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VMware Workspace Suite: A Unified MDM, Virtual Desktop Platform

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

VMware announced several new solutions from its End-User Computing department including CloudVolumes, a recently acquired technology, and a collaboration between VMware, Nvidia and Google. But the biggest announcement is the introduction of VMware's Workspace Suite. The Workspace Suite is an integrated mobile device and virtual desktop management platform that combines VMware technology with AirWatch mobile device management (MDM). Read: VDI vs. DaaS: What's the Right Choice for Your Business?

More specifically, VMware Workspace Suite combines AirWatch Mobility Management Suite, AirWatch Secure Content Locker, VMware Workspace Services and VMware Horizon 6. All parts of the solution are accessible through a unified single portal.

The management capabilities of the Workspace Suite seem quite powerful. With a single portal you can carry out MDM functions, set mobile browsing, multi-user and storage policies, manage user authentication methods and file sharing, and manage virtualized images with Horizon 6. The Workspace Portal also includes a customizable app store.

"The cost and complexities of managing mobile users using multiple devices are challenging IT departments everywhere and IT administrators are looking for solutions that can make it simple for themselves and their users," says John Jackson, research vice president of Mobile and Connected Platforms at IDC. "A solution that can seamlessly deliver this securely and at scale is what vendors and customers are after and VMware Workspace Suite is a compelling offering."

VMware's collaboration with Google and Nvidia involves the newest VMware Blast and Nvidia GRID vGPU technology. The companies hope to empower the Chromebook to "deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics applications." VMware is also looking to put recently acquired CloudVolumes to work, enabling Horizon 6 users to deliver applications on-demand.

VMware also showcased Project Meteor, a next generation virtualized desktop technology. Project Meteor can quickly generate personalized desktops using any available VM that includes all of the users' apps and data. Running on HTML 5, these future desktop and application services will be available using any compatible browser, extending VM use across mobile platforms.

The VMware Workspace Suite and CloudVolumes solution are available now, with pricing information available through the vendors. For more information on VMware Workspace Suite head to the product page.

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