The Friday notebook - October 14, 2016

Don't miss out—Catch up on VMware, Amazon, MobileIron, Microsoft, Citrix, and all out blog posts.

Here’s what happened and what was interesting in the enterprise mobility and end user computing space in the week leading up to October 14, 2016.


The big news of the week was VMware on AWS. It’s vSphere, ESXi, VSAN, and NSX on top of bare metal AWS infrastructure. It’s a fully-managed service sold by VMware. You can use existing tools like vCenter and vMotion. Everything can span across both your on-premises and AWS-based VMware environments. Another benefit is that you can easily access other AWS resources. Here’s VMware’s technical blog post and marketing blog post.

MobileIron announced Bridge, a way to manage the traditional side of Windows 10 through the modern, MDM-managed side. Check out Gabe’s blog post.

More Azure AD updates: Azure AD Domain Services is GA; and there are public previews of configurable token lifetimes and new PowerShell cmdlets.

Also, Windows Server 2016 went GA this week.

XenMobile 10.4 is out. It includes client branding, email-based MAM enrollment, and more. Secure Mail, Secure Web, and Secure Hub (formerly Worx Home) (remember they recently dropped the “Worx” name and replaced it with “Secure”) will soon be available as Universal Windows Platform apps.

Our blog posts

Jack: My thoughts on VMware AirWatch Connect 2016

Gabe: MobileIron Bridge breaks through the MDM wall in Windows 10

Jack: Don’t underestimate Facebook Workplace. It’s a great idea.

Gabe: An introduction to Azure N-series VMs

Thoughts of the week

Conferences coming up next week: Dell EMC World, VMworld Europe, and the JAMF user conference.

Virtual reality (and augmented reality) is everywhere this year, and the last few weeks have been no exception. The Google Daydream was announced, the Sony Playstation VR came out, and the HoloLens is getting wider distribution. What does this mean for those of us in EUC? As I’ve written previously, I don’t think VR will quite surprise us the way that iOS and Android did. However, it’s probably time to start thinking about how it could affect EUC. AR glasses where a big topic last week at AirWatch Connect. They really make sense for a variety of use cases like warehouses, education, and manufacturing (check out this video from APX Labs and Boeing), and AirWatch can manage them.

This week we have a couple of other blog posts to recommend:

First, IDG published an interview with Michael Dell, in which he talked about what customers can expect from the new Dell Technologies.

Second, Brad Anderson wrote What We Can Learn from the Trident/Pegasus iOS Vulnerability. Mobile threat detection is finally getting more attention, though most people (including us) agree that protecting against stolen credentials is a much bigger issue for now.

Lastly, we just learned about a new DaaS provider, Paperspace. According to their Twitter bio, “Paperspace is a new type of computer. It lives in the cloud and is accessible from any web browser.” 

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