#VMWorld 2018 – The Future of VDI is Exciting

As VMWorld 2018 comes to an end, here are my end-user computing (EUC) key takeaways.

VMware is banking on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) adoption to keep increasing, so they are looking to continue to develop and enhance new features for their on-premises VDI, as well as cloud-hosted desktops. Their main focus is to seamlessly deliver and intelligently manage users, virtual desktops and applications across any cloud.

Below are some of the key features and products announced at VMworld, which will help them achieve their vision and should also help increase VDI adoption in the marketplace.

Workspace One

Workspace One is an IT management platform that allows administrators to securely administer applications, mobile devices, along with on-premises and cloud-hosted virtual desktops.  It also offers a means to connect to a central repository where users can consume data, applications, and VDI from any mobile device. It can be used as a service directly from VMware or on-premises via a locally-deployed appliance.

Blast Extreme

This next generation protocol was developed by VMware using HTML5 and was designed for the mobile cloud era. This new protocol has some key enhancements like:

  • 4x faster file transfers across WAN
  • 30% lower bandwidth utilization
  • 10x higher frame rates under extreme network conditions

Blast Extreme is expected to enhance user experience and increase adoption of NVIDIA GPU technology running on virtual desktops, due its improved performance and the delivery of any app, anywhere, to any device.

vGPU Enhancements

Early this year VMware announced support for vGPU, to drive further adoption of accelerated graphics (AG) desktops and reduce the price per machine, by increasing density. During VMWorld they showcased new vMotion support in the vSphere 6.7 UI, which will improve and enhance support for these high-powered desktops.

In Horizon 7.4 Blast Extreme will also support Session Collaboration, allowing a user on a virtual desktop to collaborate with peers for review, design, or interactive training. This key feature should help drive adoption of AG desktops, by allowing teams to collaborate when working on 3D images.

Unified Access Gateway “UAG” Enhancements

The upcoming release of this solution is expected to offer an improved means of administering these appliances, and VMware is looking to add support for these appliances to handle native load balancing.

Navisite’s Next Level of Desktop-as-a-Service

During this year’s show, Navisite released VMware Managed DaaS 8.0. This important update has powerful new features like Blast Extreme, vGPU and Skype for Business. Our new User Experience Manager (UEM) support adds a level of white-glove managed services, ensuring we remain one of VMware’s key partners, and a leader in the Desktop-as-a-Service space.

Our goal is to reduce the traditional complexity of VDI by being responsible for the underlying VDI infrastructure, leaving the client to focus on their users, applications and endpoints.

The VDI Future is Exciting

VMware is moving fast to make sure their EUC portfolio keeps up with the rapid development in technology. Their mission is to provide more choices to their clients by supporting VDI on any cloud, and ensuring the management of VDIs, applications, and mobile devices is easy and centrally-managed.

Navisite is equally focused in ensuring our clients have the ability to securely connect to their VDI infrastructure from any device and any place, and offer strong performance for each user, balanced with cost-effectiveness for IT budgets.

To learn more about Navisite’s Managed DaaS and how it helps take your end-users VDI experience to the next level, read the press release on our news DaaS version and visit our DaaS product page here, call us at (888) 298-8222 or contact us for more information.

Max Lopez

Max Lopez

Manager of Remote Applications, DaaS/Citrix at Navisite
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