VMworld 2012: VMware previews new platform for mobile workforce

Mobility-focused VMware Horizon Suite will help mobile workers to connect from anywhere using any device

On the second day of VMworld 2012, virtualisation and cloud infrastructure technology provider, VMware, provided a preview of the alpha version of its VMware Horizon Suite, a platform to help companies in the Cloud allow mobile workers to connect from anywhere using any device. The beta version of Horizon Suite is expected to be available in Q4 2012.

The beta version of Horizon Suite is expected to be available in Q4 2012.

It also demonstrated VMware View and Wanova Mirage which will help customers to transform the legacy Windows desktop for the cloud era.

The Horizon Suite brings together technologies from Project Octopus, Project AppBlast, ThinApp, VMware Horizon Application Manager and VMware Horizon Mobile into an integrated management platform for a mobile workforce.

It will combine principles of identity, context and policy to separate personal and business workspaces, enable consistent access to applications and data across any personal device.

The product will let IT managers customise a service catalog for all company data and applications and understand a user’s attributes and environment (device, location and connectivity level) and enforce policies across applications, data and desktops.

This will allow IT departments to deliver Windows, Android, iOS, Web and SaaS applications in a single workspace and give end-users access to applications and data from anywhere.

Desktops for mobile workforce

With its recent acquisition of Wanova, VMware and its partner community can offer centralised desktop management products that can help them transform legacy Windows desktops into a service.

The company can do this through managing virtual and physical desktops, which includes hosting desktops in the datacentre using VMware View.

The addition of Wanova Mirage would help managing desktops in the cloud by allowing local system execution on physical desktops and laptops.

VMware also launched new View solutions that are designed to help IT administrators to build the ideal environment to ensure all components selected work together for quick managed desktop deployment.

Rimin Dutt travelled to VMworld in San Francisco as a guest of VMware