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VMware Rolls Out Horizon Suite To Answer BYOD Trend
By Jennifer LeClaire
Posted: February 21, 2013 9:43am PST

"Our customers are looking for a comprehensive, enterprise-class solution to empower workers in a world where the proliferation of devices and consumer cloud services have changed user expectations, while putting IT security and governance at risk," said VMware's Boaz Chalamish. The VMware Horizon Suite aims to allow IT control while allowing access.

VMware just rolled out a new platform aimed at mobile workers. VMware Horizon Suite connects end users to their data, applications and desktops on any device without sacrificing IT security and control.

With updates to VMware Horizon View and VMware Horizon Mirage, as well as a new product, VMware Horizon Workspace, the VMware Horizon Suite works to help IT organizations deliver a secure, easy-to-manage virtual workspace with a consistent experience across devices.

"Our customers are looking for a comprehensive, enterprise-class solution to empower workers in a world where the proliferation of devices and consumer cloud services have changed user expectations, while putting IT security and governance at risk," said Boaz Chalamish, senior vice president and general manager of End-User Computing at VMware. Chalamish said the new product line aims to help customers "accelerate their journeys from the PC era to the multi-device era."

Remote Work Styles Rising

According to Forrester Research, the use of personal devices outside of IT control is alarming: 67 percent of employees are using personally selected smartphones and 46 percent are using personally selected laptops. None of them were approved or issued by the company that employs them.

VMware surveys have found that 83 percent of IT administrators want to prevent the use of consumer online storage and collaboration applications. The VMware Horizon Suite is designed to solve the security and governance challenges these consumer-ready applications and devices bring to enterprises. The VMware Horizon Suite brings together the company's desktop virtualization solution and technologies. Built from the ground up to support a mobile, collaborative workforce, the Horizon Suite brings Project Octopus, Project AppBlast, Project AppShift, VMware ThinApp, VMware Horizon Application Manager and VMware Horizon Mobile into a single, unified solution.

"Instead of treating remote work styles as an exception, success at Jaguar Land Rover will mean designing systems and policies assuming that everyone is mobile, using multiple personal devices connecting over both local and global networks," said Gordon McMullan, acting chief technology officer at Jaguar Land Rover Automotive. "VMware's Horizon Suite is at the heart of this capability. This will dramatically improve collaboration and productivity of our global workforce."

Driving Productivity

Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told us that in a world of "bring your own device," Horizon aims to help IT support an increasing number of devices and operating systems and platforms without a meltdown."

"There are any number of services that provide file access, like Dropbox," King told us. "But creating an interface that provides a common intuitive access to productivity applications as well so that the end user has access to the apps they are used to leveraging no matter what devices they are using is important."

King said Horizon allows users to experience value of a given productivity application even if it's essentially disconnected from the platform that's typically required to support it. He pointed to Office on the iPad as an example.

"I've used the phrase productivity application myself. In the world of BYOD how do you make sure your employees are as productive as possible in a way that doesn't impact the productivity of IT?" King said. "I think that's a problem that Horizon and VMware believes Horizon can help with."

With updates to VMware Horizon View and VMware Horizon Mirage, as well as a new product, VMware Horizon Workspace, the VMware Horizon Suite works to help IT organizations deliver a secure, easy-to-manage virtual workspace with a consistent experience across devices.

"Our customers are looking for a comprehensive, enterprise-class solution to empower workers in a world where the proliferation of devices and consumer cloud services have changed user expectations, while putting IT security and governance at risk," said Boaz Chalamish, senior vice president and general manager of End-User Computing at VMware. Chalamish said the new product line aims to help customers "accelerate their journeys from the PC era to the multi-device era."

Remote Work Styles Rising

According to Forrester Research, the use of personal devices outside of IT control is alarming: 67 percent of employees are using personally selected smartphones and 46 percent are using personally selected laptops. None of them were approved or issued by the company that employs them.

VMware surveys have found that 83 percent of IT administrators want to prevent the use of consumer online storage and collaboration applications. The VMware Horizon Suite is designed to solve the security and governance challenges these consumer-ready applications and devices bring to enterprises. The VMware Horizon Suite brings together the company's desktop virtualization solution and technologies. Built from the ground up to support a mobile, collaborative workforce, the Horizon Suite brings Project Octopus, Project AppBlast, Project AppShift, VMware ThinApp, VMware Horizon Application Manager and VMware Horizon Mobile into a single, unified solution.

"Instead of treating remote work styles as an exception, success at Jaguar Land Rover will mean designing systems and policies assuming that everyone is mobile, using multiple personal devices connecting over both local and global networks," said Gordon McMullan, acting chief technology officer at Jaguar Land Rover Automotive. "VMware's Horizon Suite is at the heart of this capability. This will dramatically improve collaboration and productivity of our global workforce."

Driving Productivity

Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told us that in a world of "bring your own device," Horizon aims to help IT support an increasing number of devices and operating systems and platforms without a meltdown."

"There are any number of services that provide file access, like Dropbox," King told us. "But creating an interface that provides a common intuitive access to productivity applications as well so that the end user has access to the apps they are used to leveraging no matter what devices they are using is important."

King said Horizon allows users to experience value of a given productivity application even if it's essentially disconnected from the platform that's typically required to support it. He pointed to Office on the iPad as an example.

"I've used the phrase productivity application myself. In the world of BYOD how do you make sure your employees are as productive as possible in a way that doesn't impact the productivity of IT?" King said. "I think that's a problem that Horizon and VMware believes Horizon can help with."

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Adam:
Posted: 2013-02-26 @ 6:48am PT
The Forrester data shows why there's so much buzz about BYOD. This will only continue to grow, driven in part by the explosion of the variety and availability of mobile devices.

BYOD means challenges for IT staff - security of corporate data and networks, management and support of a wide range of devices, etc. That's why so many IT vendors like VMware are adding BYOD solutions to their product portfolios.

There are many approaches to managing BYOD. This white paper - "BYOD is Here to Stay, But Organizations Must Adapt" - discusses some of these approaches:
http://www.ericom.com/wp-byod.asp?URL_ID=708

Please note that I work for Ericom


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