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VMware Serves Up Tasty View Helping

VMware knows that it is in a dog-eat-dog fight with Citrix for desktop supremacy, so it took the opportunity this week to brag about one of its premier View installations while announcing a couple of generally available desktop packages that are aimed at the enterprise, healthcare and government markets, and employ some core VMware technologies.

The installation is the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in Japan, which says that it has deployed 50,000 seats of View virtual desktops. The first new package is VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop, while the second is VMware View AlwaysOn Desktop.

VMware View Mobile Secure Desktop offers users the meat and potatoes that is quick and easy access to apps across devices, locations and networks. More goodness, and more soothing words: "It streamlines and automates desktop management and provides IT with the ability to apply location-aware, policy-driven access to corporate resources to ensure higher levels of security and compliance." Whoosh.

Bringing on the VMware core capabilities, the package starts out with View and adds vShield security services and vCOPs monitoring components. We are assured that it has been given the architectural seal of approval by VMware partners as an "end-to-end solution designed to securely support device diversity, mobile workers and BYOD initiatives." What's not to like?

VMware View AlwaysOn Desktop is aimed at a wide audience but for purposes of its unveiling, the company is targeting always-on users at healthcare, financial services, and government institutions. What it does for them is offer tasty desktop tidbits such as "reliable," "available," and "secure."

Just in case anybody doubted its 24x7 chops, and its dedication to apps and data access, View AlwaysOn uses "stateless virtual desktops in an active/active configuration with constant load balancing, multi-path access and built-in redundancy." Not a morsel of app or data access is wasted.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 06/27/2012 at 12:48 PM


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