Today VMware announced that it has updated Horizon Workspace to version 1.5 and it is available for immediate download. I have been waiting for this update for a bit now and was eagerly waiting to see what would be included in the update.
To keep things simple I have pasted the list of updates and new features below. After that I will offer my feedback on the ones that I feel are most important.
The following information describes some of the enhancements available in this release of Horizon Workspace:
- Management of VMware® Ready™ Android Devices. Added Android container management for VMware Ready devices.
- Oracle Support. Added Oracle and Oracle RAC as supported databases.
- Unified Policies. Made changes to the policy framework for consistency and flexibility. Added a policy previewer.
- Localized Support. Support for French, German, Japanese and Simplified Chinese localizations.
- Change in VMware® ThinApp™ licensing tracking. Added per-device licensing support for ThinApp packages.
- Customizable Getting Started Guide. A Word template with graphics that you can use to create a customized Horizon Workspace getting started guide to meet the unique needs of your end users. See the Getting Started ZIP file.
- Numerous Bug Fixes. Improved the stability, performance, and scale of Horizon Workspace by implementing a variety of bug fixes.
Horizon Workspace Feedback
Management of Android Devices – This is VMware’s first official release of a mobile management offering. They have now gotten some of the cellular carries to sign up with their approach and are supporting a modest amount of popular Android phones. I’m glad to see this finally get released will have to get some extensive testing with the solution before I decided if I like the approach or not.
Oracle Support – This I am glad to see, now if they can bring SQL support more people will be happy. The initial Workspace release only support PostgreSQL databases. For production builds it is not recommended to use the local PostgreSQL database that is part of the virtual appliance, this meant customers would have to stand up their own database servers. Since most corporate customers do not typically use PostgreSQL this was a complaint that was commonly voiced.
Bug Fixes – I have not yet read through the bug fix list but being a 1.0 release there was room for improvement. Lets hope that the product continues to mature quickly.
What I still want to see from Horizon Workspace
As someone that is a big VMware supporter I am often one to complain when I feel that they are not hitting the mark on something. Below are a few things that I feel they need to improve or add to the Workspace offering.
XenApp integration – This is something that was talked about at VMworld 2012 and has yet to make it into the product a year later. This is the ability to take existing XenApp packaged applications and present them via the Workspace portal, to allow your users a single place to access their applications.
Application Presentation – Forget the XenApp integration, it is a nice to have, but I think the ability to present applications directly to an endpoint is a gaping hole in VMware’s offering. This was OK in the past but as both VMware and Citrix advance their EUC offerings this is killing VMware.
Mobile Management – Finally glad to see part of the mobile offering make it into the 1.5 release, but this is only a partial and immature offering. I am still unsure about how I feel about VMware trying to develop something this late in the mobile game. This puts them behind others in the market place and I’m not sure how fast they can improve their offering to close the gaps.
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design