Deliver cloud-hosted virtual desktops and apps to any device, anywhere with VMware Horizon Air.

Simplify the delivery of cloud-hosted desktops and apps to any device without the hassle and cost of managing your own infrastructure.

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Simplify IT with Desktops and Apps as a Cloud Service

Learn how you can speed up deployment time and reduce costs by moving your virtual desktops and apps to the cloud.

What’s New in Horizon Air

Check out the newest features coming to the Horizon Air service.

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VMware and IBM Expand Global Cloud Partnership with New Desktop Services

IBM and VMware are expanding their partnership by enabling Horizon Air customers to take advantage of virtual desktop services and applications via the IBM Cloud.

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What Horizon Air Desktops and Apps Do

Transforms the User Experience

Provide a consistently great end user experience for knowledge workers, mobile workers and even 3D developers across devices, locations, media and connections.

Increases Your Deployment Options

With support for both VMware and IBM public Clouds, bBuild the optimal solution for your organization with a broad range of desktop and application deployment options from a single cloud service.

Offers Exceptional Security & Support

Gain peace of mind that your cloud environment is always available and secure with a guaranteed SLA and built-in security and support backed by VMware.

Cut Costs with Shared Desktops and Applications

Drastically lower per-user costs by leveraging shared desktops and applications with a personalized end-user experience.

Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode

Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode enables unified management of on-premises virtual desktops and applications through a single cloud control plane. 

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Horizon Air Cloud-Hosted Desktop DR

Horizon Air Cloud-Hosted Desktop Disaster Recovery protects your business and helps ensure workforce continuity with affordable cloud-hosted desktops and applications.

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SPOTLIGHT 

Horizon Air service delivers cloud-hosted desktops and apps to any device, anywhere.

Horizon Air Data Center Locations

VMware is the most geographically distributed desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) provider in the industry.

Top 5 Reasons for DaaS

See why desktops as a service are ideal for the mobile cloud era.

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Customer Case Study: BDP International

Learn how BDP International leverages VMware Horizon Air to deliver desktops and apps from the cloud.

Debunking DaaS Myths

Get the facts about cost, security issues, integration limitations and more.

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Horizon Air Cloud-Hosted Use Cases

Cloud-hosted virtual desktops and apps reduce costs, enhance productivity and minimize downtime for some of your most important use cases. New users are productive immediately. Any user can be provisioned with virtual desktops and apps that are highly secure, mobile-ready, reliable and fully functional for any workload.

  • Higher education: Provide students with anytime, anywhere computing access on and off campus, with 24-hour support for all of their devices.
  • Mobile users: Give your mobile workforce the flexibility to securely access critical apps and data from any device, anywhere.
  • Contract/temporary workers: Quickly and easily get new employees up and running while controlling access to vital company information.
  • Disaster recovery: Protect your business and ensure workforce continuity in the event of a disaster.

Service Architecture

 

Horizon Air helps IT save time and money without sacrificing enterprise requirements for security and control. The service provides:

  • Unified desktop and application access from the cloud on any device, including tablets, smartphones, laptops, PCs, thin clients and zero clients.
  • Fully managed enterprise service. VMware manages the operations of the underlying infrastructure, while providing best-in-class service, support and SLAs.
  • Built-in security capabilities such as secure point-to-point network connectivity, dedicated compute and network isolation.
  • A Business Associate Agreement (BAA) to all interested customers using our US-based data centers to help you comply with HIPAA. Learn More.



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FEATURES

Transformational End-User Experience

Provide a great end-user experience for knowledge workers, mobile workers and even 3D developers across devices, locations, media or connections with Blast Extreme, a new protocol built for the mobile cloud.

- Support the broadest range of devices including smartphones, tablets, ultra-low-cost PCs, Macs, and more including the industry’s lowest cost $99 PCs.
- Enjoy better battery life across virtualized devices for enhanced workplace productivity.
- Enjoy superior native support for non-Windows devices including Macs.
- Provide end users with single sign on access to resources through a unified workspace.

Ultimate Deployment Flexibility

With support for both VMware and IBM public Clouds, build the optimal solution for your organization with a broad range of desktop and application deployment options from a single cloud service.

- Choose the right combination of dedicated desktops, shared desktops, and hosted apps to best meet the needs of your business.
- Deliver on-demand access to applications from any device with remote application delivery.
- Meet the requirements of a wide array of users, from task workers to power users, with the most extensive OS and desktop options.
- Take advantage of a complete cloud-hosted desktop and application service from VMware at low, predictable costs.

Reduced Costs

Lower capital expenditures and drastically reduce per-user costs by delivering shared desktops and apps with a personalized experience with Horizon Air cloud-hosted desktops.

- Streamline operations and reduce the support burden on IT with fully managed desktops and hosted apps.
- Reduce costly capital investments with a predictable subscription payment model.
- Speed deployment time from months to weeks, minimizing downtime and increasing user productivity.

Enterprise-Grade Service

Gain peace of mind that your cloud environment is always available and secure with a guaranteed service-level agreement (SLA) and built-in security and support backed by VMware.

- A 99.9% uptime SLA helps ensure end users have anytime access to data and applications.
- Keep your cloud data protected with dedicated infrastructure for each customer.
- Create a secure, dedicated connection between your data center and your cloud environment for better throughput and consistent network performance.

TECH SPECS

What’s Included

  • Public IP address
  • Disk I/O 
  • VPN
  • VMware Horizon client software
  • Image storage
  • 99.9% availability SLA
  • Production-level support 

Service Models

  • Standard Desktop: 1 vCPU, 2GB vRAM, 30GB HD
  • Advanced Desktop: 2 vCPU, 4GB vRAM, 60GB HD
  • Enterprise Desktop: 4 vCPU, 8GB vRAM, 120GB HD
  • Enterprise Plus Desktop: 8 vCPU, 16GB vRAM, 240GB HD
  • Hosted Apps Server: 8 vCPU, 16GB vRAM, 240GB HD

Optional Add-Ons

  • Soft3D (Advanced, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus models)
  • Additional HD storage in 1TB increments
  • Additional IP addresses
  • Direct Connect dedicated connectivity
  • Horizon Air Desktop DR reserved capacity

COMPARE

Desktop Model
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Desktop Model Price
Standard $35/desktop/month MSRP (minimum quantity of 50)
Advanced $50/desktop/month MSRP (minimum quantity of 50)
Enterprise $100/desktop/month MSRP (minimum quantity of 50)
Enterprise Plus $200/desktop/month MSRP (minimum quantity of 12)
Desktop Model Processor
Standard 1 vCPU
Advanced 2 vCPU
Enterprise 4 vCPU
Enterprise Plus 8 vCPU
Desktop Model Memory
Standard 2 GB vRAM
Advanced 4 GB vRAM
Enterprise 8 GB vRAM
Enterprise Plus 16 GB vRAM
Desktop Model Hard Disk
Standard 30 GB
Advanced 60 GB
Enterprise 120 GB
Enterprise Plus 240 GB
Desktop Model Optional Soft 3D
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Enterprise Plus
Desktop Model Access Device
Standard Horizon clients, browser, PCoIP zero clients
Advanced Horizon clients, browser, PCoIP zero clients
Enterprise Horizon clients, browser, PCoIP zero clients
Enterprise Plus Horizon clients, browser, PCoIP zero clients
Desktop Model Desktop Types
Standard Persistent and non-persistent VDI
Advanced Persistent and non-persistent VDI
Enterprise Persistent and non-persistent VDI
Enterprise Plus Persistent and non-persistent VDI
Desktop Model Target User
Standard Task workers – productivity applications, Internet browsing
Advanced Knowledge workers – productivity applications, Internet browsing, minimal multi-media
Enterprise Power users – productivity applications, Internet browsing, full HD movies and 3D
Enterprise Plus Developers and engineers who need a high-performance desktop
Desktop Model
Specifications
Desktop Model Price
Specifications $200 / Hosted App Server / month (minimum order quantity of 12)
Desktop Model Processor
Specifications 8 vCPU
Desktop Model Memory
Specifications 16 GB vRAM
Desktop Model Hard Disk
Specifications 240 GB
Desktop Model Access Device
Specifications Horizon clients, browser, PCoIP zero clients
Desktop Model Services
Specifications Shared desktops or Hosted Apps
Desktop Model Available OS
Specifications Please see the Guest OS Compatibility Table in Service Description Document.

PRICING

VMware Horizon Air Cloud-Hosted Desktops and Apps service is sold in multiple service options, giving you the flexibility to support the needs of your end users. Horizon Air Desktops and Apps service takes the complexity out of virtual desktops and hosted apps, and that approach extends to providing transparent, predictable pricing.

 

Cloud-hosted virtual desktops are available in three offerings:

  • Standard is designed for task workers
  • Advanced is designed for knowledge workers
  • Enterprise is designed for power users
  • Enterprise Plus is designed for developers and engineers

Cloud-hosted virtual desktops and hosted apps begin with a core desktop subscription. From there, you can add additional desktops and hosted apps server capacity. Additional desktops and hosted apps servers can be added at any time and will have the same term as your core subscription.

 

In addition, you can choose to buy additional hard disk storage, which can be distributed across the virtual desktops and hosted apps.

 

VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Apps is offered in monthly, one-, two-, and three-year contract terms with various options. Monthly prices are inclusive of the virtual desktops or hosted apps servers, networking bandwidth, public IP addresses and production level support. Monthly pricing begins at the following price points. 

Payment terms
Billed monthly, annually or prepaid for the life of the term. Additional discounts available for term length.

Required

  • Standard: $35/desktop/month*MSRP (minimum order of 50) 
  • Advanced: $50/desktop/month*MSRP (minimum order of 50) 
  • Enterprise: $100/desktop/month *MSRP (minimum order of 50) 
  • Enterprise Plus: $200/desktop/month *MSRP (minimum order of 12) 
  • Hosted Apps Servers: $200/server/month *MSRP (minimum order of 12)

Add-ons

  • Hard Disk Storage
  • Soft 3D (Advanced, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus models)
  • Additional IP addresses
  • Direct Connect dedicated connectivity
Included at No Additional Cost
  • Public IP address
  • Disk I/O
  • VPN
  • VMware Horizon Client software
  • Image storage
  • Service-level agreement on 99.9% availability
  • Production-level support