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VMware Series 2013 – EUC and vDC Ready and Waiting

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been fortunate to represent ZettaGrid, as a Platinum Sponsor of the VMware Series 2013 road shows in Melbourne and Sydney. The event has also been held in Brisbane and Canberra, and finishes up in Perth this week.

The road shows main theme is showing off VMware’s End User Computing pillar and how it’s finally ready for serious adoption. After almost two years of hype and missed release schedules, Horizon Workspace and View 5.2 has arrived and delivers on its promise of streamlining the day to day tasks of todays mobile worker…View has been around for a while, and there are plenty of other solutions that can deliver SaaS/Remote/Thin Apps…but with the addition of Data (Project Octopus) and Blast (AppBlast) into the stack, the suite delivers significant enhancements over other options in the market.

The video above may seem a little unrealistic (certainly a Mirage Laptop re-image can’t happen that fast with current internet speeds) and over the top, but the reality is that it’s a scenario that is true to life and possible with Horizon. The keynotes of the road shows have focused on EUC and it’s with a great sense of pride that what’s been demoed on stage, and in the presentation videos is something that ZettaGrid can deliver to it’s clients today. The reality is that what I blogged about last year just after VMWorld 2012 on the EUC Revolution is finally happening and is available.

I’ve even become a convert to VDI! That is personally a huge realization that the technology that View 5.2 uses to deliver remote desktop instances over PCoIP or HTML Blast is mature enough for adoption. Seamless device hopping while maintaining a desktop state is possible on iPads/iPhones, MAC and Windows end points…or any compatible HTML5 capable browser.

ZettaGrid is also showing off the power of it’s automation technologies to provision VMware Backed vCloud Powered Virtual Datacenters…this is being shown in real time during a 15 minute presentation at the road shows…and (minus any presenter related ID10T issues), shows that a scalable, flexible vDC based upon an initial set of defined compute, network and storage options can be delivered just minutes after clicking confirm.

Again, something that used to take a day or so in provisioning, now takes minutes and the value proposition for any business thinking of moving their on premise servers to a VMware vCloud vDC platform over other Public Clouds like AWS, Azure or Rackspace is the fact that it’s VMware end to end…and for most people that equates to a smoother migration/setup and a sense of familiarity in the hyper-visor technology. It’s an exciting time to be in a position to help deliver these technologies to companies…they are ready and waiting for consumption!


VMworld – The EUC Revolution is Here

A few years ago there was a theory put forward by a certain Apple CEO that we were entering the Post PC Era…while I have never subscribed to that theory (which was affirmed by VMware CTO Steve Herrod at VMworld 2012) it’s obvious to see that the revolution is more based around the ways in which workers access their desktops, data and LOB applications. I think the fact that we have been inundated with iPhones, iPads, Galaxy Tablets and a like has had something to do with the misunderstanding of the Post PC Era.

The facts are that the PC will never disappear (for the foreseeable future anyways), and when I say PC…I don’t mean Windows, I also mean Apple and Linux desktops…as much as the fanboys would tell you otherwise, these are PC’s. So let’s try to think about the Post PC Era as the End User Computing Revolution. This much better reflects what I believe is happening at the moment.

At VMworld we saw demos of Horizon Application Manager with AppBlast, Data (formally Octopus) and the SSO experience for bringing external applications (be it SaaS or Hosted) all accessible and available via the one browser window. What this represents is the power of the browser and what can be achieved by getting the correct framework in place to deliver everything that was previously done on the desktop or externally via a provider through a private or hosted instance of Horizon.

app_manager_example

We are about to enter a world where SaaS is only part of the equation. Five or so years ago, many people where seeing SaaS as the ultimate solution for most SME/B’s whereby every key service and application is delivered by external providers. The power of virtualization has rebalanced the scales by way of allowing companies to look at deploying extremely scalable and cost effective private cloud solutions. The vCloud stack is as feature rich as it is malleable. There is no reason for all future installs of ESX and vCenter to include the vCloud management and automation layer…when you add the additional layer of DynamicOps, you start to have the building blocks for a client infrastructure that can seamlessly move workloads between private and partner hosted environments (and public if they so wish).

So what will impact this uptake of this shift? It’s really quiet easy to work out…end user acceptance…Will a key decision maker at a company looking at their options fully comprehend what this shift entails? Will they understand the fundamental shift that translates an employee’s workspace from a decentralised mess of files, applications and external services to a logically presented single sign on experience? Will they understand the concept of the Self Service Experience when it comes to new or additional applications?

http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2012/08/vmworld-2012-introducing-vmware-horizon-suite-the-integrated-platform-for-workforce-mobility.html – Post and Video By Vittorio Viarengo

Really, what it comes down to in order to ease decision makers and end users into this new EUC world is ensuring that integrators and service providers fully understand the technology themselves…that is, there needs to be a process whereby this technology and the concepts are properly delivered via a productization process.

Learn -> Productize -> Promote -> Sell -> Deliver

Internally, to deliver the EUC experience we are just undertaking the Learning stage, but it’s also my job as a technology evangelist to Promote and Sell the concepts. While I hate the term, there will come a time where we need to “Dogfood” the technology. By getting sales people, tech teams and select management onto an internal beta/UAT of a platform like Horizon is key to ensuring that the Promote, Sell and Deliver part of the equation can go smoothly.

When I close my eyes and think about how our SBM clients should be working in 12-18 months time I can picture a single user experience with the browser being central to deliver files, apps and the desktop. For me…there is no better platform than Horizon, and VMware will work hard to ensure partners/service providers will be positioned to deliver on the promise of the real revolution!