What's New in VMware Horizon 7.10

Virtualization Review | September 19, 2019

VMware on Tuesday announced the availability of Horizon 7 Version 7.10, CART 5.2, App Volumes 2.18 and DEM 9.9. While many know that CART, which stands for Client Agent Release Train, is the client software that is used to connect to a Horizon desktop or application, many may have missed the announcement that VMware changed the name of User Environment Manager (UEM) to Dynamic Environment Manager (DEM). Both Horizon 7.10 and App Volumes 2.18 have been tagged as Extended Service Branch (ESB) releases. These ESB releases will have active support for two years and will have a service pack (SP) release in six, nine and 15 months. As VMware continues to release their software more often, ESB gives VMware's customers a stable release for companies that have tight requirements on the versions of software they can deploy.

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In this lightboard, Daniel Paluszek, Staff Solutions Engineer at VMware, reviews the new release of VMware vCloud Director (vCD) 10.0 and the capabilities launched with this new version.

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In this lightboard, Daniel Paluszek, Staff Solutions Engineer at VMware, reviews the new release of VMware vCloud Director (vCD) 10.0 and the capabilities launched with this new version.

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AWS Announces General Availability of AWS Cloud WAN

Amazon Web Services, Inc. | July 13, 2022

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VMware to Introduce Novel vSan+ and vSphere+ Solutions

VMware | June 29, 2022

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