Since VMware first introduced Desktop Virtualization back in 2007 creating a whole new market for us and our competitors (you are welcome BTW 🙂 ), we have learned a ton from our customers about where View is a good fit and delivers great business value.
The recently launched Mobile Secure Desktop solution from VMware summarizes pretty well where the View sweet spot is: the intersection of security and mobility. In this sense, I don’t disagree with the premise of Brian Madden’s book “The VDI Delusion“. Besides the provocative title, Brian’s point is that VDI is (and I quote) “awesome” for the right use cases. The market is bigger than he assesses in the book, but I do agree with him that is still a huge installed base of physical desktops and end users in the enterprise for which a centrally run desktop is not the best fit.
This is why VMware bought Wanova. People have been wondering whether we did this to improve View or whether we are are going to keep their commitment to manage physical Desktop and Laptops. The answer is both!!
I wanted to write a post to state this very clearly: we are indeed committed to use Wanova Mirage to provide our customers with single image management for physical desktops, no type 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
In summary, Wanova Mirage allows us to deliver some of the same benefits of View to physical desktops and laptops and opens up a whole slew of new use cases for our customers and market opportunity for us. We have been looking to implement or buy a technology like this for a while and when we ran into Wanova, we thought their technology was amazing and we are delighted to have their talent on board.
Wanova’s technology will also be used to beef up View and make it applicable to more use cases. I am referring to Wanova’s highly efficient WAN data transfer, branch caching, dedup on disk and on the wire, and their Windows image layering technology. You will see these great innovations make their way into the View code base over time.
We do NOT see the world of End User Computing exclusively through the lenses of Virtual Machines and I am very excited about this opportunity to redefine what desktop virtualization is and how it fits into our vision for EUC.
Stay tuned for more information on all this at our upcoming user conference in San Francisco and Barcelona.