VMware launches new virtualised technology, as Imprivata and F5 confirm support

News by Dan Raywood

Yesterday we looked at new technology being launched at the VMworld exhibition which is currently taking place in San Francisco, California, today we look at more new announcements.

Yesterday we looked at new technology being launched at the VMworld exhibition which is currently taking place in San Francisco, California, today we look at more new announcements.

VMware announced two significant launches at the show. The first was VMware View 4.5 that offers an advanced, secure managed enterprise desktop virtualisation model.

It said that VMware View 4.5 enables enterprises to improve security and compliance and simplify desktop administration and management. High-performance PC-over-IP technology enables users to work with their virtual desktops over a LAN or WAN connection, while VMware View with local mode enables secure offline access, while leveraging local processing resources.

Scott Davis, CTO of end-user computing at VMware, said: “This is a completely different way of thinking about VDI storage. Instead of storing a virtual desktop as a single object on physical storage, View 4.5's tiered storage capabilities enables the optimal placement of portions of the image based on their own unique operational characteristics and desired SLAs.

“By decentralising the operating system storage, the desktop environment not only scales linearly, but it can also scale with extremely low latency. The simplicity of the architecture enabled by View 4.5's storage flexibility and performance optimisations allows for a new era in VDI cost modelling.”

It has also introduced ‘IT as a Service', which it says is the transformation of IT to a more business-centric approach, focusing on outcomes such as operational efficiency, competitiveness and rapid response.

According to VMware, this means IT shifts from producing IT services to optimising production and consumption of those services in ways consistent with business requirements. Included in this are several key launches: VMware vCloud Director is a new model for delivering and consuming infrastructure services that extends the resource pooling capabilities of VMware vSphere, to enable IT to create ‘virtual data centres'; VMware vCloud data centre services to provide a way for enterprises to extend their data centres to external clouds, while preserving security, compliance and quality of service; and VMware vCloud consulting services aim to help customers accelerate their journeys to the cloud.

Also introduced is the VMware vShield product family that includes three new solutions to deliver a security model designed specifically for virtual and cloud environments.

Included is the VMware vShield Edge, VMware vShield App and VMware vShield Endpoint to virtualise security and edge services, including firewall, VPN and load balancing.

Raghu Raghuram, senior vice president and general manager of virtualisation and cloud platforms at VMware, said: “Enterprises are embracing a new model of infrastructure to deliver IT as a Service through hybrid cloud computing.

“The products and services we are launching today provide a comprehensive enterprise architecture that will deliver the agility and economics of the cloud with the security and quality of service our enterprise customers need.”

Imprivata has also now announced that its OneSign 4.5 authentication product is fully integrated with VMware View 4.5. According to the company, the integration provides single sign-on (SSO) and extends strong authentication capabilities to enable secure and convenient endpoint application access and user roaming desktops in a VMware View 4.5 environment.

Frank Nydam, vertical industry program manager, healthcare at VMware, said: “VMware View 4.5 delivers a powerful virtual desktop experience to improve workflows, critically important in environments such as healthcare, where users are dependent on roaming sessions and shared workstations.

“The integration with OneSign 4.5 for SSO and multiple forms of strong authentication, including biometrics and proximity cards, allows us to secure electronic patient health information while enabling efficient clinician workflows with desktop roaming.”

David Ting, founder and CTO of Imprivata, said: “We are seeing rapid adoption of virtualised desktops, especially in healthcare, where the desire to eliminate storing any data at the endpoint has been sufficient reason for hospitals to move to pure thin clients. Yet, the mobile workflows common in hospital settings force clinicians to constantly log-on to and off of shared workstations, and privacy regulations are extremely strict.

“Our combined solution allows clinicians to roam, while rapidly and securely reconnecting to their sessions from any thin client. This has a tremendous impact on clinician satisfaction and productivity, and ultimately improves patient outcomes.”

Also launching support for VMware View is F5, who is aiming to make desktop virtualisation more secure by adding support for single sign-on, as well as improve ease of management.

It said that its integrated solution supports VMware View 4.5 and optimises user experience, delivers critical security and enhances the performance, scalability and availability of backend VMware services.

Erik Giesa, VP of product management and product marketing at F5, said: “Organisations are very interested in desktop virtualisation with its promise of cost savings and simplified management, however security and user experience have been two key issues IT teams needed to address in taking on these projects.

“These are two core areas of expertise for F5's application ready solutions, which are designed to expedite implementation of emerging technologies like desktop virtualisation.”

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