What is VMware Horizon?
VMware Horizon is a modern platform that provides secure delivery for virtual desktops and apps across the hybrid cloud. In other words, VMware Horizon is a platform that gives consistent experience across devices and locations to users as well as enables simplified, automated and secure delivery of desktops and apps management.
Key Benefits of VMware Horizon
The benefits of VMware Horizon include:
1.Hybrid delivery, management and scale
VMware Horizon lets users to efficiently deploy, manage, monitor and easily scale virtual desktops and apps across private and public clouds through a single control plane.
2.Modern platform for simplicity and speed
With VMware Horizon, users can rapidly provision full-featured, personalized virtual desktops and apps with Instant Clone technology as well as simplify and automate day 2 management of images, apps, profiles and policies to save time and costs.
3.End-to-end security from a trusted partner
With intrinsic security built into the users’ VMware infrastructure, VMware Horizon gives secure delivery of virtual desktops and apps to protect your network and data center.
4.Integration with VMware technology
This feature allows users to leverage VMware’s virtualisation heritage and software-defined data center (SDDC) , also digital workspace leadership for Horizon management, networking, security and user experience benefits.
5.Best digital workspace experience
VMware Horizon expands the best digital workspace experience to all apps and use cases which include remote, multimedia and collaboration.
What are the key features of VMware Horizon?
1.Flexible deployment options
VMware Horizon allows users to deploy and manage desktops and apps either on-premises or in public cloud (e.g: Microsoft Azure, VMware Cloud on AWS, Google Cloud, IBM, or any partner clouds). Horizon Control Plane, which continuously delivers updated services connects entitlement and management layers across Horizon pods and clouds.
VMware Horizon simplifies management through quick deployment of full-featured, personalised digital workspaces
that make full use of JIT technologies, including Instant Clones, VMware App Volumes and VMware Dynamic Environment Manager. Together, these technologies offer IT the benefits of a non-persistent cost model, and at the same time, provides employees with a consistent experience.
3.Robust image and app delivery and management
- Streamline assignments across Horizon pods and clouds with simplified image and application lifecycle management.
- Powered by App Volumes and VMware ThinApp, Horizon enables organisation to give faster delivery with unified application and user management as well as reduce IT costs by up to 70%. OS migrations are simplified with the ability to isolate apps, preventing incompatibility issues across Windows platforms.
4.Smart policies with streamlined access
VMware horizon simplifies authentication across all desktop and app services with the True Single Sign-on (SSO) feature. This feature supports contextual, role-based security that maps policies according to the user, device or location.
5.Multi-OS support for deployment of virtual desktops and hosted apps
VMware horizon which is now support Linux published apps rapidly delivers Windows and Linux resources at scale across multiple data center. This features allows Apps to be published from a Windows server, Linux server, or Windows 10 desktop for greater flexibility and compatibility.
6.APIs for automation
VMware Horizon involves the use of REST APIs to integrate and automate rich capabilities which include monitoring, entitlements and user and machine management.
7.Integration with VMware technology
Horizon is integrated with VMware Cloud Foundation, including the the market-leading capabilities of VMware vSphere, VMware vSAN and VMware NSX to deliver hyperconverged infrastructure for both on-premises and cloud deployment. This seamless turnkey solution enables just-in-time desktops and apps with Instant Clones, App Volumes, and Dynamic Environment Manager. In order to provide the best digital workspace experience for employees, Horizon virtual desktops and apps allows secure access from VMware Workspace ONE through the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub.
8.End-to-end secure virtual workspace
VMware Horizon establishes and verifies access with optional multifactor authentication to virtual desktops and apps with VMware Workspace ONE Access integration. Support for VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Avi Networks) and VMware SD-WAN by Velocloud further enhances Horizon security and user experience in any data center or cloud.
9.Blast Extreme performance
Using the Blast display protocol, VMware Horizon delivers an immersive, feature rich user experience across devices, locations, media and network connections. It also bring secure, workstation-class performance and rich 2D and 3D graphics from the cloud to remote and mobile workers. Additionally, more use cases in media and entertainment with integration and support for high-end graphics and multimedia are enabled by Horizon and NVIDIA as well as Intel and AMD.
10.Optimised experience with unified communication and collaboration
VMware Horizon with optimized audio and video support for various communication and collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Cisco, WebEx, and much more as well as session collaboration that allows multiple users to view and modify the same desktop in real time enables better user experience, thus increases productivity.
VMware Horizon Deployment options
Horizon offers various deployment options that extend across public and private clouds, and that include on-premises-Microsoft Azure, VMware Cloud on AWS, Google Cloud VMware Engine, Azure VMware Solution, Oracle Cloud, IBM Cloud, and many other partner clouds.
- Private cloud : HCI Powered by vSAN
- Public cloud: VMware Cloud on AWS, Google Cloud VMware Engine, Azure VMware Solution, Oracle Cloud, IBM Cloud, VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.
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