#VMware #Horizon6 – my 2cents

It was a huge Marketing event April 9th, when VMware announced the next major version of its End-User Computing flagship Horizon. All Marketing activities and channels were focusing on this only live event opened by Sumit Dhawan. More than 20,000 people participated this webcast. The recording can be found here:

Some rumors about the release and its features came back through some blogs like for example BrianMadden.com via Gabe Knuth:

So why is Horizon 6 a significant milestone and timing for VMware?

  1. VMware now offers RDSH and full app publishing support. This is a real offensive against their competitor Citrix with their flagships XenApp & XenDesktop. RDSH and app publishing was always a thread, now VMware has an answer and a viable alternative product.
  2. Virtual SAN is a game changer in ways of storage, hopefully it is getting cheaper and easier to address. Duncan Epping wrote an inspiring FUD it! post in his blog about it, which is all about the customers view. Please have a look.
  3. VMware Horizon comes with an aggressive pricing (added 04-23: please check the official Pricing, Packaging and Licensing white paper for deeper information):
    • Horizon View Standard will be $250 per CCU
    • Horizon Advanced will be $250 per named user or $400 per CCU
    • Horizon Enterprise which adds the plug-ins for vCenter Ops Management and vCO will be $300 per named user or $500 per CCU
  4. Exciting times for VMware if you think beyond End-User Computing and the acquisition of AirWatch. Last year, VMware really lacked in their End-User Computing strategy with lots of threads from different competitors. With a mobile-first, cloud-first strategy like Microsoft, VMware is now armed with a very scalable solution build for the cloud. I am pretty sure there is more to come in the future building the bridge between mobile endpoints and cloud solutions, like an AirWatch integration into Horizon.
  5. VMware and Google partnership will drive the way to a corporate desktop for a mobile cloud era. This partnership shows the potential path of corporate desktops and the importance of ChromeBooks in the near future.

My 2cents for this release. Different thoughts, feedback? Please let me know…

Patrick

P.S.: Also check out the additional resources from VMware officials:

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#Scrum: The journey to a life changer?!

It was great to get the chance to be part of the agile transformation of our production team. We’ve started with this transition last year and it is great to be part of it. We have been coached by Boris Kneisel, who is an external scrum coach. He is an excellent coach to adapt agility for development teams and guide them through a transition.

In the first sprints when we tried to adapt the methodologies into our daily work it pretty felt just like this picture:

(Picture from Flickr under Creative Commons: https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8121/8659643962_493899cb9f_o.jpg)

Team – here is the handcar – just jump on the bandwagon and get it move forward.

In those early days there have been a lot of confusion, questions, different roles and uncertainty. But over the days the team found a way just to get things done within the scrum process. We have found a great way to improve ourselves every day and perform better.

Right now we are still at the beginning, so our current status after four sprints (one sprint is just one week) looks a little bit more like this:

(Picture from Flickr under Creative Commons: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6461721441_c168bd15fc_b.jpg)

We have delivered the committed workload just in time twice, and the sprint goal, too. So we are still in the beginning of our agile journey and the transition just started. It is great to see each team member in his role trying to adapt the process and delivering value in each and every sprint. Even more quiet team members are now involving themselves into scrum activities and meetings.

I believe the vision is clear. We are performing and getting better every day, and the bandwagon will evolve over time into a well-engineered German vehicle – to correspond with the pictures before I have chosen an ICE train:

ICE Frankfurt

(Picture from Flickr under Creative Commons: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/85/240094193_51b5d9afce_o.jpg)

There is still a longer way to go, but I am not afraid of it. Since the introduction of Scrum and agile methodologies I have changed the way of my work and how to deliver better results and more value to the company. And to my surprise, it feels much more productive what I have done so far. There have been various changes to more “old school” styles like writing sticky notes and less technology. And it feels good thinking outside this box, less digital, but more down to earth and grounded. There are a lot of little helpers each and every day, the same with methodologies to be more productive. But Scrum really helped me to focus more on things, that really matter and deliver a better result. So for me I can say Scum is like a life changer. But I am trying to adapt it every day. And this is just the beginning. Boris taught us a nice concept to self-reflect which is common in martial arts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuhari

ShuHaRi

So far I am at the Shu level, trying to adapt fundamentals, techniques, heuristics and as much as possible – enjoying this time to learn and evolve.

Scrum literature which is available online or at your favorite bookstore really helps to evolve every day. My resources right now:

Feedback? Comments? Please share your thoughts.

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2014 predictions from @VMware_UK

First of all I wish everyone a Happy New Year! Today VMware UK mentioned me in a tweet:

I am very happy about the fact VMware has chosen my latest blogpost about “My Top 7 IT Trends for 2014 from an end-user computing view” to summarize it much better :):

Mobility is still the top driver from an end users’ perspective. Device and app fragmentation will continue to grow in 2014, hence why I think enterprise mobility should be the number one focus for IT in the coming months. This includes Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM) and Mobile Content Management (MCM), which leads into Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM). As the market for EMM continues to grow I predict we will see more market consolidation in 2014.

Mobility is also a driver for desktop virtualization, because of the installed base of Microsoft applications within the enterprise. So I believe there will be further releases of virtual desktop software to fulfil the need to bring business critical software to mobile smart devices, and we may see growing hype around DaaS (Desktop as a Service).

As for devices, despite the PC no longer being dominant, I believe that we will see a reversal in the direction of PC sales in 2014, after its recent decline. Once this is solved we will see a constant growth in the PC market. As Enterprise Mobility and DaaS put high pressure on enterprise IT to become more transparent to their services, I think that this will drive momentum for  ITaaS (IT as a Service) and workspace aggregation which will include the shift to new cloud services like SaaS.

I received very valuable feedback about my initial post and I like to thank @jsirota especially for the one about PC sales:

Changed my view again, think PC sales will continue to decrease in 2014 ;).

Thank you very much for supporting me, especially VMware UK, Brands2Life, Ryan and Luke Davies for making this happen – THANK YOU!

Feedback, ideas, comments? Please let me know.

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My Top 7 IT Trends for 2014 from an end-user computing view

2014

(Picture: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8378/8358208394_63d8cc1a35_o.jpg by artisrams under creative commons)

Usually I am just reading in several blog posts or articles about IT trends, but this year VMware asked to write some of my predictions – so here we go. Instead of writing about all IT trends I will try to focus on end-user computing and enterprise IT.

  1. Mobility is still the top driver from an end-users perspective and device and app fragmentation will continue to grow in 2014.
  2. Hence Enterprise Mobility should be #1 focus for IT. This includes Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM) and Mobile Content Management (MCM) which leads into Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM).
  3. As the market for EMM continue to grow we will see more market consolidation in 2014. Citrix bought Zenprise in 2012, IBM bought Fiberlink (MaaS360) 2013 and I guess there is more to come in 2014.
  4. Mobility is a driver for Desktop Virtualization, because of the installed base of Microsoft applications within the enterprise. So I believe there will be further releases for VMware Horizon (View, Thinapp, Mirage), Citrix XenDesktop and Microsoft (Server 2012 R2, MDOP etc.) to fulfill the need to bring business critical software to mobile smart devices.
  5. 2014 might be the marketing hype year for DaaS (Desktop as a Service). After the acquisition of Desktone from VMware in 2013, Amazon offered their own service AWS Workspace. There are plenty of different services like tuCloud even smaller ones in Germany Tocario. Citrix still lacks an own hosting, but bets on their partner ecosystem and blueprints for AWS - will see what happen in 2014 with them.
  6. The PC is no longer dominant, but I believe there might be a stop in the decrease of PC sales in 2014. I still believe in the value of rich clients, it is just postponed due to purchasing smart mobile devices and the misleading Microsoft strategy and Windows 8.x UX. Once this is solved we will see a constant growth in the PC market.
  7. As Enterprise Mobility and DaaS put high pressure to enterprise IT to become more transparent to their services. This might be a momentum for ITaaS (IT as a Service) and Workspace Aggregation which will include the shift to new cloud services like SaaS.

Overall I believe there won’t be a revolution in 2014, more an evolution of what’s already in use while improving existing technology to the next stage.

My 2cents for 2014. Additional or different thoughts? Please let me know via comments.

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#Amazon announced #DaaS with #WorkSpaces – a game changer for #VDI in 2014?

BOOM – what an announcement from Amazon today:

This is a real game changer for me. There is a lot going on and Amazon is now absolutely in the Desktop as a service market. Amazon offers 4 bundles:

  • Standard – 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 50 GB of persistent user storage - $35 / user / month.
  • Standard Plus – 1 vCPU, 3.75 GiB of memory, and 50 GB of persistent user storage - $50 / user / month.
  • Performance – 2 vCPU, 7.5 GiB of memory, and 100 GB of persistent user storage - $60 / user / month.
  • Performance Plus – 2 vCPU, 7.5 GiB of memory, and 100 GB of persistent user storage - $70 / user / month.

A Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) is created as part of the setup process. The VPC can be connected to an on-premises network using a secure VPN connection to allow access to an existing Active Directory and other intranet resources. WorkSpaces run on Amazon EC2 instances hosted within the VPC.

Communication between EC2 and the client is managed by the PCoIP (PC-over-IP) protocol. The client connection must allow TCP and UDP connections on port 4172, along with TCP connections on port 443.

Persistent storage is backed up to Amazon S3 on a regular and frequent basis.

Amazon blog announcement and TCO comparison can be found here:

The bold statement here:

Total Cost of Ownership of 1000 users using a desktop computing service such as Amazon WorkSpaces can be less than half the cost of running and managing an equivalent VDI solution on an on-premises infrastructure.

It is only one month ago since VMware acquired the DaaS pioneer Desktone. So there is a lot of market offering and consolidation going on this year. 

What I don’t understand is the licensing issue with Microsoft about Office and Windows. I would really love to hear more about the agreement between those parties. Even with the rumors about Microsoft is going to enter the DaaS market with project Mohoro, todays announcement indicates more to come:

So these moves really put high pressure at Citrix and XenDesktop. Not even mentioned DaaS provider tuCloud at least. I believe there will be much more eruption in the DaaS market coming and 2014 might be the “hype” year of DaaS.

Exciting times. What do you think?

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#CitrixTEX2013 – an exec summary and what’s next with #ProjectMerlin

Citrix Technology Exchange 2013 Keynote opening

Citrix Germany invited their community in the beginning of this week 10/21st and 22nd for their Technology Exchange event 2013 – #CitrixTEX2013. This event became very popular after Citrix canceled Synergy Europe this year. Attendees were partners and customers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the so called DACH region. With more than 700+ attendees, the event was fully booked and very crowded for the location. So, what to expect from this local event?

The keynote demos were done live with the challenge of Wi-Fi lost and the “demo god” was not really with them in the beginning. No real big announcements happened except Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 & GA date for 10/23 which was obvious. The keynote agenda was picked around the product portfolio in the following order:

  • Social Collaboration=GoTo Products
  • Data Sharing=ShareFile
  • Mobile Platforms=XenMobile
  • Desktop Virtualization=XenDesktop
  • Cloud Networking=NetScaler
  • Cloud Platforms=CloudPortal

The GoTo product group launched some interesting products since Synergy where the Citrix community discussed about. So it was interesting to see, what Citrix wanted to do with them:

  • Project Zeus
  • Talkboard
  • Crystal Palace

Citrix, Project Zeus, Talkboard, Crystal Palace

Citrix announced their latest XenDesktop release 7.1 which is the result of project Bruin. It was somehow a farce that the GA release date was 10/23 – two days after the keynote. The Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 release is somehow a Windows platform enhancement release plus vGPU support with the NVIDIA GRiD:

Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 release

With the new release of XenDesktop, AppDNA also supports the latest and greatest Microsoft & Citrix platforms and offers some new reports.

So what’s the next step for XenDesktop with Project Merlin? Project Merlin first release will be about App Orchestration and is planned for the first half of 2014. It is very likely that the release is linked with Citrix Synergy in May 2014. The idea behind the project is to reduce complexity with central management with unifying components, compute, data centers and tenants. The configuration concept seems easy with three simple steps:

  1. Define Environment
  2. Design Offerings
  3. Deliver Service

With that concept, Citrix wants add the following benefits:

  • Increase visibility during troubleshooting (reduce support costs)
  • Environment visibility (hotfix parity & consistent user experience)
  • Aggregate license alerts within Director (remediate license alerts before they affect user satisfaction)
  • Unified Self-Service Help Desk (Increase first call resolution satisfaction)

Migration seems to become part of the major concept. At least Citrix was presenting three slides about migrations and two methods:

Citrix Project Merlin Migration methods

GeekSpeak was also adopted at this event, which is a great format compared to mainstream tracks & highly polished PPTs. Therefore Citrix invited some CTPs:

The evening event on Monday evening was really a huge surprise, great possibility for networking:

Citrix Technology Exchange 2013 evening event

Overall the Citrix Technology Exchange 2013 Germany was a positive surprise for me, I was not expecting so many attendees. The speakers did a great job, overall a very valuable event for all attendees. Some melancholy came up compared to the Citrix Synergy events, I really missed some management and key influencers from Citrix headquarter. Events like this shows that Germany or Europe does not have the same attention like the ones in the US – maybe just my interpretation, but it was a slap in the face to dismiss Citrix Synergy Europe without even announcing this officially.

Cheers,

VP

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#VMware hangout with @JoeBaguley & @psaffo about the future of IT

Over a week ago, I had the pleasure to be invited to an exclusive QA session from VMware with Joe Baguley, VMware EMEA CTO and futurologist Paul Saffo to discuss technology past, present and future. It was the first time of having a Google Hangout which turned out as an amazing and exhausting experience for me. Joe and Paul were both very relaxed but passionate about the questions, very professional. The original VMware invitation can be found here.

Further blogger participants and  interviewers:

Many thanks to VMware giving the chance to participate to such an event – AMAZING!

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Virtual Patrick

Virtual Patrick

Senior Product Manager | Blogger | Twitterer

Product Management, Product Marketing & Business Development

Focus on end-user computing, mobility, virtualization and cloud computing

Experienced in ITSM & Client Lifecycle Management since 2004

Skilled communicator and engaging public speaker

ISV, Financial & B2B trade industry background

Diploma in Business Administration comparable to Master study

Grown up in an entrepreneur family environment

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