VMware is expanding its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform and introducing new features that make it easier for IT to manage Horizon deployments wherever they are, locally or locally in the cloud.
“Apps are moving to the cloud and being accessed by employees from anywhere, creating a more complex IT management environment,” said Shankar Iyer, senior vice president and general manager, end-user computing, VMware. “VMware Horizon is a modern platform designed to reduce this complexity, increase management efficiency, and improve employee productivity, whether the desktop and application workloads are on-premises, in the cloud, or a mixture of both.”
Today, VMware provides several Horizon Control Plane services on additional cloud providers and thus offers more flexibility when scaling desktops and apps in the cloud. The services include:
- Universal Broker connects employees to their virtual desktops and apps via the Horizon Pod or the cloud based on available capacity, location, preference and more.
- Image Management Service reduces the time and cost of image maintenance by centrally managing and distributing desktop images across Horizon deployments.
- Application Management, powered by VMware App Volumes, simplifies application delivery by packaging apps once and delivering them in real time in Horizon environments
- Cloud Monitoring Service reduces downtime through real-time performance monitoring of user sessions, virtual desktops and apps in all Horizon environments. This service is now available for VMware Horizon for Azure VMware Solution (AVS) environments.
- Lifecycle Management, enabled through Desktop-as-a-Service with VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure, simplifies initial onboarding and ongoing configuration by allowing the Horizon infrastructure to be installed, upgraded, and scaled automatically.
VMware Horizon is part of the VMware Workspace ONE platform and many customers use these solutions to unify the management of devices, apps and desktops across multiple clouds, the provider said.
VMware Anywhere Workspace is an integrated solution that enables employees to work more securely and smoothly from anywhere. It combines VMware Workspace ONE with VMware Carbon Black Cloud and VMware SASE.
When organizations have a hybrid or multi-cloud architecture with Horizon desktops and apps running on-premises and / or in one or more public or private clouds, the Horizon control plane simplifies things.
IT teams can deploy, manage, and scale virtual desktops and apps in private and public cloud environments using the cloud-hosted Horizon Control Plane.
With the hybrid provision and management of virtual apps and desktops, IT teams get the best of both worlds. They can gain administrative efficiencies from the cloud for their on-premises environment and expand use cases and capacity to the cloud when ready.
VMware Workspace ONE Assist enables IT and help desk staff to remotely assist employees with device tasks and problems.
Previously, with Workspace ONE Assist, IT could only access a special mobile device on the front line or a physical PC remotely.
However, VMware announces that IT can also use Workspace ONE Assist to remotely connect to a Horizon session. Reducing the time it takes to resolve IT issues, regardless of how employees access their desktop or apps, helps improve employee experience and productivity.
Workspace ONE Assist for Horizon is expected to be available in VMware’s third quarter of fiscal year 2022, ending October 29, 2021.
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