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VMworld 2012 Live Blog – General Session Day 2

by Harley Stagner on August 28, 2012

This is the Live Blog of the VMworld 2012 General Session Day 2. You’ll find my recap of the session below.

Steve Herrod, CTO, VMware, Inc. is on the stage now. He’s recapping the general session from yesterday about VMware’s strategic direction towards true cloud infrastructure. Today he is talking about end user computing and access to data in new and different ways.

“The days of telling users what to do are over.”

Three phases of transforming end user computing

  • Transform legacy applications into a service that can be consumed by users
  • Broker services
  • Mobile Users


VMware View is a big component of this transformation. With View 5.1 there are more clients for more devices. The user experience is vastly improved. There was even a 3D-Gaming experience running on View desktops in the Hands on Labs. He is announcing a partner ecosystem of appliances like the Cisco ISR G2 plus VMware View for branch office View deployments.

Up next is Mirage. This is a technology that is brought to us by a recent VMware acquisition. Mirage helps to break apart the desktop into distinct components and allows offline access from a managed physical or virtual desktop. Mirage allows in place upgrade to Windows 7 in the background while a snapshot is taken of the machine. After the upgrade, the user reboots and they have windows 7. Mirage also has a copy of a user’s devices and can restore them as a virtual machine. Demo recap.

  • User starts with Windows XP
  • Mirage does in place upgrade of Windows 7 …
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