VMware® Horizon Mirage™ 4.2 is a centralized desktop image management technology that separates the PC into logical layers owned and managed by either IT or the end-user. Update IT managed layers while maintaining end user files and personalization locally on the endpoint. Continuous synchronizations of these layers create full desktop snapshots that are backed up and stored in the data center for recovery or rollback in case of failure to minimize downtime. Its intelligent and adaptive infrastructure makes Horizon Mirage efficient for use in varying network conditions.
With Horizon Mirage, IT can reduce the time and money required to standardize particular layers of the desktop, back up desktops, and handle both planned migrations and unplanned desktop recovery.
Layered Image Management for Zero-Touch Windows 7 Migration
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