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!