Q. What is VMware Horizon?
A. VMware Horizon® is a family of desktop and application virtualization solutions designed to deliver Windows and online services from any cloud. With Horizon, VMware extends the power of virtualization—from data centers to devices—to deliver desktops and applications with great user experience, closed-loop manageability, and hybrid-cloud ﬂexibility.
VMware Horizon is available for purchase through VMware Horizon 7 for virtual desktops and applications run from your data center, VMware Horizon® Air™ for virtual desktops and applications served up as a cloud-hosted service on-premises or from outside of your data center and VMware Horizon FLEX™ for containerized virtual desktops run locally.
VMware Horizon 7
Q. What is Horizon 7?
A. Horizon 7 allows IT to deliver virtual or RDSH hosted desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. These desktop and application services—including RDS hosted apps, packaged apps with VMware 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 efciency business demands. Horizon 7 is available in four editions:
- Horizon Standard – Simple, powerful VDI with great user experience
- Horizon Advanced – Cost-eﬀective delivery of desktops and applications through a unifed workspace
- Horizon Enterprise – Desktops and applications delivered with cloud automation and management
- Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode – Pair Horizon Air service with Horizon 7 cloud-managed infrastructure and desktops
Q. What are the key features of Horizon 7?
A. Horizon 7 allows organizations to extend the power of desktop and application virtualization to support workplace mobility while driving greater levels of operational efciency at lower costs.
Access to Horizon 7 cloud-managed desktops and infrastructure is available on a subscription basis through the Horizon Air Hybrid Mode service. Note that the features available in this subscription option are not the same as those available in Horizon 7 on-premises.
Key feature highlights include:
Desktops and Applications Delivered Through a Single Platform
Deliver virtual or published desktops and applications through a single platform to streamline management, easily entitle end users, and quickly deliver Windows or Linux desktops and applications to end users across devices and locations.
Horizon 7 supports 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 7 additionally supports both Windows as well as Linux-based desktops—including RHEL, Ubuntu, CentOS and NeoKylin operating systems.
Smart Policies with Streamlined Access
With Horizon 7, end users can simply and securely access desktops and applications (including RDS hosted apps, packaged ThinApps, SaaS apps and even virtualized apps from Citrix) through a unifed digital workspace. IT organizations can similarly secure desktops and apps based on even the most stringent regulations and streamline the
management of multiple identity sources like active directory and LDAP to efciently manage end user access.
End users can also use single sign-on (SSO) from VMware Identity Manager™ to sign in to VMware AirWatch Web Secure
Content Locker™ and to enroll their devices if they are also using VMware AirWatch Mobile Device Management™.
Horizon 7 supports the ability to:
- Deliver seamless and secure access that allows only authenticated trafc access to all end user computing services.
- Streamline identity management across identity sources and provide end users with contextual and customizable access to resources through a single unifed workspace.
- Support contextual, role based security for end users that maps policies based on user, device or location with ease.
- Simplify user access with True SSO for a single click, password-free login to Windows desktop services.
- Provide fast end user access and real-time validation with 2-factor, smart-card and bio-metric fngerprint authentication.
- Take advantage of FIPS 140-2 compliance to ensure that all cryptography meets common criteria standards.
Transformational User Experience
With Horizon 7, IT can deliver desktops and applications to end users through a digital workspace with Blast Performance to enable consistently great experiences across devices, locations, media, and connections. Horizon products now support customers with the ﬂexibility to choose between PCoIP or the brand new Blast Extreme protocol to ensure that end users have the best possible user experience at all times.
Applications that can be delivered and accessed through the unifed workspace include:
- XenApp 5.0 and later
- Microsoft RDS-hosted apps and desktops for Windows Server 2008 and later
- SaaS applications
- ThinApp 5.0 and later
- DaaS desktops and applications
Q. What is included in the three Horizon 7 Editions?
A. Horizon 7 Standard, Horizon 7 Advanced, and Horizon 7 Enterprise are bundled with the following components and capabilities (Table 1). Horizon 7 is also available as a subscription service through the VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-mode.
Q. What happened to Horizon View (formerly VMware View)?
A. VMware Horizon® View™ is still available as a standalone oﬀering in Horizon Standard Edition on a per concurrent connection basis at the same price as the former Horizon View Premier bundle. If you are looking for a simple and powerful desktop virtualization solution with a great user experience, consider Horizon Standard Edition. To leverage the best of Horizon and extend these benefts beyond VDI to provide end users with one place to securely access all their desktops and applications, purchase Horizon Advanced Edition. If you want to deliver desktops and applications with the beneft of cloud management, automation, and orchestration, choose Horizon Enterprise Edition.
Q. Is Horizon Enterprise Edition equivalent to the View Enterprise Edition?
A. No. Horizon Enterprise Edition is the most comprehensive solution in the Horizon portfolio. View Enterprise Edition reached its end of availability in 2013. Customers with VMware View Enterprise with current support and subscription (SnS) continue to receive support. These customers can also upgrade to any new Horizon edition.
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