VMware has announced new capabilities to make it easier for IT to manage Horizon deployments wherever they may be, on-premises or in the cloud. VMware Horizon is part of the VMware Workspace ONE platform and many customers are leveraging these solutions to unify management of devices, apps and desktops across multiple clouds.
VMware Anywhere Workspace is an integrated solution that enables employees to work from anywhere with more secure, frictionless experiences. It brings together VMware Workspace ONE with VMware Carbon Black Cloud and VMware SASE.
VMware said several Horizon Control Plane services are now available on additional cloud providers, offering more flexibility when scaling desktops and apps to the cloud. Services include Universal Broker, Image Management Service, Application Management, Cloud Monitoring Service, and Lifecycle Management.
Universal Broker connects employees to their virtual desktops and apps through the Horizon Pod or cloud based on available capacity, location, preference, and more. In addition to supporting on-premises deployments, VMware Horizon on VMware Cloud on AWS, and Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure, this service is now available for VMware Horizon on Azure VMware Solution (AVS) environments.
Image Management Service cuts down image maintenance time and costs by centrally managing and distributing desktop images across Horizon deployments. In addition to supporting on-premises deployments, this service is now available for VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.
Application Management, powered by VMware App Volumes, simplifies application delivery by packaging apps once and deploying them across Horizon environments in real-time. And by using Desktop-as-a-Service with VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure, customers can automate application packaging without additional infrastructure.
Also, Cloud Monitoring Service reduces downtime with real-time performance monitoring of the user session, virtual desktops, and apps across Horizon environments. This service is now available for VMware Horizon for AVS environments.
Lifecycle Management, enabled through Desktop-as-a-Service with VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure, simplifies initial onboarding and continuous configuration by enabling automatic install, upgrade and scaling of Horizon infrastructure.