#VMworld day 2 keynote, Wanova Mirage and VMware Horizon Suite overview

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Day 2 of VMworld 2012 in San Francisco. VMware’s CTO Steve Herrod and Vice Preseident Marketing End User Computing Vittorio Viarengo are on stage. They talk about and show the Horizon Suite: an integrated platform for the mobile workforce where they can access their apps and data from any device, any time, anywhere

The keynote also showed how far VMware hasn’t come in a year. Project Octopus wowed VMworld 2011 audiences. So, what is the big news? Horizon Suite – but there’s still no indication of when that will go on sale. The suite is a bundle of products, which are all integrated. Last year, VMware showed a bunch of cool products (well, more projects). They were more or less point solutions. With the Horizon Suite, all these point solutions are coming together as 1 integrated platform, and that is a big thing!

During the keynote, specific products were shown and discussed like VMware Mirage and IOS capabilities within Horizon Mobile.

The Horizon Suite, currently is alpha code. During the keynote, Steve Herrod mentioned Horizon Suite will go beta at the end of 2012. That’s quite quick!

So, Horizon Suite is a bundle of products but which ones? The keynote and video mentions the following products:

  • Horizon App Manager: the universal services broker.
  • VMware View: VMware’s VDI solution.
  • VMware ThinApp: VMware’s application virtualization product.
  • Project Appblast: HTML5 remoting of desktops and applications.
  • Horizon Data, aka project Octopus: the follow me data solution.
  • Horizon Mobile: VMware’s solution to make BYO mobile devices possible and secure.

So, can you imagine, 1 place, where you can access your data, desktop(s) and apps. One place which is your starting point, every day, your follow me workspace?! Accessible via a browser or native app.

Here is a rough demo Vittorio Viarengo recorded from  his laptop and iPad:

Wanova Mirage is to provide customers with single image management for physical desktops, no hypervisor required on the client or the server. Just raw Windows on client hardware but with:

  • Central Image Management
  • Ability to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 in place
  • Application and Data layering to be able to incrementally patch the base Windows image without breaking user installed apps and user data
  • Ability to keep the central and local image in constant synch for backup, disaster recovering, and single button break-fix