VMware Horizon® delivers virtualized or hosted desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. These desktop and application services—including Remote Desktop Services (RDS) hosted apps, packaged apps with VMware ThinApp®, software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps, and even virtualized apps from Citrix—can all be accessed from one digital workspace across devices, locations, media, and connections without compromising quality and user experience.
Leveraging complete workspace environment management and optimized for the software– defined data center, Horizon helps IT control, manage, and protect all of the Windows resources end users want, at the speed they expect, with the efficiency business demands.
Delivering Desktops and Applications as a Service
VMware Horizon enables IT to centrally manage images to streamline management, reduce costs, and maintain compliance. With Horizon, virtualized or hosted desktops and applications can be delivered through a single platform to end users. These desktop and application services—including RDS hosted apps, packaged apps with ThinApp, SaaS apps, and even virtualized apps from Citrix—can all be accessed from one unified workspace to provide end users with all of the resources they want, at the speed they expect, with the efficiency business demands.
Desktops and Applications Delivered Through a Single Platform
Deliver virtual or hosted desktops and applications through the VMware’s next-generation JMP platform to streamline management, easily entitle end users, and quickly deliver desktops and applications to end users across devices and locations.
Horizon provides a single platform for delivering hosted Windows applications and shared desktop sessions from Windows Server instances using Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS), virtual desktops, and ThinApp packaged applications. Horizon supports both Windows- and Linux-based desktops, including RHEL, Ubuntu, CentOS, and NeoKylin.
Unified Digital Workspace
With Horizon, IT can support real-time validation, streamlined identity management across identity sources such as Active Directory and LDAP, and provide end users with contextual and customizable access to resources through a single unified workspace. Horizon supports two-factor, smart card, and biometric authentication. It is designed and certified to meet the most demanding compliance regulations, including those of the U.S. federal government.
Desktops and applications that can be securely delivered and accessed through the digital workspace include:
- Horizon virtual desktops
- XenApp 5.0 and later
- RDS-hosted apps and desktops for Windows Server 2008 and later
- SaaS applications
- ThinApp 5.0 and later
- VMware Horizon Cloud desktops and Horizon Cloud apps