VMworld 2018 Europe is bringing a healthy dose of updates for EUC products

My favorite new feature: Blast session collaboration for Linux. Otherwise, it’s business as usual—in the best possible way. VMware announced refinements across EMM, identity, and desktop virt.

VMware VMworld 2018 Europe is starting today in Barcelona. For the last few years, VMworld Europe was right after VMworld US, so there weren’t many big announcements at the European editions. But this year the gap was longer again, which means that there’s plenty of news to talk about. Since I’m covering the show remotely, last week I had a pre-briefing with VMware’s Jeff McGrath and Bharath Rangarajan.

Just like VMworld in Las Vegas, I’m impressed with the amount of news coming out of the Barcelona show. And again, as I wrote after Vegas, this show feels like business as usual, which is a good thing—VMware is continuing to execute well on Workspace One and Horizon.  For today, I’m going to run down the VMworld 2018 Europe highlights. (Update: Here's the main EUC press release; plus I added links to the product blog posts below.)

The one other thing that I’ll mention is that VMware didn’t have anything to say yet about Windows Virtual Desktop. Apparently they’re in active discussions, and we could hear something in the coming weeks, but whatever their plans, they’re not ready to talk yet.

Horizon news from VMworld 2018 Europe

A lot of the interesting news from today is related to Horizon: (Here's VMware's blog on what's new in Horizon 7 on VMC.)

  • Blast session collaboration now supports Linux desktops. This will be huge for engineering and design-heavy industries.
  • Horizon Cloud can now do consolidated monitoring across Horizon 7, too (on premises and on VMC on AWS).
  • VMware announced a tech preview of automated Horizon 7 deployment on VMC on AWS, via the Horizon Cloud Service integration.
  • Horizon Cloud on Azure now supports NSX (including micro-segmentation).
  • JMP for Horizon 7 on VMC is now generally available.
  • Blast now supports H.265 HEVC.
  • And Blast also now supports brokering connections to physical PCs and workstations.

Workspace One updates

Intelligence and the Trust Network continue to be a big theme for Workspace One, indicating the importance of contextual access and “zero trust,” concepts that I’m all for. Now, there are more remediation actions and a new feature called Identity Analytics, which does the type of user behavior-based access policies that are quickly becoming table stakes. (Official blog post.)

There are plenty of new features in the mobile app SDK, too:

  • A content repository interface, in tech preview.
  • Analytics for Workspace One productivity apps, now GA.
  • A user privacy interface (also part of the SDK), now GA.

Continuing on:

  • Boxer now supports Gmail, and just received NIAP Common Criteria compliance. (Blog post.)
  • The Okta integration is now much smoother—they’ve consolidated and streamline the experience for both admins and end users. (VMware blog post.)
  • The ServiceNow integration new supports app approvals in the Workspace One app catalogue.

Also, there’s the new Workspace One Intelligence Connector for automated notifications and actions. This takes the type of integration that VMware build for Slack and ServiceNow and opens it up for any third-party service, via REST or SOAP APIs. This will be surfaced in the console, and available in Q4.

In device management, Workspace One sensors (which query system attributes like firmware, bios, software, peripherals, etc.) are GA, and now include support for macOS as well as the previously-announced Windows 10 support. Workspace One is now integrated with Flexera, too.

VMware showed off the latest mobile device updates, as well:. Horizon and the Workspace One productivity apps support Samsung DeX; VMware supports Android Enterprise COPE mode; and there are additional Chrome OS management APIs.

Lastly, there’s a note about sales: Dell will offer discounted Workspace One licenses to customers that buy PCs with Dell factory provisioning and ProDeploy Client Suite. This is more of what we’ve been expecting ever since news of the EMC acquisition broke in 2015. Earlier this year we saw the ability for Dell to install the Workspace One agent on PCs, then we got support for apps and settings to be installed at the factory.

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