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May 2013, Volume 2, Number 5

Is VMware Horizon Suite the last word on end-user management?

IT pros tasked with managing a flood of end-user applications and devices are asking themselves an age-old question: Is it better to go with multiple “best of breed” products, or hunker down with an imperfect but integrated suite? VMware Inc. hopes its customers will do the latter after the company pulled back the curtain this spring on its long-in-development Horizon Suite, which combines several VMware end-user computing management tools, such as View, Mirage and Application Manager. It also introduces two other products: Horizon Workspace and Horizon Data (formerly Project Octopus). Currently, the integration between Mirage and View is fairly minimal and the integration between Workspace and View requires updating to View 5.2, the most recent version of VMware’s virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) product. With every subsequent update to the VMware Horizon Suite, however, integration between those individual products will grow tighter, said Ben Goodman, VMware Horizon’s lead evangelist. Eventually, the goal for VMware is to ...

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