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#VMworld 2016 Day 2: Unified Endpoint Management, VMware Integrated OpenStack 3 & vSphere Integrated Containers

VMware’s GM of End-User Computing, Sanjay Poonen (@spoonen), and CTO, Ray O’Farrell (@ray_ofarrell), took to the stage on day two of VMworld 2016 to share some key announcements around the company’s products and strategy that focus on improving the user experience, both from an admin and end-user perspectives.

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“It’s all about users,” said O’Farrell, as he discussed some of the main challenges that organizations are facing when transitioning to a cloud environment.

Poonen referred to the new enhancements in VMware’s end user computing products “Sesame Street simple.”

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The ease of use and integration themes from day one announcements persisted, with notes on how well VMware’s different technologies and moving pieces all work together.

New Unified Endpoint Management For Windows 10

After sharing some of the cool features of AirWatch, VMware’s enterprise mobility management solution, Poonen announced a new Unified Endpoint Management technology that’s targeting Windows 10 devices intended to streamline management of mobile devices along with desktops. The technology includes things like configuration management, patch and software distribution, along with health and security management. With an eye on improving security and management of a wider variety of devices, and also ultimately the user experience, this is definitely the trending shift for enterprise mobility management platforms.

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VMware’s WorkspaceONE is also seeing some enhancements that focus on automation of the Office 365 provisioning and de-provisioning process that’s all tied to Active Directory. Poonan also announced the immediate availability of free licenses for VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation.

vSphere Integrated Containers

Kit Colbert (@kitcolbert), VMware’s VP and GM of Cloud-Native Apps, spent some time talking about and demonstrating what the company is doing with containers, unveiling some key capabilities in vSphere Integrated Containers. The new container registry and management console, now in beta, are meant to help vSphere admins work with containers in production.

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Harbor is the enterprise container registry that includes user management, access control, policy-based image replication and other features. Admiral is the management portal that aims to accelerate application delivery.
Again, there was a lot of focus on ease of use and integration, tying vSphere Integrated Containers with vRealize Automation and leveraging the VMware’s existing integration between vSphere, NSX and VSAN.

VMware Integrated OpenStack 3

The latest release of VMware Integrated OpenStack was the final announcement for day two. Based on the Mitaka release of OpenStack, version 3 of VMware Integrated OpenStack includes new features that simplify deployment and the use of existing vSphere workloads. OpenStack is notoriously difficult to deploy and manage, so VMware’s enhancements that aim to improve the admin’s user experience offer a significant advantage.

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Once again, improvements in integration and ease of use took center stage and our guess is this theme will continue on to day three. Stay tuned for more!