VMware® Horizon Mirage™ 4 is a layered image management solution that separates the PC into logical layers which are owned and managed by either IT or the end user. Update IT-managed layers while maintaining end-user files and personalization. Snapshots and backups of layered desktop images enable quick recovery or rollback in case of failure.
A Layered Way to Manage Laptops and Desktops
When Horizon Mirage is installed on a PC, it scans the entire device and categorizes all of the contents into a number of logical layers. Horizon Mirage isn’t moving anything around on the PC—just categorizing so that IT can do more granular management of the PC going forward.
After the logical layers are determined, Horizon Mirage then sends a complete copy of that PC to the datacenter and keeps it synchronized. If an end user goes offline, Horizon Mirage will simply perform a synchronization the next time that user comes back online. That synchronization will include updates IT has made to the IT-managed layers, and also updates that the end user has made to their data, profile, or user-installed applications.
Horizon Mirage runs everything locally on the end user’s PC so they are able to leverage native PC performance, persistent personalization, and user-installed applications regardless of whether they are online or offline.
Horizon Mirage addresses a number of key IT business initiatives, including the following:
- Streamline Windows 7 Migrations
- Simplified Desktop Backup and Recovery
- Easily Manage Remote and Branch Office PCs without additional infrastructure