Simplified Desktop Management
Automated Desktop Provisioning
VMware® Horizon View™ Manager provides a single management tool for greater IT efficiency when provisioning new desktops or groups of desktops, as well as an easy interface for setting desktop policies. Using a template, you can customize virtual pools of desktops and set policies, such as how many virtual machines can be in a pool or logoff parameters.
Streamlined Application Management
VMware® ThinApp® application virtualization separates applications from underlying operating systems and reduces conflict between the OS and other applications for increased compatibility and streamlined management. Applications packaged with ThinApp can be run centrally from the data center, deployed locally to physical or virtual desktops or on USB drives for deployment flexibility.
Advanced Virtual Desktop Image Management
Horizon View Composer creates desktop images from a golden image. Updates are instant and guaranteed across any number of virtual desktops. When combined with ThinApp, IT administrators can reduce the number of total images, storage requirements and operational costs.
Automate Desktop Operations Management
VMware® vCenter™ Operations Manager for Horizon View™ gives administrators insight into desktop and infrastructure performance, letting them quickly pinpoint and troubleshoot issues. Administrators can optimize resource utilization and manage the desktop environment through the dashboard. vCenter Operations Manager for View is an optional add-on for Horizon View customers. You can also leverage PCoIP Extension Services to collect Horizon View statistics into your existing WMI tool.
Efficient Resource Utilization
Horizon View Storage Accelerator optimizes storage load by caching common image blocks when reading virtual desktop images. Space-efficient disks continuously reduce the storage needed per desktop. Both these technologies improve storage capacity and utilization, thereby reducing costs of additional hardware.
Maintain control over data and intellectual property by keeping it secure in the data center. Encrypted protocol traffic provides secure end users access to virtual desktops inside or outside of the corporate network. Integration with vShield Endpoint enables offloaded and centralized anti-virus and anti-malware solutions. Horizon View also supports integration with Radius 2-factor authentication requirements.
Highly Resilient Architecture
Horizon View centralizes support for distributed workers in the data center while ensuring workers have local access to desktop VMs within the branch office. With View Agent Direct Connection, end users no longer need to authenticate into their sessions through the connection server in the data center and can access their session even in the event of a WAN outage. This provides maximum uptime and a consistently high-quality desktop experience for end users.
Platform Flexibility and Choice
Horizon View virtual desktops supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well as Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2 as a guest OS for a single virtual desktop. The latter option allows the server OS to operate like a standard Windows 7 desktop, and provides organizations with a more amenable Microsoft licensing alternative when it comes to remote users and non-Windows based devices.