By Networks Asia Staff | Aug 30, 2012
While we used to have only one device that connected to the Internet, we now possess a multitude of devices that we use daily, said VMware's chief technology officer Steve Herrod. The problem he went on to say was that IT had hodgepodge of tools to deal with this multi- device environment.
The rise in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) while popular among users can cause problems like drops in productivity if users are unable to use the devices they want or get access to their information in a structure they are used to, Herrod went on to say.
VMware’s approach to helping IT admins was to start with the way applications were delivered. By taking existing applications and transforming them to be delivered as a service. As we change the way they were being delivered to users, you need to change the way you manage them and can deliver a better user experience over a multi-device workplace.
“We need to change the way apps are managed,” Herrod said, “We need to think about applying security policies on the person and apply this over multiple devices. This will help to deliver the best user experience over any device.”
According to Herrod, customers have spoken clearly. "You want us to deliver suites, not point solutions."
With all this in mind for IT and businesses, Herrod said that migration will be big focus for businesses in 2013 and newly released solutions from VMware will help them do this.
Project Horizon Suite delivers the capabilities and others together into a comprehensive integrated platform for managing a mobile workforce. "It's the exact same vision from last year, but this time we're delivering on it," Herrod told the keynote audience at VMworld 2012.
Horizon Suite will bring together Project Octopus, Project AppBlast, ThinApp, Horizon Application Manager and Horizon Mobile into an integrated management platform. It uses a central Web management console that allows IT to customize a service catalog for an organization's data and applications.
Bringing together all these solutions in a single suite will allow IT to deliver Windows, Android, iOS, Web and SaaS applications in a single workspace while giving end users self-service access to applications and data.
VMware says it expects to deliver a beta version of Horizon Suite in the fourth quarter. VMware is also continuing to push the idea of desktop virtualization, both with the existing VMware View application and now with Mirage, brought to VMware as part of its recent Wanova acquisition.
Whereas View focuses on hosting desktops in the data center, Mirage is designed to add the capability to manage desktops in the cloud while still allowing local system execution on physical desktops and laptops. Mirage clones the images of the endpoints in the data center and runs them locally.
With Mirage, customers should be able to expect "all the benefits of centralized management and recovery while allowing users to work offline and preserve an uncompromised user experience."