Evolving Desktop Management Challenges

Managing a desktop environment can be a challenging endeavor for any IT department. Trends like mobility and bring your own device (BYOD) are resulting in new demands from users and new challenges for IT teams. These new trends help to drive employee productivity but also demand device and access flexibility as users move to an “always on,” “work from anywhere” model. As organizations grow so does the complexity of the desktop environment.

IT teams responsible for managing the desktop environment are now forced to look beyond routine maintenance of desktops and look to solutions that help address the unique device, access and security challenges these new productivity trends introduce. Traditional methods of managing the desktop leave little room for innovation and little flexibility to support new work styles.

Simplified Desktop Management

VMware solutions help to simplify desktop management, increase security and control while addressing the new requirement of users to enable IT teams to address today’s desktop challenges and evolve to meet new user demands.

Desktop Virtualization

With VMware® Horizon (with View)™ end-user desktops are virtualized and centralized in the data center to help IT simplify management, increase control over desktop assets and improve service levels. Virtualized desktops run in the data center and can be accessed by users from a variety of devices and locations to maximize workplace mobility and flexibility for users. Horizon (with View) enables a solution unmatched by traditional PCs while reducing the total cost of desktop ownership up to 50 percent.

Centralized Image Management

VMware® Mirage™ centralizes Windows desktop image management to help IT streamline tasks like updates, migrations, backup and recovery. Mirage desktop images are delivered to physical endpoint devices and unmanaged virtual machines, where they are run to ensure users get the best possible experience by taking advantage of local compute resources. Once on the local endpoint device, the desktop image stays in sync with the centralized desktop image, helping to simplify backup and recovery tasks and reduce the effects of device failure and user downtime.

Only with VMware

  • The easiest solution to implement and manage – Leverage the familiar VMware vSphere® management tools you already use. Deploy desktops in under eight minutes from a single console.
  • Highest integration for best performance – VMware’s tightly unified solution stack provides greater scalability and virtual machine consolidation, better security and superior policy control.
  • Biggest reductions in operational costs – Exclusive VMware technology innovations combine to drive costs down by 50 percent or more.

Products for Desktop Virtualization

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VMware Horizon DaaS

Built on vCloud Hybrid Service, simplifies the delivery of Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service. It reduces upfront costs and lower desktop TCO with predictable cloud economics.

Horizon (with View)

Centrally deliver highly available, flexible and secure virtualized desktop services at significantly lower cost than physical PCs.


Empower IT to operate centrally while end users continue to execute natively and locally on their existing Windows PC.

Featured Case Studies

Washington Trust Bank

Learn how Washington Trust Bank uses VMware desktop solutions to secure data and customer information while increasing mobility.

Laurens County Health Care System

Healthcare provider virtualizes Meditech and prepares for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use and a flexible BYOD policy.

Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education

Institute overcomes the tedious IT resource planning and provisioning problems and lays a solid foundation for the future with VMware desktop and data center solutions.

Horizon (with View) underpins our new 'flexible
device policy', which provides the firm's team members with more options when choosing when and where to work.

Jason Mills, IT Manager, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers

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