Digital Workspace

Earlier this week on Tuesday 9th February 2016 as part of the Mobility Online Event VMware announced the Workspace ONE solution containing the new Horizon 7 and improved Horizon Air. The video of these announcements may still be available for view at, you will need to register.

Sanjay Poonen, EVP & GM, End-User Computing explained how we are becoming a Digital Workforce working at the “speed of life” and that VMware had more than 62,000 End User Computing (EUC) customers and was growing 30% per year.

There was a common theme throughout the announcements of VMware vision of
One Cloud – Any Application – Any Device.

Workspace ONE encompasses: –

  • Desktop
  • Mobile
  • Windows Apps
  • Identity

Sumit Dhawan, SVP & GM, Desktop Products went on to explain how Workspace ONE provided

  • Flexibility
  • Security
  • Productivity

Workspace ONE provides a consumer experience, self-service access across all devices for the following Applications: –

  • Cloud
  • Mobile
  • Windows

Workspace ONE is Enterprise Secure allowing the End Users to choose their own devices be it

  • Corporate Devices or
  • Bring Your Own Device

It also contains secure messaging and content applications with conditional access so you can control what your end users can access depending on how they connect. For example they may get access to more if they are connected across the corporate network than if they are connected via a public network.

Workspace ONE works hand-in-hand with VMware’s Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) infrastructure.

Roy Clements, Director, Solutions Engineering provided a demo of how the Single Sign On (SSO) within Workspace ONE means that you have a single identity with no need for passwords or tokens. He also showed the nice user experience of the included Boxer email client as well as Social Cast and Content Locker.

Mobile SSO provides a 3 way trust between: –

  • Workspace ONE
  • Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) Applications
  • The Device








Roy also demonstrated how the content can be protected and showed that you could prevent confidential content being copied from a secured document and pasted into an insecure location such as Twitter.

There are 3 editions of Workspace ONE starting at $8 per user per month for cloud. These editions are: –

  • Standard
  • Advanced
  • Enterprise

These solutions are designed for the Cloud First.

Horizon 7 includes 4 major First-to-Market innovations

  • Just-in-Time Delivery from Project Fargo
  • App Lifecycle Management
  • Blast Extreme Experience
  • Smart Policies

With Just-in-Time Delivery you create a Live Template and then when users login they get a customised cloud desktop with their personal settings. This means that you don’t have to manage all those clones; just manage a single master desktop.

VMware’s latest Desktop as a Service (DaaS) Horizon Air offering now comes with a “Hybrid Mode” allowing you to connect your own infrastructure to the cloud so that you can run some of your desktops/apps on-premise for security and/or performance reasons but still get all the benefits of Horizon Air by leaving the Controls within the cloud such as:

  • Simple, out of the box setup
  • Provisioning of 0 to 2000 desktops in under 20 minutes
  • Automatic upgrades and new features
  • Ability to quickly move some users to the cloud

Horizon Air costs only $16 per user per month and Horizon 7 and 6 customers can experience Horizon Air for one full year for less than $1 per user per month

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