VMword 2012: Day 2 Key Note by Steve Harrod, CTO

Day two of VMworld 2012 in San Francisco kicked off with a key note speech. Steve Harrod, CTO, kicked off the day. Today his focus was end user computing, be it mobile, tablet, or PC. VMware is trying to bring together management of VDI, mobile devices, and deliver applications to users anywhere, anytime, on any device. They are clearing take Citrix head on with their application and desktop delivery options and integration.

  • VMware is moving towards heterogeneous management of virtual infrastructure.
  • The days of telling users what to do is OVER.
  • Transform legacy into a service – Easily managed
  • Broker – Apply policies to applications to a person, not a device
  • Deliver – Multi-device workspace
  • Not the “Post PC world” it is the “multi-device world”
  • Only 30% of enterprises have migrated to Windows 7
  • Migration is a major focus of 2013
  • VDI/VMware View
    • VDI is a great solution for a number of use cases, but can have high cost
    • View Rapid Desktop program – VDI in a box (VDI appliances)
    • Branch in a box – Cisco ISR G2 + VMware View
    • View = Security + View but users also need to work offline
    • Mirage technology
      • Take an image into your datacenter, Mirage can decompose the Windows image into components such as HW and apps.
      • You can change out the hardware layer and deploy to thick clients
      • Central management with local execution
      • Good for disaster recovery and in-place migration for Windows XP to Win7
      • For offline physical operations
    • View is the highest security for desktops
  • Shows a demo of Mirage migrating an OS image from a physical PC into the datacenter. The user’s PC then breaks, and he can access his desktop using the View client while waiting for a replacement PC.
  • Another demo showing that the Windows image is migrated from the datacenter, down to Fusion running locally on a Mac.
  • Synchronizes images between physical PCs and the datacenter for remote access to desktop.
  • “User Interface Virtualization” aka AppShift to produce a tablet friendly UI for Windows desktops
  • Demos swipe access to apps on tablets to change between app windows
  • Shows off cut/paste text between Windows clipboard into the tablet side application
  • Announcing “Horizon Suite” which can deliver desktops and apps to the user. Alpha by end of year, beta next year.
    • Data follows you wherever you go
    • Deliver desktops and integrates app blast to your browser
  • Shows a demo of the alpha version of the Horizion Suite
    • Manage mobile apps such as iOS and Android
    • Integrates XenApp published applications into the user workspace
    • Manages XenApp from the admin console as well
    • “Class of service” allows you to define data specific policies
    • Integrates with Apple app catalog and Google Play catalog
  • Horizon Mobile – VM for your phone
    • Support for a new container for Apple iOS devices, but can enforce encrypted storage and secure links to the corp
    • Apps run in a container from your personal apps
    • Horizon can require authentication prior to launching the app on your iPhone
    • Can prohibit cut/paste operations in and out of the managed apps
    • Separates Personal and Business data on your phone
    • Centrally managed by IT
  • Horizon – Integrated management and policies
  • VMware has tried to listen to customers – They want suites not point products (i.e. Horizon Suite and vCloud Suite)
  • Dell shows off the vStart 1000 – Integrated Dell management into vCenter to automate provisioning and management of infrastructure.
  • HP, NetApp and Cisco also gave 4 minute demos of a specific technology. The audience voted at the end of the session on which vendor had the best presentation. NetApp won.
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