The Post-PC era is changing the way that people work, with end users demanding access to applications and data, no matter what device they are using or where they might be located. This is being fuelled by the explosion in mobile device usage in the workplace – for example, 52% of information workers use three or more devices for work, according to a recent Forrester study.
The trend only going to increase, with worldwide shipments of tablets and phones in 2015 expected to be 300 million and 1.1 billion respectively. For the IT manager, the Post-PC era means that there are more devices to manage than ever before. Device-centric solutions simply can’t deal with the plethora of mobile handsets and tablets being used in the workplace, and can act as a barrier to flexible and mobile working. IT policy needs to support users, rather than their devices.
Reflecting this shift in the IT landscape, VMware has two new exciting updates to its range of Horizon products. The first is the announcement of VMware Horizon Workspace, designed to provide IT managers with the tools they need to support a dynamic and mobile workforce. Horizon Workspace means that the IT department can deliver a corporate workspace for an individual user almost instantly, as well as add new devices, users or applications without having to reconfigure the endpoints. What this ultimately means is that no matter what device is being used, the IT team can provide them with the data, applications and desktops they need to get their job done.
Alongside Horizon Workspace, VMware has also launched VMware Horizon Suite, which brings together all of VMware’s Horizon products into one powerful, end-user computing solution. The new suite is made up of VMware Horizon View 5.2, Horizon Mirage 4.0 and Horizon Workspace, providing a complete platform for workforce mobility, connecting end-users to their data, applications and desktops on any device without sacrificing IT security and control. With all three products combined in one environment, VMware Horizon Suite allows IT teams to deliver a consistent user experience to any devices via a secure, easy-to-manage virtual workspace. The Suite provides an integrated platform for end-user management, turning the technology silos of data, applications and desktops into a centralized IT service.
It’s an exciting time for end-user computing, and VMware is making it even easier for IT teams to get involved and enjoy the benefits of providing applications and data to any user on any device. For more information on end-user computing, take a look at our EUC posts on the blog.