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End User Computing UX with Apple Vision Pro

Apple Vision Pro was released 2nd February 2024 in United States. I was lucky to get my hands on a device and shoot some videos of user experience with End User Computing (EUC) using Frame, Windows 365, Citrix and Parallels. I did a presentation 15th February 2024 at Teamrge about what the Apple Vision Pro is and how the user experience is with above EUC technologies. I will in this blogpost cover what Apple Vision Pro is and show user the user experience with videos I have uploaded to my Youtube channel.

Apple Vision Pro is the first real spacial computing from Apple.
Apple Vision Pro seamless blends digital content with your physical space

“Just as the Mac introduced us to personal computing, and iPhone introduced us to mobile computing, Apple Vision Pro introduces us to spatial computing.” –Tim Cook


Unlocking the power of the Apple Vision Pro – A comprehensive DaaS Exploration 

I will in this blogpost cover each technology how Frame, Windows 365, Citrix and Parallels are working on the Apple Vision Pro

End user experience with Dizzion Frame

Frame is one of EUC technologies I have been followed since it was born back in the days when it was called main.frame. Frame was born independent and then sold to Nutanix and later to Dizzion, but this only means it keeps getting better and better, and I was very excited that Ruben Sprujit provided me access to their demo environment that is running in US East, US West and Europe. I could quickly access pre installed DaaS environments that have CAD applications, high end benchmark applications running and the best part have a GPU attached (NVIDIA A10) running from Microsoft Azure.

Frame is a solution that works great on any device, it works flawless out of the box on Apple iPad and Apple MacBook Air as I showed in below picture. This was taken from my hotel room when I was working while I was attending a conference. It gives an indication on how would user experience be if you had to work on a Frame DaaS environment running in US West *Revit (left on the Apple iPad) and (right on Apple MacBook Air M2) which is connected to Frame DaaS environment running in Europe *Google Earth.

Now you understand how Frame looks like from a typical “physical endpoint” let’s look at how it is working from Apple Vision Pro.

End user experience with Dizzion Frame and Apple Vision Pro

The simple things was with the Apple Vision Pro, I just started up the browser Safari and Frame works out of the box, I could easy login to multiple DaaS environments in US East, US West and Europe having 3 windows. Normal I work daily on my Apple MacBook Air 15″ M2 and it have a great screen but its still limited with resolution that’s the beauty with Apple Vision Pro. I could connect to my Apple MacBook Air 15″ M2 and then screen goes black on the “Apple MacBook Air” and then the display is floating in my face on the Apple Vision Pro “securely” as nobody beside myself can now see my screen from the Apple MacBook Air. That means I could now grab the window and easy extend it from 30″ to 400″ and resolution is crystal sharp and you can continue working, the difference between other XR headset is that I have never experience so sharp graphics and immersive user experience. I wanted to have multiple screen connected to my other Frame DaaS environments so I opened Safari on left side and connected to US West and on the right side I opened Safari and connected to Frame DaaS environment and opened Europe and now I am connecting to 3 locations in the world and have 3″ large floating monitors.

You can see the user experience here.

https://youtu.be/fk00CGbpZIM

HPE Power’s the intelligent Edge at Citrix Synergy

 

At Citrix Synergy May 2019, HPE will show how dedicated graphics are delivered real-time by their HPE Edgeline solutions

HPE have following solutions:

Trader Workstation -HPE Moonshot & CITRIX are bringing Mobility and Security to Traders & Developers in Financial Services without compromising on End User Experience. 

Engineering Workstation – HPE Edgeline & CITRIX Cloud are bringing secure collaboration between engineering teams by enhancing systems and application performance and enable IOT & Industry 4.0 transition.

Bare metal VDI- Extending our success in POWER USERS to knowledge workers so that VDI does not need to be the lowest common denominator in terms of end user experience. 

I have helped HPE design & build the Engineering Workstation. Last year at HPE Discover in Europe, November 2018, the solution of the Engineering Workstation powered by Citrix Cloud solution was announced how customers can now use dedicated graphics with either Intel or adding AMD WX4100 GPU or now here in May 2019 add a NVIDIA P1000 GPU. The solutions are incredible how you can get raw dedicated and garanteed performance without any performance overhead of a hypervisor or an operating system that see’s a virtual system. Bare metal is same UX as a workstation, basically HPE is taking the physically workstation at the desk to the edge and making it intelligent with a high user density. HPE is the only vendor who can deliver 4 bare metal VDIs in 1U, which makes them a market leader for Baremetal VDI use cases at the Edge. Customers can as well use Citrix Virtual Apps (RDSH) and increase density, which is popular in the financial industry.

Follow on social media how HPE and Citrix is taking innovation at the edge. #HPECitrix #CitrixSynergy

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Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 1903 released

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 1903 which is now available for download.

Citrix Virtual Apps (former name: XenApp) Citrix Virtual Desktop (former name: XenDesktop)

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 & Windows 10 1809 is supported with this release.

Another great thing is that now “infrastructure components for Citrix” can be installed on Microsoft Windows ServerCore, which means a minimum OS and only install what is required, no GUI just raw performance, something which a lot of service providers, customers are going to like. This is important for scalability and automation and having best TCO running a Citrix infrastructure. Citrix director & delivery controller now works and is supported on ServerCore (WS2012r2/WS2016/WS2019).

Citrix raises the bar of for user experience and new product release of following technologies:

  • Director 1903
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 1903 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 1903 for Desktop OS Core Services
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 1903 for Linux
  • Provisioning 1903
  • Storefront 1903
  • Session Recording 1903
  • App Layering 1903
  • Workspace App 1903 for Windows
  • Workspace App 1903 for Mac
  • Workspace App 1903 for Linux
  • Workspace App 1903 for Chrome
  • Workspace App 1903.1 for Android
  • Workspace App 1903 for iOS
  • Workspace App 1903 for Windows Store

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VMware Horizon 7.8

 

 

VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 7.8, this is a major release and is for now GA 15th March 2019.

VMware have made some huge improvements in this release, which customers/partners are going to benefit from. I highly recommend you read my big overview so you can read why you should upgrade to latest release.

What is new in VMware Horizon 7.8

VMware Horizon 7.8 provides the following new features and enhancements

  • Horizon Connection Server
  • Horizon Agent for Linux
  • Horizon Agent for Windows
  • Horizon GPO Bundle
  • Horizon 7 Cloud Connector
  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • VMware User Environment Manager 9.7
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway 3.5
  • VMware AppVolume 2.16
  • Horizon Clients for Android, Chrome, Linux, iOS, Mac, Windows, UWP

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VMware Horizon 7.7

VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 7.7

I am very excited about this new release because now VMware is finally supporting physically workstations, so customers example can implement VMware Horizon on HPE Edgeline Engineering workstation I wrote about some weeks ago. I have been testing the new VMware Horizon client with m710x Intel Iris Pro graphics and AMD WX4100 and it is working out of the box, which is great.

There is also made some huge improvements on the VMware Horizon client for Chrome, Linux, Windows, UWP, Mac, HMTL5. I highly recommend you read my big overview so you can read why you should upgrade to latest release.

What is new in VMware Horizon 7.7

Compatibility Updates and New OS Support

  • Windows Server 2019 is supported for desktop and RDSH server VMs.
  • VMware vSphere 6.7 U1 and VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 1 are supported.
  • Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS (SDDC Version 1.5) is supported and includes new features.
  • Upgrades can now be performed on the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance. This appliance is used for integrating the Horizon Cloud Service with Horizon 7 on-premises and VMware Cloud on AWS deployments.
  • VMware Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business can now be used in an IPv6 environment.
  • Horizon Clients include support for recent OS releases, including macOS 10.14 (Mojave) and Android 9.1

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