Well, VMware is working on a new set of End-User Computing products. One of the first solution in this new EUC suite is App Volumes 2.14. VMware published a blog article about the high level features of this release, you can find out more here. Well, actually, if I look at it from a timeline perspective, the first product in the EUC space released this month is the new version of Identity Manager, version 18.104.22.168. IDM has been constantly improving over the last couple of months, one good release after another. When VMware decided to provide a Windows based version of the product, it gave customers even more deployment choices. You now have a hosted solution, an Appliance based on-premises solution or a Windows based on-premises solution. For me, this product has a ton of features, the one I like the most is the consistent user experience, whatever the device they use. Web-Based from any laptop (Linux, Mac or Windows) or Mobile App based (Android or iOS), people always get a view of what’s important, their applications!
Going back to main reason for the post, the suite of End-User Computing products being released soon. Horizon 7.5 will be the first ESB (Extended Service Branch) release for VMware. This is definitely a positive news for any VMware Horizon customers. For those customers that have an existing deployment or looking at a deployment, being able to plan their project timeline based on a product that will be supported for 2 years, stability and predictability makes the life of an IT admin easier.
BrianMadden.com summarized the release here. I plan to go into more details of each individual products in the future, when they release to the field.
I think that one of the most interesting news in all these releases is VMware commitment to follow the release cycles of Microsoft Windows 10 OS. This is not a small task since the behemoth decided to go with multiple releases a year and push those releases to customers, whether they want them or not. VMware has more information on their support matrix and FAQ’s here. Of course, a big company will manage those updates properly, go through proper round of planning and testing but it means that instead of waiting years between OS updates, companies are pushed to look at 1-2 updates of their Desktop OS every year. In the end, I believe it’s a good thing but for anyone who ever manager an environment of a 1000 desktop or more, they will tell you that it is definitely a major change.
Looking forward to sinking my teeth in these new releases and be able to share some insights and feedback here.