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March 29th, 2013

Virtualization_March27_BWith technology advancing at such a rapid pace, it is hard for small and medium businesses to keep up with the new software and computers. One tech trend that has enabled users to get more out of their existing hardware is virtualization. A cool thing about virtualization is that it enables users to access their desktops from nearly anywhere, including their mobile devices. VMware has recently introduced a new feature that makes mobile access of a Windows desktop even better.

In mid-March, VMware announced Unity Touch, an app that allows users to view, open, run and manage Windows files and applications on their Android and iOS devices.

What exactly is Unity Touch This app takes your existing Windows desktop and makes it more manageable and easier to use on mobile devices. This feature is part of the Horizon View offering from VMware which allows administrators to virtualize the desktop environment, and users to access their desktop from anywhere.

Unity Touch takes Horizon View desktops and makes them easier to use on a touchscreen device. When it's introduced, you will be able to log in to your desktop and access your files and applications.

How does Unity Touch improve desktop access on mobile devices? One of the most important parts of the Windows environment is the Start menu. It's what the majority of users use to access their files and run applications. On mobile devices that connect to a virtual desktop, space is limited, so having a full start menu just doesn't cut it. This app essentially makes the Start menu an 'app drawer' on the left-hand side of your screen - think of any screen where you can select apps on your mobile device.

There's a little tab, located in the middle part of the left-hand side of the screen that you can press to bring up a list of files and apps that you can scroll through. This list also functions as a kind of launch center where you can switch between open programs, close them or even manage files.

Will my business find it useful? If you travel lots, or have to be away from your computer and don't want to carry a laptop with you, this could be a solution for you. You do need to have a VMware Horizon View Desktop version 5.2, the Horizon View Client 2.0 installed on your mobile device, as well as an Android, iPad or iPhone.

If you are interested in accessing your desktop from a mobile device, contact us today. We can work with you to develop a solution.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

Topic VMWare
May 26th, 2012

While being able to access your desktop while you’re outside the office is an option you’ve had for a number of years, it’s only now starting to really take off. This is made possible by companies like VMware who offer products that allow you to virtualize practically your whole business. One particularly useful product, View, has recently been updated and has had some useful features added.

For those who are unfamiliar with VMware, they’re a leading virtualization company, whose solutions allow companies to virtualize any aspect of their business. One of their most popular products is View.

What is View? VMware View, geared towards businesses, allows desktops to be virtualized. It essentially moves a user's desktop software, OS and essential programs, onto servers - in the cloud. Users use their physical system - mouse, keyboard, monitor and computer - to access their desktop via an Internet connection. If you’ve heard the term remote desktop, View is akin to that.

Updates to View View was recently updated to version 5.1 and with the update, three new features were introduced that could be useful to small businesses.

  • Through a tool called Persona Management, users are now able to migrate their profile settings - desktop and application settings, user specific data and setups - from their physical desktop to their virtual desktop. If a user does not do a full virtual migration and keeps a physical copy of their desktop, any changes in settings will be synced automatically.
  • There’s expanded coverage for USB peripherals like mice, printers and external hard drives. Before this update, if a user wanted to use a USB peripheral they had to have device drivers - software that allows the device to work with the OS - installed on their system. With the update, users don’t need to have the drivers installed, and should be able to use most USB devices. The drivers are installed on the administrator’s system instead.
  • Administrators can now monitor and analyze individual desktop performance through the use of dashboards. These dashboards will allow them to identify and resolve potential issues. This service is called vCenter Operations Manager for View, and is available as an add-on.
If you’re interested in virtualization solutions for your company, or would like to learn about those offered by VMware, please contact us.
Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

Topic VMWare