VMware bolsters vSphere, updates Horizon, Workspace ONE products

​VMware also rolled out a new approach to unified endpoint management aimed at simplifying support of Windows 10 devices.
Written by Natalie Gagliordi, Contributor

VMware on Tuesday rolled out a new approach to unified endpoint management aimed at simplifying support of Windows 10 devices. The company also unveiled updates to its Horizon and Workspace ONE products and introduced VMware Integrated OpenStack 3.

VMware said its new technology expands current Windows 10 management with capabilities traditionally found in PC lifecycle management, including configuration management and provisioning, software distribution, operating system patch management and client health and security management.

"We believe there is an incredible opportunity to push identity-driven secure digital workspaces for the delivery of any app on any device, especially as businesses shift to Windows 10 and increasingly offer cloud-based productivity suites such as Office 365 to employees," Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president of EUC for VMware, said in a statement.

As for Horizon 7, VMware's desktop virtualization product, the product has been retooled with more features from VMware Blast Extreme protocol, which VMware said will provide up to a 6x reduction in image bandwidth consumption, as well as a 15 percent reduction in audio streaming. Additionally, support for Riverbed in Horizon 7 will bring faster speeds to end-users on wide area networks (WAN).

On Workspace ONE, updates include a new Identity Manager that VMware said will make it easier to "automatically provision and de-provision end users based on existing active directory group membership". In other words, VMware is making it easier to revoke access to Office 365 resources when employees leave an organization.

In a separate announcement, VMware took the wraps off of two new capabilities built into vSphere Integrated Containers, which lets IT teams provide a compatible Docker interface to their app developers.

The updates come via open-source software projects Admiral and Harbor. Admiral is a built-in container management portal that helps accelerate app delivery for developers. In vSphere, this will be used to add key registry functionality. Harbor is an enterprise container registry that's built into vSphere Integrated Containers.

"A significant challenge for most enterprises is moving their containerized applications into production considering the variety of operational requirements," Ray O'Farrell, executive vice president and chief technology officer for VMware, said in a statement.

Finally, VMware debuted Integrated OpenStack 3, the latest release of its OpenStack distribution now based on the OpenStack Mitaka release. VMware said new features include improved workflow for cloud and IT admins, as well as simplified configuration for Nova compute service

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