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Remotely Access VMware Virtual Desktops with WSX and an HTML5 Web Browser

Unlike the early years of x86 virtualization, nowadays when you mention the name VMware most people will probably assume you are talking about ESX or vSphere, VMware's flagship server virtualization and hypervisor technology. But back in 1999, VMware started with a desktop virtualization product called Workstation. And through all of the company's years of success in the server virtualization market, this little desktop product has continued to maintain its usefulness to corporate buyers as well as the community of end users. And it has been updated along the way, often getting experimental features added that would one day become production-worthy and make their way into the ESX code path.

VMware has made yet another update to its oldest-running product on the market with the announcement of VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2012. And while this latest release will have some new and interesting features worth discussing, one "preview" item in particular really stands out heads above the rest: an impressive new prototype technology currently called WSX that is yet to be officially named.

What's interesting is that the WSX service allows users to access their virtualized desktop environments remotely via a modern Web browser interface without requiring the addition of any plug-ins, Web controls, or the installation of any thick clients on the PC. This makes it ready to go right out of the box, bringing a virtual machine to a tablet, smartphone, or any PC or device using compatible browser software.

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Read the entire InfoWorld Virtualization Report article here.

Published Monday, March 19, 2012 7:12 AM by David Marshall
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AG4IT - (Author's Link) - March 25, 2012 12:56 PM

Actually, there is already a solution like this on the market, and has been since early 2011.  Ericom AccessNow is an HTML5 RDP client that enables users to connect to VDI virtual desktops, Terminal Server and even physical PCs and run their virtual desktops or individual Windows applications in a browser.

AccessNow does not require any installation or underlying technology on the end user device.  An HTML5 compatible browser is all that is required, so AccessNow works on regular PCs, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads and Android devices.

For more info, and to download a demo, visit:

http://www.ericom.com/html5_rdp_client.asp?URL_ID=708

Note:  I work for Ericom

David Marshall - (Author's Link) - March 26, 2012 6:39 AM

Thanks for the comments and updates on Ericom's technology.

VMblog.com - Virtualization Technology News and Information for Everyone - (Author's Link) - August 1, 2012 7:01 AM

Back in March, you might remember we talked about a new experimental feature included in the VMware Workstation Technology Preview. That feature was called WSX. This feature is still HIGHLY experimental at this time, but they continue to make progress.

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