Microsoft and VMware: Better Together


Microsoft enables digital transformation through its mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. VMware provides software that powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure and delivers a digital foundation with compute, cloud, mobility, networking and security offerings.

Together, VMware and Microsoft deliver enterprise solutions that enhance user experience and productivity, improve enterprise security, accelerate our customers’ move to the cloud, and enable computing at the IoT edge.

From the edge to desktop and application delivery, to mobile and Windows device management, VMware’s work with Microsoft ensures user productivity and enterprise data security.

  • Industry-leading solutions that are well-positioned to be relevant across Microsoft devices, OS, and cloud
  • Joint go-to-market activities with a shared mission to accelerate digital transformation for our customers
  • Partnership at all levels – from R&D to executive – for field and partner success

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VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure


Horizon Cloud on Azure

VMware helps accelerate our customers' move to the cloud with a range of deployment options to transition at their own pace. Microsoft, one of the fastest-growing Infrastructure-as-a-service providers, supports our multi-cloud strategy by allowing customers to host virtual desktops and Windows apps across more datacenters and locations. Together, joint customers can connect their own instance of Azure to our intuitive VMware Horizon® Cloud control plane, creating a comprehensive cloud-hosted solution with federated access to Azure Active Directory (AD). The integration of Microsoft Azure to our existing Horizon Cloud service offers numerous benefits to our customers:

  • True Multicloud Deployments: Choose between cloud-hosted capacity managed by VMware or bring your own public cloud infrastructure with Microsoft Azure.
  • Expanded Geographic Reach: Take advantage of the many Microsoft Azure data center regions across the globe.
  • Hourly Billing for Azure Capacity: Enjoy true consumption-based pricing on infrastructure, down to the minute with no upfront costs or termination fees.
  • Apps and IaaS from a Single Provider: Existing Azure customers will be able to easily manage and deliver virtual desktops and apps from the cloud without adding more cloud infrastructure providers into the mix.

NSX Cloud on Azure

VMware NSX Cloud delivers consistent networking and security for applications running natively in public clouds such as Azure. It leverages the same control plane and data plane as NSX Data Center, enabling end-to-end policy management across data centers and clouds. With NSX Cloud, you can continue using Azure’s infrastructure and application services for workloads without limitation while retaining the same networking and security controls as in the data center. NSX Cloud offers:


  • Consistent Security Across Clouds
  • End-to-end Operational Control and Visibility
  • Precise Control Over Cloud Networking

Ease the Journey to Modern Windows 10 Management with Workspace ONE

VMware Workspace ONE powered by AirWatch® technology combines cloud-based, modern management of PCs with intelligent insights and automation to empower IT and minimize TCO. It is the most cost-efficient solution to manage and secure the complete PC lifecycle alongside other endpoints from a unified platform. The unified endpoint management (UEM) technology combines the requirements of traditional PC lifecycle management and the modern EMM approaches to reinvent traditional PC lifecycle management tasks like onboarding, software distribution, patching and security; allowing PCs to be managed over-the-air, on- or off-domain, and across use cases.


Workspace ONE is the only UEM platform that supports co-management across all users, use cases, and phases of PC lifecycle. It flexibly co-exists with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager to ease risk and effort in transitioning to modern PC management and get to lower cost faster.

Secure Intelligent IoT Edge to Cloud Offering Featuring Dell Edge Gateway, Microsoft Azure IoT Edge and VMware Pulse IoT Center

As customers prepare for IoT use cases like predictive maintenance and supply chain visibility, they need to ensure the underlying IoT infrastructure is robust, secure and scalable. Typically, businesses spend a lot of time, resources and money trying to get disparate IoT hardware and software modules to work together in a manner that meets business needs as well as stringent IT department standards for management and security.

Our joint IoT solution will help customers accelerate and simplify deployment of IoT edge solutions by providing the requisite hardware and software as well as the means to manage it in a secure and controlled manner.

Deployed together, Dell Edge Gateways can be “pre-provisioned” with VMware Pulse and Azure IoT Edge to simplify deployment and change management. The solution includes a managed edge gateway from the hardware up and addresses the security concerns of IoT gateways for healthcare, financial, manufacturing and retail organizations that require regulatory compliance.

Accelerate Office 365 Deployments with Workspace ONE

A large number of enterprises are embracing Office 365 to alleviate the complexity and costs of on-premises Exchange Server. However, as a cloud-based solution, Office 365 does present customers with identity, management, and security challenges. VMware Workspace ONE™ accelerates Office 365 deployment by making the entire provisioning process simple and automated for the end users. It enables Office 365 ease of use by providing a common identity for authentication, conditional access control to the apps, and protection for data on the device, in use, and in transit.

Optimize Skype for Business on the Horizon platform

Customers get an enhanced user experience with VMware and Microsoft’s optimized solution for Skype for Business. The combined solution creates a direct, peer-to-peer endpoint virtual channel that offloads media processing to endpoints, avoiding excess bandwidth consumption at the datacenter. This means higher productivity for mobile and remote workers accessing Skype from slow public Wi-Fi or mobile networks.



To learn more about the VMware and Microsoft alliance, please email Paul Ford at