VMworld 2013 End-User Computing Rundown

The normal VMworld pattern is that the keynote on Day 1 (Mon) is all about virtualization and Cloud, and Day 2 covers End-User Computing and other areas.

vSphere and vCloud were covered on Day 1,  but there was also quite a bit on the new vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) offering, initially in North America and in other parts of the world during 2014. This is a partnership with Savvis as the hosting partner in the US.

The big announcement on Monday was that VMware will be offering Desktop-as-a-Service on vCloud Hybrid Service. There has been quite a bit of buzz from analysts and commentators on this announcement. Brian Madden certainly referred to it as the biggest EUC announcement. See the official press release at http://ir.vmware.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=787176 .

The anticipation was that Tuesday’s keynote would give insights into EUC roadmap/futures (beyond the DaaS announcement). The reality is that for this VMworld Tuesday’s session was all about vCenter automation, vcOps, vCAC and NSX. Full session recording for Tuesday is here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uimcBqGVp4U

The EUC roadmap/futures rundown was provided by Scott Davis and Mike Coleman in their session “The Software-Defined Data Center Meets End User Computer”. The recording of this session is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwHVCqiikVA

Brian Madden hosted a 30 min live Podcast to discuss an VMware’s EUC perspective on DaaS. Scott Davis, EUC CTO, was present for the second half (17:00). The audio recording from this is quite interesting http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/bglive/archive/2013/08/27/listen-to-our-live-podcast-after-the-vmworld-end-user-computing-keynote-where-we-ll-be-joined-by-vmware-euc-cto-scott-davis-show-starts-around-11-pacific-2-eastern.aspx

One of the top 10 sessions at VMworld was the EUC super session EUC7370-S – “The Software-Defined Data Center Meets End User Computer”  by Scott Davis and Mike Coleman. In this, Scott talks about the use of Horizon View in vCHS and does a combined vCHS/Desktone/View/View Agent Direct-Connection demo showing the service provider admin interface, the tenant admin interface and the end-user (View Client) interface. The recording of this session is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwHVCqiikVA – if you don’t want to watch the whole thing, go to 35:25 for NSX details, 39:50 – 45:25 on vCHS/Desktone, and 47:00 for the Q&A section.

Scott’s blog on the vCHS DaaS announcement is here – http://cto.vmware.com/next-generation-virtual-desktop-as-a-service/

In this same blog by Scott he introduces a tech-preview of a feature (Project Orcha) that enable seamless file operation integration between Horizon Workspace and Horizon View. Here is the video demo – http://youtu.be/Kmy_35HwdcQ

One of the big things about VMware’s new DaaS vCHS announcement is the capability for each tenant environment to have VPN connectivity back to the corporate environment so that the customers existing Active Directory infrastructure and back-end app servers etc. can still be used. There is also great traction for hybrid deployments.

DaaS certainly is an important area for VMware’s EUC and has received a lot of interest based on significant service provider success stories. Desktone commented that their partner Dell (for Dell DaaS) winning Best VDI Solution at the show. http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/enterprise/b/inside-enterprise-it/archive/2013/08/26/dell-daas-on-demand-tips-the-desktop-virtualization-scale.aspx


[UPDATE] New VMware EUC General Manager gave an interview to TheCube. Wtach it here – http://youtu.be/zb1ZaRhttJo


Thanks to my colleague Mark Benson for putting together this summary for VMware EUC employees. I just did few tweaks here and there to make it publicly consumable.


This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.

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