Friday Notebook, March 13: Horizon on physical PCs; EUC Masters Retreat rescheduled

Also: BetterCloud; Nerdio; Zimperium; VMware Tanzu; digital workspace portals; Citrix Gateway; CVAD on-prem and the cloud; Teradici; and more.

This is our weekly log of desktop virtualization, enterprise mobility, and end user computing news.

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Jack: Why I need a workspace portal, a corporate app catalog, or some other place to find all my apps. My digital workspace is a mess—I need help!

Jo: A look at Citrix Gateway vs. Citrix Gateway Service. The features and functionality of Citrix Gateway and Citrix Gateway Service products may be confusing. Jo Harder delves into the difference between the two, as well as reasons to choose one over the other.

Jack: Citrix: CVAD Current Release on-prem will no longer support cloud-hosted VDAs. Customers are advised to use Citrix Cloud or the CVAD LTSR.

Marius: Teradici Cloud Access Software supports Azure Stack Hub. Let’s take a look. Marius Sandbu outlines the latest in Azure Stack Hub, and where it could make sense for VDI.

Industry news

This week I learned that VMware Horizon supports remoting into a physical PC—this will certainly be valuable information for organizations that are ramping up remote work options in light of Coronavirus. This configuration supports Blast Extreme, 3D acceleration, multiple displays, and multiple GPUs.

Due to coronavirus, the EUC Masters Retreat has been rescheduled from April to November 13-15.

BetterCloud this week announced new content scanning capabilities. If you’re not familiar, BetterCloud integrates with SaaS apps in order to provide a unified management and security layer. It’s been described as like having Group Policy for your SaaS apps. I think what BetterCloud does is very interesting and unique; you can find out more in our podcast with BetterCloud and other Friday Notebook updates. The new content scanning capabilities will integrate with Google Drive, Microsoft SharePoint and OneDrive, Box, Dropbox, and Slack.

Nerdio has launched Nerdio Manager for WVD. Nerdio is in a class of products that help deploy and manage everything needed for a desktop virtualization environment, making pure Windows Virtual Desktop much easier to consume by wrapping a bunch of services around it. While many of Nerdio’s previous products have been aimed at MSPs, Nerdio Manager for WVD is aimed at enterprise-size end customers. There’s a lot that goes into Nerdio’s platform, so take a look at their website to see what all it does, if you’re not familiar. Nerdio Manager for WVD is deployed from the Azure Marketplace.

Mobile threat defense vendor Zimperium has long offered an embeddable SDK, so that customers or partners can create apps with built-in MTD capabilities, rather than having a separate agent. Now they’re announcing a much more expanded mobile app security offering. We’re not exactly sure what’s new versus what existed in the old SDK, so we’re going to reach out to find out more. Zimperium’s SDK is used in MobleIron’s mobile security products.

VMware announced more progress on their zero trust strategy this week: Workspace ONE Intelligence Risk Analytics is now available, and it can be plugged into Workspace ONE Access. Kyle is writing up a closer look for next week.

More reads and notes

VMware had their big app modernization launch this week, covering the launch of vSphere 7, Cloud Foundation 4, and the Tanzu portfolio (announced back at VMworld 2019), which supports running Kubernetes on vSphere. This is a bit outside of EUC, but back before the new year, we ran an introduction to Kubernetes by Rachel Berry. For VMware’s event, the doodle by Barry Coombs is a good place for a quick overview.

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