The post-PC era is here and VMware is aiming to capitalise on it with the latest version of its View software, 5.1.
In addition to a whole host of updates to View, VMware’s solution for large-scale deployments and management of virtual desktop infrastructure, it is accompanied by Horizon Application Manager 1.5 and the beta of Project Octopus.
VMware Australia and New Zealand systems engineers account manager, Tim Hartman, said the journey to View 5.1 started last year at the company’s VMworld event, where a three stage approach was announced to the way end users would access their operating systems, applications and data in the post-PC era.
“The post-PC era is about using any device, any time, anywhere based on the user’s persona,” he said.
“So what we started out doing was encapsulating the virtual machine and presenting it as a platform for the end user to work on.”
In addition to View 5.1, the second stage of VMware’s approach is the addition of Horizon Application Manager, a key feature according to Hartman, where it becomes the entry point into the environment for BYOD or virtual infrastructure.
“You would connect to the universal services broker and be presented with all the applications that you have access to, whether they are SaaS-based or run on a virtual desktop,” he said.
“So it becomes a central point of entry that gives you access to all of those applications that are presented to you, as well as the virtual desktop.”
When summing up the top three innovations that VMware has done with View 5.1, Hartman sees it coming down to the virtual desktop infrastructure part, then Horizon Application Manager as the application portal, and Project Octopus, which is in public beta now.
“In the PC era over the last 20 years, when you get something on your desktop, the operating system is hardwired to the hardware and the applications are embedded on to the operating system,” he said.
“So if you lose your notebook or you upgrade operating systems, you need to pick it all apart and pull the pieces out that you want to migrate.”
What VMware has tried to do with View is encapsulate those pieces separately and present them from the back-end from the data centre, enabling the universal services broker to “pull all of that together.”