version of VMware Horizon Suite, its platform for the mobile workforce.
- Bringing together technologies from Project Octopus, Project AppBlast, ThinApp, Horizon Application Manager and Horizon Mobile, the suite will offer a flexible corporate workspace in the cloud for mobile workers to connect from anywhere using any device.
- Through a central Web management console, VMware Horizon Suite will allow IT to customize a service catalog for all company data and applications, while giving end-users self-service access to applications and data from anywhere.
2. VMware View and Wanova Mirage – With the recent acquisition of Wanova, VMware and its partner community can now offer centralized desktop management solutions to transform legacy Windows desktops into a service.
- The combination of Wanova Mirage and VMware View extends the benefits of managing desktops in the cloud by also allowing local system execution on physical desktops and laptops.
- View “Rapid Desktop” program expands the growing eco-system of OEM, technology and channel partners that are helping to develop and sell VMware View appliances.
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