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VMware Horizon Suite is here! Now that’s cool!

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VMware has announced the Horizon Suite today to simplify the new world of End User Computing. If you want to learn about the benefits for your organization, please visit the VMware website which can be found here. So what is Horizon Suite? 

The Horizon Suite consists of three main products:

  • VMware Horizon View
  • VMware Horizon Mirage
  • VMware Horizon Workspace

VMware View should be well known as it is the leading desktop virtualization solution on the market. VMware Mirage was introduced last year and it’s VMware’s solution for managing physical and virtual desktops. I’ve published already a few articles about Mirage which are listed here.

Both products got updated with load of new functionality i.e. View is now compatible with Horizon and it offers support for sVGA with NVIDIA graphic adapters. CAD/CAM scenarios are now possible with great performance in a View desktop. Here are the latest features in a list:

What’s New in Horizon View 5.2 for End-User Experience

  • Hardware Accelerated 3D Graphics
  • Support for Windows 8 based desktops
  • Improved video and VOIP communications with Microsoft Lync 2013 support
  • Streamlined access to Horizon View desktops from Horizon Workspace
  • Easily connect to desktops from any device with HTML Access
  • Enhanced productivity from mobile devices with new ‘Unity Touch’ functionality

What’s New in Horizon View 5.2 for Ease of Management

  • Large pool creation with elimination of 8 host limits, and multiple vLAN support
  • View Administrator performance improvements with large numbers of desktops
  • Accelerated provisioning and recompose operations
  • Tech Preview of a new Integrated Service Console in the vSphere Web Client
  • Support for vCenter Server Virtual Appliance based deployments

Mirage got a really cool new feature: The application layers! I will blog about this in my Mirage series shortly.

What about Horizon Workspace? This is really new! Horizon Workspace is Horizon Application Manager, Horizon Data (formally known as Project Octopus) and Blast (yeah it’s Blast, not AppBlast) in one product. Cool ha? 

The VMware EUC product management has also published a few articles about Horizon Suite which you should read!





Written by Christoph Harding

February 20th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

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Project Octopus and AppBlast Live Demo at VMworld Europe 2011

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In this video you can watch a live demo of VMware’s new project Octopus and also AppBlast. At the end there is a quick intro into Sliderocket by Hannah Phan.

Written by Christoph Harding

October 21st, 2011 at 10:54 pm

VMware End User Computing Platform

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Vittorio Viarengo gives you a great vision of VMware’s End User Computing strategy.



Written by Christoph Harding

October 8th, 2011 at 11:35 am

What is VMware AppBlast?

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At this years VMworld in Las Vegas, VMware introduced a new product called AppBlast. This new technology enables you to use remote applications of any type and platform and deliver them to any HTML5 browser or device. It doesn’t matter if you’re using Mac, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS. You don’t need to install any client, all is pure HTML5. In the demo at VMworld Scott Davis showed a demo on his MacBook, running AppBlast in Goolge Chrome.


In the screenshot you can see the Lauch Portal which gives you access to all the published Windows applications.

A really interesting technology, but what does this give you for the future?

From my view this is a game changing technology! Today if you want to run Windows applications on an iPad or Mac, you always need to install some client and use a remoting technology such as Terminal Services, XenApp or VDI to access the applications but with AppBlast there is no need for a client. This fits exactly in the VMware End User Computing vision, Brian Gammage gave to the audience at VMworld. Companies can centralize their desktop workloads with desktop- and application virtualization and bring it together with web based and SaaS applications via VMware’s Horizon AppManager. But instead of installing a View Client for example and delivering a full Windows desktop, you can just deliver one application to the user.

Think about a complete solution with Zimbra as collaboration solution, AppBlast, Horizon AppManager, Project Octopus, View and ThinApp! This is the user workspace of the future!

Check the video linked below to get a deeper insight of the new technology!

Link: VMworldTV

Written by Christoph Harding

September 1st, 2011 at 8:52 am

VMware Project Octopus and AppBlast Video

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Watch live streaming video from vmwarecommunitytv at

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August 31st, 2011 at 10:29 am

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