Employees want to bring in whatever device they’d like. On top of that employees are much more savvy about applications and look to access both their applications and data on any device anywhere.
VMware approaches these two technical challenges in two ways.
Horizon Workspace: User Centric Computer
Is built around the idea of user profile vs. user devices. This is the future state of application and services. Products and data are built on a mobile strategy.
VDI: Windows application delivery
Horizon View & Mirage
View is basically a way to deliver Windows desktop environment to any device because just like roaches, Windows is never going anywhere. This is your traditional VDI solution that allows you to deliver Windows application to any device via virtualized desktops residing in the data center.
So What’s New?
Unity Touch today enables a touch interface for Windows desktops and applications. UT puts a layer on top of VDI delivered Windows desktops. Allows gesture based
Future version of Unity Touch allows for application aware ribbons. So think about native applications that aren’t touch aware. Unity Touch will allow administrators to create touch aware interfaces even if the application isn’t touch aware itself.
View Composer Image Management
One of the difficult restrictions for VDI is that you lose desktop flexibility when you provide “stateless” images. Stateless images allow you to save a great deal of storage but limits the user’s ability to customize their environment. For example if a user wants a non-standard application then they have to have a dedicated image outside of the other stateless pooled desktop. This increases the storage and management overhead.
The workaround for this in the past has been to augment your VDI with additional solutions such as XenApp or other virtualized streaming application solution. In the future VMware is “carve” up the image into layers. This will allow you to create components of an image. It would start with a base layer, which can be assigned to one or more images. You can think of this as the traditional “Linked Clones” technique, which allows shrinking the storage footprint in the data center.
This base image component allows the administrator to control the base image and make customizations without the user knowing that there has been a change in the base image or disrupting their existing environment. There is no current release date for this feature.
Public Cloud Desktop as a Service (DaaS) has been a unicorn as a service for some time. This has been a difficult market to bring to the enterprise. Mainly around security and the ability to deliver enterprise applications. A good deal of the challenges surrounds networking related issues.
VMware’s Hybrid Cloud service allows the provision of desktops because the architecture allows for networking that creates the access and security model that supports as public cloud DaaS solution. The solution will not currently allow you to extend you View installation to the Hybrid Cloud.
VMware is releasing their Android virtualization solution. It creates a managed Android virtual machine on your Android device. The solutions allows you to have two phones in one.
The iOS solution will be slated as part of iOS 7. This will be based Apple’s API’s because you basically VMware has to play nice with Apple if you don’t want your solution to work long term. So, this isn’t a virtualization based solution. This approach is much closer to other MDM solutions available with a VMware centric approach.