By Nick Black, Business Manager, End User Computing, Sub Saharan Africa, VMware
Application remoting offers customers a solution that’s capable and adaptable, and ties in neatly with the global shift towards simplicity and converged infrastructure. I was recently reading a report from Gartner where they actively recommended that decision-makers shift from the “built to last” to the “built to adapt” strategy. This is far more capable of handling the digital business and allowing for systems and solutions that can respond timeously to digital opportunities and challenges.
The growth in mobility – mobile devices, mobile cloud solutions, hybrid cloud environments – has seen our customers asking for solutions that match their need to take advantage of this market as efficiently as possible. VMware decided to ask them how they were using their app remoting. This line of questioning delved into what they did or did not like, and took the time to understand precisely what it was that they wanted in this space. There is no point in devising a solution unless you know what problems it needs to solve, is there?
We found that customers were looking for a single platform that converges virtual desktops, RDS hosted apps, SaaS apps, virtualised ThinApps and even third party solutions, and all within a unified workspace that allows the user to go to one point to access them. Through the release of Horizon 6, VMware has unleashed a system that allows IT to deliver virtual or remoted desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. Application Remoting is available through Horizon 6 and can be used both on-site and in the cloud and provides application remoting capabilities for RDS hosted apps and extended capabilities for RDS based desktops.
VMware Horizon 6 already had the majority of features required to support app remoting, and some of the key components for hybrid cloud deployments or on-location deployments that support this function are: session brokering, load balancing and cloud pods; orchestration; resource bursting, VM migration and elasticity; image management and provisioning; Blast and Blast with PCoIP remoting protocol; broad set of clients for different access devices; and monitoring and management.
The solution now integrates fully with Microsoft RDS through the development of our own protocol provider for RDS that allows us to integrate our graphics and protocol stacks. It also gives us the potential to enable other remoting capabilities further down the line. The remoted app experience is also seamless as Windows apps run lightly across multiple platforms and deliver impressive results on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices. The beauty of the solution is its ability to allow access to apps from any device, anywhere.
And while I’m on the topic of integration, customers can upgrade existing VMware View environments and will instantly gain the ability to remote RDSH hosted desktops or apps. The system allows you to create App Pools easily and encourages access through a variety of apps simultaneously or across multiple farms. Horizon also boasts enhanced management tools and has been designed to ensure that the capability for application remoting is seamlessly implemented across the organisation. VMware has put a lot of thought into how the solution can ensure a high-level of application remoting implementation, application and design, as well as the ability to be modified and adapted to suit specific environments. It’s even easy to use…