VMware: Mobiles make ‘better desktops for post-PC era’

VMware has updated its View software as it focuses on mobile device management.

VMware has updated its View software as it focuses  on mobile device management.

Version 5.1 of the product includes a number of new features to support the use mobile devices for work, like smartphones and tablets.

“Customers are looking for solutions that break down current technology barriers and shift the focus to delivering services that can be accessed anywhere, on any device,” said Boaz Chalamish, senior vice president and general manager of end user computing at VMware. “

“VMware View 5.1 and our growing portfolio of personal cloud solutions will address the needs to simplify technology, manage more efficiently and better connect employees.” 

It features a storage accelerator, which enables caching of common image blocks when using a virtual desktop, cutting down the amount of storage needed and leading to a faster running desktop on the mobile device.

Also when it comes to storage, the composer array integration feature links up View with virtual machines and makes provisioning of new devices much faster.

VMware View 5.1 gets deeper into management for administrators, with persona management to save user settings and policies to be transferred to any device they use as a virtual desktop and a vCenter operations manager to give admins a full view of performance across devices, making security issues or bottlenecks easily spottable.

There is also a boost to security in this latest version thanks to the introduction of support for two-factor authentication.

All of this together aims to reduce operational costs by up to 50%, according to VMware, whilst enabling a strong desktop experience for whichever device a business chooses to use for their daily tasks.  

Linda  Sanders, CIO of US legal firm Foley and Lardner, has already implemented the system and is pleased with the results.  “Today, our lawyers and staff can access their virtual desktops at the office on thin clients, in the courtroom on their iPads or anywhere on their personal PCs,” she said.

“As we look beyond desktops, we see an opportunity to offer our employees a secure way to access their applications, share data and collaborate from any device based on the VMware end-user computing portfolio.”

There are two editions of VMware View 5.1 available; either Enterprise or Premier. The former offers VMware vSphere 5 for desktops, VMware vCenter Server 5 and VMware View Manager 5 at $150 per connection, whereas the latter offers extra software options for offline capabilities, centralised anti-virus protection and application virtualisation for $250 per connection.

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