VMware announces new updates to VMware Horizon platform

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VMware announces new updates to its VDI and DaaS platform, VMWare Horizon, enabling IT departments to easily manage it from anywhere, across the cloud and on-premise deployments. The new features are aimed at increasing management efficiency and improving employee productivity amid a high adoption of cloud-deployed VMware Horizon desktops

VMware, a provider of cloud virtualization services, has announced updates to its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and desktop-as-a-service platform, VMware Horizon, to enable IT departments to manage it across cloud and on-premise deployments, a press release from VMware said.

VMware Horizon is part of the VMware Workspace ONE platform aimed at unifying device apps and desktop management across multiple clouds. VMware stated that the total number of cloud-deployed VMware Horizon desktops grew by 82 percent in the first six weeks of transition to remote work during the pandemic’s early days in 2020. 

The company added that VMware Horizon would play a critical role in how IT supports employees, irrespective of where they work. As organizations adopt a hybrid or multi-cloud architecture with Horizon desktops and apps running on-premises or in one or more public or private clouds, the Horizon Control Plane would simplify operations. 

Shankar Iyer, senior vice president and general manager of End-User Computing at VMware, stated that as apps move to the cloud, employees access them remotely, which creates a more complex environment for IT to manage. 

VMware Horizon is a modern platform built to reduce this complexity, increase management efficiency, and improve employee productivity regardless of whether the desktop and application workloads are on-premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid of both.

Shankar Iyer, senior vice president and general manager of End-User Computing at VMware

VMware stated that the updated features and announced Horizon Control Plane services include the following – 

  • Universal Broker connects employees to their virtual desktops and apps through the Horizon Pod or cloud. It is available for VMware Horizon on Azure VMware Solution (AVS) environments as well. It is designed to match workers with the best-known virtual machine by analyzing location and spare capacity parameters.
  • Image Management Service reduces maintenance time and costs by centrally managing and distributing desktop images across Horizon deployments.
  • Application Management aims to simplify application delivery by packaging apps once and to deploy them across Horizon environments in real-time. By leveraging Desktop-as-a-Service with VMware Horizon on Microsoft Azure, customers can automate application packaging without additional infrastructure.

Additionally, it comes with a Cloud Monitoring Service that reduces downtime with real-time performance monitoring of the user session and lifecycle management. It simplifies initial onboarding and continuous configuration by enabling automatic install, upgrade and scaling of Horizon infrastructure.

Mr. Iyer added that the updates would reduce complexity, increase management efficiency and improve employee productivity across on-premises, cloud or hybrid environments.

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