Management Services from the Cloud

The Horizon Control Plane simplifies Day 2 management with cloud services that connect entitlements and unify management across Horizon environments, on-premises and in the cloud.

Services Offered by the Horizon Control Plane

Universal Brokering with Multi-Cloud Assignments

Universal Brokering with Multi-cloud Assignments

Optimize user experience and performance by intelligently connecting users to their virtual desktops and apps through a single URL to Horizon Pods based on available capacity, user location, preference, and more, regardless if the Horizon deployment type is on-premises or in the cloud. Reduce IT management burden and costs with a global entitlement layer, eliminating the need for a Global Load Balancing solution.



Reduce downtime with real-time health monitoring of the user session, virtual desktops, and apps across Horizon environments, on-premises and in the cloud, with a single user interface. Leverage a help desk service to quickly troubleshoot user sessions with detailed metrics.

Image Management

Image Management

Cut down image maintenance time and costs by centrally managing and distributing desktop images across Horizon environments, on-premises and in the cloud. Leverage markers to orchestrate updates or roll-backs of images for individual user groups or desktop pools, track changes of images, and automate the replication of an image to multiple locations.

Horizon Lifecycle Management

Horizon Lifecycle Management

Simplify initial onboarding and configuration of your Horizon environment on any cloud. Automatically install, upgrade and scale Horizon infrastructure in environments such as Horizon Cloud on Azure with built-in automation and lifecycle management.

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Application Management

Application Management

Simplify application delivery by packaging apps once and deploying them across Horizon environments, on-premises and in the cloud. Reduce image count, maintenance and application packaging complexity by managing applications separately from the image with VMware App Volumes.

Keep Learning 

Learn more about Horizon and Horizon Cloud

Leverage the new Desktop Modernization guide and get step by step instructions on how to modernize your existing Horizon environment to Horizon 8.

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Activity Path: Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure

Follow the newly updated activity path to jump-start your planning for a successful Horizon Control Plane deployment.

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Explore VMware Horizon

Discover the modern platform for secure delivery of virtual desktops and apps across the hybrid cloud.

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Read the Latest Horizon Headlines and Developments

Learn more about why Horizon is the choice for modern and secure hybrid cloud VDI and apps.

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Choose Your License Model

  • Per Named User: For virtual environments with staff that need dedicated access to a virtual desktop throughout the day.
  • Per Concurrent Connection: For virtual environments with a high number of shift workers where machines are shared between workers throughout the day (e.g. students, shift workers).

Choose Your Subscription

  • Horizon Universal: Desktop and application delivery for on-premises or cloud deployment
  • Horizon Apps Universal: Application delivery for on-premises or cloud deployment

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Subscribe to Horizon Universal License to be entitled to all Horizon products including Horizon on-premises and Horizon Cloud. Horizon Cloud gives you access to Horizon Control Plane.

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