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VMware unwraps hybrid cloud desktop virtualisation

Thor Olavsrud | March 11, 2014
With the new VMware Horizon DaaS offering, IT organisations can deploy enterprise-class virtual desktops to a public cloud, private cloud or seamlessly mix the two with a hybrid cloud deployment.

With today's launch of VMware Horizon DaaS, customers can now blend public cloud desktops and on-premises VMware Horizon View private cloud desktops into a seamless end-user experience, says Dave Grant, senior director of product marketing for Horizon DaaS at VMware.

"I can be anywhere on any device and access my corporate desktop," Grant says. "IT doesn't have to build that back-end infrastructure."

"It can be on your cloud, VMware's cloud, a service provider's cloud that's running the service-you'll still get the same end user experience," he adds. "This will be the first in the market to do this."

Virtually Any Device
In just a few simple steps, Grant says, IT can provision, deploy and manage full Windows desktops to end-users that can be accessed from laptops, desktops, zero/thin clients, Chromebooks and mobile devices. The service even enhances non-gesture applications to leverage gestures on tablets and other mobile devices.

"We've covered the gamut when it comes to devices," Grant says, noting more than 50 percent of average workers now use three or more devices to do their work.

Horizon DaaS is built on top of the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service platform, giving customers the capability to extend the same applications, networking, management, operations and tools to both on-premises and off-premises environments. Grant says that this gives customers a choice between three virtual desktop deployment models from a single vendor to match their specific needs, including the following:

  • Off-premises public cloud desktops.Organisations that want to offload desktop virtualisation completely to a third-party service provider can use Horizon DaaS to move from a CAPEX model to an OPEX model, delivering Windows desktops and applications without having to manage and maintain the data center.
  • On-premises private cloud desktops.Organisations that feel more comfortable with an on-premise private cloud deployment can use VMware Horizon View to deliver secure access to applications and data to any device.
  • Hybrid cloud desktops. Organisations that require maximum flexibility to deploy both on-premises and off-premises virtual desktops can use a combination of Horizon DaaS and Horizon View to provide a seamless end-user experience across multiple clouds.

Grant says that customers buy capacity in a block, which can then be sliced up into individual desktops with CPU power, RAM and so forth configurable by IT according to the end user's needs.

The standard baseline configuration, which starts at $35 per desktop per month, should satisfy the needs of 80 percent of users, but it's easy to configure desktops to meet the needs of engineers and other end users that may require high-end graphics or additional processing power, Grant says .

Horizon DaaS will also be delivered by partners and will be compatible with other VMware-based cloud services. Horizon DaaS supports both Windows server and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments as well as full Windows Client Desktops. The VMware Horizon DaaS platform includes a secure multi-tenant broker and orchestrator, mobile and cloud-optimized Horizon View desktops and key components of VMware vSphere and vCenter.


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