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VMware Debuts New Workspace ONE Innovations

Innovations in Workspace ONE brings enhanced security for Office 365; continued collaboration with Microsoft introduces optimized delivery of Skype for Business in VMware Horizon

At VMworld 2016 Europe, VMware introduced an addition to its digital workspace portfolio with VMware Workspace ONE Essentials, a new standalone secure digital workspace solution for unified access to business data and applications. With this addition, the expanded Workspace ONE solution portfolio will enable companies to standardize on digital workspaces that can extend across all end-user types and use cases for company-wide deployment. In addition, innovations in Workspace ONE will include enhanced security with new data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities for Office 365 and improved end-user experiences with expanded mobile single sign-on (SSO) to all enterprise web applications. Lastly, continued collaboration with Microsoft will showcase a technology preview of optimized delivery of Skype for Business in VMware Horizon that uses peer-to-peer endpoint virtual channels and offloads media processing to the endpoints.

Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing and head of global marketing and communications, VMware remarked, “Since its launch earlier this year, the many innovations available in VMware Workspace ONE demonstrate VMware’s momentum in this category and the strong customer adoption is evidence of its ability to address real-world problems. Continuing down this path, we are also excited about our continued partnership with Microsoft that showcases the technology preview of Skype for Business with Horizon. This is a critical part of the Workspace ONE platform that will enable customers to optimize the delivery and use of their industry leading collaboration software on any device.”

Combined with the existing Workspace ONE solution portfolio, companies can now deploy a company-wide digital workspace strategy using a solution that can extend to all user types and use cases using Workspace ONE. VMware continues to innovate Workspace ONE with new data loss prevention (DLP) capabilities to prevent Office 365 applications from being linked to personal online file sharing services. The Workspace ONE policy engine enables the use of personal file sharing applications for personal files and containerizes work applications such as Office 365. This capability will enable organizations to deploy Office 365 securely and integrate it with other applications and services approved for corporate use while keeping files and data within the corporate container on the device.

Lastly, VMware and F5 Networks have collaborated to enable SSO to all existing enterprise web applications including ones that do not support security assertion markup language (SAML). This is delivered through the F5 Networks BIG-IP platform on Workspace ONE. This expands the SSO capabilities already in Workspace ONE and broadens the range of applications that can be made available in the digital workspace (web, mobile, SaaS, modern and legacy Windows) to enhance the end-user experience.

Collaboration with Microsoft to Deliver Optimized Skype for Business Experience in Horizon
VMware will demonstrate a technology preview during the general session at VMworld on Wednesday, October 19 that showcases VMware and Microsoft collaborating to enhance the Microsoft Skype for Business experience in Horizon virtual desktops and published applications. The solution will create a direct peer-to-peer endpoint virtual channel and offloads media processing to the endpoints, resulting in an improved end-user experience while reducing the strain on datacenter infrastructure.

Andrew Sinclair, general manager, Skype Marketing, Microsoft said, “Microsoft and VMware have a long history of collaborating to bring modern desktop and application solutions to customers and those efforts continue with the technology preview of Skype for Business on Horizon 7. Microsoft providing Skype API’s to VDI vendors such as VMware enables both companies to offer great Skype deployment options to their customers. Virtualization provides benefits such as secure collaboration by avoiding remote data loss, simplified desktop management, and a consistent experience for virtualized users.”

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