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VMworld 2016: New unified endpoint management could make it easier to manage Windows 10 devices

VMware recently unveiled a new technology for better managing endpoints with Windows 10, while also updating their Horizon and Workspace One products.

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A new unified endpoint management approach from VMware could make it easier to manage and support Windows 10 devices, the company announced on Tuesday at the 2016 VMworld conference. The new approach, along with updates to VMware Horizon and VMware Workspace ONE, has the potential to improve management of the mobile workforce as well.

"We believe there is an incredible opportunity to push identity-driven secure digital workspaces for the delivery of any app on any device, especially as businesses shift to Windows 10 and increasingly offer cloud-based productivity suites such as Office 365 to employees," Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president of EUC for VMware, said in a press release.

As devices continue to move outside of the corporate network and access third-party services from cloud providers, endpoint management is growing more difficult. According to a VMware press release, the company is offering a new technology that will provide unified endpoint management to help manage both mobile and desktop endpoints.

Additionally, the press release noted that: "The technology extends current Windows 10 management with PC lifecycle management capabilities including configuration management and provisioning, software distribution, operating system (OS) patch management and client health and security management."

A new site for the technologies lists the following five features:

  1. MDM for Windows
  2. Configuration Management
  3. Software Distribution
  4. OS Patch Management
  5. Client Health & Security

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If successful, the new approach could speed the process for pushing things like OS updates and patches. By managing desktop and mobile together, it could also make it easier and cheaper to manage Windows device deployments overall.

More information about the endpoint management solution will be shared at AirWatch Connect Atlanta in October.

It was also announced that VMware's desktop virtualization product, Horizon, will be getting some enhancements as well. For starters, the VMware Blast Extreme protocol will get up to a "6x reduction in image bandwidth consumption," VMware said, as well as a reduction in audio streaming. Also, Horizon end-users on wide area networks (WAN) will see faster speeds.

New devices from Dell, HP, iGEL, and even Raspberry Pi are becoming Blast-enabled, adding flexibility for Horizon users. And, new appliances from Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, and QCT will support Horizon Air Hybrid Mode.

Finally, updates to Workspace ONE with Identity Manager will make it easier to "automatically provision and de-provision end users based on existing active directory group membership," a VMware press release said. For Windows shops, this could save a lot of time in both registering users, and revoking access to Office 365 resources when an employee leaves the company.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. A new unified endpoint management for Windows 10 from VMware could make it easier to manage Windows 10 desktop and mobile devices.
  2. VMware Horizon is getting enhancements that will boost speed and decrease bandwidth consumption, as well as new OEM devices and appliances.
  3. Workspace ONE from VMware will now make it easier to provision and de-provision users through active directory.

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Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.

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