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VMware Expands on Hybrid Cloud-based Desktop, Application Tools

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Virtualization and cloud computing software developer VMware announced on Wednesday it has launched VMware View 5.1 and an updated portfolio of end-user computing solutions designed to empower a more agile, productive and connected enterprise.

Built on VMware vSphere, the VMware end-user computing portfolio uses hybrid cloud resources to provide on-demand tools for employees to collaborate across applications and data from any device.

The new tools will help IT organizations empower a more agile, productive and connected enterprise by simplifying IT management for large-scale deployments and reducing the total cost of ownership associated with a virtual desktop infrastructure by up to 50 percent.

“Customers are looking for solutions that break down current technology barriers and shift the focus to delivering services that can be accessed anywhere, on any device,” said Boaz Chalamish, senior vice president and general manager at end-user computing at VMware. “VMware View 5.1 and our growing portfolio of personal cloud solutions will address the needs to simplify technology, manage more efficiently and better connect employees.”

The new storage capabilities in VMware View 5.1 enabled by VMware View Storage Accelerator will reduce shared storage costs by optimizing shared storage loads.

A Tech Preview3 of VMware View Composer Array Integration will leverage the native cloning abilities in the storage array to offload storage operations to improve provisioning speeds.

In addition, VMware View Persona Management will extend to physical desktops, preserving user settings across all Windows devices and streamlining the migration from physical to stateless virtual desktops.

Improvement to VMware View 5.1 will enable IT organizations to streamline key IT processes such as provisioning, configuration management, connection brokering, policy enforcement, performance monitoring, and application assignment from a single management console.

VMware View also enables IT organizations to increase security and compliance by moving data into the data center, centrally enforcing endpoint security and policy configuration and streamlining antivirus processes.

VMware View 5.1 features a new USB stack that will improve device support, while integration of RADIUS two-factor authentication will provide users and organizations greater security choices.

VMware View with PCoIP adapts to the end user’s network connection to provide a high-quality, customized desktop experience over the LAN and WAN.

Users can connect to their VMware View desktop from a range of mobile and fixed endpoints with updated clients for Mac, Windows and Linux desktops, thin or zero clients, and Apple iPad, Android and Amazon Kindle Fire tablets.

VMware vCenter Operations for VMware View, which will be offered as a new add-on to VMware View, will enable administrators to have broad insight into desktop performance, quickly spot and troubleshoot issues, optimize resource utilization, and proactively address potential issues in real time.

VMware Horizon Application Manager 1.5 will serve as a personal cloud broker, offering a centralized policy and entitlement engine that will broker user access to applications, virtual desktops and data resources.

Integrating the application virtualization capabilities of VMware ThinApp, the VMware Horizon Application Catalogue will benefit both IT and end users by consolidating diverse application types into a single, unified catalog.

Available later this quarter as a beta for qualified customer trials, VMware Project Octopus will enable IT organizations to provide employees with a way to share data and collaborate with anyone from any device.

VMware Personal Cloud Applications is composed of VMware Zimbra and VMware Socialcast, connecting employees to the knowledge, ideas, and resources they need to work smarter.

VMware Zimbra 7.2 will support Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions for government deployments requiring encryption.

VMware Professional Services will provide on-site, end-to-end consulting services to help customers who are interested in moving to a user-centric application and data delivery model.

VMware View 5.1 along with the updated VMware end-user computing portfolio is expected to be available in the second quarter.

Recently, VMware’s open platform as a service project Cloud Foundry added several new partners and tools.

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