VMware connects more mobile dots via Workspace Suite, previews Project Meteor

On day two of VMworld 2014, VMware strengthens ties to Google and Microsoft Windows while beefing up its Desktop-as-a-Service offerings worldwide.


SAN FRANCISCO —  Filling in more gaps in its hybrid cloud vision , VMware trotted out another slew of desktop and mobile products intended for managing apps from any endpoint.

Leading the way on Tuesday morning at VMworld 2014 was the new VMware Workspace Suite, a unified platform accessible via single sign-on to access and determine policy controls for virtually any app regardless of location and operating system. VMware specified this to range from mobile to SaaS to virtualized to Windows.

Following its container virtualization news on Monday, VMware is building more bridges to Google's internet empire, this time through Chromebooks.

Also in partnership with Nvidia, the trio of tech giants are working together to bring higher-performance graphics to remote user experiences through Google's low-cost Chromebooks.

Hardware-wise, Nvidia is baking its GRID virtual GPU and Tegra K1 processors into select future Chromebooks, while VMware will be contributing its Blast Performance technology for smoother video and audio playback on virtualized apps.

VMware is also tying up some loose ends elsewhere by stocking up on more delivery methods.

The EMC subsidiary will soon be beefing up its presence across the pond with the availability of VMware Horizon DaaS Enterprise, a Desktop-as-a-Service delivering cloud-hosted desktops to any device.

For customers worldwide, VMware is extending Desktop-as-a-Service delivery to published apps and full virtual desktops through a multi-tenant public cloud version of Horizon DaaS.

Bundled with VMware Horizon is the portfolio of VMware's latest acquisition : CloudVolumes, which promises to deliver native apps to virtualized environments in real-time.

Finally, VMware isn't a Silicon Valley player typically synonymous with moonshots, but its next big idea comes with an out-of-this-world codename even though the technology almost makes the world feel smaller.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company offered a glimpse at Project Meteor, a new technology for creating personalized desktops with a user's existing apps and data through any available (and even generic) virtual machine. Perhaps lining up with its open source methods also emphasized on Monday, Project Meteor will then turn around and deliver these desktops to any device with an HTML5-based browser.

VMware Workspace Suite and CloudVolumes are available immediately. A preview of the new graphics on Chromebooks is available to select early-access VMware and NVIDIA customers.

Contact VMware sales or a local VMware reseller partner for pricing. VMware Horizon DaaS Enterprise service in the UK is scheduled to follow in the third quarter of 2014.