VMware has unveiled a trio of products aimed at helping businesses reign in and secure the activity of end users.
The company said that its releases would cover areas ranging from application delivery to cloud service management and virtual desktops.
First in the rollout is the View 5.1 virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) tool. The company said that the VDI platform was being updated to improve security and performance.
Among the features will be the introduction of non-persistent imaging, a system that saves user configurations separately from virtual instances. The images are then applied to new virtual PCs, allowing the user to operate on a clean PC installation each session.
View 5.1 will also allow for frequently-accessed data to be stored within the hypervisor cache, reducing the time needed to load data and helping systems withstand surges in traffic such as the morning log-on rush.
For administrators, the company is also offering an update to its Horizon App manager. The 1.5 release will be the first to operate as an on-premise solution.
By taking the platform inside of the firewall, the company aims to provide administrators with the ability to control user access for not only SaaS applications but locally-served platforms as well.
The third piece in the company's refresh will be a beta service known as 'Project Octopus.'
Described by the company as an enterprise alternative to platforms such as DropBox, the platform will give users a locally-hosted storage system that can be accessed across devices to view and retrieve data on both mobile and desktop platforms.
The updates are part of the company's ongoing 'Project Horizon' effort to overhaul the way companies use virtualisation for day-to-day IT practices.
VMware Horizon lead evangelist Ben Goodman told V3 the ultimate aim of the project was to create a strong central management system on which companies can add tools and services to fit their needs.
"Our goal is to have a single management system that has different things which can be bolted on to it," Goodman explained.
"Horizon provides us that base level of management. It is really about creating that on-premise management layer for cloud and taking services that do not play well in the enterprise and bringing them back home."
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