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NetApp Integrated EVO: RAIL Solution Expected to Release in Early 2015

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

What is the NetApp Integrated EVO: RAIL Solution?

A new infrastructure solution, created by a collaboration between NetApp and VMware that combines VMware’s EVO: RAIL and NetApp’s Data ONTAP operating system. The solution assimilates storage under a common user interface with a single point of support so customers can efficiently deploy and manage virtualized business critical applications in branch offices while integrating them into the larger enterprise environment managed by FlexPod.

 

Who is it designed for?

The EVO: RAIL solution is designed for organizations with departmental, remote, and branch offices with limited IT staff in order to speed the deployment of virtual servers and desktops.

 

What are the benefits?

– Reduces complexity by simplifying the delivery of software-defined infrastructure services

– Supplies comprehensive local and remote data protection

– Minimizes risk by offering demonstrated storage efficiencies and independent storage expansion, integrated data protection, and increased stability

– Provides flexibility to integrate with the cloud using NetApp data fabric

– Easy to order, install, deploy, and manage

– Both cloud and data center integrated which allows smaller offices to deliver an expansible, permanent-sized system with consolidated management

– Allows for greater storage efficiency and agility

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Managing BYOD in a VMware Horizon Workspace Environment

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

What does a personal mobile device world that supports the notion of universal access and convenience into the corporate network for IT management look like? Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) introduces interesting problems where corporate users with mobile devices perform work tasks using a device that has a dual personality (personal use versus corporate use). In turn, companies are challenged to both create and implement a BYOD policy that underpins the needs of access and convenience without sacrificing security based on the IT exposures that a dual personality presents. The mobile device usage trends are clear based on a Forrester Report where it was cited that 66% of employees use 2 or more devices at work, 12% use tablets.

VMware Horizon Workspace Architecture

For mobile workspace management, the VMware Horizon Workspace streamlines IT management to enable end-user mobility by combining applications and data into an aggregated workspace. The Horizon Workspace solution is available as a virtual appliance that can be deployed in an enterprise environment onsite and work with existing enterprise services; many assets, devices and applications can be centralized and securely managed from behind a firewall. In or out of the office, users are given secure access to company files and applications they need on any device.

Horizon Workspace emphasizes the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Share Your Own Device (SYOD) ideals that have began to pop up recently in the technology field. There are several key features of the BYOD component on Horizon Workspace. One is the ability to access data and files everywhere, whether the user is on the road, at home or in the office. Another is being able to fully collaborate with other users. Horizon Workspace helps improve productivity by allowing end user secure access to applications and files no matter the device. Some compatible devices include iOS, Windows, Android, Mac and all of the major browsers. End-user downtime and service interruptions are reduced when using these devices and files are available to users each time on login on VMware Horizon Workspace.

 The Horizon Workspace provides additional services known as the Horizon Mobile Secure Workplace. This application allows companies to securely introduce Android and iOS devices to the network. This process isolates the work environment from the user’s personal environment to keep the company’s information secure.

If you are interested in learning more about VMware, go to Fast Lane’s VMware schedule to find courses near you.  We offer many courses from partners that include VMware, NetApp and Cisco. Fast Lane’s classes are led by Vendor-Certified instructors whose expertise provides students with experience and knowledge that can be applied in the working world. For a full list of courses, visit Fast Lane’s Training Tab and Schedules Tab.

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Windows Desktop Migrations using the VMware Horizon Suite

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

 

One of VMware’s new features, Horizon Suite, bundles three components: Horizon View, Horizon Mirage and Horizon Workspace. Horizon Mirage 4.2 focuses on several major improvements in desktop virtualization that allows a company to save money, increase productivity and reduce downtime with ease. This new version solves several problems that can plague companies who aren’t a part of the VMware solution.

Horizon Mirage is a layered image-management solution that separates the PC into logical layers that are owned and managed by IT organizations or end users. IT-managed layers can be updated without compromising end-user files and personalization. To maximize end-user productivity, snapshots and backups of layered desktop images enable quick recovery or rollback in case of failure.

Two interconnected problems companies experience are related to time and money. There is a major need to reduce downtime and costs and increase efficiency while providing high levels of security and information protection.  Before VMware Horizon Mirage 4.2, a manual Windows 7 migration could last anywhere from four to six hours per PC. Using a data and settings migration tool drastically cuts down the time to two to three hours. Although the time is significantly reduced, IT resources are still being used to monitor the migration process, removing the PC user form their machine during the process. Horizon Mirage 4.2 allows one IT technician to handle one hundred plus migrations per day from one central management console. Downtime is reduced to only thirty minutes without IT touching the PC. Mirage has two options for Windows 7 Migrations: upgrade an existing Windows XP device in-place to Windows 7 or migrate a user’s profile and files from a previous Windows XP device to new Windows 7 hardware. To ensure that data is not compromised, Mirage 4.2 takes a full system snapshot of the system before the migration process, so a system can be restored if an error occurs. VMware estimates that an organization of five thousand can save over $1,000,000 in user productivity and $600,000 in IT time.

VMware Horizon Mirage Architecture

If you are interested in learning more about VMware, go to Fast Lane’s VMware schedule to find courses near you.  We offer many courses from partners that include VMware, NetApp and Cisco. Fast Lane’s classes are led by Vendor-Certified instructors whose expertise provides students with experience and knowledge that can be applied in the working world. For a full list of courses, visit Fast Lane’s Training Tab and Schedules Tab.

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VMware Educational Video Site

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

VMware Education has opened a new site that contains a series of  free educational videos introducing important VMware technology and products. Each video lasts 10-15 minutes and covers one aspect of the featured product.

VMware Learning Videos

The site, vmwarelearning.com, debuted this week (October, 2012) with over fifty videos covering the following VMware products or technology:

VMware plans to add versions in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish by the end of the year.

The videos are a great way to get some basic familiarity with a VMware product. You can download an evaluation copy to try it out, and if it makes sense for your organization to deploy the product, then you can pursue additional, VMware-authorized training to quickly ramp up your IT staff to deploy and manage the technology.

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